by Glenn Beck
Editors Note: We at the Chronicle would like to encourage you to visit a site that we believe can help us all during this tough times. The site is called “Face Your Storm.com
Each week we will bring to you stories from the readers in their own words, from this site. We hope that you will visit this site and tell your story in your words.
Everyone goes through storms in life. Whether they are brought on by personal decisions, or thrust upon us by circumstances beyond our control, the storm isn’t what defines us. The way we battle in the storm and eventually come out on the other side is our defining movement.
This site is for you. A place for you to share stories about your personal storms and how you have made it through.
Your story, our story could help provide some semblance of shelter to others as their storms rage.
Here is an example of stories that will appeal on this site:
It took 3 1/2 hours of my time to read The Christmas Sweater. I didn’t cry, it didn’t change my life, I didn’t vow to myself tomorrow would be a new day. I merely began to look inside myself and question everything I believe in my heart and mind. But this time question in a good way. Has anything YOU have done (or are doing) in YOUR life making it better?
From ages 13 -17, my whole life fell apart. As Eddie, I was so spoiled and stupid that I put things in motion that took twice as long to stop. I grew up in South La. when oil prices plummeted in the mid 80’s. It crippled everyone there. Not only going through puberty, my family and friends began to disappear or lost everything they had. I was so lost with nowhere to go. At 15, my parents were gone all the time. When they were home, they were either sleeping or DEAD tired. I figured, “well I guess that’s it- they’re done with being parents”. (After 8 other children it made plenty of sense to me) So I went places where people loved me. People cheered when I played football, and laughed with me (I thought) the drunker I got. The only difference was that I worked hard on the farm, and I NEVER disrespected my Grandparents. It’s all I had in my “family”. At 17, I woke up at 2:00am (for some reason) I walked into the living room. The lights were on? My mother was mopping the floor- and she had no hair. I just stood there. My mom rushed to get her wig- and apologized profusely. I asked with all kindness, “what the Hell is going on”? She sat me down and told me she had Cancer and had been going through treatments for the past couple of years. They never told me because they didn’t want to burden me with anything more than- growing up.
“What we need and want are- so many times- right under our nose”. We all wish to “wake up” as Eddie did, and find out all those mistakes had just NEVER happened.
Jeremy from Virginia
I wanted to let you know that I just finished The Christmas Sweater and it was great! Thank you for putting this story on paper. It was very refreshing and uplifting in these troubled times. I was able to relate to Eddie in so many ways, from the television shows he watched to him spending time with his grandparents. I have been very fortunate to be able to spend time with my parents in a family business and to cherish the time that we spend together.
Our family is, at this moment, going through one of those storms. My father’s business that he has owned for 40 years is suffering from the current economy. But I know that if we keep our eyes forward and keep listening to “Russell’s” assuring voice we will make it through this storm and the ones to come. I have been listening to your radio show and I want you to know that I am going to be one of those people who reaffirms who I am and what I believe and will stand up for those beliefs.
Thank you again for this story and if you will, please say a prayer for me and my family that we will take that first step and walk through that storm.
Source: Glenn Beck