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not to be present, but it doesn’t remove the reality that God is always with us. Thousands of years ago the psalmist writes:
“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” ~ Psalm 136:1
There is hope! Because God’s love never ends.
There is hope! Because God’s love is the power of the resurrection to overcome death itself.
There is hope! Because God’s love is the source of everything.
There is hope! Because there is no end to the love of the Lord. Forever is a long time!
There is always hope, and the best of who we are as people created in the image of the creator is to claim, live and embody that hope with all that we are.
May you enjoy the journey of hope in this new year of 2017!
Faithfully yours, Jim Gysel
Rev. Dr. James Gysel, Special to Senior Times
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I remember a story about a woman whose only son was serving his tour
of duty in vietnam during the vietnam war in the 1960’s. The tragedy of the story is that her one and only child was killed senselessly in the field of battle by “friendly fire.” He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was mistaken by U.S. Artillery as the enemy and lost his life in the heat of battle. The mother of the soldier was so angry and hurt by everything that took the life of her son, that at the planning of his memorial service back here in Michigan, she attacked her pas- tor who was trying to help her through this ordeal. She yelled at her pastor, “Where was god when my son was senselessly killed in this _____ war?” The wise pastor simply said, “God
was in the same place that he was as he watched his only son be horrifically tortured and murdered on a cross two thousand years ago.”
There are times that God appears
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Anna Clemenc (1888 - 1956) Inducted: 1996 Era: Historical Anna ("Big Annie") Clemenc
(1888-1956) played an instrumental role in shaping the labor movement in Michigan. Through her sheer bravery and commitment, she risked her own well-being by fighting for social and economic justice during the famous 1913 miners' strike against the Calumet & Hekla Mine located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The strike began July 23, 1913, and ended nine months later on April 13, 1914.
Clemenc, a Calumet, Michigan native, was devoted to the active par- ticipation of women outside the tradi- tional confines of the home. Having graduated from eighth grade, she was a relatively well-educated woman at that time. Clemenc was an avid follower
of Eugene Debs, Mother Mary Harris Jones, and the tenets of socialism. It was her independent nature and strong- willed character that inspired many men and women to take a stand for justice.
In 1913 miners on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula (U.P.) were sub- jected to hazardous working conditions and extremely low wages. Members
of the Western Federation of Miners, many of whom were immigrants, held a massive labor strike in hopes of improving their impoverished condi- tions. Clemenc, the wife of a Croatian miner, helped organize the Woman's
Alliance in support of the miners' cause. She marched on a daily basis and often displayed the U.S. flag as a reminder of the fundamental rights of each American citizen. Clemenc was arrested and jailed twice as a result of her persistent efforts.
Although the strike was eventu-
ally stifled, the legacy of courage and determination lives on. Clemenc her- self is one of three women featured on the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame medallion, representing women's early struggle for economic justice. This emblem honors those women who have selflessly worked to better humankind. Michigan's labor movement evolved drastically as a result of this strike. Clemenc and those who followed her leadership serve as an inspiration for working-class generations to come. The Michigan Women's Studies Association commissioned a portrait of Annie by Andy Willis of the Miners' Art Group. That portrait was unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda on a Day of Tribute to Anna Clemenc. It now hangs in the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing.
A biography of Anna Clemenc, Tall Annie, by Virginia Law Burns received the Award of Merit from the Historical Society of Michigan. For more infor- mation visit www.michiganwomenhall-
Anna Clemenc
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