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"Lucille Ball" - - by Rev. Weldon Bares

I have been a fan of Lucille Ball for years. After an amazing career, her fourth sitcom was not a hit. It was canceled before the season finished. Lucy lived for three more years after this, until April of 1989, but this was the last time that she was involved in show business.

After her program was canceled, a friend of Lucy quoted her as saying, “I wish you could have known me when I was really somebody.”

Lucy was depressed, even after receiving a special honor from the Kennedy Center. She told a friend, “Wait until you’re old and nobody wants you around and they throw awards at you because they know you’re going to die soon.”

I don’t know anything about Lucille Ball’s faith, but I know that in my own life it makes such a difference to believe that my Heavenly Father intimately knows me. I find these comforting words in Psalm 139: “Lord, you have examined me and you know me. You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts.”

Not only that, but God loves each one of us without conditions. God loves you because . . . God just loves you.

I hope that Lucille Ball found the peace that can only come from God. I pray that all of us will find it.

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