Hope for the Grieving — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerThis past week the nation was shocked by the senseless murders of forty nine people in a nightclub in Orlando. Being heralded as the worst mass shooting in modern U. S. history, the victims and the families are in a state of shock with many unanswered questions. As new details come to light in these few days, more questions are still being asked. “Why?” being the most prevalent.

Some have used the events to harp on the behavior of the individuals because of their participation in a homosexual lifestyle. Others have used the events to talk more about gun control and anti-terrorism acts. Other still use the event for their own agenda whatever that may be. Yet in the midst of this, are forty nine families forever changed by a violent act. What about them? How are they going to pick up the pieces of their lives now that their loved ones are gone?

How can grieving families, whether from the Orlando victims or anyone else who has had a loved taken away, find hope?

Join me as I discuss this topic with my return guest, Gary Roe, minister,  grief survivor, and author as we tackle this topic. Feel free to weigh ini at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/9009637. Tune in!

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Packages of Hope, Tomorrow on the Parker J Cole Show

packageofhopeSeveral times in the past week I intended to write a post with my reaction to the Paris attacks, the Kenyan attacks, and the Syrian response. Yet, over the past several days, it’s all become a heated discussion that has dissolved from #prayforparis and #prayforkenya to nothing more than arguing about who’s right or wrong.

When I heard about the Paris attacks and the Kenyan attacks, I cried the entire weekend. I couldn’t stop crying. For a while, I thought something was wrong with me. I’ve heard bad news before but why was this particular news affecting me so hard? Why couldn’t I distance myself from it in the typical American fashion with a shiny new ball? I think it’s because the Lord allowed me to feel more than just a sadness but a spiritual weight, heaviness if you will, for the state of our world. At the end of day, He dried my tears with giving me new hope. The hope comes in the form of tomorrow’s broadcast.

It’s an honor to interview someone spreading the light in a world of darkness. It’s so refreshing to know that in the midst of darkness, God’s light is oh so much brighter and brilliant.

Packages of Hope is an organization started by a freshman with a simple mission: send packages of gifts and toys to children of all ages across the United States who are battling cancer. How beautiful is that?

I look forward to talking with Mikayla from Packages of Hope tomorrow so join me.

Here’s is some information from their website regarding the statistics of childhood cancer.

  • Childhood cancers are the #1 disease killer of children – more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined.
  • Childhood cancer is not a single disease, but rather many different types that fall into 12 major categories. Common adult cancers are extremely rare in children, yet many cancers are almost exclusively found in children.
  • On the average, 1 in every 4 elementary school has a child with cancer. The average high school has two students who are a current or former cancer patient. In the U.S., about 46 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every weekday.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”


Parker J Cole Gold JacketParker is a diehard Trekkie (TOS), sci-fi lover, fantasy dweller, romance junkie, anime freak, old movie buff, church-goer, off and on Mountain Dew and marshmallow recovering addict who writes to fill the void the sugar left behind. Visit her website at parkerjcole.com