Our Daily Thread 4-27-15

Good Morning!

4-23-15 070

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On this day in 1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.

In 1805 a force led by U.S. Marines captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.

In 1861 President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.

And in 1965 “Pampers” were patented by R.C. Duncan.

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Quote of the Day

Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.”

Ulysses S. Grant

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 Today is Sergei Prokofiev’s birthday.

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Anyone have a QoD?

68 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-27-15

  1. Yep, we have eastern kingbirds around here (and other places have western kingibrds, with some yellow on them). Since we don’t often get them in our yard, and I’ve never photographed one in our yard, I’m not terribly familiar with them. (I have photographed them elsewhere, but only a couple times and from a distance.) This one looks darker than I think of kingbirds being, but it has the white at the end of the tail and thus that is my guess for the species.

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  2. I am up and at’em. I just can’t quite figure out who ’em is, though!

    We had a lot going on at church yesterday. We have several church plants in our building. The Indian congregation joined with ours so the sanctuary was pretty full. They had an ordination that our pastor took part in. Also their youth performed an interpretive type dance to a song that incorporated all the books of the Bible. The words included the theme of each book and the dance movements showed the theme. I thought it was very well done. Our pastor had a really good sermon that brought in religious freedom, but he did not mention how marriage is on the line with the SCOTUS this week. We did not do prayer for Nepal as a congregation which seems odd since those people were meeting in another part of our church. I guess we had so much else already on the agenda…it was a long service. Also the Men’s Quartet sang at the beginning of the service.
    Later we had Bible study on Encouragement and after that the spring concert of the arts outreach ministry that performs a mixture of religious and broadway type pieces. They did a medley of Guys and Dolls pieces. All these young people are quite talented and probably have stars in their eyes. Next weekend will be their big end of the year play, Cinderella.

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  3. Good Morning Everyone. Still a somber day today. There are still some people missing in the bay. I have been logging on to CNN and Fox News as well as our local stations. I cannot believe the ugliness of people when a tragedy like this happens.
    I admit that having been through my share of hurricanes I am pretty lackidaisical when it comes to weather. They had delayed the race an hour, they new another band of storms were coming but they were over Texas when they made the call to start the race. The weather system moved faster than they thought it would. I also go back to have the weather people get all dramatic over any weather system. They predict a Cat 5 storm and it is nothing more than a good hard rain. They have pretty much trained us to ignore them.
    My hear breaks for those families who have people still missing or for the families of the 2 confirmed dead. It also breaks for the Race Committee who made the call to start the race. I can’t believe people have so little compassion.
    Here is a portion of a video from a GoPro camera on a boat that was out in it. Looks like these people did what they were supposed to do. The full video is on Youtube and is 17 or so minutes long. There may be come curse words in this clip, I am not sure. I know there were some in the full length video.

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  4. I have a query for you.
    In a discussion in SS yesterday, I made a statement that I firmly believe, but have no scripture to back it up.
    I referred to the country-gospel song that says, “We’ll understand it all by-and-by.”
    That is, someday I will understand why my brother was killed when hi was 13.. He was 100 yards from home. That while I was away doing dangerous things and am still here.

    I believe that someday it will be clear to us. But the only thing I can think of to support it is I Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face; now I know in part but then I shall know even as I am known”

    OTOH, it may be that we will not much concern ourselves with times gone by. Lots of things I don’t understand which I wish I did.
    Do you believe that we will understand it all by-and-by. Do you think we will consider it at all”?

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  5. Kim, we live in a culture where every death means you have to find someone to blame. (Even if Grandpa dies at 92, the doctors must have done something wrong.) The boaters all know that watersports carry some danger (as do horse events and many other sports), and they can make their own judgment as to whether the risk is too great. A tragedy doesn’t always mean someone did something wrong, but we’re past the day when common sense means anything, or when people take the responsibility of making their own choices.

    That would be a horrible event, though. My late brother-in-law did some fishing events–he almost went professional, which is why they moved to Alabama in the first place–and my pastor in Nashville came from a family that (used to) own a huge shrimping business in Alabama, so I have some indirect connections with this sort of story, besides knowing you.

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  6. Chas, I don’t know of a scripture to back up your statement, but I think as humans we try to understand and from long experience and human history we can look back at some events and they make sense. We probably project that onto other things we don’t understand and tell ourselves that one day we will. It’s that whole hindsight is 20/20 thing. In my life there are things I either understand now or no longer care to understand–they just were.
    I go back to the scripture in Isaiah that you found for me that the Pastor used at my father’s funeral about a feast in heaven. There will be great rejoicing. Perhaps you won’t care so much my your brother died and you lived, you will just rejoice in being reunited. And even though it isn’t theological you may be a little jealous that he beat you to heaven 😉

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  7. Chas, my husband thinks we pretty much won’t remember anything of this life, but I’m with those who say that if you start totally all over again with no memories at all, then it might as well be reincarnation and not “us.” There pretty much has to be some continuity with this life–an awareness that Jesus redeemed us, if nothing else, but I think we will know “that is my father, that is my uncle, that is my brother, my sister isn’t here because she rejected Jesus,” whatever–only, just as we can look back a week after we had the stomach flu and know that it was awful, but it’s not something we can remember in any sense of still feeling the pain we felt . . . only more so. I think we may be aware of the pain, but in a way that is no longer painful.

    When my mom died, my sister was pregnant with her third child, in her third trimester, and Mom had been planning to attend the birth. (It would have been the first time she had seen a grandchild born.) My sister’s firstborn said, “Maybe God will let Grandma look down through a window in heaven and watch the baby be born.” Obviously the theology is a childish, but my sister thought it was a sweet image. Well, I mentioned it to a couple of friends of mine, and they immediately said, “Oh no, people in heaven have better things to do than pay attention to what is happening on earth. They won’t know anything.”

    The truth is, Scripture doesn’t really tell us, so we can only speculate. But, sorry, a wife and mother who invested decades into her family suddenly doesn’t care about them at all because she has been perfected? That makes no sense. I joked about Mom getting to heaven and seeing Dad and (assuming they knew they had once been husband and wife) Dad saying, “Hey, how many grandchildren do we have now?” because it had never occurred to him to think about us again in 19 years, or check in on us. No, I don’t think so. (Obviously we don’t even know what form they are in now, or how time is measured if at all, and so forth . . . but if they are aware today, and Scripture tells us they are, then surely they have some awareness of those who are still on earth. They’re not sitting there biting their fingernails and hoping we make the right decision on what job to take, but surely they know when a new grandchild is born, a daughter marries, a brother they witnessed to for years accepts Christ.)

    That’s a long answer and I haven’t even answered the question yet . . . I don’t think that when we get to heaven we’ll have some sort of list to answer “why I stubbed my toe January 3, 1972 and was in pain the rest of the day.” But we may find out “after my sister-in-law died, one of her friends realized she wanted to die well when it was her time, but that her heart was hard toward her husband and she repented, and that repentance worked to bring one of her children to Christ” or whatever. Or we may well see the bigger picture, see God’s glory on such grand display, and really understand that all things really do work together for good in God’s purposes and our own lives, and even the “big stuff” fades in importance in the light of His glory. We may not know “why x happened” because it doesn’t matter any more in the light of glory.

    I don’t think there’s always a one-on-one correlation anyway. A child dies, and a parent’s heart becomes softer, and that parent can minister to others in pain . . . but that isn’t the “reason” the child died. But all the various pieces fit together, and through them God gets glory, and through them His people grow more into His likeness.

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  8. Thanks for the video, Kim. I’ve been following it on FB through you and Robert D. I’m impressed everyone had their life preserver on and for some reasons surprised several had rain gear. Very sorry.

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  9. That is sad, Kim. The nasty comments are sadder still. They reflect the degeneration of thinking that has been going on for decades. We always had a few nasty people who would make comments, of course, since the Garden of Eden. However, in our country the trend is to have more and more as people become more biblically illiterate. Plus, not walking in the Spirit.

    As many of you know, I have a SIL who is a commercial fisherman. He does have a dangerous job. However, my husband worked with high powered electricity. His job was dangerous, too. There is danger in lots of recreation and job opportunities. Life IS dangerous.

    Jealousy is rampant. The scripture has much to say about it. Whether we are jealous of rich or poor, it is going to harm US. It rots the bones. I think we live among a lot of rotten bones these days. We need to watch out. It’s catchy.

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  10. I don’t know the answer to Chas’ question, of course. However, we are called to bring God glory. I find it difficult to believe that in heaven that will cease. The stories, of how God blessed us and lead us, show His glorious attributes as nothing else. They bring believers much joy. We’ll have eternity to compare notes. How it all works out, I have no idea. I know we will not have sadness, though.

    I have always liked that song. My husband does sing it. It is one that is especially appropriate for the nursing homes or fund-raisers they perform at.

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  11. Chas, yesterday in my Sunday school time Bible study I was reading about those trees in Eden, Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. So God did not allow reentry into the Garden because people would eat from the Tree of Life after they ate of the other and therefore would live forever under the curses of sin. So God was merciful in allowing physical death to shorten our suffering. God knew what laid ahead for your brother here so maybe He allowed him to die to keep him from some extreme and unusual suffering. Could be? Somethings are mysteries that test our conclusions that God is good and does His best by people.

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  12. We have yellow western kingbirds here. It is a happy time when they show up with their chuckling song. I insist upon keeping the dead tops in a couple of locust trees because that is their preferred nesting spot. We all enjoy watching them.

    Did you hear Donna was born with no future wisdom?

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  13. I also read in the study that God’s killing of the animal to get the coverings for Adam and Eve was the first death in the Bible. I had never thought about that before, and also how Adam and Eve had no real knowledge of what death was so that lack of experience made them more susceptible to slip into their sin that came with the threat of death.

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  14. Sad about the boaters, but they should have known that weather is unpredictable. Sad also about the earthquake in Nepal. God is sovereign in all things.

    As for blaming- It all started with Adam and Eve. Adam: “The woman You gave me…” Eve: “The serpent…”. I notice that Satan did not pass the blame to someone else, though he could have said: “God, wasn’t this Your plan from the beginning?” But then, even the angles who haven’t fallen don’t know the end from the beginning like God does. And Satan would not have made mention of the Redeemer who was to come and clean up the mess Satan caused in the garden.

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  15. Janice, I don’t buy that they were more “susceptible” because they didn’t know what death was. They hadn’t seen it, but they knew enough to know it was bad. They were perfect.; they had it within their power to avoid sin, but Adam knowingly chose it. (Eve was deceived, so her case is somehow different; she didn’t knowingly choose sin, somehow.)

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  16. Concerning the “remember things in Heaven” , again there is no clear scripture, but Ecclesiastes 5:20 says, “For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.”

    I know Ecclesiastes is as much the Bible as the rest. But I prefer NT insight into the afterlife.
    This does indicate that we remember. But we will have bigger and better things going on.
    It’s like remembering your ninth birthday party. Or a trip to the fair when you were a kid.
    We’ll see.

    But I’m always skeptical when someone says about the departed. “He’s looking down from heaven.” ??

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  17. As to a child dying, in infancy or childhood, I don’t think we can say “God knew what their life would have been like” because that suggests that God is watching a video or something that’s inevitable unless He intervenes in some other way, and the best intervention He could come up with was death. Actually, our days are foreordained and we don’t know how many He has allotted us. I was once good friends with a couple who lived to be 97 (him) and something like 94. To the best of my knowledge (which was limited) they had little of life’s share of suffering. They had great health, a fair amount of wealth and fame, children who loved them, and nearly 70 years of a good marriage. But I’ve known others who die young of cancer, with pain and indignity and the inability to see their children grow up and marry. My brother-in-law died at less than half the age this man did, without having seen any of his children graduate from high school, marry, or bear children. In college I knew a couple, pregnant with their first child, and the husband of the couple died of some unknown health issue. I later knew a man I thought to be single and never married, but at turns out that he had been married, but his wife and their first son died while she was giving birth. I had a college professor who didn’t marry until he was in his forties, and when they had been married just a few months she died of a heart attack.

    In Chicago, my church had a young couple who had two or three children. I didn’t know them well, but my housemate did. They gave birth to a baby girl, and the daughter was given for a first name the same name my roommate had for her last name (I doubt she was named for my housemate; the name fit a pattern with the baby’s older sisters). I don’t think they knew about any problems until the baby was born, but she was born with serious heart defects, and they didn’t think she would survive. But she survived a few days, got through a risky surgery, and kept beating the odds at surviving. But in the end, she didn’t live more than two or three months, and her whole life was spent in a hospital hooked up to tubes, poked and prodded so much that she cried when her mother touched her because in her experience touch meant pain.

    My pastor preached her funeral sermon. At least one doctor and two nurses were there, of her caregivers, possibly more. I expected it to be focused on how much this family had lost in the short, painful life of their small daughter when they expected a healthy little girl running and playing with their other daughters. (She’d be a teenager now–hard to imagine!) But the focus of the funeral sermon was on her life, how her short life brought honor to God and accomplished the purpose He had for it, how her patience in the midst of suffering got doctors and nurses asking her parents about God. I would never have thought about focusing the funeral on her life, though we do so with someone who dies older. But it was strangely comforting. It hadn’t felt at all like she had a full life–but she got to the end of her days quicker than most of us do. Her life was mostly suffering, not joy, but in the long run she undoubtedly faced less suffering than the average life, because she had so few days to suffer. But she lived the life God gave her to live, every bit as much as the man who died at 97 with little suffering in his near-century of life.

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  18. Nope, no wisdom (teeth). 😉

    We had a lot of problems with internet comments on our stories until we switched to a FB format (which eliminated the nasty anonymous option). I still remember doing a story on a young couple who lived in low-income housing and lost their home to a fire — people ripped them up one side and down the other, I felt horrible and thought “Who’s going to ever agree to be interviewed for a story again?”

    People can be wicked. Give them anonymity, and that rises a hundred fold.

    Reminds me today of part of our sermon yesterday — that the more contemptuous we are of others, the more we are nurturing our own self-righteousness and not a humility before God. Scary.

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  19. Had the joy yesterday in church of praying for a young couple heading to Uganda as missionaries. They are going fulltime and it is a blessing to me to see God raise up the next generation.

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  20. So I’m taking Annie the cat in to the vet today, I spotted a nasty, draining puncture wound on her little butt … something got hold of her last week which explains her not feeling 100%. Hoping there’s no infection (I didn’t notice an odor) but she probably needs antibiotics anyway — and she’ll have to be kept indoors for a while.

    That cat, she’s very smart so it surprises me that something could have nabbed her … Hope it wasn’t Tess. I don’t think she’d do that, but the cat does annoy her.

    And now, of course, I’ll have to hear all the “I told you so’s” again from my friends who say no cat should ever be allowed outdoors. … My vet is cool about it, he and his wife, also a vet, let their cats outdoors, he said it’s a quality of life call for the animal (acknowledging there are risks); that some cats are OK being indoors only, but most aren’t, especially those adopted as adults used to being outside (as Annie was, and she was strictly outdoors for at least the few months before I brought her home).

    Anyway, I put a prayer request on the prayer thread that this is not a big deal & there are no other serious things going on because of it …

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  21. Michelle, my truck got stuck in Rob D’s yard at the Bay House Saturday night. He and his wife gave me a ride home (Mr P left and I stayed to help clean up a few last things). On the way I told them I had moved AGAIN. I made the comment that every now and then Mr P asks me about hanging things on the walls and my response is to knock yourself out. Rob laughed and said I was a Navy Wife without ever having to go through it. His wife said on moves 1-7 the house was in order the next day. On move 8 nothing came out of the boxes. 😉

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  22. My cat is pushing 20 and has been an outdoor cat her whole life–in Hawai’i and four different houses in California. She liked living on four acres with all sorts of wild rodents and birds, best of all.

    So, does it shorten their lives?

    Obviously some times . . . this one is probably going to live forever for pure obstinacy.

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  23. Nah, the pictures were hung within a few days all 13 times–I wield a powerful hammer and nail–and the boxes were mostly gone within the week. I had too many kids to keep organized to spend my hours carefully unpacking and giving lots of thought to placement.

    I also never rearrange rooms–the Navy did it for me every couple years anyway. 🙂

    Here, 20 months after a self move, I’ve still got boxes piled in the laundry room to go through and I’m ashamed of myself. I was just thinking last night I should watch a movie and go through them.

    But I hardly ever watch a movie anymore.

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  24. michelle, all the cats we had when I was growing up were the same, they had very long lives. Outdoor cats are very savvy, generally, and know how to keep safe.

    Since annie doesn’t seem to stray much (she’s almost always in the backyard or on the front porch), I can’t figure out how she seems to get into so many scrapes. But I’ve had her in before for these kinds of things. I waited this time, hoping it would heal itself, but this wound looks nasty and I’m afraid there might be another under her fur that needs to be drained.

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  25. Chas, the verse you cited (about remembrance) makes me think of one that says something about a woman giving birth has birth pangs, but after the child is born, she remembers the pain no more, for joy a man is born into the world (something like that, and since it’s a “kinda from memory” verse it’s KJV-y). My sister (who has given birth five times) says that she suspects that when people say a kidney stone is worse than childbirth, it’s not because it really is, but because after the baby is born, the most important thing is the baby; with a kidney stone, you have only the pain, no joy.

    When Mom died, there was some question about whether she suffered, wanted to call for help and couldn’t, etc. (I sent the police to her house when I couldn’t reach her by phone, and we later estimated she’d been dead a couple of days. The police assured us she died quickly, though–her slippers were still on her feet, and would have been kicked off if there had been a struggle.) But my sister said it doesn’t really matter–whatever pain there is in dying would be gone instantly when we see Christ.

    That’s how I rather think the struggles of this life might be–even if we remember them, they simply will not matter. We will know Christ, and we will know and understand everything we need to know, but the pain will be something we only remember (if we remember it), not something we feel.

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  26. Have any of you ever watch a dog in a “less than desirable” part of town. Talk about street smarts. They walk on the sidewalk and stop at the cross walks. I have witness a scruffy mutt stop, watch the cars go by, look both ways, and THEN cross the street.

    Now my pampered pooches? They have to be on a leash and think cars and trucks are a fun way to get where they are going.

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  27. Interesting discussion on what we’ll know in heaven. I’m not certain, but I strongly believe we’ll recognize our loved ones. I have two babies I never met on earth, but I truly believe I’ll know them when I get to heaven. It seems incomprehensible to me that I would not know in heaven children I carried in my womb, even if I never met them here.

    I always wonder what “ages” we’ll be, though, if there is even such a distinction in eternity.

    And I don’t believe our loved ones are looking down on us from heaven. In a place where there is no more sorrow and tears, how could we look down on this vale of tears that is earth and not feel pain at what we see?

    It’s all hard to comprehend, but will be wonderful to find out what heaven is like when we get there!

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  28. Interesting night last night. Sixth Arrow awoke in the middle of the night, and came into our bedroom, crying lightly. I asked her what was the matter.

    She whimpered something really quiet, I could hardly hear her. In my half-asleep fog, I thought I heard her say something about a cramp, but I wasn’t sure.

    So I asked her to tell me again what she’d said.

    She repeated it, and I thought to myself, Did she just say she had a … butt cramp?

    What is that? 😉

    Then I thought, maybe she’s constipated or something.

    So I asked her again. Poor kid, having to say it three times.

    I have a foot cramp.

    Oh, that was it. 🙂

    I turned on the lamp, had her sit in my bed, and I massaged her foot until the cramp was gone. Then the toes of the same foot cramped up, and I massaged those until the cramps subsided.

    When all that business was done, she walked out of the room. I followed her down the hall to get her tucked back in, and as she was heading back to bed, she announced, rather gleefully, I thought, for the late hour, “It’s almost 3 o’clock!”

    Then she turned into the kitchen, looked at the clock on the stove, and said, smiling, “It’s 3:03.” 🙂

    I guess it was OK with her, even fun, that she got that cramp at such an interesting time of the night to be awake.

    Kids!

    Or children, I mean. 🙂

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  29. Randy Alcorn has an excellent book entitled, “Heaven” which addresses a lot of these questions. He puts in lots of Scripture and the opinions of various spiritual leaders over the centuries. I tend to agree with what he says.

    Thumbing through the book, a couple of interesting topics I found: Will we know everything? and What will we remember? One of the verses he brings up is 2 Cor, 4:18, talking about seeing the real things behind what we see. I believe that is what the Understand it Better By and By is all about. We will still be us so we will have our memories, but because we will see with the eternal perspective, we will understand the events and see them with joy rather than with sorrow.

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  30. One of our kids was crying this morning. But that was because he got into the manger and his mom went to the pasture. She ignored him. He got over it.

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  31. Our pastor often says that we will thank God for everything that happens to us and all of history, even the tragedies, with an eternal (not our current temporal) perspective & understanding.

    Hard to fathom what the afterlife will be like — I suspect it will be so different in its orientation that it’s something that has to be experienced, it can’t really be grasped on our earthly level.

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  32. Eldest son called last night to tell us of his engagement. He was surprised to hear we already knew, guess he did not know we have access to FB through our youngers. We knew it was coming. We are glad it happened. He is headed to Baku in a month or so for a month or two. Should be interesting.

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  33. First Arrow is studying IT — Network Systems Administration at an area tech school, and finishes his program in August.

    So when I saw “Graduation 2:00 PM” written on a calendar in our basement for April 25 a couple weeks ago, I figured he was going to the graduation ceremony for students who are finishing in the spring (or who had completed their programs since the last graduation date).

    Turns out, that ceremony was for students who finished last December, and this month, AND those who will finish in August.

    I’m glad I asked son about that before the fact, because otherwise I’m not sure he would have told us he was one of the graduates recognized that day!

    Or that, as of last fall, when GPAs were tabulated, he is considered to be graduating with high honors, at this point! (His final honors status will be determined after all coursework is completed.)

    I just have to shake my head and smile at how low-key he is about it all. 🙂

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  34. Interesting discussions today. In reading, a few passages came to mind:

    On whether those in heaven watch us – I think this may be one of the passages that makes us think they might: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses [the Hall of Faith], let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:1

    On whether we will recognize loved ones: “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not… For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him… Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” I Thessalonians 4:13-18
    These words were written to us on earth, who sorrow over the loss of loved ones – clearly the comfort is that we will meet again and be together with the Lord. Also, it is interesting that Peter, James, and John immediately recognized who Moses and Elijah were during the Transfiguration, even though they could have had no knowledge of their appearance.

    On whether we will remember: I think that fact that Christ bears his scars in His resurrected body is evidence that we will remember what happened on earth. If we can’t remember what we were saved from, how can we remember why Christ bears those scars?

    On the death of children – The concept of God sparing those die as children comes from what the prophet Ahijah told Jeroboam’s wife, when she went to ask if her son Abijah would recover or not from his illness. Ahijah pronounces a curse against the entire house of Jeroboam for his disobedience and then says: “…the child shall die… for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.” (I Kings 14:12-13) In other words, God was sparing Abijah the evil that was to come by having him die young.

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  35. I just thought of 2 Samuel 12, where David and Bathsheba’s son dies. David says in verse 23:

    I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

    This seems more personal than simply, “I will go to the same place (heaven) where my son is.” To me, “I shall go to him” means I will see him (and not just the place where he is). And, by extension, I think it’s reasonable to surmise that seeing our loved ones in heaven also means recognizing who they are.

    My two cents.

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  36. Interesting discussions and some insight. I am more comfortable with my position now.

    I took some ladies to the VIP meeting this afternoon. Routine operation. Only that Pam is a pain. She is also a Lion; one of us. She has been partially blind for years. She expects everyone to cater to her, wait for her and she seems to not want to go home. It’s always something we have to wait for with Pam. I’ve come to expect it, but it still irritates me.
    It isn’t that she takes time, it is that she is inconsiderate. I have taken her to the doctor, and waited to take her back home. But I refuse to take her to Walmart. I don’t take TSWITW to Walmart.

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  37. 6A. That verse is often used in funerals for young children. And used as an evangelistic message if one of the parents is not Christian.

    Another thing happened in SS yesterday. Likely will not generate much discussion.
    But for your enlightenment.

    We sang an old song, “Dwelling in Beulah Land”. Do any of you remember that?
    Anyhow, it seems to me that the use of Beulah indicates that people think it means “beautiful”
    Beulah is really a Hebrew word that means “married”.

    Most of the people (all, I suspect) thought we were singing about a beautiful land. We were really singing
    “I’m living on the mountain, underneath a cloudless sky,
    I’m drinking from a fountain that never shall run dry;
    Oh, yes! I’m feasting on the mountain from a bountiful supply.
    For I’m dwelling in Married Land”

    Some may think “Beulah” means bountiful.
    “married”

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  38. Chas, a friend of mine pointed out that verse (and its context) to a lady who attended my friend’s Bible study years ago. The woman had had a stillborn child at one time, and had been led to believe that we can’t know whether children who die before birth go to heaven or not.

    My friend pointed out how comforting that section of Scripture was as she mourned her babies that had miscarried. She (and I, too) believe that it shows that our children who die young (before baptism, or, in David’s son’s case, before circumcision) do indeed go to heaven.

    It’s disturbing to me that there are teachings that espouse the idea that we don’t know the eternal destiny of those children. I think that is unscriptural, and a terrible burden to place on grieving parents, that those little ones might go to eternal destruction, and we just need to rest in the sovereignty of God.

    Yes, we do, and God is sovereign, but that’s a gross misapplication of scripture, IMO, to call into question the salvation of these little ones whose days the Lord numbers to be few.

    Sorry for the rant. 😦

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  39. BTW, Chas, I have the music for “Dwelling in Beulah Land” in a piano/vocal/guitar collection entitled Sunday Night Revival: 40 Favorite Gospel Songs. Nice song.

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  40. I like to sing the song.
    But I think of the meaning each time.
    Beulah is used only once in the Bible. In Isaiah.

    I hope I didn’t ruin the song for someone.

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  41. Here it is by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers.
    I’ll fix the name later

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  42. I like the song, Beulah Land. Didn’t spoil it for me.

    mumsee, I thought of the Alcorn book, also. I bought a copy for friends once. A few years later, the friend showed me the book she had bought and was going to recommend for me. It was the same book! I reminded her I had sent a copy to her. She didn’t remember, but later found it on her bookshelf. Apparently, my timing was not right. 🙂

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  43. A friend also recently sent me a book to pass around to anyone who would benefit — “Grieving: Hope and Solace When a Loved One Dies in Christ,” by Albert Martin, Cruciform Press

    She said it helped her much when her husband of 70+ years died recently. I haven’t read it yet, it’s a small book.

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  44. I’ve taken Carol to Walmart.

    So Annie’s on antibiotics — the vet suspects it was a case of rough, non-consesual sex — in other words, a mating attempt by some other cat (as ’tis the season for all of that).

    Annie is spayed, but the vet said it doesn’t matter, the boy cats grab everyone they can this time of year. And from where the wounds are, Annie was clearly trying to get away.

    Annie’s pretty cute but I will have to have a talk with her about just saying “NO” and abstinence before things go so far next time …

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  45. I have to say I was impressed with Baltimore City leadership on TV . I don’t know what they are like daily but tonight on the news they were good.

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  46. In other words, Donna: anyone who has a male cat that roams free should neuter him, for the safety of other cats. (I do know neutered males might still try to mate, too, but I can’t imagine they would press the issue to the point of violence. But I don’t know much about cats.)

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  47. Well, after this winter (which wasn’t as bad or as long as last winter, but which still felt long toward the end), I’ve been pretty stir-crazy, and i took advantage of a halfway-decent weather day to get outside today. (It was quite overcast, cool, and a bit breezy, but no rain and at least it wasn’t cold.) I spent most of the time at the zoo, since our membership from last year still has almost a month on it, and we don’t plan to renew it this year. My husband couldn’t go this week, so I figured I would just take an outing by myself today.

    Peacocks were displaying all over the place. Well, I got some great photos of that activity last year, so I didn’t try that hard to capture it this year (though I did get a couple of shots). But I got photos I didn’t get last year: close-ups of the bird’s face, photos of a white peacock displaying (I’d never seen that before), and photos of two peacocks (a white one and a green one) doing their scream. (It sounds a lot like someone yelling “Help!” and they really open their beaks wide.) I also got two good photos of a great blue heron in the pond (a wild bird) with its reflection.

    But more than anything else: I got to spend some time outdoors. I needed that. (Yes, Mumsee, I know that people on your farm get to spend a lot of time outdoors, and I’m welcome to come anytime. Thanks.)

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