24 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-10-17

  1. Wow! Karen, that is a spectacular photo. Great perspective.

    I have been praying for Kevin, too. I started around 6:30 to get on but today’s thread was not up. As my phone was needing a charge, I found my tablet was on low data speed and could not connect to WV. So I am on my phone now.

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  2. The amusing history of Welch’s grape juice and the teetotalers who changed Communion: http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2017/march/welch-grape-juice-history-temperance-movement.html#storystream:

    Nineteenth-century Protestant America as a whole was in the middle of a seismic change in the way it viewed alcohol. That tectonic shift would produce the idea of teetotalism: total abstinence from all alcohol. Various people had practiced such abstinence throughout history specifically as an ascetic discipline (from Nazirites in the Bible to Muslim adherents in the Middle East), but asking a whole society to become teetotalers was a new approach to the problem of alcohol abuse, unique to American Protestants and those who came under their influence. The virtue of temperance had been defined ever since Aristotle (in the 4th century BC) as moderation in all things: neither too much nor too little. But by the time the 20th century dawned the average American Protestant understood “temperance” to signify “teetotalism.”
    It’s ironic that Americans were on the forefront of the movement for total abstinence, because we started out as a hard-drinking bunch. In the American colonies, whether you were attending a political debate, celebrating Christmas with family and friends, or helping your neighbor put up a barn, there was a good chance you’d all partake liberally in a pint or two (or three or four) of beer or hard cider. If you were a colonial governor or a big landowner, chances were you were putting away a lot of fancy European wine as well. Taverns were the center of social and political life: today’s coffeeshops, post offices, campaign headquarters, and blog networks all rolled into one. Eighteenth-century Americans consumed about 7.1 gallons of absolute alcohol a year on average (that’s about 72 bottles of 100-proof vodka). The bar tab for George Washington’s farewell party by his troops in 1787—a party attended by 55 people—ran to 60 bottles of claret, 54 bottles of Madeira, 22 bottles of porter, 12 bottles of beer, 8 bottles of hard cider, 8 bottles of whiskey, and 7 bowls of spiked punch.
    As the 19th century dawned, whiskey rose in popularity (other drinks suffered from Revolutionary-era blockades) and German immigrants brought a new drink, lager beer. And alcohol abuse grew for another reason as well: America was industrializing. In small colonial villages, the whole community could watch out for the local drunk, and tasks were done slowly on small machines or by hand. In the city, you could drink in perfect anonymity—despite the fact that you needed to be sober to operate the newly-invented heavy machinery at your job. Cities also multiplied the number of places where people could buy liquor: bars, groceries, restaurants, beer gardens (blame those Germans). People were drinking more, especially 18- to 25-year-old men, and society had fewer and fewer ways to control them. Perhaps the best way, many like T. B. Welch’s mother thought, was to outlaw alcohol altogether.

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  3. Interesting history, Roscuro. I remember a breakthrough in the relationship with my FIL. We attended a family wedding in which the groom showed up soused. My FIL asked what I thought the Bible had to say about alcohol and getting drunk. I pleased him with my answer: the Bible doesn’t say don’t drink, it just tells us not to get drunk. So the best way to avoid too much is not to drink it at all. Ephesians 5:18 is a good verse for this perspective. Personally, I don’t drink, mainly because Mrs L doesn’t want alcohol in the house (but she did buy some vodka for some home remedy once).

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  4. Our church uses wine for communion (I’m guessing that Michelle’s does, too). We have communion every week. Whenever a doctor asks me if I drink, I always say, “About an ounce of wine a week.”

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  5. We also use wine for our weekly communion.

    So I forgot that I had my 6-mo. dental cleaning today, good thing they call to remind us the day before. I was tempted to postpone it but my dentist has become so popular that you can no longer just put it off for a week or a month — they now can’t reschedule you for like 6 months.

    So I’ll bite the bullet (or floss) and head in at the end of the day today.

    I’ve not been as regular as I should on the flossing, partly due to all the bathroom juggling through the fall/winter (I seem to recall misplacing the floss for a long period of time, oops). But I had a new hygienist last time who at least didn’t lecture me. Two of the other ones they have there are big on treating people like they’re 10. Very annoying. Yes, I know I should floss. No, I am not always 100% good about doing it. It’s life.

    The fact that I go in for twice-a-year cleanings I would think already would put me into a minority category of people who at least take care of their teeth and get them examined regularly.

    So Kim showed up in one of my dreams last night, she’d moved to California and was in charge of the chamber of commerce; she was MC’g some big opening and was joking with the mayor of LA (who some have nicknamed “Yoga Pants”) from the stage and I thought, well, she’s fitting right in quickly.

    Praying for Kevin, if it goes as planned and he gets to leave the hospital soon we should hear from him within 24 hours, hopefully. ?

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  6. We picked up son from the airport and had lunch. We are at the office right now. I am considering a staycation at a local resort for part of his visit. Traffic was bad getting to the airport. I am thankful Art can figure out the airport maze. I can get most places in Atlanta, but the airport is still mind boggling. It is only a little over nine miles from the office.

    I am especially glad to see son now since we have had little opportunity to talk since January. Miss Bosley will be nipping happy to see him, too.

    Love that beach scene, too, Kare. What a nice trip you went on.

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  7. Take a look at the kitchen and bonus room and see what we can do that is budget friendly. The driveway ate into my decorating budget.

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  8. Janice, I used to fly our of DCA (Washington National) often. It seems that every time I went there, the traffic pattern was different.

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  9. Remember I told you all about Hubby getting a job driving for an auto auction on Wednesday mornings, since the bakery wasn’t having him work on Wednesdays (his “day off”) anymore?

    Well, he has worked both jobs on a few Wednesdays now. Fortunately, the auto auction one is only a few hours, & he still gets home earlier than on a normal workday. But I was hoping he would be able to sleep in on more Wednesdays. He’s happy to pull in a little extra money, of course. (Things are tight financially.)

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  10. My church does not do real wine for communion. I prefer it. We do sometimes take communion at one of the daughters’ church where wine and grape juice are both given.

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  11. Dental cleaning is over. Hygienist, who’s very nice (from Iran, I believe, and this is only the 2nd time I’ve seen her) told me I had a “calm spirit.” She also uses a vibrating machine to clean my teeth, something no one else has ever used on me before, but she said it wasn’t particularly new. It is a little uncomfortable sometimes but it gets the job done faster for that reason I like it.

    Michelle can see my garage. The house, I don’t know. It’s in “a state” and I don’t know when I’ll really get to it at this point. 🙂 I still have some painting to do on the wood blocking they put on next to the garage door.

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