54 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-4-18

  1. I was sitting here drinking coffee this morning, and thinking about how bad it is here. All the corruption in Washington, millionaire football players disrespecting the flag. All the trouble we are having in America. The immigration problem.
    Then, I thought abut all those people on the Mexican border.
    THEY ALL WANT TO COME HERE

    There are a billion people in the world today who would trade places with me if they could.

    I don’t know any of the details, but my records show that in 1721 a guy named Frederick Scholl showed up in Philadelphia. He had come from southern Germany. I don’t know his situation in Germany, but he knew that he had a better life if he could start over in America.
    Almost all of us are descendants of someone who came here looking for a better life.
    Even the two black ladies who come to help with Elvera are better off now that they would be had not their ancestors been captured and made slaves. The practice of serfdom in Europe was about the same. Those who could escape and come to America did.
    And that’s why we are here.
    God Bless America.

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  2. We do live in an amazing country.

    This morning, husband is stuck in the airport. They are bringing in a new plane from Spokane and towing away the old one. I am glad they decided not to use it as it appears to only have one engine working. He may be the only one they still hope will make his connection. Which is nice for him as they were hoping to get four generation pics at the airport this morning.

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  3. Morning and indeed that was a great speech from an amazing President! (Oh and I went back up and saw that mosquito!)
    Thank you for sharing that Chas…it does bring things into perspective. My great grandparents whom I knew well and deeply loved, came from Germany…life was hard for them but we are incredibly blessed due to their determination…..and the protection of the Lord God Most High….

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  4. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸŽ† Happy Independence Day! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸŽ†

    We cannot know true liberty until we claim total dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  5. Both Phos and Mumsee make good points on yesterday’s thread.
    My point is: No matter who you are and how you got here, you are immensely blessed because you live in America.
    Phos, the same for you. Canada is as blessed as we are. But the countries south of us do not have the concept of individual liberty.
    But it has Spiritual roots. I fear for our future.

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  6. Yes, Roscuro made some good points, but failed to mention that the European slave traders bought the African slaves from other Africans who did the kidnapping. That is a point usually not mentioned in modern history books.

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  7. Chas, we do have a great country, with some faults. Same as the ancient Greeks, Romans, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Incans, Mayans, Aztecs, Ethiopians, Nez Perce, Iroquois, etc etc, etc. And they all fell.

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  8. Though I did meet some Greeks who were pretty sure they were just on the cusp of rising again. Including that Greek would become the dominant world language within ten years. That was about fifteen years ago.

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  9. I had a rough night, still not feeling well — better this morning. Lab results didn’t come in yesterday as expected, so doctor’s office said now I have to call back Thursday. Ugh.

    But in the meantime … Serendipity strikes again!! Five more amazing photos of my house!!! they’re from a scrapbook that apparently belonged to the wife of the first owner/builder. They had two young girls. And a very cute dog named Prince, all featured in the various photos. So awesome.

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  10. Oh, but I did resolve one problem with maybe what’s been causing a nasty bump and sore on side of my nose. Doctor gave me a steroid cream, I was thinking it was another little no-see-um bite, though he thought if the cream didn’t clear it up it looked like it could also be a skin cancer.

    Well, last night, I realized a 2nd matching bump was starting to emerge on exact opposite side of my nose (yes, I’m looking sharp these days).

    Then it occurred to me that I always wear some older glasses when I’m at home working in the house and yard and that the coating on those metal frames has been peeling off more and more and hitting my face in those spots — so, I’m thinking it’s the nickel allergy rearing its head. I put the glasses away and put on my better glasses this morning to see if it all clears up.

    Oy. My body’s turning on me something awful.

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  11. I replied to Mumsee on the other thread. Peter, the fact that Africans were involved does not absolve those in the Americas of their responsibility. Is the fencer or receiver of stolen goods any less guilty of theft than the thief who first takes the goods? If it is an organized syndicate, it is the mastermind, who commissions the petty thieves, who is held to be the worse and more immoral criminal. The Africans kidnapped slaves at the behest of the slave traders, who were supplying the demand of the slave owners.

    Chas, it is true that Canada has a wonderful degree of individual liberty. It is a gift that we who are Christians in this nation should use for fulfilling Christ’s commission. That gift, however, does not absolve this country of past crimes. This nation has treated the First Nations of Canada abominably, repeatedly cheating them of what was rightfully theirs, and the fact that we prospered while doing so does not justify the injustice. God gave Babylon prosperity, He gave Assyria prosperity, He gave Persia, and Greece, and Rome prosperity, and then, as He said He would, He destroyed them for their greed, their idolatry, their cruelty, and their lust. Canada, if she does not reverse her course (apologies have been made for the past, but the practical work of undoing the crimes leaves much to be desired), will have to pay for her injustice, and so it is with every country. There are natural laws written into creation, and those who break their oaths (Psalm 15), which is Canada’s crime to the First Nations; those who steal (Deuteronomy 24:7 & I Timothy 1-8-10), which is the America’s crime to West Africans; those who murder (Genesis 9:6), which is the crime of many nations to their unborn and many ethnic majorities to ethnic minorities; they will all have to pay the price in time.

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  12. Again, I asked on the other thread, but will ask again here: how are we supposed to atone for the sins of our “ancestors”? Maybe my ancestors were slave holders. May they were Wilberforces, I don’t know. The best thing I can think of is to make this as great a nation as possible, welcoming new citizens from all over, while keeping out the criminals and those determined to do others harm. But I don’t see it happening.

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  13. Fascinating, horrifying, article in NY Times about non-assimilation in Denmark and what the country is doing about it. Comments were really interesting, too.

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  14. Ok, pics sent to AJ.

    Sender (our local historian) thinks it was probably a kit home, built by Miles Regan who built many of the homes in the area at that time.

    The front porch wall (now gone, alas) had some wonderful swirl designs — and there was an archway on the south side of the house that I’m really sorry is now gone. 😦 Oh well. Gotta make improvements, you know. I’m glad much of the original house remains though altered somewhat.

    And how fun to see the 2 girls and their dog — these pics look like the house was just finished or still being finished. Look like little else around at that time (and an older electrician who came here once wondered if mine could have been one of the original houses on this part of the hill).

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  15. Michelle @ 12:48
    Won’t work. They have allowed those people in and they will change the culture.
    That is their objective and they will do it.

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  16. I took a long time for my original comment to come up.
    So I reposted a summary. It came up instantly.
    😦

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  17. I might get to redeem a coupon today that Flyboy gave me as a present two Christmases ago. That year he gave each of us a coupon for a plane flight with him over Ann Arbor once he got his license. That took longer than he thought, but the time has come.

    The weather is perfect right now, but forecast to worsen later this afternoon. He gets off work (at the Ann Arbor Airport) in 30 minutes so I’m leaving now to meet him there. If the weather looks like it’s going to hold for at least an hour we’ll go up (staying close to home).

    I admit to being a little nervous about a small plane; I’ve never flown in one before. It will be exciting to see him at work in his element, though. Stay tuned…

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  18. Curious, Chas, but don’t bother paying. I read it right off FB without any trouble, but maybe I have a new number they’ll let me read in July without payment?.

    The gist is, the Danish government is insisting that if you live in one of the ghettos–which are predominately from new immigrants–starting at the age of 1, your child must spend 25 hours a week away from the family in cultural classes learning such things as to speak Danish clearly, the history of the country and laws, what Christmas and Easter are and so forth.

    Fascinating and horrifying at the same time, but the Danes fear they are losing their culture to immigrants who refuse to become part of Denmark but prefer their own enclaves.

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  19. The eagle was from our trip to Florida two years ago. One day we went to a recommended park, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park ( https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Homosassa-Springs ), and we were absolutely blown away. They have injured wildlife (like this eagle), but it’s on such beautiful property that wild animals come, too, such as many wood ducks and great egrets. The cool thing about many of the displays, like the one housing the eagle, is that there were no bars, and one could easily take photos. Now, it didn’t look like an eagle soaring wild and free. There were some logs stuck into dirt for perches for an eagle that couldn’t fly. But I got this close-up of his face and thought he looked every bit as regal as any wild raptor. (Yeah, except for that mosquito or whatever it was.)

    My very favorite part of the park . . . well, I can’t say “my very favorite” and list just one. I was going to say the enclosure that had multiple species of birds, including little blue herons, and that one could walk in and take photos. I suspect the birds were injured, but it didn’t look fully enclosed and my hunch is that a bird that gets healthy can get out–but I didn’t ask anyone about that. I just revelled in being able to get good shots of roseate spoonbills, both species of night heron, green herons, etc. They had four or five species of duck I’d never seen, but so many other species of bird I chose to ignore the ducks. But another favorite part was the boat ride to the park and then back to our car; we saw an osprey nest (it was no longer occupied), several wood ducks, a great blue heron, and a log full of turtles. The guide told us that people occasionally saw small gators and once a wildcat (bobcat, I think it was). They also fed manatees and had a show for that. Another favorite part was seeing an egret, a wild one, escape from a canny (captive) gator. The grounds were gorgeous, it wasn’t even close to crowded, and it was a delight to visit.

    A couple enclosures over from the eagle were a pair of whooping cranes, and the female had a nest with an egg, and yes, I could (and did) get photos of them. They said they got a pair as part of a breeding program . . . and this particular male came in, fought the male that was there and won, and they had to give the male back to the program and keep the one that had won his mate in rightful combat! They didn’t know if the egg would hatch, of course, but to see a whooping crane on a nest, and to see a male that had flown in there on his own wings and won his right to breed, was pretty spectacular. Not as good as seeing them “in the wild,” but not at all the same as seeing them behind bars in a zoo with some pseudo nest.

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  20. Congratulations on Flyboy! Enjoy your flight. I won’t be going on one. Son has his piloting on hold but now has scholarships lined up to pay for the rest of his lessons and getting his commercial pilot’s license since that is required for crop dusters.

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  21. Husband is on his final flight of this journey until the flight home. His Lewiston flight required a replacement plane so most people canceled or took alternate transportation. Nearly empty. Then from Boise to Seattle. Now to Anchorage. I may never get on a cruise if I have to fly. But I don’t! I live near a sea port after all.

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  22. ” … the fact that Africans were involved does not absolve those in the Americas of their responsibility. Is the fencer or receiver of stolen goods any less guilty of theft than the thief who first takes the goods? If it is an organized syndicate, it is the mastermind, who commissions the petty thieves, who is held to be the worse and more immoral criminal. The Africans kidnapped slaves at the behest of the slave traders, who were supplying the demand of the slave owners.”

    I don’t think anyone’s saying others were saying those in the Americas were innocent just because the slave trade may have started elsewhere and involved some who were of the same race as the slaves.

    But the opposite of that slanted scenario often is perpetuated.

    I think the point is that these issues become so broad-brushed and used for (modern-day) race-based arguments that it helps to understand that there are always many moving parts, plenty of culpability to go around and, in the end, the end, more evidence of human nature, black and white both, in all mankind’s vast diversity.

    We do not live in a nuanced era. The ’cause’ dictates the history with the “good” and the “bad,” victims and perpetrators, divided often along racial lines that serve the purpose of the present-day political cause.

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  23. I added a comment over on yesterday’s thread, too. πŸ™‚

    I have read that immigrants in the U.S. tend to adapt much better to American life than those in European countries do to those countries’ ways of life. Something about the fact that we are already an amalgamation of ethnicities and traditions. As such, we Americans are also more accepting of other traditions and customs, which helps immigrants adapt better.

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  24. Kizzie, an excellent point. I think that sometimes we tend to view Europe, as being part of the West, as having the same experience of mass immigration as North America, but most of their mass migration happened so long ago that they really do not have a collective memory of how to interact with newcomers. Reading Europeans discussing immigration is somewhat different than reading North Americans discussing the issue. Often a comment something like this is made: ‘The last mass immigration in Europe was over 1000 years ago, with the pagan Norsemen invading Christian Europe, and we all know how that went…’ That is an analogy I have seen European naysayers make to speak against the current immigration wave, which is amusing, since all the historical analysis I have read over the years about the Norsemen concludes, a thousand years later, that not only did the pagan Norse convert to the predominant European religion after a while, they also enriched and changed Europe by settling in England, Ireland, France (Normandy/Norman), Italy (conquered Sicily – on second thought, perhaps that makes the Norsemen responsible for the Mafia, which came to North America via Sicilian immigrants), and Russia (the first czar was a Norseman).

    There has actually been large migrations that have happened since very quietly in Europe, as the Mennonites could tell you if anyone bothered to talk to them – I have an in-law of Mennonite descent and his ancestors spent years migrating east from the Netherlands through Germany, ended up in Russia for a bit, came to the New World, were in Bolivia and then Mexico for a while, and are now in Canada. After World War II and during the Cold War, there were large refugee camps of Eastern Europeans in Western Europe that needed to be resettled, as Brother Andrew mentions in his book God’s Smuggler. Many Polish are now migrant workers in England, and that is apparently a problem with Brexit now as the Polish workers state they now feel unwelcome and experience unpleasant treatment from the British.

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  25. The Mennonites had to keep moving because the European countries did not want them. Apparently, their pacifism and resistance to change, with their dislike of new technology and adherence to archaic dress codes, made them dangerous.

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  26. A European characteristic which works against assimilation is its habit of segregating distinct groups. Cities had quarters where foreign nationals lived. The Jews were forced to live in ghettos throughout most of their history in Europe, to wear distinct clothing, were limited to certain professions, etc. The European mindset sought to maintain distinctions between ethnic groups, not to blend them into a cultural mix. That is why Nationalism, which was originally a seemingly benign cultural offshoot of the Romantic era in 19th century Europe in which classical composers tried to capture the national spirit in their music and painters tried to portray cultural scenes and authors to capture the national ethos, became so deadly in the first decades of the 20th century. It was easy to identify the Jews, because they had been largely kept distinct.

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  27. Our grandson Robert Lewis Ronald Weaver was born last night. Mother and baby are doing well. Grandparents and great-grandmothers are beside themselves.

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  28. Flying with Flyboy was a lot of fun. We were up for about 35 minutes and got to see familiar landmarks, our own neighborhood, and my late father-in-law’s farm. I wasn’t nearly as nervous as I thought I would be. That’s probably because he inspires confidence. He’s calm, confident, thoughtful, and thorough.

    Can you tell I’m a proud dad? It seems not so long ago I was holding him the way Ricky is holding Little Rob, and now he’s this mature young pilot.

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  29. Congratulations Ricky
    And Kevin. My first airplane flight was in a single engine plane. Only time I’ve been in a single engine plane, and the only time I’ve looped on one.
    But my wife and son flew in a jet before I did.
    (For those who don’t remember; I was a radio operator in the AF.)

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  30. Congratulations on the new little one, Ricky. Precious, indeed!

    And congrats Kevin to your son on his pilot’s license. I really enjoyed going up with my dad in his small planes. He was very thorough and careful, too.

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  31. “Oy. My body’s turning on me something awful.”

    I feel ya’ sister.

    After putting on more weight recently that I couldn’t explain, I was informed at my semi-annual that my thyroid had decided to retire. Yep, hypothyroidism. “Cuz I needed one more issue and another medication….. πŸ™„

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