61 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-15-19

  1. 2nd! It’s late but I just walked the dogs — only a few blocks due to the late hour (after 10 p.m.).

    Is tomorrow Monday already? I’m in denial.

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  2. I notice Jo gets to skip Mondays.
    Everyone bet me says “hello Monday” and goes to bed.
    Good morning everyone else.

    I know this belongs on the R&R thread, and I think I have mentioned it.
    But “USPS” keeps sending me e-mails saying they don’t have information for a delivery.
    They want me to give them some information.
    I know of no one who doesn’t know all they need to know about me.
    Especially, if they have my e-mail.
    They should know by now.

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  3. Good morning all. Here is your hymn of the day: “Man of Sorrows” (or “Hallelujah! What a Savior!”

    The other day Roscuro pointed out that the death and resurrection would not have happened without the birth of Christ after I had said that the death and resurrection were more important. She is correct, but my point is that other religions have a “savior” who was born, but none have one who died in our place and was raised from the dead. While Jesus’ birth was important to our faith, the death and resurrection make our faith different from the rest. Thus, they are more important.

    I am not saying the Nativity was unimportant. But when I read Scripture, I see the birth mentioned only in two of the four Gospels, while the death and resurrection take up a major portion of all four. And the in Book of Acts the Apostles don’t go around proclaiming Jesus’ birth, they proclaim His death in or place and His resurrection.

    So, Roscuro, while I agree that His birth was necessary for the rest of what He did, it is His death and resurrection that make Christianity what it is.

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  4. Me too, Michelle. I have managed to get sick and have so much adenopathy in my neck that it is difficult to find a comfortable position to keep the airway open. Currently in the recliner.

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  5. I was up most of the night, too, and only woke up a short while ago because my brother called as he waited for someone to open the doors of the tax office he works in Monday through Thursday (only this week it will be only today). I hardly ever miss that much sleep. I missed getting the garbage can to the street which has to be the worst of it.

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  6. For those of you who haven’t read Poppy . . . it’s on sale for a limited time at $1.99 on Kindle. You can gift it on Kindle, too. 🙂

    Also, if you are still an Oswald Chambers fan after I’ve beaten the hills for as many facts as possible, I’ve got a PDF in my newsletter today about how an English professor searched for his birthplace in Aberdeen, Scotland and surprise! had a fun research serendipity of his own.

    If you don’t get my newsletter and would like a copy, send me an email. I don’t think I can link PDFs here. The professor prefers to remain anonymous and asked me to offer it only through my newsletter.

    Honestly, I can’t escape OC information–and I don’t mind. It’s fun for me to be just as amazed as everyone else! LOL

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  7. I just got this in an e-mail


    So? What should I do? I think I will remain anonymous.

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  8. Peter, in the early Church, the defining mark of Christianity centred around the question of Who Jesus was. The heresies in the early church, such as Gnosticism and Arianism, centred around denial of Jesus Christ’s Incarnation, as God manifest in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16). This is apparent even from Scripture. John makes the statement that: “many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.” (II John 1:7, also I John 4:2-3). Pastor A used to preach on the vital importance of the Incarnation every Christmas, because he held that the mystery of God becoming human was central to the Gospel. He also preached on the vital importance of the Resurrection in showing that Christ was who he said he was every Easter, while the importance of the Death of Christ was emphasized every communion service. Belief in the Incarnation is as vital for salvation as belief in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    It would be a mistake to consider that the Birth of Christ is less of a defining mark of Christianity because it is only in two Gospels. One might just as well say that the Ascension of Christ is less vital because it is only related in any detail in Matthew and the Book of Acts, with only one short verse about it in Mark and none in the Gospel of John – but without the Ascension of Christ, there would be no coming of the Holy Spirit, no building of the Church, and no looking for the return of Christ. If it were not for Matthew and Luke’s account of Jesus’ conception and birth, the Gnostics’ argument, that Jesus only appeared as a human without actually being embodied (which resulted in them also denying a bodily Death and Resurrection), would have seemed a lot more believable. But Matthew’s very Jewish account, which points out the specific Messianic prophecies the Birth of Christ fulfilled, and Luke’s journalistic detail of the Birth completely blow any Gnostic spritualization of the Incarnation out of the water. The Arians did not deny Jesus’ full humanity, they denied Jesus was fully God. Thankfully, the Church had John’s Gospel, in which, while he did not relate the Nativity in detail, he emphasized that the Word had indeed become flesh, with Matthew and Luke backing John up with the details of that becoming flesh. Mark’s account beginning with John the Baptist would be without context were it not for Luke’s account of how John and Jesus were related through Elizabeth and Mary.

    The Gospel would not be complete if any one of the four Gospel writers was missing. The circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus were detailed in many prophecies about the Messiah, from the words of God about the seed of the woman to the serpent in Genesis 3:15 to the location of the birth in Bethlehem in Micah 5:2 (not to mention Isaiah’s word about a Virgin conceiving and the Child that is given, among many other prophecies about the Birth). Thus, the Gospel details of Jesus’ birth provided vital answers to the question of Who He was; and both Christ (Luke 24:27) and the Apostles (Acts 9:20, 13:23) would have used the prophecies of not only his Death and Resurrection, but also his Birth and Life to prove that Christ is the Son of God. We have such an example of how they would have been used in the writings of Justin Martyr, who lived in the middle of the 100’s A.D., who ranges all over the Old Testament to prove the Jesus was the Christ in his dialogue with the Jewish philosopher Trypho: http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/justinmartyr-dialoguetrypho.html

    Trypho tried to argue that the birth of Jesus was similar to pagan accounts of deities being born. Justin Martyr replied that such legends were demonically inspired imitations of the truth, and proceeded to show from Old Testament prophecies how the circumstances of Christ’s birth was a fulfillment of them. Justin was not a whit discomposed by any perceived similarities to the popular Roman cults of the age. Trypho’s skepticism is a reminder that we do not only witness to pagans who might confuse Christ with their deities, we also witness to theists, such as Jews and Muslims, to whom the idea of an Incarnate God is downright offensive. Christianity is not just different than paganism, Christianity is also different than Judaism and Islam. By the way, the cult of Mithras, which is one of the myths that Justin confronts without fear, has similarities that have been made much of by contemporary secular scholars who argue that Christianity was just the most successful of the mystery cults that were so popular in the Roman Empire. If we worried about how pagan myths and legends compared to the Gospel when seeking to preach the truth, we could be mightily discouraged, because the devil is very crafty in the imitations produced. Justin is one of the earliest Christian apologists on record, but he uses Scripture to make his arguments to Trypho. The fact that the Gospel is the truth is not derived from carefully reasoned apologetic arguments that seek to logically delineate the differences between the Gospel to the myths of other religions. The truth of the Gospel comes from the authority of Scripture and the witness of the Holy Spirit, who guides believers into all truth, and its evidence is in our faith (I Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:16-21; Hebrews 1:1-2; John 16:13; Hebrews 11:1).

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  9. We’ll let you do it first, roscuro.

    Busy week ahead, with a port meeting tomorrow on the terminal automation issue. More than 2,000 longshoremen are expected to turn out for that one. It’ll all wind up in court, most likely, and I don’t see where they have a legitimate case to stop what the terminal plans to do.

    Because we’re a port town, support for the longshore union has been a given. But it’s tempered with the reality now that they earn six-figure salaries, have free Cadillac health insurance and essentially full pensions when they retire. Few people in our town enjoy anything near that status. And being an old-style power-house union, there’s that swagger and bullying tone that can really be a turnoff when they all get together for “the cause.”

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  10. How can anybody hate this time of year?????!!!! The daffodils are up, the rain is coming down. Snow, sleet, fog…What is not to love? Vegies are poking their heads up as they prepare to bless our table with their nutrients. Birds are nesting, bees are waking up and starting new colonies….

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  11. I have a love/hate relationship with this time of the year. It provides an abundance of flowers and beauty for my haiku nature photos. But there is little time to get out and enjoy it all, and then there is the pollen, too.


  12. Here in Connecticut, letting our lawns grow is discouraged, as that would make a breeding ground for those awful deer ticks that spread Lyme Disease.

    That line, “Hallelujah! What a Savior!” reminds me of a song we used to sing at my old church, years ago. The words came back to me as I started singing it:

    “Hallelujah! What a Savior,
    Who could take a poor, lost sinner
    Pull him from the miry clay and set him free!

    I will ever tell the story,
    Shouting Glory! Glory! Glory!
    Hallelujah! Jesus ransomed me!”

    I probably have a couple words wrong in there, but the main part of it is right. Although, I may have missed a section between those two.

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  13. On Kizzie’s question from the weekend, I would hesitate to say when exactly the soul had departed from the body in death. That is beyond human knowledge. But I do understand something of what the doctor may have been trying to express, that death may well have occurred before the machine is stopped. When my uncle died, he was taken off life support with the decision of his family. I was present. When I first went into the room to say goodbye to my uncle, while the life support machine was still on, and touched his hand, I knew that he was already very close to complete death, if not already gone. His hand was lifeless to the touch. Once the machine was shut off, the monitors very quickly went flat. It is a bit of a complicated explanation biologically, but basically, not even a life support machine can keep pumping blood and oxygen into a dying or dead body. The peripheral circulation just collapses, the result of a cascade of chemical reactions resulting from massive organ failure, which in turn has resulted from some other cause, whether infection, heart attack, stroke, etc. With all the resistance from the peripheral circulatory collapse, the human heart will not be able to keep pumping for long and death is imminent. I learned very early on in my nursing training that absent peripheral pulses (e.g. the ones at the wrists and the ankles) is a sign of impending death. That is what I felt in my uncle’s hand – nothing.

    Those who are in a coma or vegetative state from brain injury have spontaneous heart beats, and may or may not breathe without ventilator support, depending on the cause and extent of the injury. They are, to all appearances, unconscious. They cannot swallow or speak or respond in any detectable way to stimulation. They receive nutritional support through feeding tubes. These are the people who may ‘wake up’: https://www.brainline.org/article/facts-about-vegetative-and-minimally-conscious-states-after-severe-brain-injury. My uncle was not in their number, he was dying from a rare liver disease and the machines could no longer keep him alive – after his kidneys failed, they had tried dialysis, but the blood just clogged the machine. My father was, as he was in a coma for five days on a ventilator, from which he rapidly recovered.

    There is a group who do need life support ventilation who are fully conscious and responsive otherwise, those who suffered a spinal cord injury above the fourth cervical vertebrae and thus their diaphragm is not longer innervated. I knew many years ago, of a young man just a few years older than I, who received such an injury, and who, with his parents’ support since he was a minor, made the decision to go off the ventilator and died. He and his parents were both Christians, and the decision was made prayerfully. My parents attended his funeral. Had modern medicine not existed to place him on the ventilator, he would have died within minutes of the injury occurring. It has long been the general consensus from Christian ethics that to decide to refuse or withdraw from extraordinary medical treatment, such as mechanical ventilation, is not inherently immoral.

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  14. DJ, preaching to the choir. I have noticed that for years, any time we go to Boise. My yard is the nurture nature type. I keep it mowed because of the ticks, and the rattlers. But, the weeds are nice and healthy. Once they have been pruned the first time of the year, they thrive at lower heights so we have beautiful flowers all summer long. Different ones at different seasons. Lovely to watch. And I try to mow in sections so the bees are busy on one part while I mow another and then the next day, I mow there and they have the day before area. Weeds grow and flower quickly enough to make that work. I have lots of clover and plantain and pinks and henbit and more and more….which the bees and others love. But they are all short enough the chickens and turkeys and at one time, guineas, can get the ticks and rattlers. Lots of birds here. Makes the cats happy. It is a dog eat dog world.


  15. Our daughter, who spent her toddler years in Hawai’i, had never seen a dandelion before we returned to themainland. She loved seeing yellow flowers everywhere and blowing the clocks!


  16. But they are so edible! The flowers are quite tasty, and the leaves are good though they can be bitter And so good for you! Such delicious nutritious food we mow or poison and God has provided for the picking. Probably more nutrition in a dandelion than in a bunch of kale from the store.

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  17. I had a nice mess of kale, spinach, beet greens with my farm fresh eggs this morning, but I try to grab some dandelion, mustard, and hollyhock to munch as I do chores


  18. When my wife and I saw the Jeopardy players introduced Friday night, one of the names caught our attention because we have friends with the same unusual last name. Sure enough, we learned yesterday that Mike is our friends’ nephew. He had the misfortune of getting on the show during the reign of James the super-champion, so he didn’t have much chance of winning. Knowing that he was going to be on Friday night, but not knowing the outcome, our friends were rooting all week for James to lose before their nephew Mike came on. 🙂

    Mike didn’t win, but he did a good job and did it cheerfully.

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  19. Horrifying. The last time I was on the top of Notre Dame–to see the gargoyles ten years ago–there was no security up there. I’d think things had cracked down–but watching Donna’s link, they were wondering how the fire could have spread so quickly. Watching the spiral go down brought tears to my eyes. I’m not sure how many sacred works of art are actually in the cathedral except for the glorious window. It was crowded when we stopped in circa 2013 during a mass and we didn’t walk through–since it was a worship service. Very sad.

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  20. Michelle, the slate has to be supported underneath.

    Mumsee, porpoise skins? The KJV translates it as badger skins, which, admittedly, was also an unclean animal. The ESV says it was goat skins, which makes much more sense. The HCSB says it was manatee skins, which just sounds ridiculous. Where would they get manatee skins – an aquatic mammal found off the coast of West Africa, in the Caribbean, and the Amazon – from in the middle of the Sinai desert? The search page on biblegateway.com contains some interesting translations of the word for the type of skin: https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Exodus%2025:5. The Hebrew lexicon does not clarify – basically, no one quite knows what the word translated variously as badger, goat, dolphin, porpoise, manatee, etc. really refers to: https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H8476&t=KJV.


  21. I haven’t read above. I may comment later
    Michelle, Elvera’s mother had eight children. Five of then girls.
    She was forty when she died.
    There was plenty of closet space because each girl had two dresses.
    It’s Elvera who doesn’t have enough closet space now. That’s the reason.

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  22. The only closet I can fit into is that one beneath the stairs. All the others except the pantry and linen closet, and Christmas decorations and artificial tree closet have too many clothes on hangers. Art and I share the coat and game closet in the entryway. He has clothes in two more closets, one shared with Wesley for clothes he does not need in the hotter climate in TX, and I have my clothes closet that I alternate out with a storage trunk for out of season clothes. These are small closets and not the walk in style of newer houses. These encourage frequent weeding. That is a good thing except that Art’s weight keeps bouncing around and I sometimes should have kept things I got rid of.


  23. Among the most recent updates:


    via CNN

    The next hour and a half will be crucial to efforts to save what remains of the Notre Dame cathedral, said Jean-Claude Gallet, commander general of the Paris Fire Brigade.

    “There’s a risk that the great bell falls. If the bell falls, it’s the tower that collapses. There are firefighters inside and outside. The next hour and a half will be crucial,” he told reporters on the scene.

    “We need to win this battle and block the spreading of the flames. The most efficient action is from the inside. We are not sure if we will be able to stop the spreading of the flames to the North Tower,” he said.

    He said the initial call to emergency services notified authorities of a fire in the attic of the cathedral, although the cause of the blaze is unknown.

    “We are evacuating the most precious artwork that is being sheltered,” Gallet said.

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  24. This article is about the clash between the understanding of the Inuit in relation to their world and the assumptions that Qallunaat (southern) scientists make about that world. The sketches of the main Inuit personalities in the story are delightful, and I see in them the same wit and wisdom that I saw in the Inuit where I was: https://www.macleans.ca/to-kill-polar-bear/
    ‘There are no roads in or out of Naujaat. Some residents drive trucks around the Nunavut hamlet, located precisely on the Arctic Circle, but many prefer snowmobiles or ATVs and plenty more get around on foot. Pretty much everything in the town is within walking distance.

    Look out toward the horizon from the edge of Naujaat, however, and it’s difficult on a cloudy day to tell where the land ends and the sky begins. It’s a breathtaking landscape of endless ice, water and wilderness. Also danger.

    It was about one hour before sunset on Sept. 8 when one local looked out toward the waters of Repulse Bay, at the northwestern edge of Hudson Bay. Almost immediately, anyone within earshot of a CB radio—most hunters keep theirs on all the time—heard the one word spoken aloud far too often as of late: Nanuk. Polar bear.

    The animal was just a couple of hundred metres from town when another voice came over the airwaves, that of respected elder and once-active hunter Charlie Tinashlu: “Kill that polar bear before it gets too close,” he broadcast. “Kill it before it kills one of us—again.”

    It had been only 10 days since Naujaat buried one of its own, Darryl Kaunak, a father in his early 30s who was mauled by a polar bear while out on a hunting trip. It had been two months since the people of Arviat, down the western shore of Hudson Bay, had to do the same for 31-year-old Aaron Gibbons.

    There are several ways to try to chase off polar bears, rifle shots in the air and devices known as “bear bangers” among them. But over the years, residents say, these scare tactics have become less effective; the bears often return within a couple of hours, or a few days.

    So the people of Naujaat were scared and angry. There was no guarantee that when this bear returned it wouldn’t come at night—a prospect all the more dangerous in a town of about 1,100 people, where 40 per cent are under the age of 15 and it’s not unusual to see kids playing street hockey at 2 a.m. There is one wildlife conservation officer in Naujaat, Peterloosie Papatsie, whose job is to protect the town but also safeguard the bears by enforcing the Wildlife Act, which ideally means scaring bears away and not killing them. It doesn’t make him the most popular figure in the community.

    Now, whether Papatsie approved or not, the town’s hunters were headed for the shoreline of Repulse Bay with an elder’s authorization to kill. It was approaching 7 p.m. when a gunshot went off. The bear collapsed, shot dead. The town was safe—for now. But the heart of the problem was still very much unresolved…’


  25. The news is that the two main towers of Notre Dame have been preserved from the fire: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/apr/15/notre-dame-cathedral-fire-paris-france-landmark-live-news

    The news of the fire made me think of the destruction both World Wars wreaked on the historical landmarks of Europe and England. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one thinking about it (from the link above):

    ‘The Church of England’s director of cathedrals and church buildings, Becky Clark, says:

    “The fire and the destruction it has caused are heart-breaking. We stand together in prayer with all who love Notre Dame: its worshipping community, those who have visited, and those who only know it from afar. We understand their sense of loss, and the uplifting connection people feel with cathedrals and churches the world over.
    But no matter the destruction, the spirit of what it means to be a cathedral can and does survive such catastrophes.
    In England, the spire at Lincoln collapsed in the 1500s, St Paul’s was destroyed in the Great Fire of London and Coventry was destroyed by bombs. All have been rebuilt, sometimes taking on new forms, to stand as reminders of eternity and resurrection which are the foundation of the Christian faith.”‘

    I am not sure of Clark’s last line, as the Church does not consist of buildings, but I do understand the value of landmarks, something which Proverbs speaks of: “Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set.” I have been rereading Dorothy L. Sayers’ The Nine Tailors which gives a vivid picture of how much the old churches and cathedrals of Europe have contributed over the centuries to the life of the communities that surround them. It helps to understand the grief of Parisians.


  26. There is nothing like running barefoot and stepping on a picker plant. They are natural, but they still hurt. I no longer run barefoot, but my grandchildren may when running under a sprinkler or going swimming in a small pool.


  27. I don’t do barefoot but some of my children do. I don’t recommend it, never have. Even on the beach or especially not on the beach. We wear old shoes when playing in the sprinkler. We walk barefoot in the house.


  28. Today is not the Ides of April. That was Saturday. This, according to Wikipedia:

    “Ides (calendar), a day in the Roman calendar that fell roughly in the middle of the month. In March, May, July, and October it was the 15th day of the month; in other months it was the 13th.”


  29. Re: porpoise/badger skins for the Tabernacle: Unclean animals were only forbidden as food, not for other uses. After all, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and I don’t think those are clean animals.

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  30. I’m heading out early in the AM, so I’m posting tomorrow’s posts tonight.

    Seriously, in like the next half hour.

    And while Mumsee, didn’t get 57 today, she did hit another number. 🙂

    More on that tomorrow, but later today. 🙂

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  31. What????

    Peter L, the thing that got me was it said the sea creatures were unclean to even touch. Porpoises have fins but not scales. One would have to touch them to get their hides. Or maybe they bought already cleaned hides so they could do that. It is not going to affect my salvation, but it was a point of interest. Roscuro’s explanation is interesting.


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