43 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-11-19

  1. Chas, it may not feel busy, but what you do is the important thing. Taking care of image bearers is always good. I was just reading in Ecclesiastes 9 this morning. Verse 9: Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.

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  2. A beautiful day her. I saw last night that the larch tree has turned to its brilliant yellow. I have only been able to grow one of those here but it sure looks nice. Son is probably still under the weather so twelve year old will do most of the chores, I suspect she learned her lesson from yesterday when she did not get up and lost her library books. She will get them back today when she gets up and moving. This evening is the first Bible study for twenty two with the other pregnant girls and she wants me to go with her so that is on the docket. Hopefully, just the first time as guests are only allowed the first time. It is not like she needed me along when she got pregnant, she can do this.

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  3. Liking the Fall colors. Too bad it’s followed by Winter cold.

    I know we often complain about the weather. But I am reminded of a sermon I heard 40+ years ago in Iowa. It was a Canadian evangelist, Keith McLeod. He was speaking about the Fall of man in Eden. He said that the weather there was perfect, such that Adam and Eve could be naked yet comfortable. He believed the frigid winters and torrid summers were a result of the fall. So his main line was, “When you’re too cold or hot, remember the Fall.”

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  4. That evangelist was wrong. The ever cycling seasons are a promise from God, a sign of His great mercy:
    “I will never again curse the ground because of man, even though man’s inclination is evil from his youth. And I will never again strike down every living thing as I have done.
    As long as the earth endures,
    seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
    summer and winter, and day and night
    will not cease.” (Genesis 8:21-22)

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  5. I would “like” Mumsee’s 9:54 if I could.
    She is correct. I have long periods in which I do nothing. To make matters worse, there is nothing I can do. But it time well spent.
    I blog a lot.
    She is at the Adult Center now. I just came back from grocery shopping.
    And I am going to lunch now.

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  6. Peter (10:43 “remember the fall”), interesting point. It’s never “too cold” here, except at the dog park, but the heat can certainly cause plenty of grief.

    Elizabeth Elliot.

    Maybe two stories to do today. Yesterday I was one of 3 reporters working on the Trump Administration/LA homeless ‘fact-finding’ visit. I worked from the office the 2nd half of the day since I was between callbacks and decided I needed a change of scenery. I actually enjoyed it, although it reminded me again of how crunched and cramped our work spaces are over there.

    They’ve also installed high-tech elevators that require our keycards and have no buttons to press at all once your inside; so you feel a bit trapped. They also feature a very creepy, automated female robot voice. “Going up,” she coos softly. It’s like a Twilight Zone scenario …
    I expect to be shopping for a thimble on an empty department store floor one of these days.

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  7. * you’re

    Most of you probably won’t get the thimble reference, but those of us who grew up watching Twilight Zone know it well 🙂

    These new elevators are completely automated, so you enter the floor you want on the keypad in the lobby, using your keycard to activate it, and it tells you which elevator to board. But once you board, there are no buttons inside, you’re in a box with the robot lady voice in full control.

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  8. We set a record of 99 degrees yesterday. It was near that back in the 1920’s. The Birthday Tree was glowing golden just now with the sun shining through the leaves.

    Now back to Bible study and straightening up the house.

    Oh, I woke Art at 1:30 telling him I needed his help. Miss Bosley was scratching herself and chewing at fleas. I took DJ’s advice and went to her empty food bowl. Art sat down beside it on the floor. Since he has never done that, I wondered if she thought they were going to have a game of who can get the food down fastest. I had the Revolution ready and poured the food in the bowl. I quickly tried to part the nape fur and she did not like that. Art then held her while she made a low mowling sound and I squirted out the tube. I hope I got enough on her skin and not just her fur. She is not scratching so much now so maybe it worked. It took me awhile to get back to sleep after the excitement.

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  9. I also gently grasp the loose skin at Annie’s neck to hold her still while I separate the fur & squirt the medicine on with the other hand. As soon as I’m done, she makes a funny face, but then goes right back to eating. 🙂 And then we’re both happy.

    I was watering the grass the other evening, just before it started to get dark, and a man walked by, commenting, “Nice grass.” “Not really,” I replied — it’s scruffy with brown and dirt patches, though that’s typical for summertime. “Well,” he said, smiling, “it looks like mine. Don’t water too much, they (the city) will charge you a fortune.” And that’s true enough.

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  10. Shortly after I got Annie, she had an abscess (from a cat scuffle outdoors) and I had to give her liquid medicine. It came with a dropper and you had to squirt it into the cat’s mouth.

    I picked her up, wrongly thinking that would be the easiest way to get the medicine in if I just held her peacefully in my arms. Bad strategy. In a flurry of resistance she launched herself up and out of my arms, skyward, and I wound up squirting the medicine into the air after in her wake.

    Umph.

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  11. You watch very strange things, DJ.

    I am fairly certain I am already not a fan of elevators.

    Husband is diligently working on the Medicaid thing. He got a phone call early this morning from a higher up branch in Boise. The lady referred him to an agency he had already been routed through and out of. And so it goes. I cannot imagine how people who actually need this stuff can get it for themselves. He has a Master’s degree and years of military experience filling out paperwork. And has been doing this for children for the past twelve years.

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  12. Wikipedia:

    The Twilight Zone is an American media franchise based on the anthology television series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy, science fiction, suspense, horror, and psychological thriller, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, and usually with a moral. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes. The original series, shot entirely in black and white, ran on CBS for five seasons from 1959 to 1964.
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    My mom was an early fan, it came on late (10:00 pm) Friday nights (too late for me although sometimes if I couldn’t sleep or was sick she’d let me sit with her on the sofa as she folded laundry while it was on). She was a bit of a night owl; my dad went to bed early because he usually had very early work shifts.

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  13. Hi people. 🙂

    I remember 9-11 clearly. A homeschool day — didn’t have the TV on, so didn’t know what was unfolding out east until a friend of my husband’s called later that morning, asking if we’d heard.

    Fourth Arrow was my baby at the time; just a few days shy of 4 months old.

    Now she is my most recent high school graduate. We had her party last Saturday. A very busy weekend, with that, and then playing in church Sunday. (My shoulder pad didn’t fall off my viola this time, lol!) 😀

    A blessed event occurred Sunday. The young man I mentioned several months ago, friend of 3rd Arrow who has some Mormon family (parents are non-practicing, and he hasn’t really been part of the church since he was around seven years old), professed faith in Christ Sunday and is now a member of our church.

    Do you remember when I had first mentioned he was planning to come to our church the first time? He came that day, as well as every Sunday since then. He’s also not missed a Sunday Bible study all those months, too, and he signed up for our church’s Starting Point class (about fundamental doctrines of scripture) last spring — it meets Monday evenings, and 3rd Arrow goes with him. There’s one class left, and he’s faithfully attended that class as well.

    God has done a wonderful work in that young man, and now he has been in regular communication with his sister and brother-in-law, who live in the area, talking to them about his faith in Christ, and encouraging them to worship with our church family, too.

    Tears of gratefulness welled up in my eyes when he went up to the front on Sunday, along with the other new members. God is so good.

    Hope all is well with all of you. I’ll try to check in again now and then. There are lots of other things to do, though, now that I’ve added a new, very part-time job, into the homeschooling / piano-teaching / music-performing mix. Today is my first day serving as the accompanist for a local university’s concert choir. Two rehearsals a week, and about a half dozen performances scheduled for this semester. I haven’t seen the music yet, so wish me luck sightreading at the first practice today! 🙂

    Blessings to you all.

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  14. Michelle (5 pm), interesting piece. Today, unless it’s a public figure, we do not report suicides unless they somehow occur in a public space. We just learned that a community member active in politics (he’d run for a couple offices but wasn’t prominent enough to be considered a local public figure, really) had taken his own life, leaving everyone stunned.

    Here’s a piece from Terry Mattingly:

    https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2019/9/11/symbolic-details-too-painful-for-words-shocking-death-of-jarrid-wilson-stunned-us-all

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    Symbolic details too painful for words: Shocking death of Jarrid Wilson stunned us all
    By Terry Mattingly

    Did you need more evidence that we live (and strive to do good journalism) in a broken world?

    Did you need a reminder that any journalist who works on the religion-news beat needs to dig into a dictionary and learn the meaning of this theological term — “theodicy.”

    The death of the Rev. Jarrid Wilson unfolded on social media, with shock waves ripping through the digital ties that bind (including in newsrooms). He had worked to bring comfort to those suffering with mental-health issues — while being candid about his own life. Wilson reminded those struggling with suicidal thoughts that they were not alone and that God knew their pain.

    This gifted preacher — married, with two young children — knew that and believed it. But something snapped, anyway.

    Here’s the top of the team-written Religion News Service report about this tragedy which, hopefully, will shape the mainstream coverage of that will follow. …
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  15. “DOE THE NEXTE THYNGE.” (You’ll have to read Michelle’s blog post to figure that reference out)

    I’ve always loved that simple advice.

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  16. Michelle, I read that article when Olasky first published it. The portrayal of suicide in the period he is talking about was much more complex than he portrays it. Olasky seems to ignore the fact that many of the newspaper stories he is quoting from were suicides of those facing ruin and disgrace. The suicide in the face of public disgrace in that era was frequently regarded, in circles of privilege and power, as “doing the decent thing” to avoid dragging one’s family through the scandal – the short Shelock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ‘The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton’ is about a blackmailer who has driven several of his upper class victims to suicide, whom Holmes is hired to foil. On the other hand, suicides of the poorest and least powerful were often regarded as pitiable acts of despair – Charles Dickens’ penultimate novel, Our Mutual Friend, written 1864-65, mentions such cases, in an early scene with the waterman who makes a living by dragging drowned bodies out of the Thames. Olasky may be a fine journalist, but he is, to my frequent observation, an inaccurate historian, as he never uses all the data available to write a story about the past.

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  17. I put up a fall wreath that has the colors in the banner photo. It’s muted but pretty and soft. Since it’s rather early for fall decor, I liked its understated look.

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  18. I put my fall decor out on Monday of this week, and moved a bunch of furniture around to different places or rooms to make space for my grand piano that’s getting delivered TOMORROW!!!

    We’re not sure yet whether the piano will come in through the front door or the back (sliding glass) door. It’ll be the front if it fits. But they said that if there’s less than three feet from the door to the stairway (we have a split level, with seven steps going up to the living room where the piano will be), it would probably be too tight to get it in.

    I measured later, and it’s 3 feet, 3 inches.

    If that isn’t enough space, they plan to go around the back of the house. Problem is, there’s no sidewalk back there, and we’ve had soaking rains Monday and Tuesday, had more rain today, and additional is predicted for tomorrow. So it’s really squishy at the moment.

    We called the main piano mover today, and hubby explained the yard conditions and asked whether the delivery might need to be delayed. They’re going to make a go of it tomorrow, though, anyway.

    It’s still hard to believe that a grand piano will soon be in our house!

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  19. Typing with 2 fingers on IPad.

    Feeling like a celebrity being showered with gifts and a fantastic dinner!

    As to the suicide stuff— I’m bothered at the thought— which could be wrong— that in the media effort to be kind, they’re making killing yourself much less of a taboo.

    It feels like hands are being waved about grace that perhaps should be tempered with spiritual caution. We’re already having an epidemic of suicide, do we really want to imply there is no culpability when a person has a mental illness?

    Is this the message we want young people to take away?

    Not sure. I’ll ask Janice to explain when I see her! -)

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  20. Some people say that most people who commit suicide are so much not in their right minds that they cannot think straight about the repercussions for themselves or for those they leave behind.

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  21. Someone recently said that specifically in response to the accusation of a person who had committed suicide being selfish, not thinking about his children.

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  22. Wilson, who killed himself, had posted on Twitter a strong call to trust Jesus the day before. He had tweeted about a funeral for a woman the day before he killed himself, urging people to trust in Jesus. He killed himself on National Suicide Prevention Day. That all strikes me as very, very odd.

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  23. Roscuro @11:05- No, the evangelist was not wrong. I believe that God gave us the regular turning of the seasons as grace because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. That if they had not taken of the forbidden fruit the Earth would not have extremes in temperature. That we would still be pure of thought and deed and enjoy the world as it was in the beginning.

    But that is only speculation. Since God granted mercy and we dwell in a fallen world, we endure the extreme changes and glorify God that he still gives life.

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  24. Kizzie, it actually is selfish and “not thinking of your children” to kill oneself. It’s the ultimate selfish, self-centered act. Now, are there often extenuating circumstances that make a person not deliberately selfish in that act? Probably. But suicide should be discussed as a selfish act, not an act of personal freedom and autonomy. It may be that there are people who stab or shoot other people in such a state of mental illness that they bear no moral culpabiity at all for the action–a person with advanced Alzheimer’s but plenty of strength, for instance–but if we were talking to a mentally ill person or drug addict who was speaking of killing other people, we would tell them clearly that it is an evil, cruel act. And so we should speak of suicide, at least in speaking of the generic idea of suicide.

    And it often is an act of deliberate and intentional selfishness. I have personally known a few people with very close family members who chose suicide. In two cases, the deceased purposely left cruel notes for those left behind. (In one case, an adult daughter had to go through the house as quickly as possible, hoping to find all of the multiple notes intended for her father, the husband of 50 years.)

    In this recent case, the wife said her husband is finally free and finally at peace (I forget the exact wording). While she of course isn’t thinking of other people contemplating that action, she may well give them “permission” to act by such wording. Saying that a person can find “peace” through suicide is troubling. And while we cannot say that a person who dies by suicide is damned for that act, we certainly cannot say that any murderer finds “freedom” through that action. It’s a tragic ending to life. And I think the knowledge that it is the ultimately selfish act is undoubtedly helpful for some people–I know that it would be helpful for me, if I were in such a state, to come face to face with the thought that it would be the worst thing I could do to those who love me. (And, yes, some people do it for that very reason, that it is the ultimate cruelty–and those people likely are not believers.)

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  25. Suicide is so hard. When my friend’s mom took her life (she lived next door to my mom, we girls had long since moved out), I remember the anger I felt about it. Then a friend spoke about how much pain she must have been in and it gave me pause, softened my initial feelings of anger. People can reach a point where they don’t have the capacity to see or think clearly, I think. But that said, suicide does leave behind a unique hurt for a person’s family and friends.

    I watched Flight 93 tonight, I’d seen it some time ago but didn’t remember too much about it. Very well done and a reminder of how horrible and chaotic that day was.

    I’m trying to figure out a way to get to that 2nd grade lunch on Friday. But as I was looking at our class picture (which has no names), I am not sure I see myself. !!?? Wouldn’t that be crazy if I wasn’t even in the class?? Yikes. I see only one girl who “may” have been me. It’s all kind of confusing now. I certainly remember the teacher, but maybe I had her another year? I really don’t remember elementary school all that clearly. Even so, I managed to write up a nice “memory” paragraph about it all. The benefits of being a journalist.

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