42 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-2-20

  1. Good morning little squirrel.
    Get back under the log. There’s nothing good for you out here.
    The rest of you” Up and ‘atem. You need to keep doing it anyhow.
    I, for one, will be glad when this election is over. I’m tired of it already.

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  2. Good morning! I found the last thing I wrote last night over on the prayer thread did not get posted. I wrote that I was praying for Cheryl before I went to sleep. No wonder when I woke up I was praying for Cheryl this morning and Katheleena’s family and my church family. So many things to pray over right now.

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  3. So now I am trying to decide about going in person to Bible study or doing it by Zoom this morning. I am leaning toward by Zoom call but asking God if He has a preference. I have a lot fewer distractions at home where I can easily handle my big fat Super Giant Print Bible. And I don’t feel like I am breaking the church rules with the half-on and half-off face mask when I am at home where I don’t have to wear a mask with fogged up glasses. I am over 65 so when I go out I feel I am breaking a rule, too. Oh, the added layer of decisions for these days.

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  4. Morning! The sun has yet to make an appearance and the forest has a silvery glow to it this morning. Bertie is singing his heart out and the dog has been fed and let outside. First cup of coffee has been consumed and now on with the day. That little squirrel up there appears to be playing peek a boo! 😊

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  5. Janice, God gives us the ability to make wise decisions on things like that. It isn’t sin to do a Zoom call instead of being present in person, and it sounds like it works better for you to do so–seems like that is your answer.

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  6. My daughter was nearly 5 when we moved back to the Mainland from Hawaii. She was entranced by squirrels and full of questions:

    Who is their owner?

    Who takes care of them?

    Who feeds them?

    Where is their house?

    One answer, which gave me pause and something to think about: “God.”

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  7. In case you need some cuteness. The rocking chair belonged to my mother. It was originally red with a cane bottom. When BG was born my father stripped it, and stained it brown. He the. Went to the stockyard, bought a cowhide, tanned it himself and made a new seat for it.
    The teddy bear belongs to Little Miss and the dress came
    From the same shop where my clothes we bought as a child. Future Southern Belle

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  8. Squirrels. The only thing I have ever shot and killed. My father made me carry it by its tail all the way back to the hunting camp. Halfway back it fell off of its tail. Yuck!
    I laugh because my friend R lives in an uppity, high dollar neighborhood outside of Richmond. Her next door neighbor kills most of the squirrels around them. He then, cleans them, freezes them, and ocassionally offers her some whenever he cooks them. Ugh. Tree rats.

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  9. I’m off to tour the new bridge in a couple hours, if my knee cooperates. It was giving me more trouble than usual yesterday and last night’s dog walk was shorter again as a result, I don’t need to be pressing my luck, but so far this morning all is well. They suggested wearing hiking boots but I’m going to have to get by the NB walking shoes.

    The state of the nation is a mess, Chas. I’m dreading the election and its aftermath, regardless of the outcome, I fear it’s only going to get messier and angrier. It all feels very dark and ominous to me right now. Is it just me? Or does it seem that we’re on the brink of a national breakdown?

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  10. Awww . . . Kim, that is so sweet. And right after that Instagram photo another on my feed popped up from a writer who could be the grownup version of your sweet grand. See if you can find Kimberly Rose Johnson. When I have seen her recently on my feed I always think how her face looks like a sweet little girl.

    That is one thing I appreciate about large families. I enjoy looking at all the children’s faces to see the variations of their parent’s faces.

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  11. Donna, 12:33 raises an issue I heard Rush mentioned today. I know this belongs on the “Politics” thread. but I will mention it here. Also, I haven’t completely thought it through. It’s a catastrophic event for our nation. Though Rush didn’t seem that serious.
    Scenario:
    Trump wins the election on election night in a landslide.
    Then, when mail-in votes are counted, Biden comes in the winner. Seems far-fetched, but Hillary is telling Biden to not concede under any circumstances.
    The result would be utter chaos. There are some, like “Black Lives Matter” who would like that.

    What I wonder is: Whose money is behind this?

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  12. We’re in a mess, right?

    Just got back from traipsing over the newest bridge set to open in early October. The thing is massive and is built to last 100 years. A couple engineers and one of our photographers were part of walking tour, all of us with hard hats and neon vests.

    Part of the extensive seismic infrastructure included on the bridge, dampers and road joints that allow the bridge to “give” and move 6 feet in any direction to absorb any shock, make it unlikely to collapse in an earthquake. Famous last words?

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  13. Whoever “wins” or looks like they’ve won the White House, will be challenged, both sides are ready to fight it out. I don’t foresee a lot of gracious losing from anyone, frankly.

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  14. Cheryl – I have seen some people sharing that info about only 6% actually dying of Covid shared by a few people on Facebook, even someone who is very intelligent and should know better. Apparently, a lot of people do not understand (or don’t want to) what comorbidities are.

    https://healthfeedback.org/claimreview/false-claim-shared-by-president-trump-that-only-6-of-cdc-reported-deaths-are-from-covid-19-is-based-on-flawed-reasoning/?fbclid=IwAR35FcI2zyurq9PTKbYj2taD9cTxNXMNwTMenWVDAjYlvVHBCWwuQTTf3_4

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  15. From Religion News Service:

    https://religionnews.com/2020/09/01/john-macarthur-claimed-there-no-pandemic-he-was-politicizing-the-science/
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    (RNS) — This past Sunday (Aug. 30) John MacArthur, the senior pastor of Los Angeles’ Grace Community Church, made a startling statement.

    “There is no pandemic,” he said.

    His proof? A recent Centers for Disease Control report that only 6% of U.S. deaths attributed to COVID-19 listed the virus as the only cause of death; the remaining 94% listed additional underlying health conditions known as “co-morbidities.”

    But according to health experts, MacArthur made quite a jump to conclude that, of the estimated 160,000 U.S. deaths examined in the CDC’s report, only 9,210 were due to COVID-19, and all the rest died of something else.

    In fact, it’s wrong.

    As of Monday, 6 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19 — including 700,000 Californians — and an estimated 184,000 Americans have died from it. When recording the reasons for a patient’s death, doctors list all factors leading to the person’s demise — but the virus remains the main reason they died. …

    … Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College, who first wrote about MacArthur’s sermon and is tracking churches that have experienced outbreaks, said MacArthur believes elements of the U.S. government are trying to shut down Christian worship.

    “Ultimately, he thinks the pandemic narrative is intended to attack the church,” Throckmorton said.

    The claim about the CDC report may have come from Jenna Ellis, the lawyer representing MacArthur’s church.

    Ellis, who is also senior legal adviser to President Trump’s 2020 campaign, tweeted a story from The Gateway Pundit, a far right website that wrote a story about the CDC report, titled “shock report.”

    … The Gateway Pundit likely picked up the story from followers of QAnon, the sprawling internet conspiracy theory that has taken hold among some of President Trump’s supporters. A tweet about the CDC report originally posted by “Mel Q,” a follower of QAnon, and retweeted by Trump, was taken down. …
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  16. When I posted this morning about asking God His preference about attending Bible study in person or by Zoom call what I meant was that I needed the Holy Spirit to bring to my mind any Bible verses that could better direct me rather than just basing it on my feelings of comfort. I had been visited by the leader previously who voiced concern as to how to get me back in the group in person. I think there are quite a few in church who are concerned that we are not “assembling together” in person. Maybe I am just so use to being virtual that it feels a lot like being together in heart, spirit, and truth on line or by phone as it feels that way all masked up and sitting at a distance from each other (from my introverted perspective). I was wondering if I went would it be God pleasing or just people pleasing? My final thought was to consider that the purpose of the time was to learn from God’s word and edify others in the group through discussion and prayer. I could better focus without the distraction of being there considering the obstacles. Does anyone here see any other consideration I failed to make? I may try to go at least half the time because I think our physical presence somehow encourages our leader more.

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  17. Pandemic (WHO): A pandemic is defined as “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number … ”

    And: “An outbreak is called an epidemic when there is a sudden increase in cases. As COVID-19 began spreading in Wuhan, China, it became an epidemic. Because the disease then spread across several countries and affected a large number of people, it was classified as a pandemic.”

    And: “occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population” “an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population : a pandemic outbreak of a disease”

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  18. Janice I think in this case you do what feels most comfortable to you. I am not afraid of getting Covid but my husband is. This past Sunday I chose not to go to an uncle’s (by marriage) funeral nor a baby shower for a cousin. I was going to the shower until my husband said “You know gatherings like that are how it gets spread”. I wasn’t worried about it but once he said that if I had gone and one of us ended up “with the ‘rona” there would have been heck to pay. It wasn’t worth it.

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  19. I think it’s a matter of common sense, wisdom and conscience (whether to go to Bible studies or worship services in person). It depends on your own risk factors, on the risk factors of those you come into contact with and your own ability to easily go out — my knee injury, for example, has been a hindrance to returning to in-person church (and also, more recently, my ‘scruples’ or discomfort with our particular church’s decision to continue holding indoor services which goes against current state and county orders here).

    On the other hand, if we find ourselves slipping into the ‘virtual’ mode for no other good reason than that it’s comfortable and requires less effort on our part, then we need to probably examine that tendency.

    There is a push among some Christians and churches, however, to turn this into a scenario in which the state is ‘oppressing’ or restricting the exercise of religion. I’m not seeing that at this stage, I think there is enough legitimate concern about this virus to warrant being (very) cautious.

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  20. The availability of online worship, prayer meetings and studies is a great advantage during all of this, of course. Take advantage of those, for sure. But there shouldn’t be any judgment among us, either toward those who choose to attend in person or those who for other reasons feel it is wiser to stay at home and worship remotely.

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  21. Janice I understand being conflicted about whether to show up in person on watch or participate online. I am more comfortable being home but since one of our Pastor’s mentioned to Paul they would like us there….we have been attending in person. LeRoy and his wife attended church the day the medical expert says they most likely were exposed to Covid. No one knows for certain but I myself would rather err on the side of caution. Now our small group has decided we will share dinner together once again every week. I am so uncomfortable with that decision but I seem to be the only one in the group feeling uneasy. 😞

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  22. Janice, I definitely get the question of whether to go in person–overall, meeting face to face is better, whether the question is talking to a friend on the phone or seeing her in person or some other choice between in-person and more distant. I personally have a bigger “draw” to the worship service than to Bible studies . . . it’s harder that the worship service is “virtual,” and I have no problem when Bible studies are. (I don’t think the “gathering together” that we are not to forsake talks–primarily at least–of getting together for “extracurricular” activities with parts of the church, like Bible studies or other small groups.)

    Right now, in fact, meeting on Zoom for such studies is a blessing for me. My husband and I are involved in one locally, and when it met live he was often too tired to attend it (late in the evening). Likewise, the one with my former church, I now live too far away to drive to it, but I can attend virtually. It’s a blessing that the church service is livestreamed–but not “better” in any way to attend that way, just better than not to “attend” at all.

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  23. My husband and I haven’t attended church in person since March 1 (we both had the flu March 8, and I had to get a substitute for my Sunday school class–with the lesson on Jesus’ resurrection, and unknown to me my last “chance” to attend church or to teach). That means we have missed six months’ worth of services already except for that March service–half the year. A number of years ago I missed about a third of the services in one specific year, a mixture of health issues and weather, and that felt like a lot. Of course we have had the livestream, which except for the first couple of weeks has done a complete service twice each Sunday, but it isn’t the same.

    But I keep reminding myself of two things. One is that God is still in control and none of this catches Him by surprise. Two is that even if this goes on longer than we want or expect, it still is a temporary situation. Let’s say this goes on another year of restrictions–that’s still only 18 months, and we’re a third of the way through it. That’s a long time, and I hope we don’t see it–but it’s still temporary. (Obviously it could be longer, too.) Even if it lasts the rest of our lives, it’s temporary, because this life is temporary–though obviously if this somehow goes on for a long period, at some point life must return to as normal a pace as possible. (You can’t sit out church for five years, for instance.) But it’s temporary, and God is in control, and that gives me patience to wait.

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