Our Daily Thread 4-4-21

Good Morning!

Happy Easter!

Matthew 28:1-10

Jesus Has Risen

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

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33 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-4-21

  1. He is risen indeed.
    And I will take this opportunity to tell each of you that I thank you for the help you have been through the years.
    I haven’t realized it so much as lately after I lost Elvera and am now cut off from the previous activity I had in Hendersonville, Annandale, etc.

    It is so strange at church. All those people know me because I am Chuck’s dad. But I don’t know them.
    I think I told you this before.

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  2. Chas, the people at church are kin to you through the blood of Jesus. You just have not yet known them long enough to have much personal knowledge of their backgrounds and families. You bring a very interesting background to share with them. Some of them probably want to hear your stories to enliven their lives with something new. And your wisdom and knowledge of the Bible will edify their spiritual beings.

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  3. Morning Chas. I come here everyday to check on you. Upon finding you here I whisper a prayer to our Lord as He is carefully watching over you. I pray you have a blessed Resurrection Sunday this day….He is always with us and He is our hope for tomorrow…we love you my friend ♥️

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  4. Didn’t realize there was a new thread for today until just a little while ago. Here’s what I had commented at the end of yesterday’s thread:

    “Janice – Nightingale is feeling better than she was on Friday morning, but still not “all better”. She called out of work for tomorrow, as she feels she needs more rest. (She very rarely ever calls out sick, so if she does, you know she needs it.)

    *******
    As for Chickadee, there had been another suggestion of showing up with cookies or something sometime. The thing is, that is something we have never done. We have never been invited to their apartment, not even in the beginning to see where she would be living. With the current situation, to show up all of a sudden “bearing gifts” would seem manipulative or pushy or something.

    I am still saving the Valentine’s Day and Easter candy for Chickadee that I would have given her if she were here.

    I still can’t believe this is happening. It is so unlike Chickadee, as she has always been very loving and sweet with me.

    My great concern (I hesitate to say “fear” but it is close) is that even if she wanted to reach out to me, the pressure (even if unintended) from YA and/or CBF to not do so could be more than she can resist. This whole situation is very scary to me. I have no idea when I will hear from or see my beloved younger daughter again. I have been crying on and off today. Tears in my eyes as I type this comment.”

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  5. Karen, I am praying for Chickadee. But I don’t know what I’m praying for. The way you describe it is so complicated. I have, in my almost 91 years, never heard of such a situation as you describe.

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  6. Answer to the dates of Easter 1901-2000 questions I posed yesterday:

    1. Easter came in March only 22 times.
    2. The earliest date was March 23, in 1913.
    3. The latest date was April 25, in 1943. (So yes, it can come later than April 20, though it rarely does so. I couldn’t find out whether it’s possible for it to come later than the 25th.)

    Bonus question: Easter never came on April 24.

    Further research says Easter can come as early as March 22, but does so rarely as circumstances have to be exactly right. Easter came on March 22 in 1761 and 1818, and will do so again in 2285. Easter came on March 23 in 2008; next time Easter it will do so is 2160. So anything earlier than March 24 is extremely rare, as is anything after April 23. So for March 22 to be Easter, the spring equinox has to come on March 20 and a full moon on March 21–and it’s easy to see that that particular combination isn’t going to happen very often.

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  7. So sorry, Kizzie, to hear your cries as a loving mother over Chickadee. I had not considered how an Easter basket might be thought to be manipulative, but since you said that I do understand. It would look like you did that to get her to respond.

    I do wonder if Chickadee is aware (and YF) of the arrangement you made with N about the house. I can imagine YF and family using that situation to say bad things and twist its meaning. I do understand why you arranged it like you did, but things like that are always tricky and can be used by the evil one to create conflict especially when there are souls available to be used by him.

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  8. Hi Wanderers! Happy Easter!!! Thanks for covering Cony in prayer. She has been released from the hospital and is home!!! Praise God!!!
    -Ann

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  9. Just had a long facetime call with my youngest and Archie and Lucy. She said that she waited to call and forgot daylight savings. So she called at 6:43 am. Fun times

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  10. Janice – Yes, Chickadee knows about our plans. But we have also made it clear that it is because doing so will ensure a home for all of us, including Chickadee herself if she wants, and she knows how much Nightingale does for the house and for me, and that Nightingale plans on taking care of me when the time comes that I need that. We have been very careful to present it in a way that she can understand that it is not merely me giving her sister a house, but benefits me, too. And she has assured us that she understands.

    But it is possible that if YA or CBF wanted to create dissension between Chickadee and Nightingale, they could manipulate her to think of it differently.

    Right now, I don’t know what I am going to do, besides pray. My heart is aching so bad.

    I am praying for her heart to be pricked by the Holy Spirit. Also praying that Mrs. McK’s heart will also be pricked, and she will encourage Chickadee to visit again, especially as Mother’s Day comes upon us next month. Not sure if this is a proper way to pray, but I also prayed that the Holy Spirit would move upon YA and CBF and “shut their mouths”.

    Of course, I am very much hoping that this will all be resolved well before Mother’s Day, but I am afraid it won’t be. Sometimes I have let myself wonder if this will still be going on when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around, and that thought is too painful to consider.

    As I have said a few times before, I just can’t believe this is happening because this is so unlike my Chickadee. Please pray that the hold that YA and CBF have on Chickadee, and their undue and unholy influence, will be loosened, even broken, and that she will have the strength and courage to reach out to me. I pray that her love and compassion for me will override the influence and grip of the McK sisters. Thank you for your concern and prayers.

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  11. Happy Easter, everyone. I am finally back home after spending 3 more weeks with the twins 🙂

    I’ve read up on the blog everyday, but was unable to reply – so many fun topics that I could have contributed to, oh well. Next time.

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  12. Kizzie, asking God who has the complete view of the whole situation to sort it all out and do what His best is for the ones involved. I imagine the McKs get a tax benefit for her living with them but not sure. Could that somehow be motivating them? I am sad with you about it all. Just remember not to borrow trouble from days ahead because the present day has enough of its own. Keep faith in God that He loves her more than you and ask for His love and protection to remain steady in her life. If you can locate a group that deals with prodigal children, I know it is not quite the same, but the suffering is the same and the groups thoughts and prayers reciprocated might be helpful so you don’t feel so alone in suffering through this situation.

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  13. Kizzie, your situation is so difficult, I’m not sure I’ve heard of anything like this either, but I’m sure its not entirely unique, thought the circumstances are so unusual.

    I think it’s perfectly appropriate to pray that the “McK sisters” (sounds like characters from a novel) will be silenced as I, too, think that is the root of what’s confused Chickadee and caused her to so strangely behave. Perhaps something will happen that will cause a significant change in the McK’s living/housing or family circumstances, something that might prompt a move or some other major change in that household that would then cause Chickade to return to her own home. They seem to be a very bad influence on your daughter who is so vulnerable and is probably confused, whether she realizes it or not. Mothers and daughters should never be alienated like that and I also somewhat hold “Mom McK” responsible (another book or movie character I think) for all of this. Surely she must see what’s happening? Perhaps connecting with her in some way, not sure how, would help, but I don’t know. You know the personalities, relationships and situation better than any of us. It truly is all quite distressing and baffling.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    I had a good Easter afternoon with the cousins, there were 4 of us, including a friend of my cousin’s from high school who now lives in her current neighborhood. My cousin’s oven conked out yesterday so her friend was able to heat up the Costco-bought ham. The rest of us contributed other foods, there was more than enough, as usual.

    I have tomorrow off but probably need to head up to Hollywood to pick up all those items of Carol’s at the rehab where it’s all being held. I’ve felt tired all day today. But it was a beautiful day here, sunny and in the 60s.

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  14. I was glad we did not attend church today. The guy who was going to speak was tested for Covid and has to await the results, so a sermon from a television program was substituted. Covid numbers are quite high in this area right now. We did watch the service live.

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  15. We had 73 degrees as we were out and about visiting a water fall. It was a bit hot for us since we have not had that high a temperature for many months. It was a beautiful day.

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  16. Chas- When I first moved to Missouri, at church I was T’s brother (T is my older sister). Later, we moved to another town and I was known as my self. Now we visit the old church where D1 still goes, and I’m her dad.

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  17. Peter, it was entirely different in Northern Virginia.
    But down here, my only clam to fame is “Chuck’s Dad”.
    Actually, I am extremely pleased that Chuck and his family has such status in this part of the country. (With the kids, it extends beyond Greensboro).

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  18. I am: that religious woman with all of those foster (no, they are adopted) kids
    Mike’s wife
    that mean mom that makes her children ride bike’s to town
    that mean mom who won’t let her children have smart phones
    that mean mom who makes her children work
    that mom who does not make her children work

    But I am somebody in my church.

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  19. Janice, it’s hard to imagine how people would get a tax benefit from having an adult woman who is not their child living with them, but I don’t know how such things work. I suppose if they count her as a member of their household and she is not filing her own taxes, but that wouldn’t amount to as much as the cost of food and clothes and whatever else she costs them, unless they have disability income or such coming in for her. But she’s an adult and she isn’t their child, so would they even be eligible for anything short of fraud?

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  20. Thanks, Janice. Yes, I figured that if she were not filing her own taxes then her deductible could count on their taxes–but they would certainly not be making money off her unless she had income coming in and they were claiming it for themselves.

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