72 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-24-21

  1. Saturday already? This week went fast. AJ must be sleeping in tomorrow or going somewhere, so he put this up early.

    Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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  2. Good early morning. I have a class today about writing picturebooks. It’s all day on Zoom. I have not done a marathon Zoom before. I hope they make good recordings just in case of device failure. Have a good Saturday, y’all.

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  3. Good morning everyone but Jo..
    Looks like I’m late for the party.
    But Janice and I start the day.
    I’m just sitting here drinking coffee and texting you
    Looks like it will start raining anytime.

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  4. Morning Chas. Have a good day. Enjoy the sound of the rain as everyone in California envys you. Though I did hear they are getting some rain there too.

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  5. Good morning. We have white covering the ground and tree branches again. That is not unusual, but we are ready for spring now. I am always amazed how some flowers can bloom in the snow. I am always amazed when I see the fowl sit on the ice and water and not freeze themselves. God has made an amazing world filled with beauty and practical purpose. If this world is tainted with sin and is so beautiful, what will the new earth and heaven be like? Too amazing to even contemplate.

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  6. Good morning, again. Jo, little boy is well loved. Twenty four is there with her little girl and is doing the things we were doing. She even sent a video of him lifting his head while lying on his back. She walks up, says his name, and he responds with a laugh and a smile. She has him in his chair frequently, playing with toys. He is loved well.

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  7. I have decided to take the flowers to the church Monday morning. I will include a nice card from the boys and me.
    Right now my plan is not to attend the funeral. R is really the only person I will know and I haven’t seen her brother since sometime around 7th grade. It will hurt me more to be snubbed and I am not masochistic.

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  8. Kim, probably good decision on the funeral. I doubt she’ll care whether you’re there or not. It’s possible it will even bother her to see you. And from your side, it isn’t going to bring peace. You’ve done what you can, and she can choose to reach out in the future or not.

    I am sorry that you’ve gotten such a response. I’ve been there, and I know it hurts.

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  9. Good decision, Kim. Let it go. You have done what you can. I know the tendency to replay these things a million times in our minds. It won’t help. It will just make you miserable. Pray for the relationship and let God work.

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  10. Mumsee is giving good advice.
    Don’t turn another chapter, close the book.
    from what I see from here, thee is nothing you can do.
    Close the book and move on.

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  11. No rain here — and the rain that was forecast for Monday (50%) no longer is expected.

    It’s just overcast and in the 60s.

    I met the new neighbors a few doors down the street last night as I was walking by with the dogs, they’re renting the adorable 1920s Craftsman home with a wrap-around porch. They have 3 dogs.

    So today it’s off to Hollywood to gather up Carol’s things. I need to get on the road soon so I can have that behind me. But I didn’t sleep well last night after having to get up to let Cowboy out and then hearing a mosquito in my room.

    Then I read a very depressing story on our website about a photojournalist (known locally in our news chain) who’s dying of Lou Gehrig disease. (The story said he prayed to his father — which would be his deceased earthly father — at one point during his trial). It was the only mention of prayer or faith anywhere in the article (which was written by one of our photojournalists who I am assuming knew him well).

    Anyway, a very sad and depressing story, really, and I’m actually sorry I read it first thing in the morning on a day when I need some energy and motivation — and was finally beginning to feel some of that last night.

    I’m still hoping also to get the house picked up and replace those hanging flower pots on the front porch today. But we’ll see. I do have Monday off so it’s a long weekend for me.

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    I’ve also become aware of some folks I know well in our church who may be transferring to our sister church across town; these are folks who have been active, including an elder, and I suspect part of it is a fallout from the pandemic issues that were so difficult to navigate in our congregation where there were so many conflicting (and passionately held) opinions.

    In fact we had a few elders step aside for a “break” after things finally began to settle down. My hope and prayer is that bygones will be bygones and we will move forward and get over it, if you will.

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  12. Donna. I was out of church for over a year, caring for Elvera.
    When she died, I returned.
    Nothing was the same. My SS class didn’t exist. There is one SS class. Mixed, which I don’t mind. It is just different. None of the men in my previous class are around anymore.
    And the church holds it’s services in the multi-purpose (read basketball court) room.
    They say it all happened almost as soon as I left.

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  13. Our service feels pretty normal, actually — we are still in our same meeting space, but we are still “divided” into 2 Sunday morning services (one with masks, one without for our more ‘rebellious’ folks of a different mind-set). Our adult SS remains the same (a general Q&A) — it’s held after the later service but is available via YouTube/online for those who attend the earlier service.

    The coffee & donut table still hasn’t made an appearance yet, but that’ll come shortly, I’d guess. Our numbers here are extraordinarily low, a good number are vaccinated, and the rest are pretty sure this is all really nothing to be concerned about anyway. lol

    But it has affected our churches in some rather significant ways, I think.

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  14. Many of us spent the past full year in “virtual” church so we’ve all be absent for some time. I actually was surprised by how normal it all felt once I was back.

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  15. But our elder meetings — which were open for all to observe via zoom (though I never took advantage of that due to a long work schedule every day) apparently were quite intense at times, especially through the early and mid-pandemic months when debates and opinions ran high over what we should or shouldn’t be doing with regard to meeting in person, especially how much authority the government should have over the church.

    Still, I felt they managed to navigate things pretty fairly, providing different options (including the outdoor service at our sister church and virtual church ongoing throughout, of course) to satisfy most everyone’s views and preferences. It’s required a lot of planning and effort by our deacons who were responsible sometimes for multiple sanitation sweeps through the meeting hall on Sunday mornings.

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  16. Chas, the online option – when nothing else was available — was a godsend for most of us. We’re continuing the online service, in fact, as the church drew in people from throughout the U.S., some former members but others we didn’t know about (our pastor’s sermons are on some Christian radio stations so some perhaps came after hearing those). But we’ve really broadened our reach.

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  17. When I was in West Africa in the village, we attended church virtually before it was a thing. Oh, the team gathered, and sang and prayed together, but no one there was an ordained minister – the men there all had other qualifications. So we watched or listened to recordings of pastors that team members had – we couldn’t have used a live link because a) the time difference, and b) the internet was too weak to allow for streaming. When I was in Nunavut, I didn’t feel comfortable attending the Anglican or Pentecostal churches, especially without an invitation from the Inuit members – and a service conducted in Inuktitut would have been difficult to follow without a friend to guide me. So I listened to sermons by myself on Sunday, once again recorded, since the internet was very expensive in Nunavut. The epistles are records of how the apostles joined in the corporate worship of churches located far from them, “absent in body and present in Spirit” (I Corinthians 5:3), by writing letters. The early church wasn’t limited to a specific time or place to worship together (Acts 2:46-47), so the time lapse for the delivery of such letters was no hindrance to corporate worship. Paul himself, during his years of imprisonment, couldn’t have attended church, so the church came to him, daily.

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  18. I think the only ‘real-time’ service I missed online was when had vaccine appointments on Sundays. Otherwise, it was as much of a pattern for my Sunday mornings as going to in-person service was during all those months.

    Circumstances change, but God’s people find a way

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  19. I have been out planting petunias and strawberries with thirteen and fourteen. Hopefully, they won’t freeze. If we remember to bring in the petunias, the strawberries are fine.

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  20. Just finished downloading a service from home. We are limited in numbers here. But really I look at who is preaching. No pastors here. Today is someone who tends to get away from scripture and off on tangents of his own feelings. No thanks.

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  21. Mumsee, thank you so much for your response. I was very worried about that little guy. So nice to hear that they are listening to you and caring for him with love.

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  22. Re: remote church- I remember way back in the 60s the local Catholic church had “Mass for Shut-ins” on TV every Sunday. I don’t know if it was live or recorded, but it was “virtual”. So our Zoom and Facebook streamed services are nothing new.

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  23. The picturebook class yesterday was excellent. I loved learning about the variety of structures and more about writing in rhyme. The networking was fun, too. Another lady from my Word Weavers group was in the all day program, too. We were in the same breakout rooms throughout the day.

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  24. While I was on Zoom, my brother came by and pulled my washing machine away from the wall so he could put some enzyme stuff into the drain pipe. We shall see if it works to solve a drainage problem. I have piles of backed up laundry. The enzyme is suppose to gobble away at any gunk blocking the passage of the drain water. It is not fully blocked, only partially. I pray he has not made the problem worse!🙏

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  25. I’m praying that it works, Janice.
    For me, any day is like any other day. Get up, do the same thing until bedtime.
    Except Sunday.
    On Sunday, I get up, dress out, go to church and SS. Then I come back and undress and don some jeans. Same ones I was wearing before.
    By 10:30, it’s over.

    The song, “This World is Not My Home” keeps returning to me.

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  26. Another excellent online message from Virginia. This was the follow up from last week’s excellent message. He is in Nehemiah and teaching how we as believers ought to hunger for the Word. And prayer. And confession.

    Soon we are off to in person church locally. Both excellent and both helping me to see God more clearly, I hope.

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  27. Peter, When my grandparents became shut-ins, they would watch Charles Stanley’s services live. Wasn’t a fan – his fundraising from outside his own congregation really didn’t seem right – but at least he was better than the usual brand of televangelist. There were so many seniors who couldn’t get to church, and so few options for them to join in worship at home.

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  28. I just enjoyed my church service and then went straight over to the online service of a black minister who is part of the family of a leader of a women’s ministry I follow on Facebook. I was blessed by both.

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  29. Roscuro – I don’t know the circumstances, but I would think that perhaps he needed the extra fundraising to afford airtime on TV.

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  30. I started to grab the phone. But then decided not to answer it.
    It occurred to me that the only reason Purdue University would call me on Sunday afternoon is to get me to send money.

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  31. I must have been tired, I got up at 7 to feed the cat and let Cowboy out (Tess can still use the doggie door but Cowboy has problems with it now and so I have to open the sliding glass door for him) — and then I fell back into a really deep sleep, not waking up again until 10. I clearly missed in-person church but will tune in to the online live 2nd service later this morning.

    I’m listless this weekend, I wonder if I’m still dealing with a bit of off-and-on depression from the winter months and losing my two friends so close together (on top of having to still get through this lingering and tiresome pandemic?)

    In the last couple days I’ve been texting my friend and former co-worker who’s in Arizona caring for her mom and she tends to sometimes go on and on about how people are being so awful and “boorish” about not abiding my the mask and other strict social distancing and other health rules right now, essentially making her even more of a captive and unable to go out for anything or come home to California for a visit. She’s horrified when she sees evidence of this misbehavior.

    But, I told her, you just got your 2nd vaccine, you’ll be protected in a couple weeks (and probably already is pretty much fully protected).

    But no, she said, it won’t really matter at all, she can still pass on something to her mom (extremely rare chance of that happening, from what I’ve read, but …) — her mom is in her 70s and is willing to get a vaccine despite their Christian Science background that keeps them away from doctors, but she wants to be more mobile first — understandable, but she’s been laid up and housebound after a fall since the fall of 2019 now, so I don’t know when that would be. Anyway, just a frustrating back-and-forth as my friend is so disturbed by people not obeying “the rules.” I said you can’t control what other people do or don’t do, you just need to figure out the work-arounds for your own comfort zone — cross the street, wear double masks if you must (she already does) so you’re not trapped inside that mobil home in Arizona indefinitely (she doesn’t drive anymore).

    To be fair, she has diabetes and that is a major underlying condition that can cause complications with Covid, so I get that she needs to be extra careful. And safeguarding her mom is a big priority. But now that she’s vaccinated, it should at least allow her to be a bit freer (and California now is starting to do in-home vaccinations, I’d think her mom might qualify for that soon even in Ariz.?)

    And I hate to admit it, but my backyard pine tree will probably have to be removed, I see absolutely no green on it now.

    Maybe I can persuade myself to at least take care of replacing the dead flowers today. Or tomorrow. I’m overdue on watering, too, and should probably hose off the car which is dusty due to no rain.

    This world may not be my “home,” but I’m a tenant in good standing for now, it’s where God has me, so time to get back to it, I know. lol

    I’ll try to re-engage today, find something I can at least accomplish?

    OK, I’m done whining for the day, I think.

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  32. Our church sponsors a radio ministry — basically just a slot on 1-2 Christian stations where our sermons are replayed. While it’s supported primarily (fully?) by our own congregation, I’m thinking (bot don’t know) that donations from audience members also are taken, but those would be for that particular purpose, to continue the radio broadcast and to cover those costs.

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  33. Foggy morning here. We shall see what this day brings. I finished in third grade so only have the two girls to tutor. I will watch some tutoring videos to be better prepared for them. But you never know who might be sick or where i might be needed. This is a very uncertain time here.

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  34. I organized a new “first aid” box (because I can never find a bandage or thermometer when I need one — tossed out a number of tube and spray bottle products that had expired, I felt like that visiting “aunt” in the insurance commercial as she goes through the young couple’s refrigerator — “Expired. Expired. Expired. Expired.”).

    I also cleared out some straw baskets that were stuffed with too many books, picked up after the dogs in the backyard, broke down and bagged some cardboard boxes for recycling — watched the church service and SS discussion earlier. So a decently productive Sunday for me.

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  35. I do want to get back to sitting outside in the front & on the back patio again. I need to clean up and recondition the Mexican front porch chairs and freshen up the seat pillows. And buy some living flowers.

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  36. Hafta confess Jo. I didn’t go for a walk today.
    However, this being Sunday, I did do more than my average walking while going back & forth to various meetings. (Two in significantly different locations).

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  37. I see on TV where a hospital fire in Baghdad killed 82 people.
    A real tragedy. But the thing that puzzles me is how a fire like that could spread through a hospital. i;.e. How can it reach flammable material in close proximity.
    Something seriously wrong here,.

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  38. Chas, hospitals have oxygen piping throughout the entire hospital. Fire likes oxygen. Because of the great demand for oxygen for COVID patients, the air around ventilators would be highly oxygen saturated, making the slightest spark extremely dangerous. This is not the first time a hospital has caught fire during this pandemic. There have been similar fires in hospitals in India (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56855387) and also in Russia last year (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52629781).

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  39. My husband likes to walk on our dirt road. Sometimes I will accompany him, but I often use our treadmill instead. This morning a wolf was walking down our road and turned into our driveway. My husband yelled for me to come and look and it turned around and headed across the road to the neighbor’s property. We know there are wolves here since they killed a two year old steer behind our house and we have seen them by the tree line. A calf was killed just down the road by a wolf and one was trapped by the authorities. This was the first time we saw one come up the drive way, however. The neighbor was out with her dog earlier. It does not make one feel comfortable about walking alone on the road. This time of year there are hungry bears, as well. We never thought of those things before.

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  40. I saw a deer in our neighborhood this past week when I was out on an early grocery store trip. That was an unexpected sighting. Never in all my years of living inside the perimeter (I-285) have I ever seen a deer wandering in the neighborhood. So far no wolves or bears around here, but we are the town where they film the walking dead so there is that.

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  41. The community did drive the wolves out of here but our federal government took a large part of Idaho and Canada sent in wolves. We no longer have caribou. We have many fewer elk, moose, sheep, steers, cows, calves…..But we have lots of wolves. I have not experienced them.

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  42. Husband has seen wolves while out running or walking. He usually just stops and watches them. They take a good look at him and then disappear into the forest. Our dogs get as close to husband as they can when wolves are about.

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  43. There’s a coastal wolf working its way down from the San Francisco Bay Area.

    https://www.sfgate.com/california-parks/article/OR-93-gray-wolf-california-bay-area-san-francisco-16066607.php

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    OR-93, the lone gray wolf on an epic California journey, nears the Bay Area

    No one is sure what he’s looking for, or why he’s so far from home.

    He may be in search of territory, mates or prey, but whatever OR-93 is seeking, it’s taken him on an unprecedented journey that’s gripped wildlife watchers for over two months now. The most recent update from the young male grey wolf’s collar reveals that he’s closer than ever to the Bay Area.

    “The last reading we received was Saturday and showed him to be in San Benito County,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Jordan Traverso tells SFGATE. “He has crossed both 99 and Interstate 5 while he’s been in the state.”

    How the 2-year-old crossed two of California’s busiest freeways is a mystery, as is much of OR-93’s odyssey.

    This latest ping from his GPS tracking collar — attached by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as part of their wildlife management plan — puts him around 100 miles south of the busy San Francisco Bay.

    Wolves leave scented markings for others in the species to follow, and OR-93’s 500-mile trail has so far taken him across the Oregon border into California, through the peaks of the Sierra Nevada, near Yosemite, into the Central Valley and now into pastoral San Benito County, 50 miles east of the Monterey peninsula. …
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  44. Looks like tomorrow is going to be busy. I have to drop off my vehicle at the auto shop before school to get a safety inspection, they require them here before registering. Then walk a ways to school. I just got called to sub in grade two tomorrow so I guess I won’t be doing the tutoring. Then walk back to auto shop after school and then a haircut and then Fellowship group in the evening. Have to have time in there for a nap, that’s for sure.
    And I thought life would be slowing down! We all do whatever we can to make things work around here.

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  45. Chas, have you ever considered having breakfast with someone. I am thinking going out for breakfast once a week with someone. I’ll bet there are others there like you all alone. Going out for breakfast can be fun and a change. Another fellow from church who needs encouraging???

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  46. Jo. Would you believe that I don’t know any of the people on either side of me? I know those across the street, but not my next door neighbor.
    Besides. Everyone around here is to busy to fool around with me.
    It’s interesting to watch cars going out in the morning and coming back at night.
    Who knows where they go and what they do?

    You have to understand. I am a single old man. These people have families and are busy doing things. Even my DIL and grand daughter stop by on the way somewhere.

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  47. Chas, what about in your church? Near us, the McDonald’s is full of old men in the morning. I don’t imagine they are all single, but they take an hour or two in the morning however many times a week to get together.

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