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Sunday World Topics of Interest

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When people question faiths, I am sometimes aghast. Families and traditions

are part of heritage from generations back. When someone asked me, of a

different faith, “Who ‘made up’ the idea of Palm Sunday?” I had to think back

upon all of my Bible readings and my childhood lessons.

 

Aha!  In, John 12:12-13

(New Testament, Bible):

“They took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him (Jesus),

shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the

Lord – – the King of Israel!'”

 

No, this does not discuss or dictate a certain day to take palm

branches and walk through town, or in my family’s church’s case,

through church. It does mention this is a celebration and honoring

someone who we may have strong beliefs in.

 

I was especially proud then, to read that the church I attended with

my three children and my ex-husband, First Presbyterian, Delaware,

Ohio, is going to use “Eco-Palms.”

 

This is part of the Presbyterian Earth Care program joining with

the Presbyterian Hunger Project. These are branches which you

may feel are worth celebrating about. Usually palms are harvested

in rainforests where they make needed habitats for migrating birds.

 

Birds are one of my favorite part of the animal kingdom. The more

fronds or palm leaves taken and cut by the harvesters in the

rainforest, the more desperate a situation it becomes.

 

Eco-Palm harvesters, gather only quality palm fronds in a way that

allows the plants to keep growing. This program is considered a

community process and the way they are trained to promote saving

the plants and the homes of the rainforest birds, touched my heart.

 

The marketing program is what helps the Hunger Project, since it is

one where an agent is handling the sales and providing monies to

capture more of the profits to benefit the native population:  for shoes,

school uniforms, food and basic health care.

 

In addition, a portion of the profits is set aside for providing

scholarships, paying teachers and helping elderly members.

This truly is, ‘Cause for Jubilation’ in the highest form.

 

 

Timothy Merrill gives us his perspective on

always having to Wait in,

 

“The Waiting Game

Life involves lots of waiting. We wait in groups, in lines, in cars.

We wait for packages, for the bus, for the sun to rise.

We wait in doctor’s offices, at the post office, at the DMV

(waiting for license or plates renewals.)

Waiting implies we’re at someone else’s mercy.

 

It is also usually linked to Hope.

 

Perhaps that is why Paul Tillich called ‘waiting’ a “metaphor for

faith.”

 

Why would a person wait if there weren’t the firm belief that the

object of one’s wait will eventually materialize?

 

Waiting can be enervating, which is why in the Bible,

Isaiah 40:31 these words are so promising:

“They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”

 

Yet, waiting is tough if you have nothing to do while waiting.

 

That is why Jesus, when talking about waiting, also talked about

working – – “Work for the night is coming.”

 

Sometimes it is less tiring to work than it is to wait.

 

There’s a lot of waiting during Lent.

You’re waiting for a payoff.

You’re waiting for the Resurrection.

You’re waiting for spiritual growth.

And then you realize this isn’t waiting at all.

It’s Life.

It’s Joy.

It’s Opportunity.

It’s Blessing.”

 

Like John Mayer said but may have expressed more

deeply, “That’s why we’re waiting on the World to change.”

 

 

This one focuses on the enjoyable custom shared at work,

in communities or family gatherings. . .

 

“A Potluck of People”

(Taken from March’s “Spire” church bulletin)

 

“At many gatherings for potluck dinners which are meals largely

unplanned, when people bring food to share, usually the main

dishes, salads and desserts somehow balance out.  The fun is in

the variety and mixing together on a plate and the surprise factor

of what is brought to share and contribute to the Potluck.

 

Groups of peoples, churches, communities, families and workplaces

are all “potlucks” of a sort, too. When groups assemble, each person

contributes something unique and sometimes unexpected. When all

is mixed together, the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

 

A beautiful balance often results:

One is a good singer; the other writes well.

Some are strong leaders; others dependable team members.

Some are traditional; others innovative.

Combined together, it’s ‘delicious.’

 

Potlucks are sometimes called covered-dish dinners or meals.

But don’t keep your gifts ‘covered.’

Share them because you are a valued part of the whole.”

(Author Unknown)

 

We used to call our country a “melting pot,” which describes how we

were going to blend together.

 

I like to think of the World full of diverse cultures, faiths, histories

of countries as part of a “Human Masterpiece.”

(reocochran, 3/15)

 

When I speak of Lent, Jesus, God, the Bible and verses from it, it

is meant to describe and share the belief system I emerged from.

But any time you see a parallel of your faith with mine, I hope you

will feel free to explain how the theme or subject can be applied in

your family, your church or your culture.

 

Bridging gaps is my goal and focus, when I post something about

faith. I hope you never feel excluded or isolated, since this is not

what expressing my belief system wishes me to do.

 

Anyday Serenity

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There was a great inclusion from a site called, “Girlfriends in God,”

in my monthly church bulletin. I enjoyed this, along with a few other

worthwhile and meaningful quotations.

Hope this finds you peaceful, content and relaxing on this fine morning,

afternoon or evening.

 

You may find their website at:

http://crosswalk.com

http://www.girlfriendsingod.com

 

“Count your blessings instead of your crosses.

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes.

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears.

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth.

Count on God instead of yourself.”

 

(You may substitute Allah, Mother Nature or other form of

a Higher Being.)

 

This is a positive way of explaining a horrible experience. . .

I always like when people use pets to explain life’s situations.

 

“~Death~ What a wonderful way to explain it
A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the

examination room and said,

‘Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.’

Very quietly, the doctor replied, ‘I don’t know. . .’

‘You don’t know? You’re a Christian man and don’t know what’s

on the other side?’

 

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side

came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the

door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager

show of gladness.

 

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, ‘Did you notice my dog?

He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside.

He knew nothing except that his owner (his master) was here, and

when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.

 

I know little of what is on the other side of death. But I do know one

thing. . . I know my Master is there and that is enough.'”

(No author was listed. Please let me know if this is unknown or if you

know a name to tag this with.)

 

C.S. Lewis wrote of many subjects, some were Christian and some were

fantasy/science fiction:

“Every day in a life fills the whole Life

with expectation and memory.”

 

In Psalms 128:5 there is a lovely wish for those to hear. I like the idea of

psalms being songs and positive Old Testament wishes:

“May the Lord continually bless you with human’s blessings

as well as with human joys.”

 

A Prayer by Thomas Merton:

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself and the fact that I think that I am

following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire in me in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And know that if I do this you will lead me by the the right road

though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost

and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never

leave me to face my perils alone.”

 

This prayer by Thomas Merton is featured in his ‘Through the Year”

daily devotional book.

 

A little church humor

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When you usually think about church you may not include funny

memories.  I can remember being a single mother in Lancaster,

Ohio at the Presbyterian Church with two little ones in tow. I would

use a little ‘bribery:’ “We will go out to eat at (choose one of the

following choices) Bob Evans, Frisch’s or Jolly Pirate if you only

behave today.”  I would also include some behavior allowances for

crayons and scribbling on church bulletins and donation envelopes.

 

I have fond memories of my being at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

in Bay Village, as a teenager. I remember our minister, Reverend Lynch,

would include the comic strip, Peanuts’ philosophy. There is a book,

“The Gospel According to Peanuts.”  I also liked his use of humor when

he would refer to other comic strip characters like the Wizard of Id,

Dagwood and Blondie.

 

Hope these chuckles bring some smiles and I hope that you will also

throw in any humorous memories of church in the comments part

of this post.

 

“This Sunday in a Midwest city, a young child was ‘acting up’ during

the morning worship service. The parents did their best to maintain

some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle.

Finally, the father picked the little cherub up and marched sternly

down the aisle on his way out.

Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called out

loudly to the congregation,

“Pray for me!”

 

I would like you to visualize this cute picture of carolers, one upon

the other’s shoulders, almost like the Bremen Town Musicians.

They each have their mouths wide open and above them, upon a

balcony, is a family of music ‘listeners.’

Here is the ‘punchline:’

“The Hickory Knoll Church carolers were always ready to make

necessary adjustments.”

 

“Six year old Angie and her four year old brother were sitting

together in church. Joel giggled loudly, sang a song with lots of

enthusiasm and talked out loud,

“Who’s going to stop me?”

His big sister had had enough. Angie pointed to the back of the

church,

“See those two men standing by the door?

They will!

They are the ‘hushers!'”

 

This last one reminds me a little of my waffles post.

“A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin and David.

The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.

Their mother saw the opportunity to give a lesson on morals.

“If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have

the first pancake. I can wait.'”

Kevin turned to his younger brother and said,

“David, you be Jesus.”

 

Hope you have a relaxing, fun-filled and spiritual day.

Sunshine on Your Shoulders

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Sunday messages for today come in little rays of light found in some uplifting

quotes. Starting out with this lighthearted quote from the Bible:

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”

(Proverbs 17:22)

 

“Is any man merry? Let him sing psalms.”

(James 5:13)

 

This is from the book of Hebrews, reworded as:

“Hope is a strong and trustworthy

anchor for our souls.”

 

Hope keeps many moving along their much beaten paths. It gives us promises

of better times, when it is a tough time in our lives. There’s so much goodness

to be said about the word and feelings of “Hope!” ~reocochran

 

“Prayer is not a spare wheel that you pull out when in trouble;

it is a steering wheel that directs us in the right path throughout life.”

(Anonymous)

 

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.”

(Helen Keller)

 

To ponder on. . .

“There are two freedoms- – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes;

– – the true, where he is free to do what he ought.”

(Charles Kingsley)

 

Musical suggestions:

“Morning is Broken” sung by someone who used to be called, Cat Stevens.

When he got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his name was

recognized as Yusuf Islam. He was very humble in his speech, a lovely man.

 

“Sunshine on My Shoulders” sung by John Denver. I love “Annie’s Song,”

that starts with, “You fill up my senses…” My grandkids love, “Grandma’s

Feather Bed” song! He was a poet and nature lover, so sad his ‘Long-EZ’

plane went down in the mountains he so loved. Can you believe it will be

17 years from that October 12, 1997 accident? Seems like just yesterday…

 

Have a serene, tranquil and pleasurable Sunday, everyone!

 

 

A Walk Towards Easter

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This is a good one to read, if you are following some

Lenten ‘walks’ which have you choosing to set aside

technology and giving up other outlets. We may need to

have more peace, quiet and meditation while we contemplate

God’s gift of his Son. This is taken from Ann Weems’ book,

“Kneeling in Jerusalem,” (1992).

Here is a poem by Ann Weems:

“Winding Down”

We run around the World and the church

like wound-up toys,

looking for a way to get to Easter

without reading the instructions.

When we wind down,

We lie on our faces,

unable to move.

Perhaps in the still and silence,

God will give us the courage

to see our souls

and give us the chance

once more

to choose Life;

Faith, rather than frenzy.”

Sunday’s Love and Blessings

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Tomorrow, Sunday, will be a rather busy morning and

I may not get to the library. This is a short but

hopefully, sweet and inspiring message that includes

some uplifting quotes. Hope this leaves you feeling

a lift in your step and light-hearted in your soul.

Don’t let the Winter Blues get to you and hope the

Groundhog DOES NOT see his shadow!

Smiles sent your way!

COUPLES:

“We’re all a little weird… life is a little weird.

When we find someone whose weirdness is compatible

with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually

satisfying weirdness- and call it love- true love!”

Written by Robert Fulghum, author of “True Love” and

that famous book, “All I Needed to Know, I Learned in

Kindergarten.”

NEIGHBORS:

“Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your

neighbor; act as if you do. As soon as we do this,

we find out one of the great secrets. When you are

behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently

come to love him/her.”

Written by C.S. Lewis, the author of “Mere Christianity,”

and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

HEARTS ARE OPEN TO LOVE AND FAITH:

“Let us have faith that right makes might,

and in that faith let us to the end, dare to

do our duty as we understand it.”

Written by February 12th “Birthday Boy:”

Abraham Lincoln

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

Written by Charles Dickens

“Love is that condition in which the happiness

of another person is essential to your own.”

Written by Robert Heinlein who writes Science Fiction

books, including “Stranger in a Strange Land.”

CASTAWAY ON THE LOVE BOAT:

“In a ship’s engine room, it’s impossible to look into the

great boiler and see how much water remains. But running

up beside it is a tiny glass tube that serves as a gauge.

As the water stands in the little tube, so it stands in

the great boiler. When the tube is half full, the boiler

is half full; when the tube is empty the boiler is empty.

Look at the gauge: Your love for other people is the

measure of your love for… a Higher Spirit…” This is

going beyond more than yourself.

(Author Unknown)

May I add?

“Get on Board the Love Boat

and Go Beyond Your Own Self!”

Early Sunday Sillies

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I will be working on this Sunday, to “earn” my Friday off after

Thanksgiving. I am glad to be here at the library, able to post a

Sunday silly post for your enjoyment today or tomorrow. You

know, when we write daily, we assume people are reading daily

but sometimes this will be read a whole week, month or someday

in the future!

I am happy to say my Dad used to read to my brothers and me,

while we waited for my mother to get ready for church every Sunday.

My Dad used the philosophy that is echoed in a wonderful, special

song that Andy Griffith sings with Brad Paisley, “Waiting on a Woman.”

If you have not heard this, be prepared for a lovely and emotional,

sentimental song. I get teary-eyed often, when I hear it or especially,

if I watch it. My Dad is in Heaven, I believe and is “waiting on his

woman.” That will tell you the gist of the song, but it is aimed at

impatient people who want their significant other to hurry up and

get ready.

The Sunday comics that my brothers and I loved were varied. We

liked, of course, Peanuts. I have the paperback books of these close

to my heart characters and one, I look back at and cherish was the

one, where Linus is expecting his baby sister, Sally. This one is so

precious, showing Sally later in the book, being a baby! He even

shares his beloved blanket with her!

My brothers liked the ones that had action that had superheroes and

they are probably around in comic books, but like the older Peanuts

not seen so much anymore. We liked the “Sarge” cartoon, the “Wizard

of Id” and we liked the different ones that were found in the Sandusky

Register and later, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Press,

(now defunct).

We also loved Saturday morning cartoons! I am going to announce a

wonderful surprise for my older readers!!

“Hot” assembly line:

The new Hot Wheels’ production of a Jetson’s car!

Here are the details for this 2014 edition of the line, “Tooned II” tm,

also called “HW City” tm.

The packaging says “Born in 2062 and gives the Birthplace as Orbit City.”

You may purchase this car from Advance Auto or anywhere Hot Wheels

are being sold.

“Specialty: Bubble-top Aero Sedan

with rear fin.

Undercarriage landing gear and the ability to fold itself into a handheld

suitcase.” This is called a “suitcase” on the product cardboard literature,

that holds encased vehicle. But I would say that I

remember it turning into a “briefcase” in my memories for Mr. Jetson to

carry into work.

This car is in bright neon green, has Mr. and Mrs. Jetson (“Jane” and “George”

in the front seat and their daughter, “Judy,” maid, “Rosie” and son, “Elroy” in

the back. No dog in the back! The family dog was called “Astro.”

This will tell your age if you remember it from 1062-63, when it first came out,

but it did start playing daily in 1987 onward so that your children got a chance

to imagine the high technological wonders and what they used to call, the “Space

Age!”

This “Blast from the Past” may give you extra smiles, as they did me, yesterday

while I packed them for shipments to Advance Auto stores that will be selling them!

How many of you are disappointed, as I am sometimes, that we don’t have our own

flying cars in our garages or parking lots? Or that we could have them collapse into

a portable briefcase?

What did you think, if you were a kid in the sixties, would be happening in the year

2013 and soon to be, 2014?