Gathering dust??

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I love the Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.  My NYC artist daughter says that the collection there is considerable, and she would know.  I’m a particular fan of the antiquities section, Egypt, Rome, and all that, and Bob always likes to visit the Orientals.  Of course, part of the artwork that is preserved has to do with the culture’s endemic religious artifacts, including the stone/metal/wooden statues and idols, some little and some not so little (there’s a Buddha in the stairwell that would not even fit in my house….)

Of course, in our post-modern (whatever that is), enlightened Continue reading “Gathering dust??”

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Burlap Faith vs. Blue Denim Faith

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Burlap is good if you want to see through something,

Or if you want water to leak through,

But it’s not much good at keeping you warm

Or holding up when you’re working hard

Like when you’re on your knees all the time.

 

Denim, on the other hand, is sturdy and strong,

And even when it finally gets a hole in it

You can patch it with more denim

And the patch holds just fine.

 

Burlap, like doubt and unbelief

Doesn’t wear well

Or feel comfortable

Or look particularly fashionable

 

Denim, like faith

Is durable and lasting

Feels better the longer you wear it

And never, ever goes out of style.

This old notebook was falling apart at the seams

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And this recycled “redeemed” denim rescued it,denimcircle

Made it useful again,

Which is what faith in the Living God does for us.

 

May God bless you with a denim faith

As you walk through this chapter in your life with Him!!

Vibrant!

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I’ve only recently met Vibrant.  He tells me that he didn’t write this poem himself, but posted it from a verse from classic book entitled Tao Te Ching.   Check out his site at : https://blabberwockying.wordpress.com/ And as always, heeeerrrreeee’s my disclaimer.

Tao Te Ching 11

Thirty spokes join in one hub
In its emptiness, there is the function of a vehicle
Mix clay to create a container
In its emptiness, there is the function of a container
Cut open doors and windows to create a room
In its emptiness, there is the function of a room

Therefore, that which exists is used to create benefit
That which is empty is used to create functionality

It’s all about timing…

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There are several things I’d like to change in our culture.  Some of my opins are a bit incendiary, and so much has already been (and continues to be) written, that for now I’ll leave such topics for those so inclined to pontificate.  This, then, is not a biggie, but really, why in the world do we still expect new mothers and new widows to write thank you notes for their friends’ expressions of affection?  And worse, why would someone even think about being offended if such a note doesn’t arrive in a “timely” manner (whatever that is, although I’m sure that’s also covered in mother’s long-standing book on proper etiquette.)

Please don’t misunderstand, I’m all about saying “thank you”.  About acknowledging someone’s help.  Certainly, we all could use more of an attitude of gratitude these days. 

The same could have been said about a guy named (are you ready for this one?) Mordecai.  He was a Jewish Continue reading “It’s all about timing…”

Turkey is over!

 

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I will praise the Lord as long as I live.                                                                   I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.

Psalm 146:2 New Living Translation (NLT)

Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved

When mom ain’t happy…..(you can finish the quote.)

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Mother.  The word conjures up all kinds of thoughts and feelings.  For some, it’s Mrs. Walton in a big farmhouse sitting around a harvest table in the midst of the Great Depression.  (For others, it’s just plain depression…sorry about that.)  My mother-in-law wasn’t against apple pie, but hers usually came out of a box in the freezer.  I like to tell my girls (now grown) that if they ever doubt my love for them, just to stick a finger in their belly button, ‘cuz that’s where we were connected for so long, and even tho’ the umbilical cord needed to be cut, the cord to their mom’s heart never is.

AWWWwwwww….okay, may be corny, but true.  (They have told me that I was also not a conventional mother.)  However, as different as we all are in our parenting philosophies, for the most part moms want Continue reading “When mom ain’t happy…..(you can finish the quote.)”

Reader, Beware

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I tend to the side of gullible.  I want to trust too quickly. In this offering, Jacob Emet makes me think and be more circumspect.  Visit him at: https://jacobemet.wordpress.com/  Once again, HERE’s my disclaimer.

READER BEWARE

Beware the names
Beware the faces
Beware the words
Beware the spaces

Beware the lies
That lie between
Apt words scriven
And truth unseen

Beware the allure
Of thoughts evoked
When buds of reason
Thorns have choked

Beware the bride
Without her groom
Her charm is deadly
Her beauty is doom

Beware the beast
In every man
The cunning wolf
Appears a lamb

Beware the light
Behind the eyes
Heart and mind
Aligned knows lies

Beware the perfect
For there is none
Fullness of earth
Unrighteous undone

Beware the truth
All claim to hold
Not all that glitters
Is refined as gold

Beware the words
Beware the spaces
Beware the names
Beware the faces

Reader beware
Reader beware
The names and the faces
Your sins mask to wear

Drip . . . Drip . . . Drip

~ © JacobEmet  used by permission, Visit him at https://jacobemet.wordpress.com/

Red Ink

neuschwanstein-castle-467116_1280Red ink.  The bane of literary students, or any student for that matter.  You know what it means: misstake, eRr0r, wrong answer, ruuunnnn-on sentence (that was one of my specialties, still is, for all that.)  My husband is a teacher, and with some of his exams he allows what I call a do-over (he calls it a “revision”, which sounds much more professorial.) The red ink, or whatever he uses, shows the mistakes which, as disappointing and uncomfortable as it may be at the time, is actually a good thing.  The student then gets another chance.

This is what happened with the people in Nehemiah’s day.  Having returned from their seventy-year exile to their home in Jerusalem, they were now being instructed from God’s book of the Law, some of them undoubtedly for the first time.  Their collective reaction is quite compelling: Continue reading “Red Ink”

Defense against offense.

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Adonijah was really ticked.  Here’s the back story, (and it’s not a pretty one…)

King David’s family life was not convenient. Suffice it to say that his immediate relations were many and confused, and not altogether amiable, and so Adonijah had many siblings.  One of his half-brothers, Absalom, (from a different mother) had already tried to wrestle the kingdom away from their royal dad, and after severely dividing the kingdom and disgracing his father (intentionally), he was brutally killed in battle.  Then more patient Adonijah waits until his father has grown old and, since he is next in line by birth for the kingship (according to tradition), gets a following and proclaims himself king with all the hoopla he can muster.  Funny thing is, he Continue reading “Defense against offense.”