An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.
Three stories caught my attention this week. Shock and surprise, none of them had anything to do with politics. Well, politics wasn’t why they caught my interest. My interest is the history. Although….
I mentioned the first one a few days ago in the post about the 10,000 year old house. That was pretty cool!
Then, I came across a story, and I thought….did they really find the location of the Hanging Gardens? Now the question is, were those famous gardens, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, located in Babylon, or were they, as suggested by this article, built 350 miles away in Ninevah? Unfortunately, due to the current situation in Iraq, research into where the gardens were located won’t be any time soon. You can watch the BBC show here. Extremely interesting!
Now, if you didn’t know, I grew up in an area that is awash with American history. The city where we lived was ‘the oldest continuous English speaking city in the country, established in 1610.” At least I think that’s what the sign said. My memory isn’t what it use to be, but you get the gist. Our field trips in elementary school were to areas that gave us a picture of what life was like way before the great great gran’s were ever a gleam in THEIR daddy’s eyes. In the third grade, we went to Jamestown! Now, the place we went was a remake of what the colony looked like at the time, more or less, but was not the exact spot where the colony was first established.
The most recent trip we took to that area, about 7 or 8 years ago, we took the oldest granddaughter, and visited a LOT of historical sites, including Jamestown. My goodness, that place has changed. Heh. This time, however, we were able to visit the archaeological area, which, lemme tell ya, was fascinating! Well, at least to me, it was. And now, it looks like they found a very significant item in their digging! The very first substantial Protestant church built in the New World! Well, new to the ‘explorers’, at any rate. I’m fairly sure the site was marked out when we were there back when. Like I keep tellin’ ya…memory issues. LOL
This isn’t a new story, since the show aired in 2011, but how many people actually know that much about the first settlers, and how important their faith was to them? I mean other than my generation, and older, that actually learned about them in school. The church was the center of their world. Later, towns grew around the churches, as they were used as, not only for worship, but as meeting houses, and schools.
Our other field trips? In the 4th grade, it was Williamsburg, the 5th was Richmond, and in the 6th, we went to Washington, D.C. I HIGHLY recommend everyone take their kids to that area, and give them the REAL history that’s being left out of their education. Just a thought. Oh, and if you are interested, the oldest established church in Hampton is St John’s Episcopal, the oldest Anglican parish in the country. Fascinating cemetery. I thought they were two different denominations. Doc??
Did you know they use to bury people inside the churches, other than the ‘most important’ folks because the Indians had a habit of digging up the dead? Weird, eh? They finally ran out of room, and put great big slabs over the graves.
So, yeah, since I love history, and archaeology, I found all three stories of interest, and thought I’d share.
….twas the day of……….THE BUNKER! Heh.
Yes…it’s late in the day, but still. Hey…I had some things to do, and got totally distracted.
Today is the notorious day when greedy people line up for hours to save a few bucks on a TV they don’t need, or can’t afford. The logic of this day has always been lost on me. Yes, I give gifts at Christmas, but I do it because of the Great Gift we were given, not because I’m obligated to buy spoiled children their heart’s desire that will be tossed aside in a matter of minutes as they go on to the next heart’s desire.
I have worked retail in my past. I managed a couple of stores, as a matter of fact. I will NEVER work in retail again! Even if I was physically able, I wouldn’t do it! People are rude, especially at Christmas. This isn’t suppose to be the season of greed! We are suppose to be celebrating the birth of our Savior, even if it is on the wrong date!
I get Torah lessons in my emails. Yes….Torah. Don’t look so surprised! My interest in the faith of ‘our fathers’ is wide ranging. Today’s lesson is about envy, and it made me think of this absurd shopping day, where people will snatch items out of another person hands, trample people just to get to the ‘big deal’, and generally act like jackasses. So, I thought I’d share it with y’all.
Then spoke the woman whose the living child was unto the king,
for her heart yearned upon her son, and she said:
‘Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it.’
But the other said: ‘It shall be neither mine nor thine; divide it.’
I Kings 3:26
This week’s Haftorah reading contains the well-known story about two prostitutes and one baby, with each woman claiming to be the infant’s mother. The two came before King Solomon, who had just been granted divine wisdom, and they awaited judgment. How was Solomon to decide? How could he possibly know which woman was the true mother?
Solomon made use of his amazing understanding of human nature. He suggested that the baby be cut in half so that each mother could have half of the baby. Of course, as we know, the baby would not have survived, but amazingly, one woman agreed to this arrangement. The other woman, however, insisted that the baby be given away rather than having the baby put to death. In Solomon’s wisdom and understanding of jealousy, he discerned that the true mother would never harm her own child. However, a jealous person would do anything to take away what another person has, even if it adds nothing to what she has!
Jealousy is partial insanity. It’s just as crazy as wanting half a baby so the other person won’t have more. What another person has or doesn’t have makes no difference to what we have or lack. Yet people will spend an enormous amount of time and energy focused on other people’s possessions – even as it has no effect on their own.
In Proverbs, King Solomon writes “envy rots the bones” (14:30b). The Sages teach that a jealous person will not only decompose naturally after death, but also unnaturally – his bones will rot as well. What kind of punishment is this and how is it connected to the trait of jealousy?
The Hebrew word for bones is etzem. However, the word also means “essence.” This is because more than any other part of the human body, a person’s bones symbolize who they are and what they are made up of. When a person is jealous of another, in reality, they are denying who they are. It’s like wanting another person’s prescription eyeglasses even though they are totally inappropriate for you. Being jealous of what someone else has is denying who you really are and what you specifically need. Jealousy decomposes a person’s essence and individuality. It is harmful and self-defeating; it makes no logical sense.
Thankfully, the antidote for this self-destructive behavior is to embrace our identity and recognize that everything in our lives is perfectly arranged for us. When we accept that truth, we won’t want what belongs to anyone else. So say this with me and feel it deep in your bones: “God has given me exactly what I need for my life today – and I am so very grateful.”
How familiar does this sound in today’s world? Sadly, way too familiar. “Share the wealth”. “Social justice”. People demanding what belongs to someone else, and if they can’t have it, no one can.
Envy is an ugly thing, of which we are ALL guilty. Personally, I have a few envies, like skinny envy, or lack of pain envy. One, partially my fault, the other? Well, that too is partially my fault, but we won’t go there.
My point? We live in a society full of ‘you owe me’ people. Even those who have, believe they deserve more because someone else has. I don’t get that logic, but hey, that’s just me. I think it’s time we all look deep inside ourselves, and find out what our ‘bones’ are made of, don’t you?
If you don’t believe in the Reason for the Season, quit celebrating, and shut up! Denying others who DO believe the opportunity to share is just selfish, and envious.
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? Did you know there are a great many people in this country who have no clue? Yep. To many, it’s just a day to gorge on turkey with all the fixin’s and watch football, giving no thought to just why such a day is important. How many have ever read Lincoln’s proclamation? Do they teach it in schools? Well, they use to, but these days, it seems that those teaching from the Common Core playbook teach kids that Obama is like a messiah, all white people who speak out against his policies are racists, and forget TRUE history.
Have they learned why the Pilgrims, who play a large part in the reason we celebrate, left everything they knew to come to a strange new land? That they escaped religious persecution? Do they know that those Pilgrims nearly starved to death because they tried to be a ‘collective’, living as a commune? Do they know the reason they were thankful? The natives saved their bacon, taught them how to be capitalists, and after a few years, they thrived.
The original menu, on the day of giving thanks…TO GOD….that they survived, had food to harvest, isn’t the same as what we serve today. Perhaps there was a turkey or two in the mix, but the word ‘fowl’ could have been a number of different types of birds. From the Smithsonian:
“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others.”
Their celebration lasted 3 days! The way we eat, then sit on our hinders, I don’t think we’d survive a 3 day feast, do you?
Back to history. In 1777, all 13 colonies celebrated, but in 1789, George Washington proclaimed 26 November as a day of giving thanks, mostly for the new nation, yet even then, it was not an annual feast. It was left it up to each individual state as to when, or if, they celebrated. A lady named Sarah Josepha Hale, of ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb” fame, pushed for 40 years for a national day of thanksgiving. It wasn’t until Abraham Lincoln, “in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three“, gave his proclamation in the midst of a brutal war.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
It was set as the last Thursday in November, based on Washington’s date.
The purpose of Thanksgiving? To give praise to the Hand that has blessed us with a bounty never known in recent history, to thank Him for His intervention in man’s measly attempts, for without Him, we would never have survived as a nation. Without Him, we are dying as a nation.
Each year after, every president declared a day of Thanksgiving to be the last Thursday of November. Along comes FDR to totally screw things up. But, after much confusion, Congress stepped in and declared the 4th Thursday to be Thanksgiving, a national day to give thanks to GOD for our many blessings. Who created the turkey you consume? Who made the rain to fall so those vegetables would grow? Who gave you the hands to work with, the brain to use, in a job you if you are lucky enough to have one?
Once again, we are a divided nation. Once again, we must turn to the Almighty for healing. Once again, the battle lines have been drawn, and the war has begun. Not for man’s desires, but for the soul of this nation.
We must ask for forgiveness for our foolish whims, and beg, once again, that the Lord will heal our wounded souls. Think hard this Thanksgiving. Be grateful to the Creator for the blessings He has bestowed, and pray that those blessings that have been stolen away will be returned, through His grace.
If my people, among whom my Name is called upon, do humble themselves,
and pray and seek my presence, and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear in heaven and be merciful to their sin, and will heal their land
2 Chronicles 7:14 (GNV)
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
President George Washington
City of New York, October 3, 1789
Is the Iran Nuke Deal a “Chamberlain” Moment?
There are countries around the world where being a Christian, or a Jew, or any other religion, or no religion at all, is murder. Literally! The most recent we know of is in Nigeria where a coordinated attacks by the Boko Haram slaughtered 71 Christians. Why? For no other reason than they were Christian. That’s it!
Just who, or what, is this Boko Haram (western education is a sin)? Well, if you never listen to the news, odds are, you have never heard of them. Well, they are an al Qaeda affiliated bunch. You know, that group of barbarians that Obama says is on the run. Oh, they’re on the run alright. Running splinter groups, such as this bunch…also known as Congregation of the People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad. In other words, a bunch of murderous, pedophile following scum, dedicated to wiping out anyone who doesn’t agree with their 7th century mentality. They are totally opposed to anything Western, like civilized behavior.
This particular bunch is quite active Northern Nigeria, Cameroon, Northern Cameroon, Niger, and Chad. You might remember an offshoot of this bunch killing hostages last spring. Apparently, this offshoot, Ansaru(Vanguard for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa), didn’t like the way Boko Haram was killing fellow Muslims, in their struggle to rid the world of Christians and Jews, and basically anyone who doesn’t follow the 7th century way of life. Add sharia law into the mix, and you have a whole lot of crazy people doing barbaric things.
Here’s a chuckle for ya! Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, the Niger State governor, has criticized the group, saying, “Islam is known to be a religion of peace and does not accept violence and crime in any form” and Boko Haram doesn’t represent Islam.”
WRONG! Has this dude even read his so called ‘holy book’, and all the commentary that was written in conjunction to it? Jiminy crickets! That’s what islam is all about! If ya aren’t muslim, you convert, pay to stay alive, or you die. Apparently, those groups who condemn, or at least say they condemn, such islamists, aren’t really following ol’ Mo’s teachings.
Let’s not forget about the 50 Christians that were burned to death in their pastor’s home last year! Slaughtering innocent men, women, and yes…children, is the work of barbarians!
Muslims are notorious for lying to non muslims, known as taqiyya. Mo was pretty good at lying to get his way, then famously went back on his word and slaughtered people who trusted him. Lying by omission, kitman, is lying all the same. Sometimes we do it to spare someone’s feelings. Muslims do it to deceive.
Let’s not forget about al-shabaab, another al qaeda (on the run) affiliated bunch! Even if you don’t pay close attention to the news, you must have heard about the horrors at the mall in Kenya. What you didn’t hear on the news?
During the four-day siege in Kenya’s Westgate shopping Mall, al-Shabaab jihadists raped, tortured, beheaded, dismembered, castrated, gouged out eyes, amputated fingers and hung hostages on hooks from the roof. According to a forensic medical doctor, “They [the al-Shabaab attackers] removed eyes, ears, noses. Fingers are cut by pliers, noses ripped by pliers”… “Those are not allegations. Those are f****** truths,”… “They removed balls, eyes, ears, nose. They get your hand and sharpen it like a pencil then they tell you to write your name with the blood. They drive knives inside a child’s body. Actually, if you look at all the bodies, unless those ones that were escaping, fingers are cut by pliers, the noses are ripped by pliers.” There were also reports that hostages were beheaded and their heads thrown out of the windows.
These are not isolated incidents. This is what muslims do to human beings on a regular basis. Such behavior can only be described as demonic!
The idea that the president of the United States is actually backing a bunch of jihadists in Syria makes my blood run cold. The anti Christian campaign is alive and well in that country.
Thankfully, there has been little of such brutality in the U.S., but it has happened. There have been murders that the media refuses to name as terrorist attacks. I’ve no doubt, unless we put an end to the influx, we will see more. The constant whining of the muslims in the country does get attention though, and sadly, many tend to win.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day when Americans are suppose to gather with family and friends, give thanks for the many blessings, and proceed with the various family traditions. One tradition is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which started in 1924. This year the parade will be disrupted by one such whining muslim group, mad their Muslim Brotherhood buddy, Morsi, was kicked out of office. And this has what to do with Thanksgiving? Not a damn thing, but that won’t stop the muzzies from trying to ruin the parade for the thousands that are gathered there with their children. I fear for the safety of the attendees. Muslims, contrary to their lies, are not known for the peaceful behavior.
All religions have had a history of violence at one time or another, but none can claim a 1300 years of brutality against others. That dubious honor belongs the muslims.