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Thought For The Day 05/12/14

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For She Who Nurtured Us!

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The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. 

Oliver Wendell Holmes

http://quotegarden.com/mom-day.html

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Since my Sunday “Thought” is now a Bible reading, I wanted to honor mothers in a way that I could not yesterday.

Mandy 

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The tale that can be told of mothers throughout history is not a unique one. For even in ancient times, except for the Almighty himself, it was to the one that bore us and fed us and set our feet upon the road of life, they were the ones that we honored with the highest praises that could possibly be sung. Even today, as a mother, I serve myself food at the table last. It is not because I fear there will not be enough which is a fear that faces many mothers in today’s world. It is not because I am in less need of having my hunger assuaged. But it is because I want the choicest morsels, and only the most perfect pieces to go to the ones I love more than I do myself. It is a testament to the bond that formed as my heartbeat synced with theirs as I carried them inside of me for those 40 odd weeks before they burst forth into the new world. However, that instinctive, fierce protectiveness is not isolated to the mother who carried that child in her body. You see, it is just a palpable in the life force of the mother who carried her child in her heart!

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I do not say that all mothers are angels. Yes there are some that commit great evil upon the very innocent lives they were entrusted with by God. Not every mother there is has the mother gene perfectly affixed to each strand of DNA. In fact there are indeed some who never should have conceived, nor carried, nor delivered a child. And yet, we know that this number is infinitesimally small  compared to the millions upon millions throughout history that would have gladly sacrificed the air they breathe if it would in some way help their little ones. And this is the part of the story we tell today. It is the part of the tale that we cling to when we paint a picture in our mind of mothers and a mother’s love! It is the tale that was written for Good Housekeeping Magazine in 1933 by Temple Bailey!

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Is This The Long Way?

“Is this the long way?” asked the young mother as she set her foot on the path of life. And the Guide said:

“Yes, and the way is hard, and you will be old before you reach the end of  it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”

The young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be  better than these years. So she played with her children, she fed them and  bathed them, taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike, and reminded  them to feed the dog and do their homework and brush their teeth. The sun shone  on them and the young mother cried,

“Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.”

Then the nights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes dark, and  the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and  covered them with her arms. The children said,

“Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come.”

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed  and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the  children,

“A little patience and we are there.”

So the children climbed and as they climbed they learned to weather the  storms. And with this, she gave them strength to face the world. Year after year  she showed them compassion, understanding, hope, but most of all unconditional  love. And when they reached the top they said,

“Mother, we could not have done it without you.”

The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years. The mother grew  old and she became little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and  walked with courage. And the mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at  the stars and said:

“This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned so much and  are now passing these traits on to their children.”

And when the way became rough for her, they lifted her, and gave her  strength, just as she had given them hers. One day they came to a hill, and  beyond the hill they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And  Mother said,

“I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than  the beginning, for my children can walk with dignity and pride, with their heads  held high, and so can their children after them.” And the children said,

“You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the  gates.”

And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed  after her. And they said,

“We cannot see her, but she is with us still.” A mother is more than a  memory. She is a living presence. Your Mother is always with you. She’s the  whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she’s the smell of certain  foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she’s the cool  hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well, she’s your breath in the air on  a cold winters day.

She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a  rainbow, she is your birthday morning. Your Mother lives inside your laughter.  And she’s crystallized in every tear drop.

A mother shows through in every emotion – happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy,  love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow – and all the while  hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.

She’s the place you came from, your first home, and she’s the map you follow  with every step you take. She’s your first love, your first friend, even your  first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you.

Not time, not space – not even death!

Author: Temple Bailey

http://wandascountryhome.com/motherswalk/

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When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.        

John 19:26-27 ESV

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Thought For The Day 03/06/14

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The Treasure Inside The Package

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The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it. 
 
Daniel Webster
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How often do we stop dead in our tracks as we spy one of the beautiful people passing by us? Whether male or female, those whose external appearance seems to catch our eyes may or may not have just as much substance as they do fluff. And yet, it is exactly the fluff that draws our eyes to them as they pass us by! Now, what about those whose packaging may not be quite ideal? Do we give them the same attention that we do the first group? Do we bother to take the time to discover if they are more than just what we see? Do we seek out the inner beauty in everyone before we focus on the outer beauty?
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I am someone who fits more into the second grouping of people. I am middle-aged, with the seemingly ever-expanding waistline that accompanies many who share my years. The greying hair, masked by the miracle that is modern-day hair color, still seems to emerge as greying around my ears, despite my best efforts to banish it away! I am blind as a bat without my glasses and I walk with a limp, on legs still numb today from a disease I developed in 1998 which caused paralysis, for a time. I sometimes use a cane. I sometimes use a walker. I even sometimes use a wheelchair. I have a brace on my right lower leg. I sound a bit like the “Debbie Downer” character from Saturday Night Live, with vocalizations that sound a bit “whining”, even though that is seldom my intent, and is something I had to work on to overcome for my weekly radio show which aired on Blog Talk Radio a few years ago. Now knowing what you do about me from the way I have described myself, would you give me a second glance, if you were passing me on the street? Probably not!
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Several years ago I discovered a short story that takes the adage, “Never judge a book by its cover” as step farther. It is a story that proves that what we see seldom tells the whole story. And I share it as a reminder that all that glimmers is not gold, and sometimes gold exists in a less than sparkling package, if we but look carefully enough!
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PAID IN FULL 

(Author Unknown)
 
How many times do we miss God‘s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?
 
 
A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.
 
 
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had …purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.
 
 
Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, “With all your money you give me a Bible?” and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book.
 
 
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care things. When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.
 
 
He began to search his father’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words…PAID IN FULL.
 
found on the Facebook page of “My Life With God”

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“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 
 

1 Samuel 16:7 NIV

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Thought For The Day 07/20/13

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True Beauty Is Seen With The Heart!

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Lizzie-Velasquez

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http://www.aboutlizzie.com/

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“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

Albert Ellis

September 27, 1913 – July 24, 2007

American Psychologist and Author

http://thinkexist.com/quotes/albert_ellis/

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Inner Beauty! We’ve all heard these words but do we know exactly what the words mean? And even more importantly, is it that Inner Beauty that we see when we look at another person? Probably not, if the only way we are looking at people is with the eyes alone and not the heart! But when we see others as our Father in Heaven tells us we should in 1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV, (“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight”), well then we really ARE seeing the most beautiful part of them. And when we do, we are also showing God the very best part of us…..our Inner Beauty!

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That is exactly what I see when I see a picture or look at a video of Lizzie Velasquez. But that is not what most people saw when they looked at her at one time. In fact, once an 8 second video of her was circulated through the internet and it was entitled, “The World’s Ugliest Woman”. (If you go on YouTube, you can still find that video today!) It was an interview that Lizzie did when she was only 11 years old about a medical condition she has that is so rare, it doesn’t even have a name! Now what was even worse was that the video went viral, with several million views and several hundred thousand of the ugliest, gut wrenching responses to the post, by black-hearted people who, I dare say, are not looking closely enough, or as often as they should be, into their own mirror! Lizzie read every single, hate-filled response, that was there. As is to be expected, she was torn to pieces almost beyond rational thought, and as she was trying to figure out how to exact her revenge, something happened. God spoke to her! And, while He didn’t used these exact words, the following was the gist of His message to Lizzie: “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”…..and now I’m giving you the chance to choose what road you want to take, so choose wisely!

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Well Lizzie chose, and her story is an amazing story of strength, determination…..and unwavering, absolute FAITH! She is a motivational speaker, an author, and a hero to many who live their lives as victims! And so today I am making available to you 2 videos of Lizzie. The first, immediately below, appeared in GodVine, and it is how I first came to know Lizzie and hear her story. To view it, you must click the URL below. It is 6 minutes long, but they will be the most inspiring 6 minutes you ever spent! The second video is embedded, and you simple need to click the arrow on the screen below to view it. It is 7 minutes long. I hope you see both but PLEASE, at least look at one of them. Once you do, your definition of the word BEAUTIFUL will be forever changed! I promise you that!

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“THE UGLIEST WOMAN ON THE INTERNET”

http://www.godvine.com/Girl-Voted-the-Ugliest-on-the-Internet-Gives-an-AMAZING-Godly-Speech-3653.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=7-19-2013#.UelpG5T5m_8.email

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“WORLD’S UGLIEST WOMAN GETS REVENGE”

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“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”

Matthew 23:27

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Hal

Happy 51st Birthday to my baby brother, Harold (Hal) Pierce!

Can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks! Then it’ll be me hugging you and not the bear!

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Thought For The Day 06/26/13

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“God Bless The Broken Road”

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Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
I’ve read, that things inanimate have mov’d,
And, as with living Souls, have been inform’d,
By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound.
What then am I? Am I more senseless grown
Than Trees, or Flint? O force of constant Woe!
‘Tis not in Harmony to calm my Griefs.
Anselmo sleeps, and is at Peace; last Night
The silent Tomb receiv’d the good Old King;
He and his Sorrows now are safely lodg’d
Within its cold, but hospitable Bosom.
Why am not I at Peace?

 William Congreve

 The Mourning Bride, 1697

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God Bless the Broken Road is another of the many songs of today that pass between the realm of love songs and songs of faith, which, when you really think about it, are in and of themselves love songs to God, anyway! Marcus Hummon co wrote the piece with Bobby Boyd, and with Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It was that groups release of it in 1994 that became its first. However, the song did not achieve true notoriety until after being re-recorded by other stars, including Carrie Underwood (American Idol winner, Country and Gospel music star, Vegan and actively practicing Christian, whose rendition appears below) and, most notably, Rascal Flatts, whose version propelled in to the number 1 spot on Billboard-Country music charts in 2005, where it earned a Grammy Award for its writing team. The contemporary Christian music band, Selah, released it in 2006 where it rose to number 5 on the Hot Christian Song charts.

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Music has, and most likely always will, play such a huge role in the way we not just practice faith, but in the way we celebrate the bounty of blessings He bestows unto us. We lauded His birth with a heavenly chorus of angels singing Hallelujah! We celebrate His second coming with songs of praise during Easter. We know that some of God’s greatest victories in the Bible, such as the tumbling walls of Jericho, were preceded by the sounding of Ram’s horns. And even His most beloved leaders were so taken by song that there is an entire book of the Bible, that resonates with praise to Him and celebrating that praise by song! Psalm 98:4 NIV, “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music…” And whether you can find a measure of comfort in the lyrics of the song I am sharing today or not, make sure to take a moment every day to sing your praises to Him for all of the blessings He has given to you. It may seem like a small thing to do, but I promise you it is not. It’s measure is felt so much more to God than you can possibly imagine!

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“God Bless The Broken Road”

Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd and Jeff Hanna

I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you

[Chorus:]
Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
(Yes He did)

I think about the years I spent just passing through
I’d like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You’ve been there you understand
It’s all part of a grander plan that is coming true.

[Chorus]
Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
(Yes He did)

Yeah.

Now I’m just rolling home
Into my lover’s arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you.

That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you.

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 “Sing for joy, you heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.”

Isaiah 12:41-23, NIV

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Thought For The Day 04/01/13

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And Then It Is Winter

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Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Samuel Ulman

http://www.quotegarden.com/age.html

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A long time friend (who also happens to have been my husband’s immediate superior when both of them worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation) e-mailed me the following posting on Saturday. And since it’s been more than 10 years since both retired, I guess we are all closer to Winter these days than we are to Fall. But even if you are a Spring, the lessons to be learned from reading the wisdom of these words are profound, indeed!

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AND THEN IT IS WINTER!

(I tried to discover the person who penned this, but like so many other posts like it that circle the globe through the internet, time and tide have made it nearly impossible to identify the author, and is simply another sign of a winter fast approaching, don’t you think?)

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You know . . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is… the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change…Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it’s over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not in your winter yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

“Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. So here is my best advice. Take it or leave it but if you do leave it, it won’t change the fact that, whether you like it or not, you will be faced sooner than later, with choosing the path you will travel as Spring becomes Summer, Summer turns into Autumn, and Autumn transitions to Winter! And always remember…it’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived!

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Live it well! Enjoy today! Do something fun! Be happy! Live happy!

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LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

Today is the oldest you have ever been,

Yet the youngest you will ever be!

SO – ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.

Your kids are becoming you……but your grandchildren are perfect!

Going out is good… Coming home is better!

You forget names…. But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything…. especially golf.

The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.

You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep”.

You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch…

You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”… ???

Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.

You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”?!!!

What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

Everybody whispers.

You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear.

But OLD is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

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A Time for Everything

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 NIV

3) 1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

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Thought For The Day 02/25/13

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The Time Of Singing Has Come…

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10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
11 for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle dove
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.

Song of Solomon 2:10-13 ESV

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Song of Solomon. In my opinion, this is, perhaps, one of the most beautifully written volumes of a tale of love of any book in the Bible. And it is also perhaps one of the most obscure and, according to some experts, difficult of any of the books to really interpret and to understand. And I wonder if perhaps biblical scholars and historians are looking to uncover more meaning within the text than was the intent of the author in the first place. Why not simply appreciate the beauty of the language and words that tell a tale of a blossoming love between the one who loves us more than any mortal can love, and who will forever be in pursuit of us. Yes, the words say “Shulamite” instead of Mandy, and presumably Solomon, instead of God. However, it is a tale of more than a mortal love. It is a tale of a love which is unending and everlasting, and this is what I choose to see as I read the words. Naive and simplistic? Perhaps, but sometimes we can think things to death as we try to apply all sorts of noble and heroic interpretations of what it is we are reading! So I choose to see within these 117 verses, the shortest of any of the books of the Bible, a love story that transcends the ages. I see a love story between God and me….God and you….God and everyone!

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6 Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.”

Song of Solomon 8: 6-7 NIV

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It is now February of 2013, more than 3 months since Superstorm Sandy struck on October 29, 2012, and yet there are still people living in Staten Island that remain without the basic necessities for living that you and I take for granted. Lives will continue be impacted for years to come. But you can help! Please consider sending a Gift Card to the organization listed below. Thousands of cards have been distributed since November but millions more are needed. Give as much as you can, as often as you can! Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about!

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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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Thought For The Day 12/24/12

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And Unto Us…

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

Norman Vincent Peale

http://www.quotegarden.com/christmas.html

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There can be no words that I can write today that weave their magic quite the same way the Bible does, when it comes to describing the birth of the Christ Child. This is especially true when those words are shared using the beautifully melodic lilt of the King James Version of the passages! So sit back, and read the story the way it was intended to be read, and paint a masterpiece in your mind of this miracle and gift that was given to mankind!

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Luke 2:1-20

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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“A Christmas Reflection”

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Michael Fawcett

http://youtu.be/PsySKaQk6r4

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7

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During this most blessed season of the year, please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations. Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about this Christmas!

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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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For information, visit
or

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The Robin Hood Relief Fund

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121212concert

“121212” The Concert For Sandy Relief

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Call 1-855-465- HELP (4357)

or visit

http://www.121212concert.org/

or

Twitter #121212concert

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