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Thought For The Day 12/09/14

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The 12 Days Of Christmas

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The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

Burton Hillis

http://thinkexist.com/quotation/the_best_of_all_gifts_around_any_christmas_tree/182706.html

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I remember always wondering if there was more to the wonderful Christmas song “The 12 Days of Christmas” than meets the eye. After all, it was music from a heavenly choir, that heralded the birth of the Christ Child all those years ago, which is why, perhaps, we associate the joy of songs with this time!

Now,  “The 12 Days of Christmas” could never be thought of as a hymn in the traditional sense of the word. And yet, the lyrics capture the spirit of the love that blankets the world during this season. So I was thrilled when a friend once shared something with me about this song, and I, in turn, choose to share it with you.

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My friend, the Rev. Michael Weissman wrote of something rather extraordinary about a beloved Christmas song that I’m betting most of you have not heard. I certainly was not aware of this interesting claim, but I certainly feel it is important enough to share as a blog with you all. So here’s what he wrote and I have expanded on slightly courtesy of Christine Nyholm.

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Rev. Michael Weissman

Posted 12/10/11

This week, I found out. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

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On the First Day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge  in a pear tree The partridge is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. ‘Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does  her chicks, but you would not have it so…” (Luke 13:34)

On the Second Day of Christmas my true love gave to me two turtle  doves The two doves represent the Old and New Testaments of the  Bible.

On the Third Day of Christmas my true love gave to me three  French hens – The three French Hens represents the three  theological virtues, faith, hope and love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

On the Fourth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me four calling birds. The four calling birds are the Four Gospels of  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Bible. The Holy Gospels proclaim the Good  News of God’s reconciliation to the world in Jesus Christ.

On the Fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five gold  ringsThe five golden rings are the first five books of the Old  Testament, known as the Torah or Pentateuch. The five books are Genesis, Exodus,  Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

On the Sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six geese  a-layingThe six geese are the six days of creation described in  Genesis 1.

On the Seventh Day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven  swans a swimming. The seven swans are the seven gifts of the Holy  Spirit: prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading and  compassion. (Romans 12:6-8; Corinthians 12:8-11).

On the Eighth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight  maids a-milking. The eight Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-10.

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit.
  2. Blessed are those who mourn.
  3. Blessed are the meek.
  4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
  5. Blessed are the merciful.
  6. Blessed are the pure in heart.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers.
  8. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

On the Ninth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine ladies  dancing. The nine ladies are the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love,  joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians:5:22)

On the Tenth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten Lords  a-leapingThe ten Lords are the Ten Commandments in Exodus  20:1-17.

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.
  2. Do not make an idol.
  3. Do not take the Lord’s name in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and mother.
  6. Do not murder.
  7. Do not commit adultery.
  8. Do not steal.
  9. Do not bear false witness.
  10. Do not covet.

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my true love gave to me eleven  pipers pipingThe eleven pipers are the eleven faithful Apostles,  including: Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew,  Thomas, James bar Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16).  This list excludes the twelfth Apostle, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve  drummers drummingThe twelve drummers are the twelve points of  the doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed.

  1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
  2. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our lord.
  3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin  Mary.
  4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He  descended into Hell.
  5. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at  the right had of the Father.
  6. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
  7. I believe in the Holy Spirit.
  8. the Holy catholic (Christian) Church.
  9. the communion of saints,
  10. the forgiveness of sins,
  11. the resurrection of the body,
  12. And life everlasting.

The Traditional Twelve Days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day and last  until the epiphany on January 6.

Now as an aside, “Snopes” says this is not necessarily true as the report seems to date only to the 1990’s. They also say that no supporting evidence exists to prove the accuracy of this claim. However, as I see it, there is no supporting evidence to support the tenets of faith either and yet they exist, and flourish to this day.  And, I for one like this explanation! Doesn’t reading about a hidden meaning behind the words, somehow make them even more profound and most certainly more endearing? And this is something that I can cling to and think about as I sing this wonderful song! Yes, I believe this story! Do you?

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“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”

Matthew 2: 10-12 NIV

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And what a difference between our sin and God’s generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God’s bountiful gift. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins. The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God’s wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.”

Romans 5:15-17 NLT

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 12/08/14

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The Rest Of The Story…

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Depiction of Saint Nicholas. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Depiction of Saint Nicholas. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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True Happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery

http://www.searchquotes.com/search/Saint_Nicholas/

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We have long come to associate St. Nicholas (or Santa Claus) with the pipe smoking, white bearded, rosy-cheeked man whose picture adorns nearly every place we look come the last couple of months of every year. But have you ever wanted to hear the rest of the story? Well, here it is!

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The real St. Nick wasn’t a fat, pale, and rosy-cheeked jolly fella. In fact, he was quite the opposite. You see, he was born almost 300 years after Christ, and he was a darker complected Greek holy man who became bishop of a small town called Myra (now present-day Turkey). Sure, he probably had jolly good days, but his reputation was of a more serious nature. He was described as a firebrand and staunch defender of Christian doctrine and spent years in prison for refusing to reject his faith during religious persecution.

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Portrayed as a bearded bishop in canonical robes, Saint Nicholas’s feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6th. His strong faith created a lasting legacy among the saints, and as such, two main stories  planted the seed that would, many centuries later, bring about the fat, bearded man in a red suit bearing gifts to young children. But just exactly what were those two stories that have driven home our modern-day characterization of Santa Claus? Well, the first tale reinforced Saint Nicholas’s reputation as protector of the poor. Legend has it that he saved three impoverished daughters from a life of prostitution by providing for their dowries. He offered three bags of gold for the young women, of which he tossed through an open window. The bags of gold landed into socks that were left near the chimney to dry. The second tale, which is rather morbid, reinforced his reputation as protector of children. Saint Nicholas walked into an Athens inn and discovered through his holy senses that the local inn keeper had robbed, murdered, and then pickled three young men in basement barrels. The Saint fervently prayed and resurrected their bodies back to life.

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Merry Old Santa Claus. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Merry Old Santa Claus. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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Despite various iterations handed down over the centuries, Dutch settlers brought the legend of Saint Nicholas, known to them as Sinter Klaas, to America towards the end of the 18th century. As their tradition goes, Sinter Klaas rode a white horse and left gifts in wooden shoes. This story merged with the British character Father Christmas, who dates back at least as far as the 17th century. Sinter Klaas was eventually Americanized to “Santa Claus.”

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The rituals and fantasy surrounding Santa Claus became fixed in the modern American imagination with the publication of the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Moore in 1823. Better known as “The Night Before Christmas,” the poem established Santa’s physical appearance (plump and jolly), his mode of transportation (a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer), and his method of toy delivery (down the chimney) for generations to come.

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So now that you know the rest of the story, will you alter, in any way, your approach to your celebrations this year? I doubt it! I’m not sure that I will, as a matter of fact…. except to remember to include a greater emphasis in giving to others rather than in focusing on what I will be getting! After all, is it not the blessings of giving which bring to man the sense of joy, peace and love, that seems to make our world just a little bit brighter every December?

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There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.

Proverbs 11: 24 NASB

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

History of Saint Nicholas adapted from http://www.biography.com/news/st-nicholas-santa-claus-origin-story

Thought For The Day 11/07/14

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United We Stand!

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When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising
plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. 

Adlai Stevenson

http://www.quotegarden.com/patriotic-usa.html

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On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the world will bear witness to something truly amazing! They will witness the very special day when we Americans celebrate the hard-fought but well-earned privilege that is afforded to us. DEMOCRACY……..something which marks the very foundations upon which this nation was created. And while just one week ago, all eyes were focused and witnessing the process of electing to office, those people with whom we entrust our support, for making decisions that will benefit not just the one, but the whole of our country, but because those leaders remain fractured because of party agendas, I fear we will remain very much a broken nation in so many ways.

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That to state vigorously that we must write a new chapter in American history is not just warranted but an absolutely necessity, as well. It is time we return to the days of “We The People” and “One Nation Under God”! It is a time to join together as a unified country of people working one with the other once more, to fix our problems. It is a time to abandon strict allegiance to party lines and philosophy to the total exclusion of everything else. Because as the saying “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” goes, if we do not change, we will become known as the greatest nation that once was!

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Yes, “out of many, one”, which is what is meant by “E Pluribus Unum”, the phrase that was once our nation’s unofficial motto, and which continues to this day to hold a position of note, beginning when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782. And rediscovering the reasons we were founded as a nation under God is an absolute imperative! We have spent so long trying to cater to each freedom that our constitution protects that we forget the biggest one of them all…..the one that mattered from the time of the voyage of the Mayflower to present day. And we must stop trying to act as if the very mention of the word is a huge embarrassment to our citizens. GOD! It is, after all, “In God We Trust”, not in man we trust. So lets return, in a manner of speaking, to the kinder and gentler time of yesteryear, when man knew which side of his bread was buttered and when nearly every home had at least one Bible! True change for any country begins with the one who reigns above all!

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UNITED WE STAND

Songwriters: Tony Hiller & John Goodison
Performed by: Brotherhood of Man
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There’s nowhere in the world that I would rather be,
Than with you my love
And there’s nothing in the world that I would rather see,
Than your smile my love
 
(Chorus)
For united we stand, Divided we fall
And if our backs should ever be against the wall
We’ll be together, together, you and I
 
For united we stand, Divided we fall
And if our backs should ever be against the wall
We’ll be together, together, you and I
 
And if the world around you falls apart my love,
Then I’ll still be here
And if the going gets too hard along the way,
Just you call, I’ll hear
 
(Chorus)
For united we stand, Divided we fall
And if our backs should ever be against the wall
We’ll be together, together, you and I
 
For united we stand, Divided we fall
And if our backs should ever be against the wall
We’ll be together, together, you and I

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Click the link to view the YouTube video of

“United We Stand”

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Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.

Matthew 12:25 ESV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 08/08/14

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“In God We Trust”

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God never leads us where He cannot keep us. His grace is always sufficient for us in any and every circumstance of life.

Author Unknown

http://www.searchquotes.com/In_God_We_Trust/quotes/

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That little phrase, “In God We Trust” has been the subject of such controversy in recent years by those who hold firmly to the belief that there must not be now, nor ever, any connection that unites faith or the church and government or the state. And yet we, none of us, can ever be parted for very long from these four little words. They appear on every single form of paper currency we exchange here in the United States! The obverse of every single bill heralds those words proudly at the center top. And I dare any one of you to refuse to handle currency because of your belief that these words are not just wrong but an out-and-out falsehood! Nope, that’s not going to happen! EVER!!!

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Because of all the hoopla surrounding “In God We Trust”, I have to think about the wise men who chose to make sure they held such prominence that none of us would ever forget that it was not by the hand of man that we have come to celebrate the freedoms we have been given by adopting this as our homeland, but rather, it has been through the hand of the Almighty! Our forefathers asked us to place our trust and our faith in the wisdom of a supreme being. This would, after all, serve to program that internal compass that not just directs our actions and the route we travel, but also serves to temper our moral choices, as well! Certainly a wise move since it was, in fact, the need to be allowed to practice religion freely that compelled our journey here in the first place, some 300 years before those four words were even coined! Just look at the definition of the word with the most letters contained in the phrase, “In God We Trust”.

TRUST

[ trust ]

  1. reliance: confidence in and reliance on good qualities, especially fairness, truth, honor, or ability
  2. position of obligation: the position of somebody who is expected by others to behave responsibly or honorably
  3. hope for future: hopeful reliance on what will happen in the future

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Did you know that some dictionaries include as part of the definition, synonyms or alternative words that mean the same as the one we are looking up? And would it surprise you to discover that the Bing Dictionary lists the first 4 synonyms for trust as faith, belief, hope and conviction? All words we associate with God and His mercy! All of these synonyms also little words but all holding such power of the promises heralded by what trusting in our Heavenly Father will afford us all! Such wisdom coming from as diverse a group of men with just as diverse degrees and dimensions of belief as ever have been gathered together in one place.

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The Founding Fathers here in the United States were not all Christians. Some were Deists with a belief in a Spiritual Being that had very little to do with how they lived their lives on earth. And yet they were all collectively united in following Christian doctrine for determining behavior and establishing rules for the common welfare simply because it was not just what defined society of the day, but would also serve as a unifying force that all would embrace as this new nation sought to divide itself from its roots.

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In many ways, the Founding Fathers of the country I live in, agreed to disagree even as they maintained what was best for the common good as the paramount concern for the actions they would be sanctioning. And it seems to me that there is a tremendous lesson to be learned by all this! Assuring the welfare of our neighbor guarantees that our own is assured. Sound vaguely reminiscent of the time Jesus was asked by the Pharisees about the greatest commandment in the law? (Matthew 22: 37-40 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. 39)And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”) So I suspect that the actions of the Founding Fathers were something that would make even Jesus smile! And so, just one questions remains. Will you ever hear or read the words “In God We Trust” quite the same way again?

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Such confidence   we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant —not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2 Corinthians 3: 4-6 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For The Day 08/01/14

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The Divine Alphabet

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1)   The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor.

2)   The one who kneels to the Lord! can stand Up to anything.

Author(s) Unknown

From “One Line Sermons”

http://www.cathinfo.com/index.php/One-Line-Sermons

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Sometimes you see something that grabs at your soul, your inner being, with more force than anything you can write yourself. This post is one of those. This brilliant prose conveys so completely all that we as Christians feel about our faith and it makes me wonder just whose hand guided the pen (or keyboard) of the author(s) who scripted them. I do not know the identity of the author(s)… I wish I did… so that I could acknowledge him or her properly. But to that “Unknown Author(s)”, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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The Divine Alphabet
Author Unknown

A lthough things are not perfect

B ecause of trial or pain

C ontinue in thanksgiving

D o not begin to blame

E ven when the times are hard

F ierce winds are bound to blow

G od is forever able

H old on to what you know

I magine life without His love

J oy would cease to be

K eep thanking Him for all the things

L ove imparts to thee

M ove out of “Camp Complaining”

N o weapon that is known

O n earth can yield the power

P raise can do alone

Q uit looking at the future

R edeem the time at hand

S tart every day with worship

T o ‘thank’ is a command

U ntil we see Him coming

V ictorious in the sky

W e’ll run the race with gratitude

X alting God most high

Y es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…

Z ion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!

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In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.

Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 

Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel. For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.

Psalm 71: 1-5 NIV

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 07/19/14

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Three Blind Mice, 21st Century Style!

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/dec/24/christmas-christian-persecution

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History is the open Bible:  we historians are not priests to expound it infallibly:  our function is to teach people to read it and to reflect upon it for themselves. 

George Macaulay Trevelyan

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

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THREE BLIND MICE

 

Three blind mice

Three blind mice

 See how they run,

See how they run!

They all ran after

The farmer’s wife

She cut off their tails

With a carving knife

Did you ever see

Such a sight in your life

As three blind mice?

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Did you know that there are some nursery rhymes that are rooted in history? The tale of the “Three Blind Mice” is one of those little known pieces of historical fact that fits the realm of “Interesting Facts of Faith”!

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There can be few people alive that have never heard of King Henry VIII and his infamous eight wives. It was through his desire to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon who had only been able to present to him a daughter as an heir, that the Roman Catholic Church in Great Britain was forever changed. And it was this edict issued by the throne that would allow this to occur which gave rise to the Protestant sect, The Church of England (Episcopalianism here in the United States). Henry’s daughter from this marriage, Mary, was allowed to remain in court while Henry lived. However, she maintained her ties to the strict Roman Catholic influence of her mother and her mother’s family who haled from Spain. And when she ascended to the English throne as Queen Mary I, she quickly earned the moniker as “Bloody Mary” for her violent persecution of Protestants. So how does this relate to the children’s nursery rhyme? Well, the origin of the words to the Three Blind Mice rhyme are based on the history of this persecution of the English Protestants under Queen Mary’s rule.

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Queen Mary I entered into marriage with  King Philip of Spain, to form a union between Spain, the Netherlands and England. Together, the pair held massive estates in Europe through usurping them in an unsavory manner. The “Farmer’s Wife” in the song references Queen Mary I, and the Three Blind Mice refer to three estates and the three noblemen to whom they belonged. The noblemen were all Protestants and as such, were convicted of treason against the Queen. And although she did not blind them or have them dismembered, she did order they be burned at the stake, thus securing title to their holdings.

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Throughout history, and especially today, millions of people of faith, Christian and non-Christian alike, have been both persecuted and martyred for refusing to renounce their faith when told to do so. In speaking only about Christianity for the purposes of this blog, it is believed that over 200 million people in over 80 countries are being persecuted right this very second! And yet, despite this, Christianity seems to grow the fastest in areas where persecution is the greatest. And this single fact speaks volumes as to the strength that seems to find its way into the heart of one who knows, follows and believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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So remember how fortunate you are to be able to practice you faith freely and openly and when you say your prayers today, remember those who are not as lucky as we are!

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For The Day 06/09/14

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The Ark

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Always remember to hope for the best but to prepare for the worst. After all, never forget that it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark!

Amanda Pierce Bruscella

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Having developed a close friendship over the last year with people who foster and care for animals as well as some animal sanctuary programs, and discovering all of the logistical difficulties of making provisions for and then caring for some small species of animals, I am positively awe-struck at what a monumental task would have been brought to bear by Noah and his family on the ark. And even when assuming that the animals for the purposes of practicality simply relating to size alone, must have been quite young, the amount of food and water needed  and the resultant wastes produced for the approximately 16,000 animals (the accounting of which is done in the most rudimentary of fashions) positively boggles the mind. Certainly, when remembering the ventilation and fresh air needs (although people in those days probably were not as aware of the odors involved since it is only in more recent times that man and beasts have been housed in separate quarters) to offset the inevitable accumulation of things like toxic methane gasses which might just prove harmful not only to the animals but their human caretakers, as well, I must ask how in the world all of this was managed by one family for 40 or so days?

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The design of the vessel alone was pure, God inspired certainly, genius! And while the rendering above is not a proven design for the ark, it seems likely that Noah and the small number (7) of family members that were entrusted with this mission by God, certainly planned for the logistics of not working harder but working smarter. Animal species that could live together in harmony and safety, probably were housed en masse.

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Even for animals needing more specialized foods to meet dietary needs which would have been guaranteed them in their natural habitat, probably were fed similar types of foods as the rest, and which most likely consisted of plant products and grains which could have been more easily stored. Meat eaters may have been fed with dried fish and meat which would not have been difficult to store for the journey. The goal here, after all was not really to thrive but was, instead, simple survival! Water most likely was shared by use of conduits feeding it into troughs.

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Certainly the availability of water was never an issue. And with the feeding of so many, comes the inevitable by-product …. waste. Slatted and sloped flooring would have allowed wastes to fall through where it would have more easily been cleaned. The motion of the Ark as it rode the flooded seas, would have helped to dissipate accumulated gasses and kept the vessel habitable for the duration of the journey.

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Now there are many out there who doubt that this event really occurred. There are some who view it being related in the Bible simply as a metaphor for explaining the consequences for sin. We know that the world as it was known then was not the world as we know it to be today, either in size or in scope. However, nearly every faith including Christianity, Islam and Judaism speak of the story. And while there has not yet been offered definitive proof for the flooding, it is certainly plausible to think about the melting of polar ice causing a rapid rise of many, many feet in the Black sea, likely causing massive regional flooding. Then again, putting aside trying to find logical explanations for the story, perhaps this is simply another way of asking us to believe something in the absence of absolutes. We who believe, are asked to do this often. We always have been and we always will! Isn’t this, after all, part of what we are taught about everything related to God? All that comprises the very essence of belief is accepting that for which we have no evidentiary proof and is that not the definition of FAITH?

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“And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.”

Genesis 7:23 KJV

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Mandy 2014

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