Christmas 2015 and Memories of my Lady Anne — Reblogged from DeHavelle.com

Because almost all Americans are at least cultural Christians — or because the day follows on the heels of the Winter Solstice and the nights are so long — Christmas is a time when many of us fight loneliness. Perhaps the best way to fight such loneliness is just to take the time to fondly remember those we love. The following is by Keith DeHavelle.

Christmas 2015 and Memories of my Lady Anne

Christmastime brings a gentle reflection
Of my life with my dear Lady Anne
It is clear upon any inspection
Thanks to her, I was one lucky man

We had nearly a third of a century
And were shooting to make it a half
There’s so much that my Lady has meant to me
She was reason to live, love and laugh

(continued here)

 

ONLY WHAT “I” BELIEVE MAKES A DIFFERENCE? A THANKSGIVINGS DAY POST — UPDATED

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts  (from here)

UPDATED WITH LINKS TO THE THOUGHTS OF OTHERS ABOUT THANKSGIVING (Don’t forget to read the post of the original text below).

What is in a name? The name of something or someone tells us something about the one who names that object or person. Thus, the name Thanksgiving Day tells us that those who named that day set that day aside as a special occasion for giving thanks to God.

Did I just provoke a “duh”? Does what I just said seem too obvious? And yet there are those who say we were never a Christian nation.

What does it mean to give thanks to God? Why should we? Check out these posts.

As the week progresses, I will add more links. So please feel free to stop by as see what’s new. Also, please use the comment section to link to the Thanksgiving Day posts that you enjoy. Note that each comment will only accept a couple of links before it goes into moderation.

Here is the latest batch (26 Nov 2015).

Here are a couple more.

  • Thanksgiving 1789 (insanitybytes2.wordpress.com) – – If you have never read George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, please do.
  • Thanks (thenakedtruth2.wordpress.com) — Here the blogger speaks of thanks. When people speak of evil few observe this passage.

    Ephesians 5:15-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

    Walk in Wisdom

    15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

    17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

    Think about verse verse 20. We are to be thankful for all things. When we think of evil, we think of the awful things that happen in this life, but God, through all things, works for the salvation of our eternal souls.

And still a couple more.

Text Of The Original Post

Here is a Thanksgiving Day post with a political bent. I suppose some will find it inappropriate, and perhaps they are right. However, we live in “interesting” times. As I look into the future I wonder how long it might be before Americans cease to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

had an “interesting” op-ed in the Washington Times on Friday.

While France remains in a state of shock over the ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris, they are also most likely confused and disappointed over President Obama’s declaration that there will be no fundamental change to his current policy and strategy to “now contain and defeat ISIS.” During his Nov. 12 remarks in Antalya, Turkey, Mr. Obama appeared to be petulant and arrogant when responding to legitimate reporter’s questions, perhaps a “crack” in the carefully constructed veneer that has concealed his true character and now has been exposed. However, on Nov. 17, The New York Times editorial board quickly came to the rescue by declaring that Mr. Obama “hit the right tone” in his remarks.

But his remarks should leave no doubt that he has a far-reaching strategy. That strategy is embedded in his declaration to fundamentally transform America. Actually, the way we are restricting our operations in the Middle East today has its roots in America’s transformation. Those who say the administration is incompetent — are wrong. With the complicity of our congressional leadership and the mainstream media, the administration has executed their strategy brilliantly. (continued here)

Lyons goes on to make the case that President Barack Obama is a Muslim sympathizer, that his actions are illegal, unconstitutional, and treasonous. Is Lyons correct? Well, I think too much of what Obama has done is illegal, unconstitutional, and treasonous. Nonetheless, we elected that man twice. He may have gone beyond what his supporters want, but what Obama has done should not have surprised anyone.

Thus, observations of Obama’s treachery against America’s people, laws, and traditions raise a far-reaching question, one that should terrify us more than a treasonous chief executive.

What possesses so many people in this nation to support the illegal and unconstitutional acts of our treasonous president?

From time-to-time I write a post on the dangerous ideology that is multiculturalism. Why is multiculturalism dangerous? Multiculturalism posits that all cultures are equally good and have equal value. That is delusional, but many of us share that delusion. As proof, I offer the simple observation that we have not properly defended the American culture. We have not defended our culture from treacherous influences within our society or from the militant cultures outside of America. We have let people we don’t know and don’t trust teach our children and grandchildren utter nonsense.

Consider. Is there a fundamentally unique American culture of extraordinary value? Some say no, and those people argue their position fervently. However, to argue that the American of 1776 did not contain a unique and blessed people is absurd. To propose that the Americans of 1776 did not understand they were fighting for something of great value, trying to carry their culture and their beliefs into the future, requires profound blindness.

The Americans of 1776 knew they were fighting for something special, and many gave their lives in defense of the American people and our culture — our shared beliefs. Moreover, subsequent generations have done the same.  Only this generation has been foolish enough to elect a man who clearly does not love America.

So what are the fundamental pillars of multiculturalism?  Perhaps they are ignorance and arrogance. Are some people so ignorant of our history and of what has made America unique that they are only Americans by birth? Are others so self-absorbed that they think that only what they believe matters, that everything else is just the stupid ideology of ideologues? Perhaps. Yet most Americans will still joyfully celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Why? Where did this holiday come from?

With ferocious enthusiasm, some, such as our current president, proclaim America is not a Christian nation. Thanksgiving Day says it is, at least once it was. Therefore, when we sit down to eat our Thanksgiving Day meal, let us first remember to pray and give thanks. Let us remember to thank the beneficent God that gave us this wonderful country. Let’s ask Him for the wisdom to understand, to cherish and to protect what He has given us.

THE ORDER OF BATTLE

The Water of Life Discourse between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well by Angelika Kauffmann , 17–18th century (from here)
The Water of Life Discourse between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well by Angelika Kauffmann , 17–18th century (from here)

We human beings are funny sometimes. Less often we are brilliant. We talk a lot about logic and reason. We supposedly want to be wise, but usually we are just ornery.

Here is a funny example. We all have heroes. That’s why we get articles and polls like the following:

Because of what our choices say about us, we want others to admire the people we admire, but people often don’t. So some people admire Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Graham, Bill Gates,……   Some don’t.

What is the problem? If you are of the Liberal persuasion, Ronald Reagan’s Conservatism will most likely not appeal to you. If you are Conservative, Barack Obama probably has you steaming. If you are not a Catholic, Pope Francis may just cause you to wonder why he wears funny cloths and why people drive him about in cheap cars. If you are not an Evangelical Protestant, Billy Graham’s Bible thumping version of Christianity has yet to reach your heart, and maybe it never will.

Before we choose to make someone our hero, we must first find in their identity something that is our own. Until we do, that Ronald Reagan advocated limit government will not cause us to believe in limited government. Until we do, that Pope Francis condemns the abortion of the unborn will not persuade us. Until we do, Barack Obama’s foolish drive for gun control will not cause us to support him. Until we do,…..

Our great hero, that person we admire so much, may influence us, but before our hero captured our heart someone closer first influenced us.

Do you have a child? Do you have a friend? Do you want to persuade them of something? Then before you tell them about your heroes, tell them what you believe and why.

Consider John 4:4–26. Consider how Jesus began.

John 4:4-26 New King James Version (NKJV)

But He needed to go through Samaria.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”

Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

First Jesus told the woman at the well what she needed to hear. Then He told her about the one who would become her hero.

SO YOU LIKED MY POST, MY ABOUT PAGE, MY COMMENT…..?

I LIKE YOU!
I LIKE YOU!

In a previous post, SO YOU LIKED MY POST?, I expressed considerable ambivalence about the like function. There is no restriction on its use by spammers and trolls and various other troublemakers. Thus, the fact that spammers now like everything they can get at does not surprise me much.

Nevertheless, I am still somewhat puzzled by people who like what I have posted when I in fact know they don’t. I suppose they do it for the same reason as the spammers. By pretending they are what they are not, they want to bring unsuspecting people to their websites.

There is also another possibility. Frustrated trolls may just want to remind me and their other victims they are still around. That thought actually caused me to chuckle. The gravatar of one of guys I kicked off my blog refers to an Egyptian pharaoh. It is long time since that pharaoh been around.

So what have I learned. Be wary. The Internet is a wonderful place except when it is not. If we don’t recognize the gravatar, there is a good chance that clicking on it will just take us where we did not want to go.

Anyway, while it is thoughtful to “like” what others post, we should not expect anyone to click on an unfamiliar gravatar. If we want a visit, we must now do what a spammer can’t do and what a troll won’t do. We must leave a thoughtful comment.