Going Buggy

If  I were a little bug, with wings to fly away,
No way would I be hanging ’round the same old folks each day.
I’d bat my little wings, swish- swish, and head for parts unknown,
Taking no one with me, just buzzing on my own.
I’d be at someplace new each day and on one would know where;
And I’d take steps to be assured no one would find me there,
For all those folks who swat at me with endless aggravation
Have led me to want nothing more than to “bug out” on vacation.

Edwina Williams

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The Christian Face

The faces of Christians might not shine with a light so bright you have to look away as did the face of Moses after he met God and talked to him face to face, but there is a Christian light that shines on the faces of Christians everywhere.

My two sisters and I once spent a long night in a hospital waiting room waiting for the morning when emergency heart surgery would be performed on our brother.  During that long night, we became acquainted with a kind old gentleman who was there waiting for news of his wife.  My sisters and I are life-long Christians and we recognized a kindred spirit in this old man. When we were away from him for a while, we speculated about the old fellow, sure that he had to be a Christian—just from the look on his old but contented face.

Sure enough, when we asked him about his faith, we learned that he was a practicing Christian and a life-long church member.

We have been telling this story ever since as we try to define that Christian look we saw on the old man’s face; and while we are still unable to accurately describe what exactly it is that we see, this light of Christ truly exists.  It is as real as eyebrows, eyes and wrinkles.  You can see Christianity right there on the faces of Christians.  It is, as they say, as plain as the noses on their faces; and it is a look to which I aspire daily.

Betty Killebrew

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Promises, Promises

Perhaps the most important aspect of trust is truth. If past history leads us to  believe we can’t trust your word, our hope that you will do what you say in the future is overshadowed by the lies you have told us before.  This time you may be telling us the absolute truth, but how can we know?  If we can’t trust your word, we can’t trust your promises and we can’t trust you.

Anonymous

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The Issues in this Election

Somebody told me today that she has made up her mind about the upcoming election for president and that she is “voting on the issues that are important to me.”  My response: “I’m voting on the issues that are important to my grandchildren.”

It occurred to me then that when we vote in an election, many people vote on the personalities or upon a stereotypical notion of what they think each candidate represents. The most thoughtful voters vote on “issues”. My friend’s view of what issues to vote on is a transparent message that our candidates should understand. To win your vote, they must understand and target what is important to you.

Perhaps this time the choice of whom to vote for is a little more complicated than the simple, “Vote your pocketbook.” But that remains a large part of the equation. So this is a call to arms for our candidates—make your message important to the individual.

To the voter, however, I say: this is not the time for a selfish, “What’s in it for me?” approach to voting. The issues are so important this time that it seems to me they are reminiscent of the election of Abraham Lincoln when the matter of states’ rights was almost at the boiling point. Conservatism is now at battle with Liberalism. If Liberalism wins, many people think we will become a full blown socialist country with the plight of Greece the end of the line most of us fear.

Individual rights and the governmental system of checks and balances are also issues in this election. Many people believe the executive branch of our government has too much power.

So, my fellow Americans, I ask you to do this for your country. Weight the “issues’ carefully before you vote. The legacy of this election is bound to be a change one way or another. I ask you, like me. to think of the good of your grandchildren, even if yet unborn, when you cast that ballot.

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 33, vs. 1-10 with Betty

1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:

2 And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:

3 Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.

4 And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.

5 For the Lord had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.

6 And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.

7 And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the Lord went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.

8 And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.

9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.

10 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

My Thoughts:

Though the people had sinned greatly, the Lord renewed his promise to them to send an angel before them to defeat their enemies. However the Lord said they were a stiffnecked people and he would not come into the midst of them for he would consume them on the way.  The Lord also said the people should take off their ornaments so that he would know what to do with them.  The people mourned at these evil tidings. (I suspect although they had doubted the Lord as their protector, they were starkly afraid of having Him be angry with them.)

Moses pitched the tabernacle outside the camp and everyone that sought the Lord went out to the tabernacle. But when Moses went to the tabernacle the cloudy pillar of the Lord came and stood at its door and the Lord talked with Moses.  Then every man worshipped. 

Betty Killebrew

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What Children Know

Have you noticed the children of today know a lot,
And a lot of what they know are things we did not?
In fact, I’m pretty sure in this modern day,
Kids learn things they shouldn’t know anyway.
In school they once taught us that old golden rule,
Now there are different things in our kids’ learning pool.
It’s appalling to a grandma to hear a child say
Something she didn’t know on her eighteenth birthday!
What have we done with innocence; why rush to let kids know
Things we found out the old way, by “learning as you go”?

Edwina Williams

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Afoul of the Law

If you and the members of your family have never run afoul of the law, you are extremely fortunate. It’s a lot easier to become a “criminal” than you may think. Those of us raised in the second half of the last century had a whole different set of rules to live by than exist today.

Young ladies were supposed to be responsible for controlling the impatience of their boyfriends in matters of lust. No matter how insistent his urging, it was all up to the girl to draw the line and not allow him to take advantage. Women who were outraged at that time could, however, slap the face of their tormenter. Today that is battery. You get arrested for that.

In those days when police were called out to a “domestic disturbance” they talked to everyone and chances are, if the man would leave until he cooled off or the woman would forgive him, they would go back to the station and have a cup of coffee, no warrants issued. Today, the woman involved is urged, almost ordered to go to the police department and fill out an affidavit that results in the arrest of her mate. She then is automatically issued a restraining order that prevents him from coming back home to work things out.

If she does decide she wants him back, she has to pay his bail and ask the judge to release the restraining order. This is all well and good if the man was indeed violent and she needs protection from him. On the other hand, when he is just mad and perhaps grips her arm and forces her to turn around and look at him, he has committed battery. If this is the first time he has done this, his wife might be willing to understand the state of mind he was in and let it go. Not so the police. They will gather up the paperwork to lock him up until he pays some money into the coffers and he will be at the mercy of the court through numerous appearances and court dates. When he finally gets sentenced or put on probation, his marriage is over. He may not have anywhere to live and his children will be deemed in need of protection from him.

How things have changed and how “pharasitic” we are. Just like the pharasees of biblical times, we put the law above the intent. Laws intended for use for severely abusive men become tools of persecution when applied to all men that act like fools. And yes, I know we need those laws. I was in an abusive relationship once myself, but if the one strike and you’re out rule is considered to be in the “victim’s” best interest, every man and woman in America will deserve to have a criminal record for some misbehavior they have committed sometime, somewhere.

I don’t want men or women to be beaten up. I want the law and people involved in a fracas to have a little common sense. What—you don’t know what that means? We used to know here in America. Today common sense is very, very uncommon!

O.W.L.

 

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Feed my Sheep

Over the weekend, most of the leaves on the tree outside my office window disappeared from the limbs.  A couple of weeks ago they were vibrant and green. Last week they were gold and red. Then, while I wasn’t looking, they dried up and withered away to crumble into dust and return to the soil. According to God’s plan, they will a soul that does not wither.  When a leaf disintegrates, it is gone. The human soul dose not disintegrate—only the husk within which it lives while it performs the duties assigned to it by God. Nevertheless, if you do your duties well, you will nurture the spirits of the souls that follow you through a lifetime on this earth as surely as the dust of fallen leaves nourishes the leaves of the coming year. The question for you as your autumn approaches is whether or not you are nourishing the sprits of others.  Jesus said to Peter, “Feed my sheep.”  This is our duty as well.

Edwina Williams

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Exodus 32, vs. 29-35 with Betty

29 For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.

30 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the Lord; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.

31 And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

33 And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

34 Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.

35 And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

K.J.V. Bible Text

 

My Thoughts:

 

First Moses told the people that they had sinned a great sin but his forbearance was great for he purposed to go to the Lord to try to make atonement.  Later, when he returned to the Lord, he asked the Lord to forgive them, saying, “…and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.”

The Lord however was unwilling to hold Moses accountable for the sins of the people. He told Moses that those that had sinned against Him would be blotted out of his book.

The Lord ordered Moses to go and lead the people to the land he had spoken of.  He also told Moses he would “visit their sin” upon the people.

Exodus, Chapter 32 ends with: “And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.”

I’m pretty sure that in future readings we will learn more about those plagues.  The children of Israel will surely rue their sins.

Betty Killebrew

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My Rocking Horse

Once I had a rocking horse
I rode from here to there.
Its little red wood rockers
Helped it rock me everywhere.
I think I rode through Texas
And I’m sure I stopped to shoot
At least a dozen gunslingers
In spurs and cowboy boots.
I rode the varnish off the floor
And faster did I gallop
Until that old horse threw me off
And gave me quite a wallop;
But I climbed right back in the saddle
And soon subdued that horse;
Though it was tired of galloping fast,
So I slowed down of course.
Time passed and I outgrew my steed
And it was taken from my home,
But it left behind these happy thoughts
About how I rocked and roamed.

Edwina Williams

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