I Still Love Lucy!

I love many of today’s sit-coms—even in re-runs; but when I tune in a modern comedy and  realize I’ve seen an episode enough times to instantly remember the details,  I turn to another channel rather than watch it again.  Not so when it comes to that golden comedy of yesteryear, “I Love Lucy”.  There is not one episode of this show that I wouldn’t want to watch again today even though I’ve seen all of them time and time again.

Even if you were watching Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel for the first time, I’m sure you would not find any episode unpredictable.   In this show, you know what to expect—and yet you laugh.  Perhaps this group hit upon the perfect formula for entertaining because of their background extending back into the years of vaudeville and because of their acting talent.  Lucy did not simply play a screwball redhead; she became the role.  Fred and Ethel were the kind of friends we always wanted and never had.  Ricky was the foreign exotic element who nevertheless was the all-American (long-suffering) husband.

In the “I Love Lucy” show, the characters created by the actors were particular to the show.  You did not get the idea that all women are screwballs.  You did not believe that Ricky was a dunce who was manipulated by his wife.  Those are things for today’s comedies.  In this greatest comedy of all time, Lucy and Ricky were seemingly ordinary people, but they were individuals with their own quirks and their own charm.   Even though we certainly would not get involved in Lucy’s hare-brained schemes, we believed she was like us but caught up in her antics because of exceptional courage to try what we would not.

Because I recently retired unexpectedly due to illness, I could be a little unhappy every morning when I wake up unemployed and still feeling a little under the weather.  All that is dispelled when I tune into a couple of episodes of “I Love Lucy”.  It’s “laugh out loud” comedy and we don’t see much of that anymore.  What’s more, as a Christian, I feel no guilt in watching Lucy, while watching more recent comedies often turns my cheeks as red as Lucy’s hair.

Of course I still love Lucy!  Don’t you?

Betty L. Killebrew

 

 

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Leviticus 7 vs. 22-27 with Betty

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Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.

22
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.

24 And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it.

25 For whosoever eateth the fat of the beast, of which men offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, even the soul that eateth it shall be cut off from his people.

26 Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings.

27 Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

In this reading, we learn that the Lord told the people of Israel that they were not to eat any animal that is offered as sacrifice by fire if it died by itself. They are also not to eat the fat of such animals or eat any blood.

The fact that the Lord tells the people these rules and associates them with such animals as may be used as sacrifices, indicates to me that He did indeed intend the rules that applied to priests in regard to handling animal sacrifices to be an example to the people.  And once again, this passage assures me in my conviction that the rules for the handling of sacrifices and the dietary restrictions of the people of Israel relate to the desire of the Lord to keep them healthy and free of diseases, such as those that might be borne by an animal that died of some unknown cause or from eating the “unclean” portions of any animal.

Betty Killebrew

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Leviticus 7 vs.19-21with Betty

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Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.

19 And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing

shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.

20 But the soul that eateth of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain unto the Lord, having his uncleanness upon him, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

21 Moreover the soul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which pertain unto the Lord, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.
K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

The few verses I read for today describe “uncleanness”.  We learn that any of the flesh of the offerings that touches anything unclean cannot be eaten but must be burnt with fire. We also learn that anyone who has his own “uncleanness” upon him while eating the flesh of the sacrifice shall be cut off from his people.

This is again a reaffirmation of the way the rules devised by the Lord served as a protection for his people, both for the priests themselves and by example for others.  Protection from the “uncleanness” of man while touching or consuming offerings was another way to assure that disease was not transmitted. Such strict adherence to laws regarding cleanliness also encouraged the priests and the other people as well to treat those sacrifices made before the Lord in a Holy way.  The Lord having high standards would surely remind the people hold him in high regard

Betty Killebrew

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Big ears!

Never think your child doesn’t hear all that is said. When my granddaughter (not yet four) recently saw “The Wizard of Oz” for the first time, she picked up on the line sung by the Munchins, “You’ll be a bust in the hall of fame.” She immediately asked, “What is a ‘be-er bust?”
I was able to explain because I had fortunately just understood the line for the first time although I was seeing the movie for at least the dozenth time. I will certainly never let this little sponge hear anything on television that might have questionable language.

BK

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