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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Honesty, friends, kindness

Proverbs 11:16  Honor goes to kind and gracious women, mere money to cruel men. 17: Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel."
Proverbs 10:27-32  "Reverence for God adds hours to each day; so how can the wicked expect a long, good life?  The hope of good men is eternal happiness; the hopes of evil men are all in vain.  God protects the upright but destroys the wicked.  The good shall never lose God's blessings, but the wicked shall lose everything.  The good man gives wise advice, but the liar's counsel is shunned.  The upright speak what is helpful; the wicked speak rebellion."

Many people are mistaken in the belief that Nuns and clergy are ignorant to real life happenings because they lead a sheltered life.  Not so.  They deal with people of all walks of life, just as we do in our journey.  The photo above is of Sister Teresina, my father's sister who went into the convent at age 16.  She knew early on that she wanted to devote her life to God, Jesus and being a humble servant of the Lord.  (Next to her is a teen younger sister, Anne.
Sister Teresina ( given name Helen, nick-named "Nellie") was a very wise and very kind woman.  She taught at the Holy Family Church in our hometown for over 60 yrs!  She helped the poor, could advise on all domestic problems and the beautiful shining light in her eyes and on her face, came not from a sheltered monastic life but rather from God dwelling within.  She died in the Mother House in Rochester NY in her Eighties.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and I loved her very much.  My husband and I used to visit her near the end of her life and attended her service when she passed.

How can you lead a selfless life, How can you have God shining from your own face?  I have prayed from the moment I became a born again Christian in the early eighties: "Lord, let the joy of my salvation be in my heart and on my lips."  When I worked, I prayed every day before I got to the place of employment, "Lord let me not compromise my faith at work today."  Workplaces are full of temptations, foul language and down right sinfulness in today's world.  Pray for yourself to have strengths to get you through a day without compromising your faith.  If something offends you, speak up.  Friends will not be offended, only those that are lost to sin.

Be kind to everyone because it sets you free from caustic remarks, the stresses of our world.  If I am thinking about Jesus and Lord, I have no room to dwell on any unhappiness.
Proverbs 11:24, 25  "It is possible to give away and become richer!  It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything.  Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself."

♫♫Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below.  Praise him above ye heavenly host, Praise Father, son and Holy Ghost.  Amen♫♫
My Joyful Hear to Yours...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Present day Site of the Ascension of our Lord

Ascension of Jesus

Hello dear Christian hearts!  I watched a journey to the Holy Land on television Sunday about all the sites in the Holy Land.  In my ignorance, having never been there, I did not realize that all the places of the Bible are preserved to this day.  That in itself is a miracle.  With all the wars going on in that part of the world, God must truly be present to protect these shrines that document in a tangible way, the life and miracles of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It was like a revelation to me.  So I am sharing just ONE of the sites.  Thanking God and modern technology that though I may never see these sites in person, I can visit vicariously through the media.  Enjoy!

Location of the Ascension (source: Wikipedia believe it or not)
The place of the Ascension is not distinctly mentioned in the Gospel of Mark. Luke 24:50 states that the event took place in Bethany while it appears from Acts that it took place on the Mount Olivet (the "Mount of Olives"). After the
The Ascension edicule
 Ascension the apostles are described as returning to Jerusalem from the mount that is called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, within a Sabbath day's journey. Tradition has consecrated this site as the Mount of Ascension.
Before the conversion of Constantine in 312 AD, early Christians honored the Ascension of Christ in a cave on the Mount of Olives. By 384, the place of the Ascension was venerated on the present open site, uphill from the cave.
The Chapel of the Ascension in Jerusalem today is a Christian and Muslim holy site now believed to mark the place where Jesus ascended into heaven. In the small round church/mosque is a stone imprinted with what some claim to be the very footprints of Jesus.
The Ascension rock, inside the edicule, is said to bear the imprint of Jesus' right foot.
St. Helena erected over the site a basilica called "Eleona Basilica" (elaion in Greek means "olive garden", from elaia "olive tree," and has an oft-mentioned similarity to eleos meaning "mercy") in 392, which was destroyed by the Sassanid Persians in 614. It was rebuilt in the 8th century, destroyed again, but rebuilt a second time by the Crusaders. This final church was also destroyed by Muslims, leaving only the octagonal structure (called a martyrium—"memorial"—or "Edicule") that remains to this day.
The site was ultimately acquired by two emissaries of Saladin in the year 1198 and has remained in the possession of the Islamic Waqf of Jerusalem ever since. The martyrium, though now only bare stone, enshrines the rock said to bear the imprint of the right foot of Christ as he ascended, and is venerated by Catholic Christians as the last point on earth touched by the incarnate Christ. The Crusader building was converted to a mosque but was never used by Muslims since the overwhelming majority of visitors were Christian. As a gesture of compromise and goodwill, Saladin ordered the construction of a second mosque and mihrab two years later next door to the chapel for Muslim worship while Christians continued to visit the main chapel. Though still under the control of the Muslims, this Chapel of the Ascension is currently opened to visitors for a nominal fee.
The Russian Orthodox Church also maintains a Convent of the Ascension on the top of the Mount of Olives.

I hope I have peaked your interest for visiting other pertinent sites from the Bible on line.  Many videos are available containing trips to the Holy Land also, all you need to do is put it in your search line.

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you are blessed today and every day.  Pray often, take time for quiet reflection with the Lord, He loves spending time with you!


Monday, October 17, 2011

God is watching us from a distance...

SOMETIMES, an entertainer reaches up to the Lord and creates a song that is felt deep within their hearts.  Bette Midler wrote this song in 1985 and storms of war still rage on today with our young men and women who are serving in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.  War will always be with us in this area of the world as the warring factions were active as far back as biblical history has been recorded.  This song served as an inspiration to the troops of the United States Army, earning the "Minute Man Award" along with the "Seven Seals Award" from the U.S. Department of Defence

I find the words so touching and reverent and hope you will agree.

FROM A DISTANCE written by Bette Midler

From a distance the world looks blue and green,
and the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
and the eagle takes to flight.

From a distance, there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
It's the voice of hope, it's the voice of peace,
it's the voice of every man.

From a distance we all have enough,
and no one is in need.
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,
no hungry mouths to feed.

From a distance we are instruments
marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They're the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.

From a distance you look like my friend,
even though we are at war.
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
what all this fighting is for.

From a distance there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
And it's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves
it's the heart of every man.

It's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves.
This is the song of every man.
And God is watching us, God is watching us,
God is watching us from a distance.
Oh, God is watching us, God is watching.
God is watching us from a distance.

God can use anyone for his instrument, no matter who they are.
Are you not worthy of letting the Lord work through you?  You dormant talent is lying within each of you.  Be bold for the Lord and spread His word in your own unique way, you will find it...

Thank you so much for visiting today and come back soon.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Autumn Christian celebrations

CHRISTIANITY: The Christian Church replaced earlier Pagan solstices and equinox celebrations during Medieval times, with Christianized observances. Replacing the fall equinox is Michaelmas, the feast of the Archangel Michael, on SEP-29. "His feast was celebrated with a traditional well-fattened goose which had fed well on the stubble of the fields after the harvest. In many places, a there was also a tradition of special large loaves of bread made only for that day. By Michaelmas the harvest had to be completed and the new cycle of farming would begin. It was a time for beginning new leases, rendering accounts and paying the annual dues."

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world -- he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

-- Revelation 12:7-9 [RSV

   St. Michael is patron of knights, policemen, soldiers, paramedics, ambulance drivers, etc., and also danger at sea, for the sick, and of a holy death. He is usually depicted in art carrying a sword and/or shield, battling Satan.

  I am a few days late with this post but found it most interesting to research the Christian observance of Michaelmas.  In Europe, it was the time to take care of accounts and pay what was owed.  Also a celebration of the harvest and the new planting to come.  I hope you enjoyed learning more about the fall solstice.

It is beautiful here today, a nice cool 63 degrees and sunny, my kind of day.  Have a most blessed Sunday!

My Christian heart to yours...