Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
[New York, 3 October 1789]
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
"An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day." - Irv Kupcinet, American Newsman
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
“Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.” ― Jaroslav Jan Pelikan
I know your life
On earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain
You weren't afraid to face the devil
You were no stranger to the rain
Go rest high on that mountain
Son, you work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin'
Love for the Father and Son
Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing
Paw Paw couldn't sing a lick but that didn't keep him from making a joyful noise. I just know that his was a sweet voice to our Savior. This week we will continue to attempt to do many things the same way they did. We are not ashamed of our heritage. In fact, we are rightly proud of those, on both sides, that did their best to shape and guide our lives. Some try to tell us these traditions are so yesterday. Really? I would hope so because that's exactly what they are: So yesterday! We don't live in the past, we honor it and those we cherish in the way we attempt to hand down those wonderful times of fellowship to our offspring. When we gather on Thursday there will no doubt be some statements made that will reflect on common things spoken by those who preceded us. My wife's dad used to always preference each meal by saying, "You see what we've got." I've repeated that many times myself and I've heard our eldest son do the same. Isn't that a little whacky? It might be but I can tell you this, typically when you do see what we've got, well, you pretty much lose interest in being critical. I can hardly wait. Yum Yum.
Monday, November 25, 2013
|My old friend, Hugh Roberts|
Friday, November 22, 2013
“We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who Comes on at five She can tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam In her eye It's interesting when people die - Give us dirty laundry..." Don Henley
|Happy Birthday Stefani!|
That should do it for this week. I am working on a lesson for Sunday that will reflect on illustrations from the Bible of a truly grateful heart. That's something we all could use. Take care now and have yourself a great Saturday and Lord's Day Sunday. Lord willing I will be here in my place doing my thing come next Monday. May God bless each one. Amen. .....More later.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
"Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge, and children with special needs inspire a very, very special love." ~ Sarah Palin
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
"Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it." - Richard Lamm, former Governor of Colorado
Monday, November 18, 2013
"I get no respect. The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest." ~ Rodney Dangerfield
Friday, November 15, 2013
|Exactly what it looked like!|
Thursday, November 14, 2013
|Luncheon for Lexie!|
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Temporary versus the unseen but that which lasts forever. Thanks. I suppose I must have needed that. Amen. ....More later.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
|Dress Rehearsal, last Saturday|
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
"all in fur, from his head to his foot" as I do my best to bring joy to hundreds of little kiddos. That phrase is a quote from the book that my wife, aka Mrs. Claus, will be reading to the children, 'The Night Before Christmas'. I've taken the time to read over several of this year's hot toys list and hopefully I will be prepared for the requests coming my way. The holiday market event is a huge fund raiser for the Junior League who supports many worthy causes including the fight against breast cancer and others. This will be our 4th time to grace Santa's throne at this event and we look forward to doing our best in helping families to make memories.
Last week's election produced some stuff fit for Ripley's Believe It or Not. The Vice President actually called a candidate to congratulate them on their win. Only one problem. The fellow he called was the loser. Up in Washington state one dead man was elected by a landslide and another dead man is leading in a close race that may go into a run off. Both died recently, therefore, their names could not be removed from the ballot. You may have heard about a big time supporter of the Obama Presidency who arranged for millions to be contributed to the President's campaigns and how he got himself involved in last week's Virgina governor's election. This mega wealthy person is a staunch progressive Democrat but he donated large amounts to a fringe libertarian candidate to take votes away from the Republican on the ballot. He did not support the libertarian or his policies. His effort worked. The margin of victory was 4% and the final tally showed the fringe candidate got 6%, with 99% of that coming from the Republican. Sounds like a dirty trick? You betcha, and, just so you know, it's a technique used by all sides. Makes you a little sick to your stomach. Insert Tums commercial here. See you next time and may God bless us all including our great nation. Amen. ...More later.