Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Birthday to our Brittany!

I am glad to be able to say hello to one and all on this day, Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Today is another birthday in our family. We are remembering and celebrating the second daughter of three born to our eldest and his wife. She turns 26 today. Happy Birthday to our Brittany. These birthdays are becoming like rings on a tree trunk to me. So many memories over these many years. Happy Birthday Brittany and may God bless is our prayer. Love, MiMi and Poppy

When we think about all the information flying at us from all directions, there's really no way to know if every single thing said or written is true. We hear about it all the time. The President may have made the term 'fake news' popular, but, misinformation, wrong data, and downright untrue materials do find their way into the variety media outlets we all have access to. Just so you know, the President is not the source of truth either. I saw his most recent press conference being fact checked by several different organizations. They found that he had at least 10 statements that were either false or misleading. People say they want to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. All of this reminded me of that famous interview between the prisoner, Jesus of Nazareth, and Pilate, the Procurator of Rome. Gospel of John, Chapter 18, Verses 28-40: ~ Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. Therefore Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?” They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.” So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death,” to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die.Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?” Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him. “But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?” So they cried out again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber." ~ Sadly, Truth personified stood in front of Pilate, yet, he failed to grasp the reality of His essence. My point? The news media, the President, and all the other outlets notwithstanding, there is a Source of Truth that we can always rely on, God and His Word. Amen.

Why did I share that paragraph? It works like this. I was thinking about the fake news stuff and about the accusations forth and back about truth versus lies, and that passage came to mind. That's how a lot of the stuff that lands on my page happens. You may have thought of something completely different. That's well and good. I connect the dots as best I can and have to deal with my own machinations to the extent that is possible. That's why I get up early and stay late. (Just joking.) Yesterday was the day set aside to honor Presidents who have served our nation. Our founding President George Washington had much to say that continues to inspire us today. Many believe the following to be his greatest quote: "The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon." That's one our elected leaders would do well to honor every day. And, it's a heritage that we all can be proud of. Now it is time to get on with the rest of the stuff we have to accomplish today. Take care and enjoy. I'll see what comes to mind as I'm thinking about something else and then we all can be surprised at what ends up in tomorrow's edition. May God bless. Amen. ....More later.

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