A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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“My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.

Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned

He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.”

― Corrie ten Boom

There are certain people who pop to mind when I think of souls that have been tested and tried…  and have come through shining like gold.  The ten Boom family were devoted Christians, serving their fellow-man.  Their home was used for anyone in need.  They were very active in social work in Haarlem, and their faith encouraged them to serve not only the religious community, but society at large.

During WWII, the ten Boom home became a refuge, a hiding place, for fugitives and those haunted by the Nazis.  They risked their lives by protecting these people… Jews and students who resisted the Nazis, and members of the Dutch underground resistance movement.

Six or seven people illegally lived in the home in 1943.  Other refugees would stay for a few hours or a few days until another “safe house” could be located for them.  Corrie and the Beje group searched for brave Dutch families who would take in refugees, and much of Corrie’s time was spent caring for these people once they were in hiding.

About 800 Jews were saved and protected by many Dutch underground workers.

Sometimes when the laws of our land are completely at odds with the laws of God, we have difficult choices to make.  Will we hunker down and let evil have its way, or will we pray and find ways to honor God in the midst of horrific circumstances?

There’s one final observation I want to make:  the ten Boom family protested, but they did it quietly and with a great deal of prayer behind it.  They didn’t hit the streets with loud boasts in protest and leave destruction in their wake.  There are good ways to resist and ways that are not as effective.  If Christians want to make real changes, it must be done with prayer and quiet strength.  Give God the glory for success and praise Him every step of the way.  🙂

 

 

 

 

  

  

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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Thank you, Veterans

On this day in 1782, General George Washington created the Purple Heart.  The Continental Congress had forbidden General Washington from granting any promotions or commendations to recognize merit.  Washington felt strongly that some token should be given, so his general orders established the Badge of Military Merit.

It was not until the 20th Century the name of the badge became The Purple Heart.  The entire design changed except the shape – it remained in the shape of a heart.  In the center of the purple heart is a profile of George Washington to honor him for creating it.

Why purple?  Why not blue or green, or my favorite color – yellow?

Obviously, yellow stands for cowardice, so…  that color is automatically eliminated.  Does it matter that purple was chosen for this great badge of merit?  I think so.

The color purple combines the calm stability of blue with the fierce energy of red.  It’s a color known for royalty, nobility, pride, peace, devotion, grandeur, dignity, wisdom, creativity, and power.

A moderate shade of purple can brighten a mood, calm the mind and nerves, enhance the sacred and bring about a general state of confidence.  I always feel more confident when I wear dark purple.  In fact, when people ask me what they should wear to a job interview, I suggest they buy an eggplant suit and accent it with a bright white shirt.  It lets your perspective employer know right away that you are confident in your abilities.  I have an “interview” suit, and yes, it is eggplant purple.  I got any job I wanted in that suit and an updated resume.

If a hue is too bright, it suggests you are wealthy and gives an air of royalty.  That is not an impression you want to give at a job interview.  That would leave the perspective employer thinking you don’t really need the job – that you are independently wealthy and think you are a little better than everyone else.

Choosing a hue that is too light can have the opposite effect.  It can make the perspective employer think that you are flighty, absent-minded or not serious about getting a job done.  A light purple is delicate.  If you are interested in romance, light purple is a perfect color.  It conjures up nostalgia and whimsy.

If the purple is very dark it can convey feelings of depression, gloom, sadness and frustration.  Again, this is not a good vibe to give to a prospective employer.

Mauve is just pink trying to be purple.  – James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Yes, a moderate shade of purple is the perfect color for the purple heart.  Brave acts of heroism should be honored in some small way.  We appreciate our military and the purple heart is just one way to let them know how much we hold them in high esteem for the sacrifices they make to ensure our freedom here in the United States of America.