NATIONAL DAYS OF PRAYER & REMEMBRANCE

TL 9-9 THRU 9-11 NATIONAL DAYS OF PRAYER & REMEMBRANCELet’s pray:

Dear Heavenly Father,
The Bible tells us that You understand what our hearts feel even when we are not able to utter the words that make sense.  We trust that You hear our heavy hearts right now.  We’ve made strides to move on with our lives because we don’t have a choice but to do so, but our country will never be the same.  We lost a little of our ability to trust others.  We lost much of our innocence to be sure.  The impact of that day will be a part of who we are as a nation until the day You return to take Your own to Heaven.  We continue to pray for healing on all levels for the ones who were there that day.  Please keep Your mighty hand on the ones who lost loved ones.  We know that’s a pain that never ceases, even with the passing of time.  Bless the first responders, good Samaritans and those able to lend a hand that day.  We long for real peace more now than ever before.  Lord, please heal our land and restore America as only You can.  Help us to humble ourselves before You and seek Your face as a nation.  We ask all of this in the matchless name of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Where to go from here?  We remember…  we pray for those who will grieve losses.  But at some point, we count the crosses along with the gifts we’re given by God.  Lucinda reminds us to Count and Grow.COUNT AND GROW

WE THANK YOU FOR THATIt isn’t easy to be thankful to God when you feel such deep pain and loss, but once you begin to thank Him for the little things…  I guess I should say, the seemingly little things, as they are not – things like waking up, being able to get out of bed, your next breath…  if you can consider that it’s God making all these things possible – and start praising Him for these things…  it’s a start to finding a new normal in your life.  Lucinda writes, “When it is beyond us, You get the glory.”  So, we know that our loss is beyond our control, but when we start to be thankful for things in our own life, God gets the glory.

We can’t do a day by ourselves but we lean on God for help.  And we thank Him for that!  🙂

 

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MEMORIAL DAY

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Praise the Lord, who is my rock.  He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer.  He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.  Psalm 144:1-2

That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.  – Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 1863

Precious Heavenly Father,

As Americans pause today to remember those in the military who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy, we pray You would remind us to look to You for strength, comfort and guidance.  Be close to all who serve in our Armed Forces.  Bless them and their loved ones.  Grant them with Your loving protection and let peace prevail among the nations, O God.  Let Your mercy rest upon our land, even as we acknowledge with thanksgiving Your blessings on America in the past.  We pray Your perfect will be done in all our lives, and that our men and women in uniform be protected by Your Almighty hand.  We pray You turn both military and civilian hearts to Your holy Word where true peace for sinful souls exceeds all human understanding.  May we repent of sin and walk so closely to You, Lord, and find Your saving grace on a daily basis.  It’s in the matchless name of Jesus, our Savior and Your beloved Son, who alone gives this peace and hope for eternity, we pray,

Amen.

Customs surrounding Memorial Day have changed so much since it began back during the Civil War.  For starters, it was first known as Decoration Day and was not always observed on the last Monday of May.  We should try to keep some decorum though, I believe.  Our society has become so casual – and we need to know the “do’s and don’ts” about Memorial Day.

General Orders No. 11 stated that “in this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed,” but over time several customs and symbols became associated with the holiday.

• It is customary on Memorial Day to fly the flag at half-staff until noon, and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset.

• Taps, the 24-note bugle call, is played at all military funerals and memorial services. It originated in 1862 when Union Gen. Dan Butterfield “grew tired of the ‘lights out’ call sounded at the end of each day,” according to The Washington Post. Together with the brigade bugler, Butterfield made some changes to the tune.

Not long after, the melody was used at a burial for the first time when a battery commander ordered it played in lieu of the customary three rifle volleys over the grave. The battery was so close to enemy lines, and the commander was worried the shots would spark renewed fighting.

• The World War I poem “In Flanders Fields,” by John McCrea, inspired the Memorial Day custom of wearing red artificial poppies. In 1915, a Georgia teacher and volunteer war worker named Moina Michael began a campaign to make the poppy a symbol of tribute to veterans and for “keeping the faith with all who died.” The sale of poppies has supported the work of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

I have to admit, I did not know about the poppies.  It’s important that we learn about customs so we can keep them alive.  🙂

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OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING COMMEMORATION DAY

TL 4-19 OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING COMMEMORATION DAY

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The photographs used in this slide show are ones I took myself back in 1995.  Considering that my camera at the time was an old One Step – (there were no digital cameras back then) – and I had to scan the individual photos in to my computer before creating the slide show, I think it turned out quite well.

National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day is on April 19 of each year in memory of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.  The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.  It remained the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001, attacks.  The blast in Oklahoma City claimed the lives of 168 people, including 19 children under the age of 6.  More than 680 people were injured.  (http://www.history.com/topics/oklahoma-city-bombing)

TO THOSE IN OKLAHOMA

SITTING WITH JESUS

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When you see the golden chairs strategically placed, each one with its own light…  it is so moving.  The little spirits of those children lost that day shine brightly and we will not forget.  🙂

I WILL MISS YOU…

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WHAT DID KATE WHISPER

Maureen O’Hara passed away on October 24th, 2015.  She was 95 years old.  The spunky green-eyed, red-headed actress was best known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, and often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

O’Hara was born in Dublin, so when she played the role of Kate in “The Quiet Man”, it was a genuine and sincere performance.  It’s tradition in our house to watch the popular movie every St. Patrick’s Day.  Rarely do you see a true connection between actors – but in this film, you can tell that Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne have a true connection and worked well together.

Have you seen “The Quiet Man”?  If so, you are probably just as curious as I am to know what Maureen O’Hara whispered in the Duke’s ear at the end of the movie!  At the film’s conclusion, after the credits, we see Kate and Sean standing in their garden waving good-bye. Maureen O’Hara turns to John Wayne and whispers something in his ear, evoking a priceless reaction from Wayne. What was said was known only to O’Hara, Wayne and director John Ford. In exchange for saying this unscripted bit of text, O’Hara insisted that the exact line never be disclosed by any involved parties. In her memoirs she says that she refused to say the line at first as she “couldn’t possibly say that to Duke”, but Ford insisted, claiming he needed a genuine shock reaction from Wayne. The line remains a mystery to this day.

I’ve tried to find out – I’ve searched and googled it…  it seems she took the secret with her – sadly.  Whatever she whispered to him – it definitely got the desired shock reaction from him!  I won’t say it’s my favorite part of the movie, but I will say – it’s the most interesting – just because I’m nosey and want to know what she whispered.  Oh well…

I miss movies that have a bit of mystery.  Ones that hold a little back and make us want more.  Nowadays – everything just hangs out, leaving us in a perpetual state of TMI overkill.  The Golden age of Hollywood is gone.  I will miss Maureen O’Hara.  🙂