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WHY ME LORD?   2 comments

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

LUKE 2:10

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Every year at Thanksgiving at my brother’s home, everyone at the table is required to give an explanation of what they are thankful for before we start eating. This year when it was my turn, I gave a list of all of my medical problems over the last eleven years.  I did this not to elicit sympathy from the rest of the family, but to mention all of the trials and triumphs that I experienced.  When I was finished, I ended by reciting the words from the first stanza of Kris Kristerofferson’s song “Why Me Lord? What have I ever done to deserve even one of the pleasures I’ve known?”

Later as I listened to the words of the song, I pondered what would His answer be.  Almost immediately without missing a beat He answered: “Nothing. You see I did it all for you because I love you.”

As we celebrate His birthday this year, let’s all remember that we didn’t have to do a thing.  All we have to do is believe.  Believe that He is the Son of the Living God. Believe that He came to earth for the sole purpose of going to the cross to pay for our sins.  Believe that He is coming back to complete the task which was started when we confessed our sins and made Him Lord of our lives.  Believe that we have the gift of eternal life. That’s all.  Believe.

So this year, while all of the gifts are being passed out, remember the greatest gift of all.  His gift of love.  Jesus wants us to spread it around like the cream cheese icing on Grandma’s Red Velvet cake.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours from me and mine.

Jay.

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SUGGESTED READING: Luke 2:1-20

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MEMORIAL DAY AND THE FLAG ( A RE-POST FROM 2011)   3 comments

LONG MAY SHE WAVE!

I did something today that I should have done a long time ago (no I took a bath last month!).  I put up an American flag in the front of our house.  Not the least amazing thing about it was the fact that the flag was not made in Hung Chow, China . . . it was made right here in the good ol’ US of A.  I bought it at a well known national discount retailer for less than ten dollars and I have to say that it is a well made flag.  

I did it in honor of Memorial Day and I plan to fly it on June 14th, July 4th, Labor Day and Veterans Day to mention just a few.  Memorial Day is a day in which we honor all of those individuals, male and female, black and white, Christian, Jew and Muslim, of all ethnic backgrounds who have died in service to our country in the military.

Erecting the flag reminded me of the week after 9/11 when the only flag that I could find was one that was about 9 feet wide by 20 feet long.  I erected that one as best I could in the front of our house in Texas. I didn’t think the neighbors would mind.  But before I did though, I went to the internet to see if I could find a website on “American flag protocol”.  And sure enough I did. As with all internet searches, there are numerous websites devoted to the care and handling of our national symbol of honor and  freedom, so I picked the one that I thought best suited my needs.

I bring this up not only because it is Memorial day 2011, but because I believe that it is a good thing to revisit a part of our heritage that sometimes seems to be either forgotten or ignored.  The American flag, by federal law, is to be handled, displayed, and properly disposed of when no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country. I know many of us learned about the flag in school, the Boy/Girl Scouts and military, but many not have or just plain forgot about it.

To those who have served and died, we owe a debt of gratitude and I think it is best described in the following poem by Major Kelly Strong USAF:

I watched the flag pass by one day It fluttered in the breeze A young soldier saluted it, and then He stood at ease

I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud With hair cut square and eyes alert He’d stand out in any crowd

I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years How many died on foreign soil? How many mothers’ tears?

How many Pilots’ planes shot down? How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves? No – Freedom isn’t free

I heard the sound of taps one night, When everything was still I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill

I wondered just how many times That Taps had meant “Amen” When a flag had draped a coffin Of a brother or a friend

I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives

I thought about a graveyard at the Bottom of the sea Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No – Freedom isn’t free!

Have a happy and safe Memorial day.  Thanks for stopping by Quiet Streams and God bless our active duty servicemen and their families and our military veterans.

CREDITS: Freedom Isn’t Free Photo – www.freefoto.com, others as cited above.  FREEDOM – Those, living and dead, who have fought to keep this country free.

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