“Let Us Pray” — First Lady Melania Trump Leads People in Lord’s Prayer
Poem by Anna Bartlett Warner
As originally published in 1860, it appeared in three stanzas, as follows:
Jesus loves me—this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong,—
They are weak, but he is strong.
Jesus loves me—loves me still,
Though I’m very weak and ill;
From his shining throne on high,
Comes to watch me where I lie.
Jesus loves me—he will stay,
Close beside me all the way.
Then his little child will take,
Up to heaven for his dear sake.
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.
The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looks on, remaining silent.
Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments. A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband, “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?” The husband replies, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
And so it is with life… What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.
Choking back tears, Christian Golczynski accepted the flag from his father’s casket. Photographer Aaron Thompson described this moment as “the most emotionally moving event I may have ever witnessed and may ever witness in my life.”
On May 7th, one of Kenya’s most spectacular male elephants named ‘Mountain Bull’ was killed for his tusks. He had fathered many elephants in Kenya and helped conservationists better understand elephant habitats. His ivory will be sold on the black market and turned into carvings and other trinkets. Ivory is often sold in exchange for guns, fueling increased conflict in Africa. We must do more to stop this crisis. Please see how you can help stop the insane slaughter of the wild elephants at Elephant Crisis Fund. We can all make a difference! ElephantCrisisFund.org
My Tookie. How I will miss you.
Tookie passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014, lying in her little maroon fluffy bed, holding her little mouse toy, Steve Martin, that my daughter Katy had bought for her years ago. She was listening to classical music of the Nutcracker, looking out the window from atop my bed, where she enjoyed this last six months in our new residence. I had placed my First Holy Communion rosary on her bed.
We, Katy, Amber and I, all kissed her little head and said, goodbye. I told her repeatedly throughout the day, “You have sweet dreams, honey, because you deserve them.”
We got Tookie in January 1998 from an office mate and friend who could not take her to her new apartment. Tookie was about three at the time. She was a sweet, very small Russian Blue. Jen had found her, huddling against a wall, scared, wet in a thunderstorm, when Tookie was just a tiny, few week old kitten. She was treated for parasites, including a tapeworm, which stunted Tookie’s growth. Tookie was always referred to by friends and visitors as a “baby kitty” and rarely tipped the scale over 7 pounds.
Tookie would sleep with me. When I would get a sore throat, often I would wake up, and she would be laying across my throat to keep it warm!
Her favorite food was shrimp. And each night, she got a little shrimp cut up in a bowl as her goodnight treat.
If you called, “Tookie” or “Tookie, shrimp!”, she would come running!
Probably the funniest thing about Tookie was that she LOVED water. Several times in her life, I gave her a little water bath. When I would finish in the tub or shower, Tookie was sure to jump in to play around in any of the clean water I would run to clear the soaps just as if she were playing in puddles.
In this new residence, Tookie loved to hear the shower and would run around play, sometimes getting soaking wet.
And as Katy sings to cheer me up when I just sit or work through the tears, “Tookie’s havin’ shrimp with Jesus! She’s eating boiled shrimp, sauteed shrimp, shrimp on the Barbie, shrimp scampi …”
Tookie was approximately 19 years old when she moved to Heaven. She was never really sick. I really expected her to live forever. The last few years were extremely rough for all of us. For most of her little life, she was sheltered in my bedroom wherever we lived, mostly to protect her from our little Jack Russell Terrier, Lola. In this place we live now, I wanted desperately to allow Tookie the freedom to roam free throughout the house so she would not always feel isolated. Each day, I would carefully introduce her to the rest of the house, and to Lola, while Katy was at college. With Lola now around 10 years old and a little less hyper, they actually did become friends this past six months. In fact, one day I came into the main living area and Tookie was relaxing in Lola’s bed and Lola was relaxing in Tookie’s bed. How sweet!
At Christmas, Tookie would climb up and sit on my lap on one side and Lola would climb up and sit on my lap on the other!
How I miss you so much, Tookie. I know you were probably suffering in silence. Jesus finally called you back home to live healthy in heaven. As God created ALL creatures, I know I will see you again.
Tookie, Thank You for being my cat. I will love you always!
23“… and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
God has promised you His constant presence (Hebrews 13:5), but are you conscious of His presence every day? When you are conscious of His presence every day, you will experience a peace that gives you rest, joy inexpressible in your spirit and a power that nothing in this world can offer. In fact, you will begin to be peaceful and powerful like Jesus. You will speak and behave like Him. This is because you cannot be in God’s presence without His beauty, love, peace, power and glory rubbing off on you.
But how do you practice being conscious of God’s presence?
Start by seeing God with you in whatever you do and wherever you are. For example, at your board meeting, while deliberating on issues, see the Lord there in the boardroom with you, guiding you in your thinking. And you can be sure that His presence will bring clarity of thought and wisdom to you. You will find yourself flowing with great and sound ideas.
If you are going for an interview, see the Lord there in the interview room with you, putting answers in your mouth. Your nervousness will melt away as you see His favor on you bringing on smiles and approving nods from the interviewers.
Perhaps you are going for surgery. Well, see the Lord in the operating theatre with you, guiding the hands of the surgeons. Your worries will dissipate because nothing can go wrong in the Lord’s presence.
If you are in the middle of an argument, see the Lord standing within earshot. Your words will change and your body language will become more reconciliatory as you see Him right there with you extending His grace to you. There will be a restraint which is not borne of willpower, but which comes supernaturally when you know that the One who loves you and watches over you is with you.
Beloved, when you become conscious of God’s presence in your life, worries and fears will have no foothold in your mind. You will see Him maximizing your joy and fun, and prospering you in what you say and do!
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