Monday, August 1, 2011
"The devil, like a roaring lion seeks whom he may devour." (1 Peter 5:8) Sunday, July 31, 2011. OUR PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY. Dr. Charles Stanley speaks of the importance of having your own "accountability partner." The requirements for a good accountability partner include: (1) One who walks in the Spirit, and can offer godly counsel. (2) Trustworthy! (3) Has Godly wisdom based on scripture. (4) Who gives you / me the freedom to be yourself / myself. (5) Who has the courage to confront you / me. (6) Who is sensitive to your / my feelings. (7) Who is an encourager! (8) Who has my / your best interests. For more info, please check out: http://www.intouch.org Out of Atlanta, Georgia and Ontario, Canada. For more info as well, check out Ephesians 5:24-25. Remember: Always go for the rosebush.
Indeed, as I learned, there were on the planet where the little prince lived -- as on all planets -- good plants and bad plants. In consequence, there were good seeds from good plants, and bad seeds from bad plants. But seeds are invisible. They sleep deep in the heart of the earth's darkness, until some one among them is seized with the desire to awaken. Then this little seed will stretch itself and begin -- timidly at first -- to push a charming little sprig inoffensively upward toward the sun. If it is only a sprout of radish or the sprig of a rose-bush, one would let it grow wherever it might wish. But when it is a bad plant, one must destroy it as soon as possible, the very first instant that one recognizes it. Now there were some terrible seeds on the planet that was the home of the little prince; and these were the seeds of the baobab. The soil of that planet was infested with them. A baobab is something you will never, never be able to get rid of if you attend to it too late. It spreads over the entire planet. It bores clear through with its roots. And if the planet is too small, and the baobabs are too many, they split it in pieces..."It is a question of discipline," the little prince said..."When you've finished with your own toilet in the morning, then it is time to attend to the toilet of your planet, just so, with the greatest care. You must see to it that you pull up regularly all the baobabs, at the very first moment when they can be distinguished from the rose-bushes which they resemble so closely...It is very tedious work...but very easy." (SOURCE: "The Little Prince," Written and Drawn by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, translated from the French by Katherine Woods, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich PUBLISHERS, San Diego-New York-London. Copyright 1943.)
"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the Glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (FROM 2 Corinthians 3:18.) But for now, my friends, it's time for an open-faced chunky peanut butter and sugarless jelly sandwich! Hey! This blog says, "Denise Dances: Body, Mind & Spirit!"
Before we move forward to explore some more ancient belief systems, let's have some real fun and dig up some local graves first! "A Second Burial Ground at Broad and Hempstead Streets began with the purchase of four acres from Captain Michael Melally in 1793. The cemetary became filled by 1835. Among the leading people buried here were Captain Charles Bulkeley, General Jebediah Huntington, General Thomas H. Cushing, and Captain Michael Melally. A particularly sad burial concerns a wife of a whaling captain. Captain William (Billy) Hobbs, vessel, Eliza Jane, which arrived in port after a successful short voyage of eight months with a cargo worth $80,000. The captain dressed in his best suit, stood on deck searching the crowd for Mary, his wife. One of the owners boarded the vessel and taking the captain to a cabin informed him that Mary had died two weeks before and lay in the Second Burial Ground. Hobbs left the vessel, never collected his share of the voyage and became a familiar waterfront character. A schoolhouse was built on the ground after the bodies were moved, many to Cedar Grove by 1886 with much of the expense borne by Charles Augustus Williams." (SOURCE: "The Whaling City," housed at the History Room of the New London Public Library.) Down below, in the History Room, you can view historic photos of New London, such as the maypole celebrations for children which took place in Williams Memorial Park. As well, you can glimpse a view of the schoolhouse that once was. From what I can see, it looks like a "haunted house" built in the English Tudor style. The schoolhouse stood where a grove of pine trees is now. Upon closer look, you can see the sidewalk and part of the brick foundation. For some reason, I've sensed the presence of a school and schoolyard as I walked down Broad Street on many afternoons, lining the park. The area has a sense of orderliness about it. But of course, that would have been before Williams Park Apartments was built.
In exploring ancient belief systems, I believe in a Universal Truth which supercedes all religious doctrines. I believe that different cultures adapt their beliefs, rituals, legends and folklore into a system or body of knowledge that makes sense to their way of life. All religions, however, echo a Universal Truth. And I believe that the Universal Truth is actually very simple and not complex at all for those who search and choose to understand it. Make sense? If not, search the ancient belief systems and see if you can find common themes which shout back at you. Themes which reaffirm that universal life force that exists in all things, throughout the space of time. "Truth is beauty and beauty is truth." (No. I'm not going to tell you what it is. You figure it out for yourself! Whatta ya -- think I have all the answers? :)
(1) duress: n [ME duresse, fr MF duresce hardness, severity, fr. L duritia, fr. durus] 1: forcible restraint or restriction 2: compulsion by threat; specif: unlawful constraint. (2) duration: n 1: continuance in time during which something exists or lasts. (3) durance: n [MF, fr. durer to endure] 1 archaic: ENDURANCE 2: IMPRISONMENT - often used in the phrase durance vile. (4) duplicity: n., pl -ties 1: contradictory doubleness of thought, speech or action; esp: the belying of one's true intentions by deceptive words or action 2: the quality or state of being double or twofold 3: the technically incorrect use of two or more distinct items (as claims, charges or defenses) in a single legal action. (5) durable: adj [ME, fr. MF, fr. L durabilis, fr. durare to last -- more at DURING]: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration; also: designed to be durable syn see LASTING -- durability.
GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE! 39 hits last Monday, July 25th. Sure hope August promises to be a much cooler month and to remove myself from any more "hot water" that comes my way! UP NEXT, we have "Endurance!" As the search continues for a Universal Truth, we have more on the ANCIENT BELIEF SYSTEMS. Take your choice! I'm not telling anyone what to do or how to believe, as I try to have respect for everyone's differing beliefs. By the way, is leaving the safety of your home and moving to another country to dodge bullets and to ultimately win the Pulitzer prize -- worth it?