Thursday, September 5, 2013
For Thursday, September 5th, 2013
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th, 2013
16 DAYS UNTIL FALL
Sunrise: 6:59 am
Sunset: 7:54 pm
If you can't see the Bright Side, polish the dull side
On this day in 1862, 706 men voluntarily reported for duty to form Cincinnati's Black Brigade, the first African American military unit organized during the Civil War.
All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation.
The Civil War was a very sad time for our country as Americans fought against each other. It's good to remember though, that we here live in peace because of what others fought for. We have the opportunities that many do not. We are a diverse and multicultural nation and are blessed by the diversity we represent.
In my own family tree, you'll find people from many other countries that came to the United States because of all it had to offer. I'm am who I am because of them and so are we all.
My mom always told me to remember that I should never think I was any better than anyone else and no one should think that they are any better than me. We were all created equal. A good thing for us all to remember I think.
It's very hard to believe that it's Thursday already. This week is fast flying by. Today's pictures are of historical Zoar Village. The people that founded this village came from Germany and hoped to make a better place to live.
I hope you all have a blessed and peace filled Thursday!
The Color Of Friendship
Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel. All claimed that they were the best. The most important. The most useful. The favorite.
Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees and leaves. Without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."
You only think about the earth, but consider the sky and the sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing."
You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun.
Orange started next to blow her trumpet:
I am the color of health and strength. I may be scarce, but I am precious for I serve the needs of human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangoes, and papayas. I don't hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of you.
Red could stand it no longer he shouted out:
I am the ruler of all of you. I am blood - life's blood! I am the color of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire into the blood. Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon. I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the poinsettia and the poppy.
Purple rose up to his full height:
He was very tall and spoke with great pomp: I am the color of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops have always chosen me for I am the sign of authority and wisdom. People do not question me! They listen and obey.
Indigo spoke, more quietly than others, but with determination:
Think of me. I am the color of silence. You hardly notice me, but without me you all become superficial. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace.
And so the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her own superiority. Their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright lightening thunder rolled and boomed. Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors crouched down in fear, drawing close to one another for comfort.
In the midst of the clamor, God began to speak:
You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don't you know that you were each made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me.
Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands.
From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of color as a reminder that you can all live in peace. The Rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow. And so, whenever a good rain washes the world, and a Rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember to appreciate one another.
COUNTING MY GIFTS
Don't forget to stop every once in a while and actually thank God for blessing America - he gets a lot of requests, you know.
I am trying to count at least 3 things I'm thankful for each day and then in 1 year's time I'll have counted 1000 gifts. I’ll be sharing them and giving thanks to God for these gifts each day.
920. for our country which was founded with justice and liberty for all
921. for all the many people that have fought so that others may live in peace
922. for peace
Enter into His courts with thanksgiving — and in His presence is fullness of Joy!
PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS
Please pray for God's protection of
our troops and HIS wisdom for their
Lord, hold our troops in
your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the
selfless acts they perform for us
in our time of need. I ask this in the
name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
AND bless our Police Officers, Firefighters
and Paramedics and EMT's
GOD BLESS YOU !
Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone dear…