2021 June 02 Wednesday

There was a promise of sunshine this morning.

Toast, bacon, and scrambled eggs was how we broke our fast.

GRANDIES*

Since it was Wednesday we went to Grandies*. However, Ella and I were 2/3rd of the attendees. Charlotte, our leader, was the only other person to arrive. The only thing I can think of was that the Monday holiday had everyone confused about what day of the week it was. The three of us sat and visited for nearly an hour before deciding no one was going to join us. I made a motion to adjourn, Ella seconded, and the vote was unanimous in favor.

We wandered along backroads where wildflowers owned the pastures.

There were slow moving streams with mirror surfaces.

Fast moving rivers that overrun the road

Hills with breath talking beauty

Sweeping curves that snake through hills of granite and limestone.

We stopped at KFC/Long John Silvers for lunch. We planned to eat in and enjoy some air conditioning. However, due to being short on staff, the dinning area was closed. So we drove through then ate on the parkinglot.

After eating we went next door to the bathroom.

2021 June 01

First stop for the day was UPS to drop off the two file cabinets for return to Amazon. (See previous post, “Tale of 2 File Cabinets) for that story.

The next stop was Target to purchase a file cabinet. While there I also purchased three grocery items.

And then, at home, to install handles on the cabinet.

One final (I think) word on the whole file cabinet story. The apparent quality of the file ordered through Amazon was greater (excluding the damage) than what I found at target. The Amazon file was slightly larger and constructed of heavier gauge steel. (Which makes the damage odder) The price difference was negligible. And it it’s more convent to have it delivered than go to a store to purchase.

This is my way of saying, unless there are multiple items to purchase at a store, I will continue to order through online services such as Amazon.

A nice rare sirloin, peas, potato salad peppers and carrots for lunch.

Oh yes, lettuce salad.

Read:  Romans 5:8.    But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Think:  While we were sinners. While we were rebellious. While we were fighting God. While we were enemies of His. Jesus said, “love your enemies”. (Matt 5:44) And love us he did … enough to take our punishment … to die in our place.

Pray:  Father, though there is nothing I can do to repay the debt I owe, help me live a life that brings glory to you. Amen.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 31 Memorial Day

I hope you all had a safe and refreshing Memorial Day. I also hope you remembered the reason for this holiday.

Today, as we celebrate Memorial. Day, we remember the men and women of our Armed Forces who made the greatest sacrifice imaginable. 

Whether it was on the battlefield of Antietam, the beaches of Normandy, in the mountains of Afghanistan, or any of the far flung corners of the world, thousands of Americans have taken up the mission to defend our Nation, ideals, and freedoms at home and abroad, knowing that they may not survive. 

Memorial Day weekend often serves as an opportunity for Americans to spend time with friends and family. As we consider the cost of our freedom, let us also remember the families of our fallen, our Gold Star families. As we remember the sacrifices of our fallen service members, we also recognize the tremendous loss to their families and admire their patriotism and perseverance.

Despite all of these sacrifices, the struggle to preserve our freedom continues.  Just as in times past, our enemies seek to threaten the freedom for which our American brothers and sisters have laid down their lives. These enemies don’t just fight our troops on the battlefield but through seemingly random acts of terror.

One of the best ways to honor our fallen comrades is for us to work together to defend our freedom and our American principles. 

Since early in 2020 our nation and our world have seen the curtailing of some freedoms that most of us have always taken for granted. The First Amendment to the United State’s Constitution guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. Yet in these past months most of us, understanding the seriousness of the pandemic, chose to self regulate our assemblies for the good of ourselves and others. In some cases emergency governmental restrictions were also applied. I’m not here to argue for or against those restrictions. I mention them only to demonstrate how easily those freedoms which me take as immutable can be amended, restricted, or taken away.

We cannot allow the erosion of the liberties our family members and friends have fought so hard to defend.

 I am truly grateful for those who have served our country, past and present, 

Let us pray.

In the quiet sanctuaries of our own hearts, let each of us name and call on the One whose power over us is great and gentle, firm and forgiving, holy and healing …

Father God, You who created us, who sustain us, who call us to live in peace, hear our prayer this day. Hear our prayer for all who have died in service to our country, their hearts and hopes are known to you alone. Hear our prayer for those who gave their lives in the service of others, and accept the gift of their sacrifice.

Help us to shape and make a world where we will lay down the arms of war and turn our swords into plowshares. for a harvest of justice and peace. Comfort those families who grieve the loss of their loved ones and let your healing be the hope in their hearts.

Hear our prayer this day and in your mercy answer us, and may the peace of God be with us all. Amen.

To see more about our day, read the previous post titled “Tale of 2 File Cabinets.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

Tale of 2 File Cabinets

I ordered a file cabinet through Amazon. As a Prime member, we received “next day” delivery at no charge. Wonderful! And it did indeed arrive the following day.

Unfortunately it was damaged on this corner.

And this corner

And this corner

And this corner.
I immediately reported it to Amazon. They sent instructions and a code. I’m to take the damaged cabinet to a UPS store for return.
They also sent a replacement which was also next day delivery.

Today the replacement arrived. I didn’t complete unboxing once I saw the damage to the packaging and this corner.

I contacted Amazon and received an additional code. I now have two packages to lug to UPS.

However, since this is Memorial Day, they will not be open until tomorrow morning.

I cancelled the order and will receive a refund within the next 7 days. I was hoping for next day delivery on the refund.

Understand, I’m not bashing Amazon. Nearly everything I’ve ordered has arrived in a timely manner and quality as I’ve expected.

I’ll not mention the file cabinet manufacturer’s name. But I hope they develop better protective packaging in the near future.

Tomorrow after sending off the 2 return packages, we will stop at Target a buy a file cabinet.

2021 May 30

There was almost a sun this morning. Everything was hidden by a cloudy haze. There is a large church building directly in front of us, on the other side of the toll road.

Being Sunday, we attended Sunday school and worship where I was liturgist.

Before we left the church church parking lot, I used the Dominos app to order pizza. We had just pulled into a spot at the store when a young man brought our pizza to us.

Since we were looking for a shady spot to sit and eat and it is Memorial Day weekend, we went to the Liberty Hill cemetery.
There were a lot of flags on graves. Lawncare workers were tidying up the mowing and edging

We had not finished our pizza when I received the notification that our grocery order was ready for pick up.
It took about a half hour to drive from the cemetery to Wal-Mart. We arrived and used the app to indicate our parking spot.
I wasn’t quite finished opening the back of the truck when the groceries arrived. Extremely fast service.

An ink sketch from television.

Read:  Romans 16:17.      Brothers and sisters, I urge you to watch out for those people who create divisions and who make others fall away from the Christian faith by teaching doctrine that is not the same as you have learned. Stay away from them.

Think:  I honestly believe that one of the Evil One’s greatest tricks is to get Christians to argue over minutia. This infighting keeps us from spreading the Good News and bringing new souls into the Kingdom of God.

Pray:  Father, I pray, “lead me not into temptation.” However, in my mind, I have always imagined those temptations to be ways of the world or of the flesh. However, these seemingly “small” temptations to prove ourselves right or others wrong can be so devastating to the work of Christ’s disciples. Forgive me. Deliver me from the tricks of the Enemy. Amen.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 29

Our Saturday was an uneventful day of rest.

Ella spent some time repotting her lilies.  I’m sure I must have done something but I can’t remember what. However, since I never left the apartment, I know where.

Read:  Romans 4:20-21.    And then, in the Promise of God, he did not hesitate out of distrust, but instead he was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, knowing most fully that whatever God has promised, he is also able to accomplish.

Think:  We sometimes make promises in good faith, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to keep. How wonderful it is that all that God promises he has done and will do.

Pray:  Most gracious and loving God, we rejoice in your promises. We accept as the psalmist wrote, “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” (Psalms 89:34) We are thankful to know. “know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to (Your) purpose.” (Romans 8:28) All praise and glory are Your’s now and forever. Amen.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 28

Breakfast was good with pancakes, eggs, and bacon.
Lunch was chicken wings with garlic and parmesan cheese and sides of mashed potatoes and peas. Followed by cantaloupe.
Supper was non existent. Lunch had been so late that we weren’t hungry before bed time.

We had plenty of time to play Fast Track today

I made use of a day with no other activities to work more on the material for this coming Sunday school class.

Shortly after 7 o’clock our building lousy power. It came back on nearly immediately though.

Read:  1st Chronicles 16:8-12.     O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works.  Glory in his holy name;  let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Seek the Lord and his strength,  seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done,  his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,

Think: David wrote psalms and sang songs to the Lord. I’m not a great singer but I carry music within me. Throughout the day people will comment on my whistling. Most of the time I’m unaware that I’m whistling. When pointed out, I will realize that I’m most likely to be whistling a hyme or praise tune. My inner spirit becomes so filled with God’s goodness that it has to burst forth with praise.

Pray:  Lord, thank you for the wonderful things you have done. I give you all glory and will praise you while I have breath in my body. Amen.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 May 26

GRANDIES

This was the first meeting of Grandies since mid February of 2020. That was around the time that Covid-19 was declared a pandemic.
None of us expected how dangerous and socially disruptive this disease was going to become.
World wide 168,000,000 reported cases of infection. 3,490,000 people have died from it. Though it isn’t over, somewhere near 40% of those in the USA have been double inoculated and some government restrictions have been lifted. I just hope that this measure of freedom doesn’t make us lax in our vigilance.

Grandies welcomes those 50+ every week with friendship, games and a ministry to connect to others. As a special part of their ministry, Grandies sign and send greeting cards with inspirational messages to those serving in the military, the sick or homebound and church members celebrating happy milestones like birthdays and graduation. Since this ministry started, more than 3,300 cards have been sent!

In the summer, Grandies also work to make available snack packs through Operation Liberty Hill for children who may not otherwise have enough food without a school in session. Additionally, they provide meals at Vacation Bible School and host bake sales twice a year to raise funds for their important works.

©2021 Thomas E Williams