O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
~ Psalm 107:1
And Star Wars fans everywhere wish each other “May the Fourth be with you,” a pun on a famous Star Wars blessing 🙂 Here are some pictures our family took at a “Star Wars Day at the Zoo” in 2011.
For more on how May 4 became Star Wars day, check out this post of mine. May the Force be with you!
My post on Passover and Easter. A bit of history, plus pictures. 🙂
Some quotes from St. Patrick’s breastplate prayer.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.
Christ with me
Christ before me
Christ behind me
Christ in me
Christ beneath me
Christ above me
Christ on my right
Christ on my left
Christ where I lie
Christ where I sit
Christ where I arise
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks to me
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, Lord, be ever with us.
Sunday was National Sanctity of Life Day. It happens every year, on the closest Sunday to January 22, when the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in Roe v. Wade.
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Both of these causes—pro-life and civil rights—hinge on the fact that God made each of us and loves us all. He expects us to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. As Martin Luther King, Jr. heroically fought for the rights of African-Americans, let us fight for the unborn children who are being ruthlessly murdered through abortion. Just do what God wants you to.
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
When we were part of an orchestra a few years back, we researched some of the songs we were playing. Here is what we found on one of them, one of my favorite Christmas carols: “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
It was written by a Frenchman, Noel Regney, who was born in 1922. He studied for a musical career, but when World War II struck, he was forced into the Nazi army, later deserting. After the war, he became a musical director, moved to Manhattan, and married Gloria Shayne, who also wrote music.
In 1962, the United States and Russia were involved in a missile crisis. The Russians had installed missiles in Cuba and America threatened military action if they were not removed. Although Christmas was approaching, no one seemed to be in the holiday mood. Everyone was scared that America would be bombed.
Just about then, Noel was asked to write a song. Inspiration came for “Do You Hear What I Hear?” when Noel saw two babies, who were riding strollers, smiling at each other. Noel wrote the words and his wife wrote the music. Under the menace of a nuclear war, a plea for peace was published. The next year, their song became a huge hit when the well-known Bing Crosby released a version of it.
“Do You Hear What I Hear?” is a reminder of the Christ child Who came to bring anyone who ask, His peace forever. John 14:27 says “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Lyrics and a Youtube of Carrie Underwood’s version of the song follow. 😎
Said the night wind to the little lamb,
“Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite,
With a tail as big as a kite.”
Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
“Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song high above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea,
With a voice as big as the sea.”
Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
“Do you know what I know?
In your palace warm, mighty king,
Do you know what I know?
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold,
Let us bring him silver and gold.”
Said the king to the people everywhere,
“Listen to what I say!
Pray for peace, people, everywhere,
Listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light,
He will bring us goodness and light.”
On this Thanksgiving Day, I thought I would include Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation that established a national day of giving thanks to God.
Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day
October 3, 1863
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln