Saturday, May 02, 2015

Envy - one of the 7 deadly sins

To have something I don't possess.

It's not just wanting that something, but it can be wanting YOU not to have it.

So why do so many state and national legislators, who claim to be good Christians,  want to make sure that "others" don't have things like adequate food and health care?

Would Jesus tell the Apostles.  Make sure the widows and orphans don't get any food because they are too young or old or lazy to deserve what we have?  I don't think so.

Too lazy?  Have those legislators tried to exist on the charity of others?  It's not easy by any means.  It's damn hard work.

I woke up at 6:00 a.m. to go to a local  Methodist church food pantry.  A friend of mine is in dire straights. Her husband's full paycheck this week is going to pay their rent.  She was let go from her job after coming off disability. She has been unable to find another job.  Her husband's job isn't enough to keep them going.  She needed food.  So I told her I would  get her and take her to the food pantry.

To get one bag of free food she had to be up at 6:30, along with her 7 year old daughter.  I had to drive her to the church (it's too far for her to walk there and back with a bag of food without my help she couldn't have gotten there, she has no working car and the buses don't run  very early on Saturday).  She had to stand in line and get a number,  answer some personal questions about her family finances, etc. and then she was given one bag of groceries - mostly canned food, and one bag of produce.  This week the produce was only tomatoes. There is also a second room that has baked goods and donated clothes and some toys for kids.  Her daughter was able to get a back pack and 3 books.

Since I was in line with her they asked me if I was getting government assistance.  I said I was retired and getting social security and that my husband was disabled.  That qualified ME for the food too. So I took it.  I don't need the food, but she does.  So I gave her the food I had been given.

Maybe if the people in political office had to get their food the way she does they wouldn't begrudge the poor or people on SNAP things like potatoes and spices (as they want to do in Wisconsin).

What the legislators in Wisconsin are doing is a sin.  The sin of envy, not wanting others to have what they have.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Easter Monday

Easter Monday, a day to rejoice after the day of Ressurection.

So how did you celebrate the holiest day of the Christian liturgical year?

Did you get up in the dark and go to a sunrise service? Celebrating the dawn of a new day and new hope for the world?

Did you dress in your best clothes (which by the way symbolizes renewal) and attend a church service to rejoice with others in the congregation that "Jesus Christ is Risen!"?

After services did you and your family join hands in a shared meal?  Did you use the good china and table linen? Did you or your wife prepare a special meal, either a breakfast, a brunch or a dinner so you could all recall the joy and happiness of the occasion?

Or, as a God fearing right wing non-denomanational Christian fundamentalist, did you stay at home in your tee shirt and jeans, and hide Easter Eggs so your kids/grandkids could find them?  Then sit around all day like you do every Sunday, until supper time? Did you fill the kids with chocolate candy and let them wear their "new"  spring clothes to show off to the neighbors?

Just how did you spend your Easter Sunday?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

what now?

On Friday 3/20 I nedded off at the wheel of my car while driving to Orlando on the FL turnpike.

I rear ended a truck. Not an 18 wheeler, a delivery box truck, but still a truck.

I am alive, with bruises from the seat belt and air bag.  The good news is those things worked.

But Why? Why am I not seriously injured?

The reason is unclear to me.  The car is a wreck.

The poor 2013  Kia Soul, my beloved Blizzard" is probably totalled.  It looks terrible.  But I am ok, more or less.

What am I supposed to do now?  What other plans are there for my life?  What's my purpose?

Does anyone have the answer?

I keep asking God, "What's next?" but so far no answer.

What do I do now?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.


Do  you get it?


That's Oh My God, and it's become part of the language of the internet. An expression of suprize, and fully accepted as just another phrase.  But is it?

It's as bad as saying "Jesus Christ" when you are exasperated.

It's taking the Lord's name in vain. Literally.

So easy to say, and no one catches you on it because it "doesn't mean anything."  But it does.  Every time you do it you break the second commandment.

And no one notices.

No one thinks it's a big deal.

So how many other commandments aren't a big deal either?

How about "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods"?  Envy.  Jealousy of someone's possessions or house or car or clothes.  Instead of being content with what you have it's "keeping up with the Joneses".  Breaking another commandment that's not a big deal.

How about "thou shalt not kill."  Ok, you haven't killed anyone - ever. But do you support those who do?  Do you support war?  Capital punishment? Abortion?  Do  you deny genocide? Do you make it easy for those who do kill to just shrug it off as a normal part of life?

Think about those 10 commandments, and then think about how you excuse yourself from them every day.  "Remember to keep Holy the Lords Day" Well yeah I do usually go to church, except when it interferes with my getting to the football game in time to tailgate with my buddies.

"I am the Lord your God, you shalt not have strange gods before me."  Yeah, well if I don't get on the golf course before 9 then the day is a total waste.  Or if I don't leave for the beach before traffic gets bad I may as well not make that 2 hour drive. Who is your God?  Golf, the Beach?

Gossip? That's "bearing false witness against your neighbor."  How often do you do that?  It may not be lying, but it's not being truthful all of the time either.

Adultry? Have the hots for someone on TV? Yeah, but you are married and would never get the chance to do it, but you THINK about it, don't you?

"Honor they father and thy mother."  How many times as a teen did you roll your eyes at them behind their back because they were too old fashioned?  Is the eye rolling a sign of respect and honor?

It's Lent.

Examine your conscience.

Be sorry for  the ways you have disobeyed.

Think about it.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jesus loves EVERYONE

Jesus loves everyone.  And He died to save EVERYONE.  There was no "sign up here if you want to be saved" disclaimer.  EVERYONE.

As one priest told us, He died to save Hitler, Jeffrey Daumer, Genghas Kahn, Ben Laden, Fidel Castro and even you.
  Jesus died for gays and lesbians.
 Jesus died for mass murderers.
 Jesus died for child abusers.
 Jesus died for pedophiles.
 Jesus died for the homeless, for members of the KKK, for Socialists, Communists, and athiests too.

So when some yahoo from some "Christian" church tells you that you aren't saved because you don't "subscribe" to his religion tell him that.  Tell him/her that if he doesn't believe that Jesus died for ALL of us, and that by His death we are ALL saved, then that person isn't a "Christian" because he doesn't beleive in the fundamentals of the faith.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

measles part 2

My family was touched by measles at another time.

When my son was 10 months old he contracted measles.  How did I know?  I knew because the symptoms were the same as with my sister who had atypical measles.

He had a runny nose, fever and a rash but it was confined to only his groin area and under his arms. He also had measles inside his mouth and in his hair.

I called his peditrician and explained to him that my son had measles.  The doctor said at 10 months my son should have still be protected by "mother's immunity".  That is it is thought that  for the first year of their life a child has inherited enough of the mothers immunity to diseases to protect the child.

But to be on the safe side the Dr. told me to bring my son to his house, along with my daughter, to have him checked out and to protect any other children from exposure.  My daughter, who was 4, had already been vaccinated.

So the Dr. had me undress my son and he checked him out.  Then he left the room (he was in his pajamas by the way) and called upstairs to his daughter, who was in medical school at the time.  It was early and I heard her protest being awakened at an ungodly hour of the morning.  Well he told her "get down here, I want you to see what atypical measles looks like."

It seems my son had just enough of my immunity to restrict his exposure.  He didn't have full blown measles, but he did have measles.  Once his rash was gone he went back, after his first birthday,  to the Dr. to have a measles shot, AND once the Dr. checked my daughter's records he noticed she had her immunization two weeks too early!  To be fully effective the shot had to be given AFTER her first birthday, and she had her shot just before the actual birthday.  So he vaccinated her too.

Luckily my son did not suffer the complications that my sister did. But also lucky for him I was an observant child who paid attention to the symptoms my sister had and could recognize them 20 plus years later in my own child.

Even though he had measles, the doctor wanted to make sure he would not be infected yet again.

I can't believe that people think it's their right to let their children suffer from a preventable disease.  I hope their children forgive them.  I can't.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015


Ok, when I was young I had measles twice.  The regular kind and the German measles. Don't know the difference, but apparently there was one.

I had measles and the most I remember is being in bed and having a pair of pajamas that looked like long johns, with a "trap door" in the back.  It didn't bother me much.  But my sister on the other hand, had a typical measles.  She didn't have many "spots" but she did have some "complications".  Some childhood diseases we thought were so benign were not.

Yeah measles comes with complications.  My sister, now in her 60's has a slight hearing loss in one ear.    Still to this day.

So, for all of those ill informed parents who think that not vaccinating their children against this preventable disease I just want to prepare you for the probability that something could go wrong.  Very wrong.  So, are you prepared to have your child suffer the consequences - lifelong consequences - of your decision to NOT protect your child (and the public who comes in touch with your child).

Are you prepared to cause other children to suffer?

Probably not.

So, have your child vaccinated.  If not for your child's sake, then for the sake of others.

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