Today is a special event -- Hubby and I have been married for 42 years today. I'm a very lucky blessed girl. Our meeting was meant to be, I truly believe that. You can read the story of how we met here, my version and hubby's version.
Here's his anniversary card to me, I feel the same way.
Not many people these days can brag about meeting their soul mate, marrying him and staying HAPPILY married for 42 years.
To give you an idea how petty and vindictive Google is, in the past when I was running Adsense if I posted something even slightly negative about Google it was almost a guarantee I’d get hit with an unrelated policy violation the next day.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond our means. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, Who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson
For those who have read even a tiny sampling of my writings, it comes as no surprise that I am unabashedly Roman Catholic. Some may find a bit of offense in this, as if I beg to convert all others into the Church, but this cannot be further from the truth. Nor am I hateful towards other beliefs. For example, I am not hostile towards Judaism; I simply find that the ancient Israelites were far too exclusionary for my contemporary tastes. Neither am I hostile to Islam – I simply question any adherence to the “One True God” that places restrictions upon His power and love by suggesting that He could not come here as fully human, with a fully human mother if He so chose. After all, nothing remains impossible for God. And in fairness, neither am I hostile towards my Protestant brethren – many of whom fabricate a multitude of reasons to exclude me from Christianity. I merely question how they could adhere to Christ’s Church without acknowledging the 2,000+ year history of His Church on earth. After all, I stand before you representing nothing spectacular without considering all the generations that have passed before me. Believing in God, therefore, remains an all-or-nothing proposition. God cannot deceive people because He is Truth.
Evil, however, can deceive for deception remains the best hope for casting doubt into an individual’s capabilities. It remains this doubt that drives humanity away from its Creator. From the earliest moments of human society, we have been forewarned of this evil presence: “…Lucifer, full of envy and pride, resisted [against God’s Plan for Humanity] and induced his followers to resist likewise, as they in reality did, preferring to follow him and disobey the divine command. This wicked prince persuaded them, that he would be their chief and that he would set up a government independent and separate from Christ.” Thus, today, our world remains awash with patently unchristian governments and institutions serving – consciously or subconsciously – Satan’s bidding. Yet, we cannot condemn the sinner – merely the Master of Sin, whom God Himself has condemned for eternity: “The consequences of [the] single moment of trial of the angels are staggering. There is no such thing as a second chance for an angel, no period of contrition and penance. Their freedom from ignorance and passion, their instantaneous grasp of truth removes all possibility of a change of will for them.”
The official website for the International Day Against Homophibia, Biphobia and Transphobia is here. From U.S. Department of State's official website here:
Today of all days, we are reminded that the cause of justice can and must triumph over hatred and prejudice. This is a day of action for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and their allies all over the world. It is time to reaffirm our commitment to the equality and dignity of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
It’s not lost on anyone that this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) coincides with the 60th anniversary of the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. Our commitment to advancing the human rights of LGBT persons is part of this country’s long history of fighting to ensure that all people can exercise their human rights.
We have seen incredible progress in the fight to advance the human rights and fundamental freedoms of LGBT persons.
And the United States is proud to be doing its part. This past week, we convened religious leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations to think about how we work together to promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons. Next week, we will convene meetings with our private sector allies to discuss the important role of the business community in promoting equality and the ways we can partner through the Global Equality Fund.
But this must be more than a moment to celebrate how far we have come. We know that our work is not complete when countries enact laws targeting LGBT persons and their supporters. We know that our work is not complete when LGBT persons and their allies are harassed, arrested, and even killed simply because of who they are and who they love.
The United States condemns these senseless acts of violence and discrimination. Human rights are universal, and LGBT persons and their allies must be free to exercise them without fear of intimidation or reprisal.
When our LGBT brothers and sisters are threatened anywhere, it is a threat to freedom, justice and dignity of people everywhere. The United States will continue to protect and promote the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide this day and every day. Onward.
Can the observance of Yom HaShoah possibly be given added weight and significance? Emphatically, yes. Today there is a new Hitler who wants to destroy the Jewish people and the old adage “Never Again” has never been more meaningful.
Yom HaShoah commemorated this year on April 28 has to be more than commemorating the horrific past. It must be about combating the deadliest enemy that the Jewish people have ever faced, a nuclear armed Iran.
We must use the lessons of the past on what we must do today. History must note that six million voices claimed victory over those who would again bring darkness into the world. On Yom HaShoah let us declare that Never Again Is Now, then proceed to launch the greatest assault the world has ever seen on an enemy that is determined to unleash a nuclear nightmare upon America, Israel, and the citizens of the free world.
When being threatened with extinction every day is Holocaust Remembrance day. We must act with lighting speed because Congress still believes they have time to negotiate with Iran while the majority believes there is nothing we can do to stop them.
To reverse this untenable position there must be a great awakening, one that instills within us an indomitable spirit that victory is within reach. Creating this great awakening is the purpose of this campaign.
While promoting his 9-9-9 tax policy, Herman Cain was asked, “Do you think there is a will in Washington for politicians to put their careers on the line to do the right thing?” And he replied, “Not without the will of the people, without a massive activist grassroots movement from the bottom up. They are not going to do it from the inside. When they feel the heat, they will see the light.” We the people must be the heat.. We have to take on the Goliath.
We, Jews and Christians together, must be that Goliath. The Never Again Is Now campaign provides the catalyst so we can achieve this objective.
In January we posted an ad in the Jewish Voice and Opinion, and the reaction to our campaign proved that a six million army of Never Again is no phantom army.
When told about the response they received from my ad, I was overjoyed. The editor wrote, “We have been inundated with calls and emails since the January issue came out with your ads. People have been telling us that they know Iran is a terrible problem, but they didn’t think they could do anything about it. Your ads seem to have motivated them to make their voices heard by contacting Congressmen, both their own, and others.
Please encourage all you know to join with us in this campaign to stop Iran.
Founder of Never Again is Now
(Note from Debbie: Yom Hashoah, which is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. It commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. Holocaust Memorial Day begins at sunset Sunday, April 27, 2014 and ends at nightfall Monday.)
We worship a living Lord, celebrate, don't be morbid, be happy. Tell everybody.
He is not here; he has risen! -- Luke 24:6
He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. -- Luke 24: 46,47
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. -- Luke 24:50-52
“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Luke 18:17 New American Bible
“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4 NAB
Adults suffer from two interminable maladies. First, most adult humans have lost the ability to imagine and “see” things as we once did as a small child. Second, for those humans who have not lost the ageless beauty of a child’s vision, we have not fully matured into adulthood either. As we grow older and fascinate ourselves with the level of our intellect, we generally reclassify the child-like into being rather childish and, therefore, suffer ourselves to the ravages of time as self-important adults, too burdened and “rational” to consider the implications of childhood innocence. Nevertheless, permit me to remind you of the most beautiful child’s tale of all.
Approximately two thousand and eighteen years ago, give or take a couple years owing to the lack of calendars present, an infant was born into the world that literally rocked the Establishment. An infant who turned both Jewish hierarchy and history upon end and Whose mere presence caused an earthly king to massacre other infants in a vain attempt to prevent the inevitable. This infant shattered all misconceptions about – and challenges against – God, for He was God. The ultimate Creator and Master of all that ever was, is, or will be came to Earth as a highly vulnerable child born to a young virgin. Why, exactly, did literal Omnipresence come to visit humanity in such an exposed state? Because humans desire to be in control despite our best intentions and interests.
Throughout the ages, people have envisioned God as some form of majestic beast or gold-encrusted entity that remained far too powerful for all but the most righteous to even venture near. God was neither forgiving, nor tolerant, nor friendly. Even the ancient history of His “Chosen People” reads more like a manual of war than a doctrine of faith and, perhaps because He knows humanity all too well, He had to come amongst us to set the record straight. God Who was born in a stable, cast out of His home nation, and lost from His earthly parents for three days, suffered more anguish before His teenage years than most modern adults witness within several decades of life. Why? Because humans cannot be human until we are shown how. And before Christ, there were no humans to speak of.
Before Christianity, there remained no concept of Forgiveness, Charity, Healthcare, and Eternal Life. Some measure of these thoughts occurred to a select few individuals, but none of them had the Commanding Presence of One Whose actions remained infallible. Christ not only chose the most human (and impoverished) birth, He consciously chose the most inhuman method of death. Again, why? Because human beings will always humanize our deities without necessarily elevating ourselves to our fullest potential. We earthly “creators”, whether artisans, politicians, or simple malcontents always find a way to “rewrite” stories to satisfy ourselves. We lost our ability to, as that which always gained respectability from Gen. George Patton, ‘bounce’ upwards after hitting bottom. We seek life without responsibility and death without care.
There is not a single “problem” with being a human being that Christ did not vanquish through His Life and Death. Born into a poor family? Christ shared His crib with animals. Parental difficulties? Christ was born to a teenage virgin betrothed to a much older man; God therefore had a stepdad. Raised in a tough neighborhood? Christ had to flee from His home because King Herod sent a literal street gang to kill every child even close to Christ’s age. Have extended family problems? The Man that changed water into wine, walked upon the sea, and raised the dead accomplished very few miracles amongst his family and neighbors. And what of your backstabbing friends? Have they sent you to be crucified for a mere 30 pieces of silver? Have they denied you three times in a single night even after they had declared you God?
This Easter Sunday we celebrate the most unbelievable story ever told that remained true nevertheless. Christ indeed rose from the dead, after experiencing the most inhumane treatment any individual could endure. Why? Because God so loved the world that He wants us to come to know Him in our own unique way. All roads eventually lead to Christ, but only One road leads to Heaven. The road is narrow and difficult, yes, but compared with Christ’s life…What is your excuse for not being human?
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE EASTER EVERYONE!
R.J. Godlewski (GOD LESS KEY) is currently the manager of Tactical Extractions, LLC., a threat resolution services company, and serves as president of Roadsailor Security Corporation. He is a graduate of American Military University, holding an M.A. in Military Studies, Asymmetrical Warfare concentration and a B.A. in Intelligence Studies, Terrorism Studies concentration, both earned with academic honors. He further holds graduate and undergraduate certificates in Security Management and Explosive Ordnance Disposal, respectively. Mr. Godlewski is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve.
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