Love Thy Neighbor

BakoCarl of the Q-Tree has put together a beautiful presentation of gospel truth pertinent to these difficult days.  I will borrow liberally from him here, below italicized, & intersperse further thoughts & all images shown.  God Bless!

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Millions in the U.S. either personally believe or support people who believe that:

  • Although the threat of spread of COVID-19 requires that businesses and churches must be closed, families isolated in their homes, people prohibited from using parks or walking alone on a deserted beach, it’s acceptable for thousands of people to gather together for hours to protest police use of excessive force, and, in the process, killing and injuring people, looting and burning businesses.
  • Although 3,000 Black Americans are murdered by Black Americans every year without public protest, it’s acceptable to riot, causing multiple deaths, hundreds of police injuries, and hundreds of millions of dollars of damage, because systemic racial prejudice by police is baselessly assumed as the root cause of the death of a drug addicted, porn acting, counterfeit money-passing career criminal with multiple convictions and jail sentences.
  • Although pets and other animals must be treated with care and compassion, it’s acceptable to strike people you disagree with politically with bike locks, hammers, 2 x 4s and the like.
  • Although micro aggressions must be identified and stopped because they’re hurtful, it’s acceptable to loot and burn down businesses as a means of protesting policies or actions you disagree with.
  • Although COVID-19 requires that extreme isolation and quarantine actions be taken to prevent its spread, it’s acceptable to require that COVID-19 positive patients be placed in nursing homes with elderly patients with comorbidities who are the most vulnerable group for death in the U.S. population.
  • Although your psychological health and physical well-being must be protected, it’s acceptable to mechanically tear apart babies in the womb or cut the spinal cord of their exposed heads with scissors to kill them, and then to sell their body parts for thousands of dollars.
  • Although Socialist leaders and regimes have ruined the lives and caused the deaths of millions of people in the last century, it’s acceptable to insist on more and more Socialist policies be included in the laws and services of our democratic constitutional republic, the most successful government on earth.

These “Although” and “it’s acceptable” examples are just a few of the many inexplicable dichotomies that are integral to the destructive mindset of millions.

Most of us are bewildered at the lack of facts and logic that are inherent to this mindset.  We can’t comprehend how these harmful views can be held by any rational person, let alone millions of them.

Our laws are generally based on our Judeo-Christian heritage, principles and beliefs.  And therein, I believe, lies the root of the problem.

The two great principles that form the basis of Jewish and Christian thought and practice are:

Deuteronomy 6:5  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

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Or, more expansively,

Deuteronomy 10:12-13  And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?

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And,

Leviticus 19:18  You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.

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Leviticus 19:34  The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.

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And, of course, as summarized by Jesus,

Matthew 22:36-40  Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

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Love God and love your neighbor.  These are simple in concept, but, because we are weak, flawed and fallible humans, impossible in practice. 

But, these are God’s commands for us and, because He knows they are impossible for us in practice, “He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  This is the Gospel that forms the beginning and foundation for our Christian beliefs.

If you try to apply general Christian teachings to support any of the “Although” and “it’s acceptable” examples above, you will fail.

Do we have Christian principles that tend to support forming crowds to protest certain actions . . . crowds that are first merely disruptive, but then lead to disobeying police, physical violence, looting, burning of businesses and injury and death?

1 Peter 2:17  – Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

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Romans 13:1 – Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

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Romans 12:18  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

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1 Timothy 2:1-2 – I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

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Do we have Christian principles that would in any way condone policies that endanger then result in deaths of thousands of elderly?  The elderly are not people who have become a burden on society and who are now subject to removal.

Leviticus 19:32 “You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

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Do we have Christian principles that even remotely permit the killing of a baby in the womb, let alone allowing a born baby to dehydrate and die over a period of days after birth?

Job 31:15  Did not He who made me in the womb make him, and the same One fashion us in the womb?

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VC note:  I couldn’t find an image for the Job 31: 15 passage so above & below are a Slight Mashup of the concepts expressed there…

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Jeremiah 1:5  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;

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Do we have Christian principles that mandate or support Socialism as a form of government?

There are many Biblical examples for those that have material goods to remember and even be generous to the poor.  But there is nothing that mandates or supports local government in confiscating the wealth of those that have more and distributing it to those that have less.

We are guided in our ethics, our morals, and our sense of right and wrong by God’s Word, our parents, our pastors, our friends and associates and the influence that God’s Word has had on society as a whole and our general precepts and specific laws.

But, referring back to the destructive mindset, there are millions in our country who don’t seem to be influenced by Judeo-Christian principles.  They seem to live at a different level of understanding than we do.  They don’t need and won’t accept facts or logic that contradict or show the negative consequences of their destructive mindset.

It’s as though they have fallen under the influence and control of something or someone else.  Well, perhaps that is exactly the answer.

John 1:5  The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

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Romans 1:28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

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1 Corinthians 2:14  But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

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2 Corinthians 4:3-4  But even if our gospel is hidden, it is hidden only to those who are lost, whose unbelieving minds the god of this world has blinded, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

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And that, I believe, is why it is entirely appropriate to label the violent demonstrations, the physical attacks on police and on the people supporting President Trump, the looting and burning of businesses, the resultant injuries and deaths, the recent calls to defund or disband those that enforce our laws, . . . all these actions operating in opposition to the Judeo-Christian principles that guide our lives . . . as evil, absolutely evil.

We may sooner or later get out of the messes that are near or at the level of a direct threat against the continued existence of our country, but we must not forget . . .

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

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Please see the entirety of BakoCarl’s post, linked immediately below, for more good stuff!!!

via Dear KMAG: 20200614 Open Topic

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May we choose to act on the wisdom of the ages to love the Lord, to serve Him, to love our neighbors in the manner we would want to be loved by others & in the way that we love ourselves.  May we come to the Lord & seek His Face & His Grace to do unto others as we would have others do unto us regardless of how they actually treat us…

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Take heart & do not be discouraged.  God is good & loving & desirous for us all to come to Him.  He will enable us to live in love with those about us, to forgive, & to be comforted & healed by His Mercy, Love, & Grace poured out to us all, through Jesus Christ His Son.

May the Lord guide us each on our own personal journey of faith, hope, joy, & love for Him & for our neighbor.  God Bless & Keep us all, in Jesus’ Name!

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Luke 10: 25-37 King James Version (KJV)

25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

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Luke 10: 25-37 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Footnotes:

a.  Luke 10:1 Some manuscripts seventy; also in verse 17

b.  Luke 10:15 That is, the realm of the dead

c.  Luke 10:27 Deut. 6:5

d.  Luke 10:27 Lev. 19:18

e.  Luke 10:35 A denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer (see Matt. 20:2).

f.  Luke 10:42 Some manuscripts but only one thing is needed

 

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Both passages shared above found here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2010&version=NIV;KJV

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Pandemic Pasta

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Well, we’ve all been living in some insane version of a surrealistic nightmare, & many of us know how much of what is being noised abroad is blatant distortion of truth.  Most of my family lives in the state of Michigan & our tyrant in the governor’s mansion, Gretchen Whitmer, has been on the front lines of pandemic propaganda & dictatorial unconstitutional crackdowns on the Michigan citizenry.  Thankfully, just before the Memorial Day Weekend she “allowed” much of the Northern part of the state to partially return to “normal”.  Multiple generations of my extended family have had summer cottages in Northern Michigan & this past holiday many of my family members were blessed to head North to my parents’ Cottage near Otsego Lake in Gaylord, MI…& at least up there a semblance of normality was seemingly restored.

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Don’t get me wrong, there were still plenty of signs of the pervasive insanity that has swept through the state, the nation, & around the world.  A nearby neighbor is in such fear for her health that she’s temporarily moved into their rental cottage to “socially distance” from her husband, who has chosen not to drink the koolaid regarding the plannedemic & various unconstitutional mandates.  Another vacationing neighbor lady was lamenting the lack of access to hair-cutting services & questioning my mother, whose hair was near her usual level of short styling (Mom & Dad had combined to keep both of their haircuts manageable), about how she’d kept her own short style updated.  Mom ending up cutting the neighbor lady’s hair in a couple of sessions of camaraderie, yet this activity was still marred by mask wearing & apparent levels of fear.

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I spent considerable time updating my captive audience of relatives on many aspects of what is Really going on in relation to the Coronavirus fiasco (you can find multiple posts here at Special Connections related to CV, if interested).  One thing I was able to convince my elderly parents & aunt of was their ability to boost their own immune systems so that in the event they are exposed to CV they might be better able to fight off the virus.  To that end they all began taking daily doses of tonic water (which has quinine, the underlying ingredient of hydroxychloroquine & chloroquine, the much touted by those in the know & much maligned by those in league with &/or duped by the deep staters) & also some zinc supplementation.  We even sent tonic water home with our elders!

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Additionally I had some interesting conversations with relatives about their experiences participating in the Lansing, MI protests, & the online groups continuing to plan further protest activities.  Another relative has a friend who’d lived in China & had heard through her about many of the things I’ve posted previously about (using the CV as an excuse to kill off Hong Kong protesters, killing people in the streets including burning people alive in the mobile crematoria, etc).  She had told my relation that she’d heard through her Chinese contacts that President Trump had told China to stop killing their people in the streets or the US would be sending troops to China & we would be going to active war.  This is the first I’ve heard this perspective & have yet to verify its validity.  We are (obviously) already at war with China on a number of fronts & the fact that they unleashed a bio-weapon on the West was just one of the many ways the Chinese have been functioning on an asymmetrical warfare footing with the US & the world for some time now…anyway it was nice to discover so many family members to Not have been duped by the unrelenting fear-mongering & propaganda so pervasive in Michigan!

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Well, one of the things that happened in our home early on during the plannedemic “disaster” development was taking an inventory of our food supplies.  Thus we would have a better handle on what we had to work with in case access to food became problematic, as it eventually did, to some degree.  Because of this inventory, & a shift in the family mindset, we have been periodically pulling things from our freezer to use for meal prep…which leads me back to today’s post.

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Prior to heading North for an extended Memorial Day trip I pulled out a few things from our freezer in preparation for making some meals at the Cottage.  Mom leaves a certain amount of stockpiled food staples there throughout the year.  Then whenever anyone is going up for extended time at the Cottage they tend to bring some food with them & supplement things with purchases in town.  Mom traditionally runs to town A Lot when the gang is gathered, probably to get a break from all the craziness that extended family time can generate!  This trip my husband & middle son did the bulk of shopping in town to supplement what was on hand at the Cottage or brought up from home supplies…& they reported that things looked similar to down state in that about half the people were wearing masks & half not.  Also some stores had signs claiming “no entry without a mask” but they would still allow shoppers in fresh-faced thankfully.

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I should add that since Whitmer has had the state of Michigan on lockdown I have been superficially “compliant” (not a word generally associated with me personally!) in not getting out & about much.  My younger son & myself are the family members most at risk with underlying conditions so we both chose to isolate ourselves more than usual at home in a loosely precautionary manner during the last couple months so I haven’t personally “seen” much of the fallout of the recent insanity, though I’ve kept well abreast of developments online, via radio, & communications with others more out & about…so it was sadly revelatory the couple times we stopped at rest areas on our travels to see how many people were walking around in fear & wearing masks with a panicked look in their eyes…how I longed to set some people free with the truth, but that will have to wait…

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Back to food.  One chillier night I decided to put together my spaghetti sauce to have for another meal time.  I gathered the items brought from home, tomatoes, onions, container of left-over sauce my husband had made, multiple containers of Little Caesar’s dipping sauce for crazy bread, a pound of Italian seasoned ground turkey.  I also used some Italian sausages my mom had brought up from her freezer.  Oh there were a couple of stalks of celery to add to the mix too.  I wish I’d seen the package of cut mushrooms available in the fridge, for those would have been great in this sauce also, but they went into a soup pot another day.  Here’s my best rendition of what was actually in this recipe:

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Pandemic Pasta Sauce

Purpose: to use up things on hand & in the freezer creatively & enjoyably…

Ingredients:

  • Quart of homemade sauce, frozen from previous meal
  • 4 containers of Little Caesar’s dipping sauce for crazy bread, from freezer
  • Pound of ground turkey, Italian seasoned (used to be $1 at Wal-Mart!)
  • Chopped onions, 1 to 1 1/2 cups
  • Chopped tomatoes, 1 1/2 to 2 cups
  • Celery, 2 or 3 ribs, scrubbed & chopped
  • Pound of Italian sausages in casings, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Chopped & sliced mushrooms, 1/2 to 1 pound (I forgot these–oops!)
  • Seasonings to taste–I liberally used:
    • Garlic salt
    • Garlic powder
    • Sage
    • Rosemary
    • Parsley
    • Thyme
    • Oregano
    • Basil
    • Italian seasoning
    • Ground black pepper
    • Salt
    • Onion powder, couldn’t find minced onion 😦
    • Sugar

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Here’s how the cooking went, in a large stockpot I combined the ground turkey, onions, & celery, & cooked til the meat was browned & veggies crisp-tender.  If I would have remembered the mushrooms that would have been when I’d cook up fresh ones, or when adding tomato sauce later that would be when I’d add canned mushrooms, including their juice.  I added the chopped tomatoes & the cut up Italian sausages (that were pre-cooked).  When the tomatoes were well softened I added the Little Caesar’s dipping sauce & spaghetti sauce from our freezer, rinsing out the residue of the tomato sauce from all containers into the sauce pot.

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I had a jar of spaghetti sauce from the store in reserve, if needed, but chose not to add it as there appeared to be enough sauce for our gang & it was currently fairly meaty.  When I make sauce from scratch I often start with a can or jar of store bought spaghetti sauce & used crushed tomatoes &/or tomato sauce &/or tomato paste to get my sauce the right consistency.  I added pretty much all the seasonings above to taste, & sometimes use some type of seasoning salt, depending what’s on hand.  The sugar is added later to help offset the acidity of the tomatoes.  After taste-testing with several family members I adjust the final seasonings & the sauce is ready to go!

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In this instance the sauce was used a couple days later, reheated in the stockpot it was refrigerated in, & served over pasta.  We cooked up 2 pounds of thin spaghetti & saved the pasta water for later soup-making.  We had this meal with garlic toast & a tossed salad & it was Very Good & quite well received!  We actually got about a dozen servings from it all told, using two boxes of store-bought garlic toast…& even though the tomato sauces had been frozen for many months (or more–yikes) there was no evidence of freezer burn & overall this was a great meal & a nice touch for a meal after an exhausting extended family gathering because the bulk of the work, sauce-making, was done previously so prepping the dinner the night we ate it was less labor intensive!

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We’ve had several meals lately using freezer meats, chicken, venison, & beef, & most of the time there has been little evidence of long-term frozen storage when consumed.  Some of these meals were prepared in the crock-pot using alcohol as a component of the sauces to help break-down the meat & potentially hide any freezer flavor to relatively decent success.  Sometimes if my husband makes spaghetti sauce he’ll also add some red wine into his sauce pot, which can be a nice flavor boost & I don’t know if the frozen sauce used this time had used wine in the making or not–but there were at least a few mushrooms in that sauce for us to enjoy…

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Well I hope this recounting of a bit of my experience with pandemic food prep might encourage you to dig into your own stockpiles of foodstuffs & creatively use things that have been lingering longer than desired in cold-storage.  Sharing the tasks & the ingredients with loved ones can make the prep process more enjoyable & community oriented (my daughter made the salad for our dinner so prepping was super easy for me that night!!!).  Sharing the resulting meals can enhance fellowship during this time of excessive, & often painful, relational distancing….Happy hunting, creating, & eating!!!

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Throwback Song For Our Times

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I recently ran across this video of Classic Christian Rock Pioneer, Randy Stonehill, performing his social commentary song, Great Big Stupid World, in a slightly modified version than that which appears on his Wonderama CD…Enjoy!

Sometimes we just need to take a step back from all the lunacy around us & enjoy the little things.  Most of my family got out of town into Michigan’s North Woods this past weekend, & they were all mightily refreshed & uplifted.  We are all looking forward to our foray into Northern Michigan for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.  Can’t Wait!

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God is Still Good!  Things are not at all as grim as we have been told (lied to) by many of the powers that be.  Soon I will have some posts here that will share further enlightening & uplifting details to help us gain perspective, strength, & hope to overcome the deceptive darkness swirling about with Light & Life…Stay Tuned…

Blessings to all & remember, This Too Shall Pass!

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