Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Wednesday ponderings . . .


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Yesterday the news was filled with the latest bombings which took place in Belgium . . . these things strike fear into the heart of every European.  I think because we all know that it could be in any town, in any country . . .  and that it is really only a matter of time before it happens here.  You end up just having to turn the television off in the end,  because it just goes on and on and on.   Not because you are not interested in what is happening, but . . .  because you can't let it destroy or steal any more of your soul than it already has.

One of God's greatest gifts to us was the gift of Agency  . . .  the gift to be able to choose for ourselves.  This means that I do not have to bend myself to the will of anyone else.  When it comes right down to it, the choices I make are truly my own to make,  and I can choose good or I can choose the opposite of good.  It is the same for everyone . . . however  . . . trouble comes when others use that agency to choose the opposite, and it ends up impinging on your own life.  The drunk who chooses to drive.  The thief who chooses to steal.  The person who chooses to end their own life by blowing themselves up in a public place . .  . and then takes everyone around them on the same ride . . .  each choice denying others that same right to choose . .  to live or to die, with or without fear.

As a Westerner . . .  and as a Christian, such things are unfathomable and incomprehensible.  This isn't the way my God works  . . .  He doesn't ask His sons to die for Him, and also kill everyone around them at the same time . . . rather  He sent His Son to die for us, and in our place.


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When things like yesterday happen . . .  it is quite easy to be afraid . . .  to react in fear, or anger, or in hopeless helplessness.  But we know,  or should know better than that.  For we know the end of the story . . .  and in this story GOOD always prevails, good always wins in the end.   We know that this is not a part of God's plan of happiness for His children, and whilst such things are incomprehensible to us . . . love is always the answer.  Light will always chase the dark away.

And while we are tempted when things like this happen to feel despair . . .  and find them very difficult to understand, there is truth that we can cling to, and which will help to get us through these dark times . . .

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. . . . The Lord . . . will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." (Psalms 46:1–3; 9:9) 

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Four missionaries from our church were injured in yesterday's bombings. Elder Richard Norby (66) of Lehi, Utah; Elder Joseph Empey (20) of Santa Clara, Utah; and Elder Mason Wells (19) of Sandy, Utah. were all accompanying Sister Fanny Rachel Clain (20) of Montélimar, France, as she prepared to leave to fulfill her missionary assignment in Ohio.   It is almost an irony in a way that four people who were about the business  of  sharing God's Plan of Happiness for his children should be seriously injured by people who were about the business of sharing the total opposite.  I am very grateful that the missionaries survived and my heart and prayers are with their families as well as with all of the families of all those who have been directly impacted by this dastardly act of cowardess and insanity . . .  and with the people of Belgium who must be reeling in feelings of fear, doubt, anger, etc.

“Pure Christ-like love, flowing from true righteousness . . .  can change the world.”
~Jeffrey R Holland 

 

I have begun my next knitting project.  I am making these little egg cosies from a pattern I found on Planet Penny.   I was trying to do Jane Brocket's pattern for some egg cosies from her book, The Gentle Art of Knitting  . . .

 

Faberge Egg Cosies  . . .  but for the life of me I have not been able to figure it out.   I began and pulled them apart a bazillion times with no success . . . clearly they are beyond me.

 

This pattern however . . .  is not.  I can't wait to see them finished.  I am so in love with that egg carton.  The eggs are long gone, but the carton lives on.  I adore it.  I quite simply adore it.  And I think I will adore these egg cosies.

Egg cosies . . .  whoever thought of a little hat for to keep a boiled egg warm . . .  genius, pure genius.  Flowers.  Spring flowers.  It's just plain right.

 

We dropped half of the missionaries in our District off at the bus station in Chester after our District meeting yesterday and one of the sisters was sharing this chocolate with us in the car that a friend of hers in Sweden had sent to her.   Milk chocolate filled with tiny toffee bits flavoured with licorice.  I confess that although I should have resisted . . .  I could not.  Milk Chocolate.   Crunchy Buttery Toffee.   Licorice.   It shouldn't work together, but it does!  Beautifully.  It was gorgeous  . . .  which just goes to show that  sometimes even things which sound like they wouldn't go together can get along together . . .  and in a most delicious harmony.

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

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"True, enduring happiness, 
with the accompanying strength, courage,
 and capacity to overcome the greatest difficulties, 
will come as you center your life in Jesus Christ."
 ~Richard G Scott
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Spiritual Enlightenment


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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Cereal Wheat Bread Rolls.  Delicious!


Wherever you go and whatever you get up to today, may it bring you joy. Be safe and be happy and don't forget . . .

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And I do too!


7 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Such a tragedy, Praying for all

La Table De Nana said...

Beyond words at this point.


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I am happy to see your pretty little stitches..

Suze said...

I awoke to this news and how I wanted to turn the television off and pray. Alas my desire to retreat is often pushed aside. I feel sorry for the victims, their family, friends and everyone trying to lead everyone through this mess. The police, fire personel and the hospital and ambulance staff.

Tonight I did something happy> Pip took me to a John Denver tribute concert. We both enjoy his music and Pip felt a lttle left out as she was the youngest person there.

God bless us all and keep us safe.

Marie Rayner said...

Prayer is both the most and the least that we can do Pam! I believe in the power of prayers. God bless you. xoxo

I know Monique. It's quite painful to think about. Love and hugs. xoxo

I am glad that you were able to do something happy today Suzan! I love the music of John Denver. God bless you also. xoxo

Barb said...

Hi Marie~

What comforting words, thank you for sharing sweet friend. I share a last name with one of those wonderful missionaries, Elder Joseph Empey. He is from Utah, so he is undoubtedly related in some way. I think we all need to thank our Father in Heaven that there were not more casualties. Very scary.

My daughter told me yesterday that a boy from her ward will be serving in the Manchester England mission. Elder Samuel Androti, a very wonderful young man!

I have tried to knit, and I simply cannot get the hang of it!! I love the idea of egg cozies, such a wonderful idea! I can't wait to see them all finished and sitting on the egg!

Your rolls look wonderful - I can't wait to give them a try!

Hugs,
Barb

Sybil said...

You have written such great words on the horrendous things that happened yesterday... Psalm 46 is one of my favourites....
We must never give into terrorism....take care dear Marie. I am so pleased that all the missionaries are safe, bless them all xx

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks so much Barb. It is indeed a great blessing that there were not more casualties. You can tell your daughter that this lad is coming to the best Mission ever! EMM is a great Mission. President and Sister Ulrich are just wonderful Mission and Mrs Mission Presidents! We have a great group of Senior Mission Couples, and some of the greatest junior Missionaries in the world. Of course I am biased, lol! Love and hugs, xoxo

It is so tempting to want to give in and react in a negative way Sybil. But when we do, they win even more. God bless you and Mary. Got your lovely card yesterday. Will write. xoxo