Friday, January 18, 2019

Sabbath Music - The Song of Moses and Miriam

This week's Parsha, B'shallach (After he had let go) is an exciting one to me, not only because it is a great reminder of the mighty power of Hashem, but also because it includes two songs.  The first is in Exodus 15:1 - 19 and is the song of Moses.  Here is a video with beautiful graphics of this passage, which I think is perfect for meditation on the Sabbath: The Song of Moses

Also in the Parsha is the song of Miriam (Exodus 15:20-21), which says Miriam took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines, dancing as Miriam sang to them.  Here is a song to use while you are praising Hashem with dancing this Sabbath:  Miriam's Song

Have wonder-full, worship-full, peace-full Sabbath, dear Gail-Friends. . . and I hope you dance!

** graphic by MiYAH Music used by permission

March for Life 2019

Today is the March for Life in Washington, DC.  You can watch LIVE at this link: MARCH FOR LIFE

I am so very, very thank-full for a pro-life president AND vice-president.  You can here their remarks today at this link:  Pence and Trump at the March for Life

President Trump said he will VETO any legislation that does not protect LIFE FOR THE UNBORN.

Oh, Haleluyah !!!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thankful Thursday - Fun in a Graveyard?

In my last post, I said I was thankful for a husband who makes everything fun - even in a graveyard.  So, today I'll elaborate on that.

After we left the Smoky Mountains, we visited the St. John in the Wilderness Church in Flat Rock, NC which is the oldest in the western part of the state.  This beautiful Episcopal church was built in 1836, and it surely was located in a wilderness at that time.  The reason for our visit was for Jem to do research related to a book he's writing about the Civil War.  He specifically wanted to get information about Lt. Col. Charles de Choiseul, who fought in the Seventh Louisiana Regiment of the Confederate Army.  We visited his grave and that of his wife.

Jem's main focus for the visit was to get information about a flag that was donated to the church by the French government in honor of DeChoiseul.  We visited the chapel and were delighted to find it on display in the foyer.

We visited the church office and found a very helpful staff person who looked up historical records for us.  We also bought a book there that had good information about the church and the area.

We went back to the cemetery and Jem did more research while I took photos.  I was fascinated by the old tombstones that had beautiful, sentimental messages about the deceased.  Here are a few examples.

I think it's sad that these kinds of messages are not used on graves today.  We should all aspire to be described and remembered in such glowing words.

Jem found some interesting headstones, too:

This grave is right next to the church and is of great historical significance.

He pointed out this headstone, which was made to look like a tree trunk.  There were several, and are for the Woodsmen of the World.

There was so much beauty in this place, I'm thankful we visited. . . and I did have fun.

Next week, I'll share some photos for the remainder of our trip. 

Have a good week, Gail-Friends, and I'd love to know what are you thankful for this week.