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American Legion salutes and is saluted

posted by Cheryl Petersen

AmerLegion_color_EmblemThe quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. Lane Olinhouse

Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.–Proverbs 22:6 New International Version (NIV)

Our County American Legion Post hosted their annual Schoolmasters Dinner yesterday to recognize youth who participated in one of the many Legion sponsored activities: baseball, Girl’s State, Boy’s State, oratorical. Eagle Scout earners were also recognized.

The Legion Commander thanked the youth and their parents, saying, “It’s refreshing to meet such good kids. You are our future. I applaud and salute you. America needs you.”

Dignity was indeed present at the event. To wrap up the celebration of youth, we all stood, held hands, and sang “God Bless America.”

 

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Safe Assumption

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You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.– Anne Lamott

FALSE TEACHERS

Roadside flowers invade myopic view

posted by Cheryl Petersen

invasive_purple_loosestrifePurple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is a highly invasive non-native plant that threatens significant portions of Maryland’s marsh, swamp, and coastal habitats. By crowding out native wetland species, purple loosestrife can reduce biodiversity, eliminate food sources for marsh animals and change water flow patterns.

Alongside the roadsides in upstate New York, we see Purple loosestrife. I think the flowers are gorgeous. I love the bright sprigs of color up against the green background prominent here in the Catskill foothills. When driving, the purple flowers lift my spirit.

My attitude comes across as ignominy to the botanist, who has defined Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) as a highly invasive non-native plant that threatens native species. Purple loosestrife is a flower in the wrong place, a weed. The flower is censored out of the mindset for plant care. In fact, purple loosestrife should be killed in the eyes of the purist.

Purple loosestrife was introduced to eastern North America from Europe and Eurasia in the 19th century, brought from the old world as a cure for homesickness in an alien space.

This teaches me 3 lessons:

  1. What I consider familiar may be alien to others
  2. What I consider alien may be familiar to others
  3. The top two lessons affect how I communicate and connect with others

Acting on these lessons I find love is definitely the connecter, not flowers, not words, not lifestyles, not fashion, but love.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Jesus’ words and works were alien to the world’s expectations and contrary to the world’s religious views. Mortals believed in God as humanly mighty, rather than as divine infinite Love…Intellectualism clings to the person of Jesus for salvation, instead of divine Principle, and the curing power of God is silenced. Truth deprives drugs of their imaginary power and clothes Spirit with supremacy. Science is the “alien within your gates,”[1] remembered not, even when its elevating effects pragmatically prove its divine origin and efficacy.”

 

[1] Ex. 20:10; Deut. 5:14

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