Friday, November 20, 2015

We Love Lucy

Our weather this week has run the gamut.  From bright sunny days to bleak and rainy days.  From above normal temperatures to much below normal temperatures.  From shirtsleeves to jackets.  And to those of you in the midst of terrible snows and storms, we are not complaining.  We know we have it better than most.

Our Lucy takes the weather in stride except for the rain.  She hates going out in the rain.  And she hasn't yet caught on that the longer she delays what she needs to do the longer she has to be out.

She constantly rearranges her bee and bone pillows.
And sits in the sun on nice days.
You're not going to make me get up, are you Mom?

 And when it's rainy and dreary, she cuddles with the pillows.
Too bad she can't enjoy a good book, but snoozing seems to work just fine.
We don't tell her rainy days mean really bad hair days for Goldens.

We have all listened to far more rhetoric from politicians about the refugee crisis than most of us care to hear.  I am especially appalled at the candidates who suggest that only Christians should be allowed into our country.  (I am fairly certain they deliberately excluded non-believers.  But I do wonder if they intentionally left out members of the Jewish faith.)

While I am not often wont to spin religious, today's quote comes from the Holy Bible.  Jesus was talking about who will enter the kingdom of heaven.  I wish those bible-thumping, pray loudly in public, high and mighty folks would take heed of these words their very own leader gave to them centuries ago.  This is what Jesus said it really means to be a Christian.  (This is only part of the text.  For the full text read Matthew, Chapter 25)

"Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. 

For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat;  I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink;  I was a stranger, and you invited me in;
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."





The Bug said...

Amen! I've been so grateful to see many of my more "conservative" friends quoting Matthew 25 - and that they're seeing this as something that God requires of them, not something to run from in fear. It's been refreshing - especially given what the people they'll probably vote for next November are saying.

Anonymous said...

The world certainly has been wearying lately. The rhetoric so unbearably xenophobic. I'm with Lucy. I think it's best to curl up somewhere in the sunlight, or wait for the rain to stop and then wander out into a world without politics.

Nance said...

All of the shocking rhetoric reminds me of the Niemoller speech/poem, now etched in stone at the Holocaust Museum:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Vicki Lane said...

It's horrifying to hear people talking about not only turning away refugees but making a data base of all Muslims and issuing them special identity cards. That's the beginning of a very slippery slope.

Ms. A said...

I'm with Lucy... I'm not much for being out in the rain either.

Cheryl said...

I got soaked this morning.....I should have followed Lucy's way :)

I am a parents bought me up to be kind to all, especially those in need. Sadly many people seem to have forgotten what Christianity is really about.

As always a thought provoking post.

Arkansas Patti said...

How sad when Christians behave so unchristian. Today's politicians and zealots weary me to the bone. What happened to kindness and caring?

Lowcarb team member said...

A thoughtful and thought provoking post ... thank you.

I always enjoy your lovely photo's of Lucy, she looks very comfortable in her basket.

All the best Jan

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Bug - Yes, there's no telling what a person will do when they are in the privacy of the voting booth.

Robin - You are so right. I do try to steer clear of most of the rhetoric but some of it just sticks to me and makes me seethe with anger.

Nance - Well said. And sadly true

Vicki - Someone mentioned that requiring any ethnic/religious group to carry ID as Trump suggested, "Was tried in Germany and didn't work out all that well."

Ms A - She didn't mind the rain in WI when we had a huge maple tree that sheltered her when she went out.

Cheryl - Yes, and those who have forgotten proclaim themselves to be Christian at the top of their voices.

Patti - Unfortunately, it seems kindness and caring won't help you in the polls. A sad statement for America.

Jan - Lucy can look more comfortable than any animal I've ever seen.