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RATIONS 100 DAYS! #52

The neat thing about technology is the swiftness at which I can access information. As a research librarian at the Ohio State University Music Library,I could spend days trying to access some minuscule fact for a faculty member or doctoral student.

I loved the process. It was like an unsolved puzzle, so I was never bored. Well – – -that is perhaps a small exaggeration. When I was stumped (or bored)I would walk around campus, find an empty practice room, bang a piano, kiss a boyfriend, partake in some impromptu quartets with random people who were also bored and walking around the halls, write some poetry, hang out with my choir director – or boyfriend, and then go back to the search.

However – technology can not do that with a few random click. (As a strange quinky-dink – off topic note – I keypunched a lot of those same music books into their first digitation form in the 1970’s when computers took up whole rooms at OSU) Today, as I read today’s Ration, I knew I recognized the words to the last prayer from somewhere. Needless to say, I went on a search and within a few keystrokes found them.

“O LORD, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.”~1928 Book of Common Prayer

Actually, I found it in several places. The above version of it was in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer which is probably where I read it or recited it since I made extra money in college by being a soloist for area churches or keypunching books into a computer. But as always – a search bring me new questions and gets me wondering.

However – for tonight, I am thankful for finding this night time prayer. A prayer with a long history of people reciting it and whispering it as they closed their day. A somewhat constant reminder in a chaotic world to thank Our Father for what we had, what we have, and what we will have as we continue to see Him with a humble heart.

1942 Daily Rations:
“Jesus knew what fear was, but he was never afraid He faced hostile crowds and he looked into the eyes of men who had murder in their hearts. The leaders of the day branded him as dangerous and said that he led the people astray. His own family thought him beside himself and tried to get him to stop his work and come home. His disciples could not understand his plans and ideas and fled from him in the hour of his greatest need. He literally sweat blood in the Garden with his heart courageous and eyes aglow. He never let fear master him; he mastered fear. On his lips were those quiet words which he still speaks to all brave souls who try to follow his footsteps: ‘Fear not…Lo,, I am with you always, eve unto the end of the world.’

“Read: Psalm 23; Matthew 28: 5-10; 16-20

“Prayer: O Captain of our salvation, when all about us is darkness and we know not the way, teach us to find new courage in they comradeship. ‘Support us all the lay long…until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over…Then in thy mercy grant us…peace at the last.’ In thy name we pray. Amen.”

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RATIONS 100 DAYS! #51

Well that’s it. Hubby and I decided watching the debates this year are worthless. Personally, I’ve thought they have been pretty worthless for the past couple of decades, but I kept hoping they would turn away from the ‘one-liner, notice me, gotcha’ format’ and really discuss issues. I guess classic debates went the way of classic, Socratic education and are – primarily – missing from our society.

“One must have the mental and moral courage to face facts honestly and without flinching. One must see his antagonist squarely if he is to take his full measure. Fear to know facts often makes the facts seem more terrible than they are”~1942 Daily Ration

God winked, and I wondered – once again, ‘How does He do that?”

At this point in my life, you’d think I’d know to trust Our Father’s timeless looping and weaving. Time doesn’t matter to Him. Last week, I got a flyer in the mail that said ‘Jesus for President’. It was from a church in a near-by town.. While this new church is too far away to really become my church family, the name caught my eye, New Hope Church of Hillsborough.

God winked again, and I smiled. God knows I miss my old church, the WORD, the Spirit, the music and my friends in OH. http://newhope.rocks/

The colorful flyer now resides in my war room. It reminds me every morning and every evening to pray for our leaders. Jesus turned down being a king in this world. I’m relatively certain that He would turn down being President as well. George Washington fought against being President – twice. That’s the kind of man we need. That’s the kind of President I am praying to see one day.

1942 Daily Ration: ” ‘Be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart.”~Ps 27:14

Read: Psalm 27

“One must have the mental and moral courage to face facts honestly and without flinching. One must see his antagonist squarely if he is to take his full measure. Fear to know facts often makes the facts seem more terrible than they are. Fear is a fog, that makes specters out of lampposts. It is sometimes desirable that one should admit unpleasant facts to others. Confession gives outlet to strong emotion that otherwise turns in and may often accumulate dangerously. Better tell a friend your trouble than to break, trying to cover it up and to carry it by yourself True pride that will not burden another should not degenerate into false face facts aloe and with others is the surest way to discover adequate resources with which to meet them.

“Prayer: O God, we desire above all else to be honest with thee, with ourselves and with others Give us sense and courage to look life in the face and to stand before facts without evasion. Deliver us from false pride and self-pity and give us the calm of those who put their trust in thee, the living God. Amen.”

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RATIONS 100 DAYS! #43

Rations took on new meaning the past couple of days in NC. Due to a leak in the supply chain, gasoline is in short supply. Neighbors are using social media to pass information back and forth on which stations have gas and which ones don’t. While newscasts focus on the expected length of the disruption, and the changes companies are making to re-route and “fix” the shortage.

I pulled out that WWII Ration books that Mom and Dad saved tonight. The covers are well worn with paper so soft it feels almost like cloth. Most of them are empty – just names, dates and tabs where the stickers once were. Dad, Mom and even my Big Brother had their own (I was still just a twinkle in their eyes). In the last one, there were still a couple sheets of stamps. Needless to say, it made me wonder how we would do if we had to ration almost everything in our lives like they did during WWII?

And then I remembered: ‘ ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ~Mk 12:31

Rationing is never easy. (I know this because I have to ration my money at the end of every month.) BUT – and this is one huge BUT (so to speak) – praying for those waiting in that line at the gas pump, gives us an opportunity to get – and to give – more than just a tank of gas. Even if that underground tank ends up empty before our own car gets a drop of gas, we’ve accomplished something special.

Rationing in our needy society hurts, but it also is a chance to grow in wisdom and faith. As long as we never Ration our prayer blessings towards others – towards our country – or even towards our enemies, we will be blessed beyond measure. It is after all, one of the greatest commandments.

1942 Daily Ration:  Read:  Luke 10:30-37

” ‘Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? ‘And he said, ‘He that shewed mercy on him.’ Then said Jesus unto him, ‘Go and do thou likewise.’ “~Luke 10:36-37

“In the summer of 1916 there remained in a certain mission station in China a young English missionary whose four brothers were in the British army, then in combat. About a quarter of a mile from the mission station, two German businessmen had recently moved into a Chinese house. They had come there because of the unfriendly atmosphere in the settlement in which they had been living.

“One morning, one of the German men went for a hike into the hills, and failed to return. His friend could not speak Chinese, and was at a loss to know what to do. The news finally reached the English missionary. This young man knew that all the surrounding hills were infested with mines against the expected approach of the army of a rival war lord. Nevertheless, he went in search of the lost man, and did not give up until he recovered the body.

“That night several of the Chinese Christians were discussing the event. ‘Brethren,’ said one of them, ‘our missionary is a good preacher, we are all agreed; but he never has preached, and never will preach, a sermon like the one he has preached today. Though we should forget every word he has ever said, we can never forget this thing he has done. He has made the gospel live before us.’

“Prayer: Lord, teach us to love and to minister to the needs of all mankind, no matter how they may differ from us or with us. So may we prove that we are thy disciples. Amen.”

RATION 100 DAYS! #25

Dreams are interesting. They jump in all sorts of weird ways, and as hard as I try, I can never truly remember all the details even when I try to write it down immediately after waking. Whiffs of smells, colors and pictures swirl into a stew of emotions and conjecture.

Actually – there were two dreams last night. The first dream was full of dark clouds forming shape after shape. (This popped back into my mind when I saw a dark horse galloping in the storm clouds today). The second dream was much more fun. I was running and running and running. Gotta admit – it was probably the most exercise I’ve had in years, and since I can’t run anymore due to a cranky knee, I loved it.

“If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses?”~Jer 12:5

As I was praying (for our country, leaders, military and first responders) during the America’s Prayer Minute at six o’clock, I noticed that we only have 67 more days till the election. We are running out of time to figure this mess out without all the hate and bickering interfering with our run.

Needless to say, I was not surprised to see the today’s Ration’s Bible verses were so strongly in-line with my dreams and thoughts today. I wish they had written it all out in the old KJV, but if you look it up for yourself, you can see Our Father is reminding us to serve the Spirit and not our “sinful nature”.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” ~Gal 5:22-24

1942 Daily Ration: “Out of the welter of war and revolution a world is being rebuilt. How can it be reconstructed to make it foolproof, gangster-proof war-proof, depression-proof? We want a world in which revenge and hate and greed have no place in international or in personal relationships. The human race must be one family and intolerance impossible. he strong must bear the burdens of the weak, the wise must be the servants of the not so wise must be the servants of the not so wise and every man and every nation must live as a trustee of God. Is that kind of world impractical? Compared with the wast and folly of our war-ridden civilization, to pray for and work for. Do Christians will to have such a world?

READ: Galatians 5:16-26

PRAYER: O God of all life, open my eyes to discover thee in the common, ordinary ways of life. Rule and overrule in the ways of men, and remove from us all the sins which breed the curse of war. Help hose who bear the name of Christian all over the world to pray and work for a new way of life for human society, and out of the fiery agony of war and revolution mold and make a newer, a better, Christian society. In Christ’s name. Amen.”

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RATIONS 100 DAYS #21

“Today was – – – well – – – perfect.

It wasn’t almost perfect – or kind of perfect – it was perfectly perfect.

There is something about family gatherings that circle us into a familiar hug and reassure us that no matter what craziness is going on in the world it will be alright. Again – today’s RATION added that Biblical viewpoint that explains it a little more thoroughly than I ever could.

‘The energy by which I live is God; the wisdom by which I speak is God; and the companionship by which I am supported is God’.~ Ration #21

Our Father gave us the family unit to remind us physically of what has totally surrounded us – all of Creation – even before He breathed into our nostrils the ‘breath of life’. A family. A circle of action, thought, companionship – mix in a little forgiveness, wisdom, mercy, love – and the family blossom opens into the Son’s Light.

Today, we ate a perfect mother-daughter-daughter brunch at the Carolina Inn, watched the kids create perfect masterpieces on the coffee table, played a perfectly wonderful new game where everyone works together to save the world, drank the perfect drink by my very talented son-in-law who used my parents’ shot glasses to make it, only to finish this perfect day by rowdily dancing and singing around this perfectly small house to “Puff the Magic Dragon” at the top of our familial voices (however – you can not out-sing a Bose just in case you were wondering and the old songbook came out just to prove it still existed).

Ration 21 was just that – a perfect ration for a perfect day created by a perfect Father who loves His not so perfect children. Thank you, Father. Like Mary, I will, ‘…[treasure] up all these things and [ponder] them in [my] heart’ until the end of my days.~Lk 2:19

“As he spake these words, many believed on him.”~Jn :30

“It is not easy, these days, to preserve within our hearts an unshaken trust in the supreme worth of righteousness. Evil seems so powerful, and wicked men so confident that faith withers and hearts grow faint. If this is true of righteousness how much more difficult it is to maintain faith in the perfect. How very foolish to deceive ourselves with such a faith!

“But is it? The word in Jn 8:30 seems to reassure us: ‘As He thus spoke any became believers in Him’ (Weymouth). Something he said and the way he said it brought confidence to his hearers. Paraphrasing the verse immediately preceding: ‘The energy by which I live is God; the wisdom by which I speak is God; and the companionship by which I am supported is God’ Action, thought, companionship- – -these sum up life rather thoroughly. To say they are all centered in God is to claim something that by all human standards- – -is perfection.

“Jesus offered the glory of a God-centered life to those who would believe. The lure of the perfect is an outward response to an inner compulsion. Our lives, compelled by his perfect standard, must bear witness to our faith in the perfect- – -even Jesus Christ our LORD.

“Prayer: Dear Lord and Master of life, give us a restlessness of spirit that will be content with nothing but the best. So may we honor thee in our lives and win others to thy fellowship. In they name we pray. Amen.”