Month: March 2016
Saw this in an inspirational newsletter I get via E-Mail. I hope you enjoy it – or learn from it.
What Does Your Car Horn Say?
Do you remember when the whole lower half of a car’s steering wheel used to constitute the car’s horn? A car horn that was half the size of the steering wheel made it so much easier and fun to find and hit than locating today’s microscopic, camouflaged little buttons. How are you ever supposed to find and use your horn in the nanosecond you have in case of a pending accident?
But it was a daughter’s comment that made me ponder the changing role of yet another thing I thought would never change. She said something to the effect that a horn was mainly for communicating to another driver that you are angry with them. I was a little shocked. When had a car horn become mostly an instrument to express road rage? How were we communicating that to her? I didn’t think of a car horn that way at all!
So I started to tell her all about all the old-fashioned uses of the trusty car horn. Isn’t a horn primarily for accident prevention? To warn another driver that they are straying into your path, or in danger of hitting you? For such uses, the little buttons are woefully inadequate. Unless you drive with your thumb or finger poised over the button, forget it. You can never find the horn that fast.
How else are horns used? Well, of course there is the friendly little “hello” honk. Then there is the romantic or flirting honk. Then there is the sentimental goodbye honk: one woman taps her horn lightly whenever she leaves her mother’s home – a cute little ritual that somehow signals all is well between them. A goodbye honk is like a goodnight kiss: hard to do if you are mad at someone.
It is an unfortunate sign of the times if my kids have come to think of the horn as a thing you use to sound off at another driver.
So what are we teaching our kids by example and what they absorb from the rest of society if they look at car horns primarily as a tool of aggression? The increase in road-rage and the erosion of the old-fashioned accident-preventing car horn to the point where the horn is mainly an accent mark for flaring tempers is undoubtedly due to many factors.
But can we stem this trend by taking a look again at how we see other people? When we respect other people as God’s creation, as people that God also loves, we move even our road etiquette up a little higher on the civility scale.
“Show a gentle attitude toward everyone,” says the Bible in Philippians 4:5.
Does that apply to my road behavior, too?
Saying (singing) the Doxology
Lyrics ~ Thomas Ken, 1637 – 1711
Music ~ Louis Bourgeois, c.1510 – c.1561
in the Grenevan Psalter, 1551
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
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Saying the Lords Prayer
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
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Saying the Apostles Creed
We believe in God the Father Almighty
Maker of Heaven and earth
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
Born of the virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontious Pilate
Was crucified, dead and buried
He descended into the place of the dead
The third day He rose again
From the dead
He descended into Heaven
And sits at the right hand
Of God the Father Almighty
From there He shall come
To judge the living and the dead
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Singing the old hymns I grew up with – In the Garden, The Old Rugged Cross, What A Friend We Have In Jesus and many many more
It seems that almost all churches have contemporary music (services) anymore. I realize that this brings in a much younger crowd to the church which isn’t bad in itself. I could get used to the guitars and drums in the service except that they are way too loud and that drowns out the voices trying to sing the song.
I kinda like churches with Pews instead of the folding style chairs we have now.
I liked the days when folks weren’t in a rush to leave and get home but instead took time to talk to each other and make sure to talk to any newcomers.
Although this isn’t a biggie I liked it when the minister wore a formal robe instead of wearing street clothes.
The church I grew up in had a “Choir” and not a “Worship Team”. With a choir it is easier to feel kinds of spiritual or reverent instead of having the rock n roll feeling that is not relaxing.
There is a lot more but I will fill in the gaps later.
I kind of liked today’s devotional so I thought I would share with everyone. I know I probably don’t get a lot of readership but just in case . . .
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
– Psalm 107:1 (NRSV)
When I was a child, my mother and father taught me the importance of the words please and thank you. Over the past 60 plus years, I’ve learned again and again just how powerful these words can be both in conversation and in prayer.
Reflecting recently on my daily prayers, I found myself using the word pleasefrequently — very frequently in fact. I used the words thank you, too, but not as often. I realized that my petitions and requests were far more numerous than my expressions of gratefulness and appreciation for the blessings God has already provided. Wanting to change that, I decided to begin silently saying “thank you!” throughout the day — every time I sense God’s presence or every time I experience one of God’s blessings.
As a result of a more purposeful focus on my expressions of gratitude, the power of those simple words my parents taught me decades ago has been renewed. My silent acknowledgments of God’s boundless blessings throughout the day are a vivid and pleasant reminder of God’s care and constant presence. As we say please and thank you to God, we are continually reminded of God’s amazing grace, peace, and steadfast love that endure forever!