Musical Monday: Memorial Day 2013 Freedom isn’t free








Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.                                                                                                                                        John 15:13 ESV


Sunday’s Spiritual Spin: The Fallen

Gold Star Service Banner
Gold Star Service Banner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I am thankful for my brothers and sisters in arms who have fallen in the line of duty. Memorial Day is the day on which we honor those who gave their lives in defense of our country. It is no surprise that nearly all Americans recognize this honor, regardless of their viewpoints on religion, politics, etc. It is because we understand that freedom is never free, that “the tree of liberty is watered by the blood of patriots.”

To those who survive, my heartfelt thanks. Word cannot express my gratitude nor comfort your sorrow. I therefore ask the Lord Who is Comfort to do it for me.



While those of us who served, or are currently serving, appreciate the gratitude expressed to us on Memorial Day, we (if I may be so bold as to speak for everyone else) would greatly prefer that gratitude be focused toward those who have joined the ranks of the rarest of honors: Families of the Gold Star.

Veterans are most appropriately thanked on Veteran’s Day. Those currently serving, on Armed Forces Day.

But you know what? It’s better do express the gratitude while we’re all still around to hear it, so while I do have a bit of a…particular view…in the matter, don’t let my hobby-horse get in the way.

Sunday Spin: Fellowship V

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I am thankful for Fellowship. What is called the Communion of the Saints in many of Creeds. You may have noticed that.

What you may not know is that most Believers spell Fellowship this way: F O O D*

With a potluck lunch after service today, what can I say?

Om, nom, nom, nom…

*And for good cause. For those so inclined, try doing a bible study of all the things God does around food or the table. From eating the Fruit in Genesis, to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb in Revelation, God says a lot when there’s food around…just sayin. Almost like He invented the idea…

Sunday’s Spiritual Spin: Mother’s Day

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I am thankful for My Mom! But then, who isn’t? Thankful for MY mom, I mean. Of course, the majority of my vast and valued audience loves their own mothers. All I can say is that if you’re not thankful for my mother, it is simply because you don’t know her.

Mother’s Day: wikipedia has an incredible amount of stuff for Mother’s Day. Spend a moment in amazement at all the different places that formally acknowledge Mom.

I’d say be sure to include the “mom’s” that aren’t biologically related to you, too.

So, for my mother, and for all the mom’s out there who do that God-sent Mom thing for us all: 


Thoughtful Thursdays: One Response to Invictus–Conquered


I am thankful for the ability to ponder. To thoughtfully consider. To “split infinitives” as I please. To think. I think…

Thoughtful Thursdays are one opportunity for me to share and showcase some of the ideas, sayings, proverbs, quotations and clichés that inspire and motivate me.

Henley’s poem, “Invictus” inspired me before I came to Believe. There are other poems that have moved me even more. This piece by Dorothea Day is one.


Out of the light that dazzles me,
Bright as the sun from pole to pole,
I thank the God I know to be
For Christ the conqueror of my soul.

Since His the sway of circumstance,
I would not wince nor cry aloud.
Under that rule which men call chance
My head with joy is humbly bowed.

Beyond this place of sin and tears
That life with Him! And His the aid,
Despite the menace of the years,
Keeps, and shall keep me, unafraid.

I have no fear, though strait the gate,
He cleared from punishment the scroll.
Christ is the Master of my fate,
Christ is the Captain of my soul.

Day, like Henley, is virtually unknown, save for (this) one poem. I have read (but haven’t found solid documentation) that, as a young lady, she admired Henley’s self reliant perspectives. She became a Believer later in life and penned this response to Henley’s work. It may also be found under the title “My Captain.”

Sunday’s Spiritual Spin: Klatuu, Barada, Necktie…

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I am thankful for the Trinity Knot. Looks like this and I think it’s pretty cool:

Of course, there is the obvious connection here, on a Sunday, for me, a Chaplain.

For those not of an orthodox Christian persuasion, the Trinity is a doctrine (teaching) about God and Who He is, based on the Scripture. The shortest explanation is: One God, Three Persons. Saint Patrick used the seamrag (Shamrock) as a picture. In the Bible, Jesus refers to Himself as The Son (of Man, usually) and always refers to God as His Father (one exception: on the cross, He says “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” but I digress). Both are described in term of divinity. There are also passages that refer to The Holy Spirit, also in terms of divinity. It’s called a mystery, because mere mortal minds cannot adequately describe God. But we do what we can.

It helps me to think of such doctrines/teachings like scientific theories. Doctrine:theology::theory:science–that is to say, doctrine is to theology what theory is to science–our best guess at accurately describing reality with the evidence we have available. Not always gonna work out, but hey, we keep at it.

Obviously, as a theologian (yes, I am a member of TA–Theologian’s Anonymous) this knot has a lot of meaning for me. And since it is a particularly unusual knot in a tie, I often get comments about it, which gives me all kinds of segues into topics I really like talking about: namely, God.



You can tie it such that, with a striped tie, or one with a stripe/pattern in it (like the one shown), you get three “rays” or “spokes” from the center point. That would look kind of like this.





Or you can tie it so that you get a triangle, kind of like this.

But as you might see, it really depends on exactly how carefully the knot is tied and the exact  pattern for the stripe.



OK, now that you’re interested, here’s a video/link to show you how it’s done.