In Remembrance of Those Murdered in the Holocaust . . .And A Few Other Things

Jan 27th

Today is a day of mixed heavy observances, and frivolous festivities.  Because two of them are quite serious, I am going to mix it up today and put a heavy, followed by a light, followed by a medium heavy and finished with a fun.  The time I’ve spent researching today has made me sad, reflective . . . and  in the end . . . HUNGRY! Seriously, these food holidays are tough, but not as tough as some of what we’re going to discuss today.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – If you ask many students today, they will look at you with a blank expression on their faces when you ask them what the Holocaust was.  Revisionist history would have them believe it either didn’t happen, or it didn’t happen the way their parents had been taught.  It is up to us, those who had families affected by it, those of us who remember what we were taught in school and those of us who realize that you cannot forget history or you risk repeating it again in the future, to keep this knowledge alive – no matter how painful it is.  The Holocaust was a horrifying time in our world’s history, when Nazi Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, and his collaborators, began the systematic state-sponsored persecution and genocide of the Jews of Europe along with other groups during World War II.  It sounds so dry when put that way, but estimates put the deaths of those to be considered racially inferior or undesirable; Soviet prisoners of war; the mentally or physically disabled; homosexuals; Jehovah’s Witnesses; political dissidents and criminals that estimates number at 9,000,000 – 11,000,000 people. International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the date that Russian Troops liberated the prisoners at the Auschwitz extermination camp, where an estimated 2,000,000 people were murdered, including 1,500,000 Jews.  Today we remember those lives that were lost, the atrocities committed against them by a tyrannical government who would control the people through violence, fear and the genocide of innocents. 

Take a good, long look at our government right now.  Our nation was set up with a system of checks and balances in place to prevent tyranny against us by our elected leaders. Our forefathers came from such nations and wanted America to be different.  Our Constitution guarantees us certain rights as citizens, and these rights cannot be circumvented or trampled.  Something they never thought would ever happen is beginning to happen now and tyranny threatens our very freedoms.  The silence of the sleeping masses is resounding! Wake up! Wake up now!  We cannot allow our nation to go down that slippery slope that leads to the sort of horrors imposed upon the citizens like happened in Nazi Germany.  Remember those who lost their lives due to the cruel, power hungry Hitler, recognize the similarities in what is going on in our own country, and stand up and make it heard that we will NOT be trampled, we will NOT allow our freedoms to be exterminated and we will NOT go down without a fight.

Please God, be with the families of those who remember loved ones who have gone on before, who were lost so tragically in the horrors of those days, and help us as a nation to never forget, so history does not repeat itself on our own soil. In Your name, Amen.

Thomas Crapper Day  is a holiday devoted to the man who invented the flush toilet.
And we all should celebrate the toilet!  I’m sure none of us wish to imagine a life without it!  As with many inventions, the flush toilet did not suddenly spring into existence, but was the result of a series of minor improvements. Because of that there is a long list of names of contributors to the history of the toilet, spanning many dates.  The most noted name though is that of Thomas Crapper, partly because of the word “crap” in his name.   In the 1880’s Thomas Crapper’s plumbing company built flush toilets of the Giblin’s design (don’t as me what that design is – I didn’t look it up), and Crapper’s name because synonymous with flush toilets.  Although he was not the original inventor, he made popular the siphon system for emptying tank, which replaced the earlier floating valve system which was very prone to leaking.  Some of Crapper’s designs were actually made by Thomas Twyford.  By the way, the similarity between Crapper’s name and the word crap is merely a coincidence.

World Leprosy Day    – All throughout the Bible, in the 68 times it was mentioned throughout, leprosy was a disease that encompassed many different skin afflictions, likely including certain molds and mildews.  Anyone who was diagnosed was sent away from their community, completely isolated to prevent them from infecting anyone else.  Since usually leprosy didn’t heal on its own – since this was a time before antibiotics – this ended up being a horrible, painful, lonely and very sad existence.   Today we know that leprosy is easily treatable with a cocktail of antibiotics, it still carries the ancient stigma with it.  I found an article that really moved my heart, please click the link to read it, but this community in India, where people afflicted with leprosy are sent to an isolated place to live out their lives alone – even though they have been treated and no longer carry the disease or any contagion – are given audio Bibles and these Bibles have ministered to their lonely hearts and souls.  The ministry that serves these people honors World Leprosy Day –  a day set aside to bring awareness that this disease still lives and affects lives – by taking donations to provide Bibles to these communities.  It is such a worthy cause and one that I know makes God smile at the love shown to these poor souls.

Chocolate Cake Day  – truly what can I say about chocolate cake.  It’s nearly a perfect dessert and a favorite with many!  Chocolate cake day is a chocolate lovers delight, and a day to eat cake. You could say that this is a good day to bake yourself a chocolate cake . . . and eat it too!  (I never understand that saying – why would anyone have cake if they couldn’t eat it too?)  On this day, a white, yellow, carrot or spice cake will not do. Nor, will part chocolate, part white suffice. It must be chocolate, all chocolate. You can make milk chocolate, dark chocolate, fudge, or any other type of chocolate cake.

The only reference to Chocolate Cake Day I found on the internet – other than from the sites that list the obscure holidays –  is from Ecard and calendar websites. This might lead you to conclude that this as a day for (and by) the Ecard companies. We all know better though, right?  This day is for us, all of us who LOVE chocolate. There are three goals on Chocolate Cake Day: To bake a chocolate cake. To decorate a chocolate cake. And, to eat a chocolate cake. Of course, if you are too busy to bake or decorate a cake, then just eating a chocolate cake will certainly do!  (unless you’re on a diet like I am, at which point you can salivate over pictures of chocolate cakes and dream of the day when you can have a taste of this lovely and decadent delight again).

Have a wonderful Sunday. This is the day that the Lord has made, so let us all rejoice and be glad in it!  God bless you today and every day.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

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