Today I am blessed to be able to perform the wedding ceremony of a young couple, setting them on the road to their future together. It’s an incredible responsibility, and an amazing blessing to be able to do this. I spent some time with them yesterday, and their bridal party, helping walk them through their rehearsal, and I know that today will be emotional. Mom was teary, and I’m betting Dad won’t be having an easy time of it. Today I pray for this couple, that as they head out on their journey through this life together, that they will keep God at the center of their relationship. If they do that, then there isn’t any way this marriage won’t be strong and successful. (This picture is of the little church where the wedding is being held. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s an historical landmark. So much history within its walls. I love it every time I get to go inside and spend some time soaking it all in.)
Be Late For Something Day – Ah, finally a day for procrastinators. There are millions of people who never seem to be able to stay on schedule, and they need a day too! I admit, I am one of those people who isn’t necessarily late for everything, but I do sort of run at the edge of it most of the time. There’s always one last little detail to attend to before I race out the door. Being late once in awhile is a common occurrence. We all have something come up from time to time that keeps us from being right on time, and honestly, as long as it’s not perpetual, nor intentional, it’s forgivable. ONCE IN AWHILE. Enjoy today though – it’s sort of your pass. It doesn’t translate into days after today. (I can’t be late though – I have a wedding to get to!)
Jury Rights Day – Today we celebrate Jury Rights Day. So where did this day get its start? From what I found, on this day in 1670 Quaker William Penn of London was arrested, pled not guilty and subsequently argued against England’s Conventicle Acts, which outlawed the practice of religions other than the Church of England. The judge told the jurors to find Penn guilty, and their refusal to enforce a bad law led to the court jailing and withholding food and water from the jurors. Some of the jurors appealed their fines and imprisonment. The higher court confirmed the right of the jurors to base their verdict on their best judgment and conscience. Even though there was a law against freedom of religion, the high court said that juries could not be required to enforce any law that they thought was wrong. The higher court ruling also established that jurors cannot be punished for their verdict, which set a foundation for our rights of freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. This ruling established protection for the jury, and firmly established the right of the jurors to refuse to accept bad government laws. This refusal of bad laws is called jury nullification or jury veto. Through jury nullification, people can control their government by refusing to allow bad laws to be enforced. Jurors are also not required to give a reason for the verdict they give. The fundamental right of jurors to render their verdict based on conscience is basic to the preservation of justice in a free society. And as for William Penn? He later came to Colonial America and founded Pennsylvania. Jurors continue to have the authority to nullify bad laws, which is our protection to stop corrupt government servants from violating our rights. (lately I don’t see this as working all that well as more and more of our rights are being stepped on – but that’s my personal opinion)
This Day In History –
1698 – Russian Czar Peter the Great imposes a tax on beards.
1774 – The First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Cheese Pizza Day – Well, I can honestly say, I love pizza. And I love pizza best when it has LOTS of ooey gooey cheese on it! Whether it’s Chicago-style deep dish, a crispy and thin-crusted pie or a classic doughy Neapolitan slice, cheese pizza is an undeniable favorite. In fact, 94% of Americans eat pizza on a regular basis! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . . (can you see Tibbi peeking up from the left side? She always hopes something will accidentally find its way into her bowl.)
- Easy Cheese Pizza
- Copycat California Pizza Kitchen Thai Chicken Pizza
- Leek Tomato Goat Cheese Pizza
- Sweet Pepper Pizza With Three Cheeses
- Quattro Formaggi (Four Cheese) Pizza
- Simple Sausage & Swiss Cheese Mini Pizzas
- Taco Bell Copycat Mexican Pizza
Well, I’m out of here. Time to struggle into the wedding clothes! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!