Good Morning and welcome to Sunday. This is the day the Lord has made! Rejoicing today is a natural thing, as we spend time resting, being with family or friends, and putting our focus where it needs to be. Today I want to give us all a gentle reminder to be kind to each other. Whether it is your spouse, parents, children, friends, or strangers at the store – be kind. Words, once said, cannot be taken back. They are there forever. And some words cut so deep that the wounds take a very long to stop bleeding. It’s rather like ripples in a pond that a pebble has been tossed into. The pebble may have been small, but it affects the entire pond. Words do that too – whether spoken in the heat of the moment, or with cruel intent. That fast, in the blink of an eye, in the utterance of a sentence, trust can be broken, hearts shredded and comfort lost. On the opposite side of that, kind words, spoken with love have a healing, soothing touch. Even if they are spoken from a place of anger, gentle words take the sting out of a rebuke, and pave a smooth road where communication can be open and honest, and the tears that happen while traveling that road can have a positive result. When it is something said about, or to, a stranger, you may have that one moment in time to communicate with this person you will never see again. If you look them up and down with a condemning expression, you may as well have walked up and slapped them. And I say this as one guilty of such a crime against poor strangers, and as someone who has received them. You do not know what they are dealing with in their lives, and the judgment coming off of you in waves could be the last terrible straw in what they feel is a desperate life. (I realize that those of you reading this who have seen my political rants may think this is hypocritical and perhaps it is, but I do attempt to temper those words in generalities and not against specific people . . . most of the time.) I’m just trying to say, be kind! Take a deep breath before speaking words that cannot be pulled back. The Bible speaks so many times about the trouble that our tongues can get us into and it is so true! Jesus tells us over and over to love each other. Speak in love. Show that love. In your home, out of your home. BE that love always. Ok, reminder over! On to the celebrations! They are a little sparse today, but we’ll take a look anyway.
Presidential Joke Day – Presidents have a sense of humor. Some have a CRUEL sense of humor and put the joke on the whole country – but that’s not the kind of humor we are talking about today. Many people think that today is a day to make jokes about the president – well I may well do that, but that’s not what this is. This is the day for presidents to actually make a joke. On this day in 1984 President Ronald Reagan (BEST PRESIDENT EVER!) made a doozie of a joke. Just before his regular Saturday radio address he was doing a voice test with the microphone. He thought the mic and the feed was not live, so he joked into the microphone: “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes”. Imagine his shock when he realized he was on a live feed! This incident led to the creation of “Presidential Joke Day”. Most American presidents will not make it a habit to perform jokes on, or to, the American public on this day, or any other.
Son and Daughter Day – This is a day to spend with your children. Our sons and daughters are everything to parents! At least mine are to me. Raising happy, well adjusted children in today’s hive mentality world isn’t easy, and we aren’t always highly successful. Kids will grow up and do things we don’t approve of, but that doesn’t make them any less beloved to us. I wish I could spend today with my children, however it isn’t to be. Whenever the chance does come up to even steal a few minutes with one of them, I do. This isn’t a day of giving or receiving gifts, unless it is the gift of time. If your kids are grown, give them a call. Tell them what an amazing and wonderful thing raising them was, tell them how proud you are and how much you appreciate them. Flaws and all, they are so important to us. Besides, we all have flaws, we have all failed. Put those things aside and love on your kids today. If you are blessed to still have them at home, do something wonderful together. Go for a walk, go to the beach, play games, laugh together. Make a happy memory with them that will stay in their minds and hearts forever. Someday they will look back and they will tell the story of those times to their own children. Besides, God gave us our kids. They are gifts, and we have been given instructions by Him to raise them up right, to be shining examples to them, and to nurture our relationships with them. This doesn’t end when they move out. It ends the day we die and they carry on with the lessons they have learned from us.
Today In History –
1966 – The Beatles begin their last US concert tour.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Raspberry Tart Day – Well, doesn’t this sound delicious? I cannot begin to tell you how hungry I suddenly am for a raspberry tart! Traditionalists may demand that tarts only have a shortbread crust. But we won’t tell if you want to make yours with graham crackers or chocolate cookies!
- White Chocolate Fruit Tart
- Raspberry Creme Fraiche Tart
- Raspberry Chocolate Tartlets
- White Chocolate Raspberry Tartlets
- White Chocolate Raspberry Tart With Nuts
- Raspberry Creme Brulee Tartlets
As you go about your day, however you choose to celebrate it, remember that everything we do, every word we speak, should be spoken as if God is standing in front of us. Because He is. If you wouldn’t say something to someone with God standing where you could see Him, then don’t say it at all. The harm caused by just one unkind word can be irreparable. Be a good ripple in your pond. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.