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The Wondrous Cross

Who was Isaac Watts? An English writer and theologian, beloved for his talent for writing poetry and songs, he became famous during the early 19th century. Even at an early age, he was know to use his ability to rhyme quite readily:

Watts was once asked why he had his eyes open during prayers, to which he responded:

A little mouse for want of stairs
ran up a rope to say its prayers.

He received punishment for this, to which he cried:

O father, father, pity take
And I will no more verses make

In later years, Watts wrote some of our most loved hymns:

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,

Joy to the World

Our God, Our Help in Ages Past

He also wrote a book on logic. At his death, Isaac Watts’ papers were given to Yale University in the Colony of Connecticut, which nonconformists (Puritans/Congregationalists) had established.  (Wikipedia)

The Crucifixion

Mixed with Holy Scripture, these are the words that Isaac Watts wrote in one of the most loved Christian hymn.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

by Isaac Watts
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,

Acts 5:30 “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross.”

My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Luke 9:24-25  “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!

Galatians 6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

 Luke 21:3-4 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!

 Matthew 27:29 And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”


About Jesus in Psalm 22:16 For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

About Jesus in Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

John 19:2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him;

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;

Revelation 5:12-13 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

Love so amazing, so divine,

 Ephesians 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (Taken from “Scripture and…” blog)

Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Beautiful music for your pleasure…with the first hymn by Isaac Watts.

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A New Direction

Probably right now there is someone reading this blog that is thinking about making a change in life.  It could be a new direction within a job, or a place to live, or even in an attitude.  New directions are often the start of something good, challenging, and even inspirational.  Change is not always easy because we are comfortable with the routine…ever the need to feel stable.   Nevertheless, stability, while is good, leads to boredom and boredom could even lead to depression.  We know that is not a good thing.

So what the heck…go for it and see what life brings you!   The old saying, “Nothing ventured…nothing gained”  may hold true for you today.   For me, I have already made a decision to move along and try to use some of the talents I believe God has given…as well as some of the opportunities I’ve had in life thus far to share with others.   I read recently that a good blog is not filled with “self” so forgive that fault today for I’m going to share with you, my readers, and in many cases friends…the move forward I plan for the next year.    In no particular order, here goes:

  • I plan to continue blogging on whatever hits my fancy.
  • I do not plan to become rich on anything, but want all that I do to have a purpose for myself and others.  Since I have enjoyed in the past some of these things, I plan to make myself and interests available as follows:

I WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

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I PLAN TO WRITE MORE BOOKS:

Fiction Book Collection by NW Boyer

Fiction Books

Blue Ridge Book Collection by NW Boyer

Non-Fiction Books

Children's books for web

Children’s Books

I WANT TO CREATE GIFT CARDS

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7 cards and envelopes with assorted photography by N.W. Boyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORKING ON IMPROVING MY PAINTING WILL BE A GOAL

Florida wetlands photographed and painting

Photography and over-lay paint

Flowers in the pond

Original art

PIANO MUSIC…I PLAN TO LEARN MORE NOTES, CHORDS AND RUNS

Becoming a concert pianist is not my goal, but I could learn more for pure pleasure. When I was in boarding school, Mrs. Tollison taught me piano. I was about 10 years old. After leaving the school, my Mother could not afford a piano that would go up a flight of stairs to our apartment.  When my husband thought I should try to revive my lost art at a much…much older age, he made it possible for me.   He bought me one for Valentine’s Day.  So the promise to him is that I will spend more time playing it!  (Thank you, Honey!)

 

piano possibly me and Mrs Tollison

Boarding School?

Piano

No, I don’t have a Steinway

There you have it… a long list about my plans.  Oh, I forgot an important part…my emotional, spiritual and mental health.  This should have been at the top of the list.  I wrote a previous blog about listening to, reading, or being consumed with the “evils, sadness, and all the things that make one wonder ‘What is the world coming to?’….  which has led me to turn off the TV more, don’t read the internet headlines, and take care of my own brain, emotions and welfare.   They belong to me.  They were GOD- given and I should be furiously protective of them. I will have to admit that I cringe when I see a four-year-old…or older with a smartphone entertaining him/her when it should be around- the- table conversation that is training their little brains and enjoying moments with the family.  Protecting our minds and hearts is an important part of life, especially with those whose brains are growing and forming.  

I WILL LOOK MORE AT BEAUTY AROUND ME

  • In God’s Words of wisdom through the Holy Scriptures if I spend more time reading it.
  • In Nature…all about me if I will pay attention.
  • The good and beauty in people  (Spend less time with negative people)
  • Eat good foods that don’t upset my stomach or keep me awake all night!
  • Look for someone who might need a helping hand, a thank you, or a bright spot for their day. (How about the hard-working waitress who would just like for people to be pleasant?)
  • Feast on the stars, sunrise and sunset more often. I like clouds too.  Even the winds flowing through the trees and rain have their own beauty.
  • Listen to more up-lifting music

I’m certain you have your own list.

One other thing:

I WANT TO REACH OUT MORE

If I know someone who is sick, terminally ill or going through a hard time, I would like to have the courage to reach out and ask if they would like me to pray with them.  Perhaps that is something you can try to do also if it is not a normal direction that you would take.    (I know, I can hear it now… “I really don’t feel comfortable getting into someone else’s space and faith. Isn’ that only for a priest or minister to do?”) 

Well, that is up to you, but you never know how God will want to work through you or me to give hope to someone who needs it. Being a minister of the Gospel is a calling and a profession, but if you know Christ as your Savior, then you are His child and He wants to work through you also.  If that little inner-voice prompts you to do something…you better do it because God has His purposes. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the blessings…even if you never know them until eternity.   Here is an example to what I mean.  When I was in college, I was short of money.  Going to my mailbox one day I found an envelope with $10 in it and a note that said, “Something for one of God’s children.”   I have never forgotten about this and believe me, it has been a long, long time since college days.  I never knew who was reaching out to me…but God does.

I hope you will let me know if you are making some changes in your life for I would love to pray for your “NEW DIRECTION.”  I would ask that you do the same for me.     (boyerwrites@yahoo.com)

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The Healing Touch

Occasionally, I will be going toward the altar at church and will see an elderly person waiting quietly in the pew for the minister to bring to them the Holy Communion. They are usually frail and do not feel that they can walk on their own very well.   I am reminded of what my husband, who is also a priest in the Episcopal Church,  often says about the elderly…“If they have lost the love of their life or have no family close by, they rarely have the human touch…the hug…the warmth of another human.”  Knowing this,  I might reach down and pat her (or him) on the shoulder and take their hand, without saying a word just so they know there is a touch in their life.

On researching this need for human touch, I found out the following:

“Upon birth, some babies require a little more attention at hospitals before they can leave with their parents to begin their life. Babies who receive stimulation in the form of touch have shown to grow and gain weight at rates faster than those who lack touch. They also experience fewer health issues in their first year. The simple act of a touch can lower stress levels (specifically the stress hormone cortisol) and regulate a proper body temperature in a baby’s body through the release of hormones.

The connection was realized upon finding out that children who grew up in environments such as orphanages, with less contact and engagement, had higher hormone levels compared to children raised with parents. In turn, this difference in environment can lead to many issues later in life – from a struggle to bond and behavioral issues.

However, some of the damage caused by touch deprivation can be reversed due to a change in environment – a study done in Romania in the 1980’s supports this, showing that in children aged six to twelve, those who lived in an orphanage for eight months or more possessed higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol compared to those who lived in an orphanage for four months or less.”  (taken from Youngzine..Renee)

When my youngest son was born, he had to stay in the hospital for several days because he was under-weight.  As I went to visit him daily, I would often walk in and find him being rocked by a nurse or nurse’s helper.  They called him their “Little Cowboy” because his hair had little sideburns.  Seeing that he was being loved meant so much.

baby-mother

I also learned the truth about the need for touch and human development when I was teaching at a University in Ukraine.   I visited two orphanages.  One was State run and the other was a Christian run home for children.  The children in the State-run orphanage did not smile.  When we put them on our laps to try to talk with them and hug them, they did not seem to know how to respond. Nothing brought a smile to their faces.   On arriving at the Christian orphanage, the atmosphere was completely different.  The children were laughing, hanging onto their adult workers and seemed well adjusted in so many ways.

Recently my husband posted a video about a man who has made it his mission to give the tiny, often sick or premature babies the human touch they need.    I’m going to share this video with my readers today because it is the life story of a senior person giving of himself to a new life on earth.  He is making a difference.

 

David Deutchman in Atlanta holds baby

David Deutchman comforts a baby at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

 

Let this video touch your heart and think of reaching out yourself to someone who may need a “touch” of love.

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WORKING FOR JOY!

iron man competition blind vetThe couple you are going to meet has decided to meet life head-on.  They have faith that could have been shattered, but they didn’t allow it to happen.  Serving his country, the unthinkable happened.  He would be blind for the rest of his life.  Hear his story and the words of his beautiful wife.  Be inspired and realize that at times the joy we receive in life has to be worked for.    This is how they are finding their joy.

CLICK THIS LINK FOR A VIDEO OF INSPIRATION 

 

(Detroit Free Press)


For the Beauty of the Earth

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Our Gracie, as a puppy, who lived  14 years…God’s beauty 

Take this day and look for beauty wherever you can see it.  Determine yourself that you will not be distracted by those things that would shadow your life.   It is our choice to decide on the things that enter into our minds.

As you walk from here to there, take a moment to see the tiniest thing that God has made…the flower that has perfect symmetry…the bee that buzzes around it…or the butterfly that hovers around it.   Each, in its own way, is a perfect example of the beauty of creation.  Enjoy today…this minute...for it is yours.  

VIDEO   “For the Beauty of the Earth”

 


A Grateful Nation…Meaning of the folds of the American Flag

President Elect Trump and V.P Elect Pence laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery the  day before his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States.  Many flags have been flown and folded at Arlington Cemetery. These flags have been tenderly laid in the hands of those who have lost their loved ones who have served in the nation’s military.   It is the highest honor to have served and to be buried in this sacred spot.  How much do you know about this special place and the meanings behind the folding of our American flag?  We will now share this with you.   Pass it on to the young people that you know about the honor and beauty that our flag represents.

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What is the history of Arlington Cemetery?

“Arlington National Cemetery is comprised of land that once belonged to George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of Martha Washington and step-grandson of George Washington. Custis spent his life commemorating Washington and built Arlington House on the 1,100-acre plantation as a memorial to the first president. In 1857, Custis willed the property to his daughter Mary Anna Randolph Custis, who in 1831 had married U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Robert E. Lee.

After the Lee family vacated the property at the onset of the Civil War in 1861, federal troops used the land as a camp and headquarters – beginning on May 24, 1861. Throughout the war, three forts were constructed on the grounds as part of the overall defenses of Washington, D.C. In 1863, the government established Freedman’s Village on the estate as a way to assist slaves transitioning to freedom. The village provided housing, education, employment training, and medical care. A property tax dispute, amounting to just over $92.07 cost the Lee family their home and in January 1864, the U.S. government purchased the property for $26,800 at public auction. After Mary Lee’s death, her son, George Washington Custis Lee sued in 1882 for the return of the property, winning his case in front of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Lee then sold the property, which by this time contained the graves of over 6,000 Union soldiers, to the federal government for $150,000.

By the third year of the Civil War, the increasing number of fatalities was outpacing the burial capacity of Washington, D.C. cemeteries. To meet this demand, 200 acres of Arlington plantation was set aside as a military cemetery.  The first military burial took place on May 13, 1864, for Private William Christman of Pennsylvania. On June 15, the War Department officially designated this burial space a national cemetery, thus creating Arlington National Cemetery. By the end of the war, burials included thousands of service members as well as African-American Freedmen.”  (Arlington Cemetery website)

What is the meaning behind the folding of the American flag?

Desecration in any form of the American flag is a despicable act because of all that it means to the freedom we share.  The men and women who died throughout history are wrapped and draped at least symbolically in this flag.  The families who carefully preserve the flag given to them by a GRATEFUL NATION hold this flag in great esteem.

 

Durkin Honor GuardThe folding of the American flag has a symbol or meaning for each fold.  They are the following:

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.

The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

holding-the-american-flagPresentation of the folded flag to the Family 

How to present:

  • Stand facing the flag recipient and hold the folded flag waist-high with the straight edge facing the recipient.

  • Kneel, on one knee, in front of  the flag recipient and solemnly present the flag to the recipient.
  • Present the flag using the veteran’s military service preferred wording…a Grateful Nation:
    • Army … This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service. (Note: President of the United States isn’t an official reference in the Army flag presentation.)
    • Marine Corps … On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and Corps.
    • Navy ... On behalf of the President of the United States and the Chief of Naval Operations, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to this Country and a grateful Navy.
    • Air Force … On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of [Service member’s rank and name]. (NOTE: If the next of kin has expressed a religious preference or belief, add: “God bless you and this family, and God bless the United States of America.”)
    • Coast Guard … On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and the Coast Guard.

(Provided by Military Funeral Honors / U.S. Defense Department)

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In 1916, the president of the United States issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.   For those of us who honor our country and the flag, any day is a good day to fly the American flag.

 

 

Link:  Retiring the American Flag Properly