On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge - Volume 189

Here are the questions and my answers to this week's Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog then skip over to Joyce's From This Side of the Pond to add your link to the party.  See you there!

1. On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history-9/11. Will you mark it in some special way?

We marked it on Sunday at church. Our church brings in a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall for several days for display in our parking lot so that all the community can come look and find names of friends or loved ones names who might be on the Wall. Some local schools brought students on field trips to see it. The display is guarded 24/7 by veterans.

This year those who wanted to do so bought and donated brand new pairs of Army field/desert boots like the military wears in Afghanistan and Iraq. Each pair was to represent and honor a fallen soldier from our area who gave their life in the battles there since the Persian Gulf. Veterans, active military, firefighters and police were invited to join us and be honored by our congregation and they and their families were served lunch. All the men and women honored stand up front as we applaud and cheer and then pray for them. I'm telling you, it is quite an emotional moment for everyone and you can see grown men cry as they feel the love.

On Thursday, I will remember how I felt the morning that happened. Stunned, shocked, disbelief, fear ... so many emotions. My husband was a firefighter at the time and our son was going to rookie school with the fire department. It was very scary to think about other women's husbands, sons, brothers going into those buildings never to return. 

2. Do you ever/still...listen to an actual radio? Watch a videotape (VCR)? Look up a number in a phonebook? Refer to a paper map while traveling? Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone?
  • I listen to the radio when I'm in the car ... alone. At night, if I'm having trouble sleeping, I will find a favorite teacher online and plug in to hear some really good teaching. It's really funny, but I never make it past the introduction before I am fast asleep and wake up in the morning with ear buds still in my ears.
  • I have several VCR tapes of kids' movies which we watch with the grands.
  • The phone books go in the recycle bin as soon as they are delivered.
  • Sometimes I use a paper map in the car. Not too often.
  • I set my phone alarm only when something is going on the next morning. I have an internal alarm clock that wakes me about 5 every morning, but I need a back-up sometimes, just in case.

3.  Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don't know?

When I am talking with someone I don't know, I can usually get a feel for what their opinion is politically and also by the time a few exchanges have been made, we will know where we stand on the subject of God. I won't argue politics or religion, but I love talking with someone about Jesus. It's always exciting to find a kindred spirit. I get a feel early in the conversation as to whether they love talking about Him, too. 
I am fine with discussions and conversations with strangers about other topics besides those. Sometimes it is just NOT a good idea. Why create strife? That doesn't show love.

4. What's a dish you haven't eaten all summer, but come September find yourself craving? Have you made it yet this month?

I am ready for some good old-fashioned beef stew and cornbread. It just hasn't happened yet. Still too hot here. 

5. What's something you know nothing about?

Quantum physics 

6. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like classical music? If so, what's your favorite piece?

Yes, I do. The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah - so powerful!
Fur Elise. (Sorry, that's more than one.)

7. What's the oldest thing you own?

A rocker from the late 1800's. I love this chair and enjoyed rocking Kate and Jack in it. It had a great creaking sound to go with a lullaby.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I wish I had a way to slow down the rest of the year. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be upon us before you know it and, as in years past, I will not be ready for it. The holidays will be different this year as everybody is scattered. Very seldom have the holidays been a Norman Rockwell scene, but I cherish the ones that were.


Joyce said...

One of the scenes that will be replayed over and over tomorrow is that of all those people running from the building and all those fire, police and rescue workers rushing in. It pains my heart to see that still.

I loved your answer to #3. And I get wanting to slow down the year a bit, except we have a wedding right after Christmas and I'm super excited about that getting here :)

April said...

Love that rocking chair! Talk about a treasure!

Elizabeth Day said...

Nonnie, I so enjoyed meeting you through your blog today and can relate to many of your answers. Your church service sounds wonderful. My church refuses to do much of anything related to patriotic issues and it breaks my heart. You have a heart for the things of God and I love seeing that come through your writings so easily. Have a great day.

retired not tired said...

Christmas and Thanksgiving are about family even if they are not actually with you. I agree they are coming way too fast.

Debbie said...

I love the Hodgepodge and the chance to meet new bloggers. Glad I came by here today. We seem to have much in common. Love what your church does..soo meaningful. Yes, the holiday's come faster every year and I seldom ready. Enjoy your day!

Conny said...

What a lovely rocker!!! How special. :)

I too love finding a kindred spirit in the Lord ... whether in real life or by blogging. Somehow you are like immediate friends when you both know God personally. :) And that can't help but come out usually.

yaya said...

Love your answers...gives a good insight into the lovely person that's you! The weird thing about 9/11 is the fact that I have that day off tomorrow...just like the 9/11 I had off in 2001. We had just moved to the Pines that weekend before and the temps had finally cooled down and the sky was the bluest I've ever seen it. It was such a shock and truly sapped the joy out of the rest of that year. I imagine it was that way when Pearl Harbor happened...life has not been the same. But we find joy in the heroes of that day and give prayers that it will never happen again. For some reason, as I watched the horror on TV that morning, one tiny scripture kept coming into my mind.."Jesus wept"..simple words that I'm sure was how He was feeling that morning too. I hope your day tomorrow is a good one and maybe you can rock a sweet Grandkiddo in your beautiful chair!

Chatty Crone said...

I don't know anything about Quantum Physics either.
Hope we never forget 9-11.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

So enjoyable to pause and read your answers to these questions. I feel similar on many things you have shared. 911 ~ such a sad day and one I will never forget!

Michelle F said...

I liked reading your answers.

I was touched by your #1 answer.
I just had a few moments of silence as I pondered this.

Terri D said...

We both answered with Quantum Physics! It's so fun to see how we all answer one or two questions the same, each week. I guess that is why we are connected here. Kindred spirits. I made cornbread to go with our vegetable soup this week. So good. It is still too hot here, too, but it still tasted good! Your answer to #1 is so touching.

Idyll Wild said...

I love the rocking chair! My sister gave me one and I love it. It's in reach of my computer chair. Rocking chairs symbolise more than lullabies (though lullabies are important); they are handed down to connect generations. One of my favorite memories are of my great grandpa rocking in his chair while we watched the boxing matches together in wintertime. :)

Sweet Tea said...

Gotta ask - Why do you get up each morning at 5am?
Inquiring minds. LOL

Capri K @ No Whining Allowed said...

Quantum physics, there's another thing I know nothing about!!!
Lovely rocker, lovely memories!

Jessy Gaffen said...

Me too! I love that rocker! The details...the history...perfect! I have a rocker too, but it's not old! LOL There's something special about those old pieces that add memories to our lives! Oh...I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's gotten quite complicated since I divorced...The kids oftentimes have 3-4 Christmases!

Jill said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, great to hear from you! Are you all ready for the fall weather? Hope you have a wonderful week.