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  • Thanksgiving!

    Hi Everyone,
    Blessings to you through the resurrected Messiah Yahushua, the Restored and Renewed YAHWEH ELOHIM!

    The Sunday after Thankgiving Day I was blessed to have the company of my former Sister-In-Law, Evelyn, and her son, Sam, for an afternoon dinner of roasted prime rib, baked potatoes, green bean casserole, and New York Cheesecake for dessert. We also shared a bottle of Rose wine together. I make mention of the wine because it was a very good medium priced pink wine made by Bonny Doon Vineyards 2019. I myself prefer red blends, and my favorite wine for a long time has been Penfolds Din 389. Indeed, I just purchased a 2018 vintage of that wine with the expectation that I will save it for Passover.

    It is written that wine gladdens the heart, and I consider it an honor to share with you this vintage of a poem that Evelyn shared with me on that Sunday day after Thanksgiving:

    The Gratitude Poem

    Although we know we SHOULD be more grateful
    Sometimes it’s just hard to be
    When things don’t go the way we want
    We begin to think, “Oh, Poor Me!”

    But if we look ALL around us
    Everywhere, we will clearly see
    There’s so much for which to be thankful
    Yes, it’s true, for you and for me!

    There are so many basic blessings
    We take for granted and just don’t see
    We fail to acknowledge or appreciate them
    When so very thankful we COULD be

    So how do we cultivate more gratitude?
    We simply make it a habit, of course!
    Like brushing our teeth each morning
    We do it daily, without any force

    We can write in our gratitude journal
    We can say “Thank You” to our family and friends
    We can list our countless blessings
    That have absolutely no end

    To live a life of gratitude
    Is easier than we think
    And when we do
    From life’s bountiful cup we drink

    Everything seems rosier to us
    Happy smiles adorn our face
    When we are truly thankful
    Life’s great goodness we taste

    Gratitude makes us happier
    It increases our joy and our love
    Gratitude magically changes everything!
    Like heavenly manna from above

    When we express our sincere thanks
    We spread joy to all we meet
    We look with brand new eyes
    We see life as a delightful treat

    A moment taken to show appreciation
    Can leave someone all aglow
    Which can last several hours, even days
    When the seeds of gratitude are sown

    If the ONLY prayer you EVER uttered was “Thank You”
    That would be perfectly okay
    Showing gratitude is so very powerful
    A great way to start and end your day

    Each day has 86,400 seconds in it
    So my question is: How will you spend yours?
    Walking happily through life with a thankful heart
    Which can open many exciting new doors?

    I hope you’ll decide to become more thankful
    In everything you think, say and do
    Just watch how your life changes
    For many others and for you!

    Happy Thanksgiving to each one of you
    I’m very thankful you are here
    You are a true blessing to others
    Please know that God and I hold you dear

    What a wonderful expression of Thanksgiving. This poem was written by Evelyn Whitson Brown on November 16, 2013, and I consider it a distinct honor to be allowed to publish this poem here at Lo Ammi.

    Should you yourself be moved to poetically respond either positively or negatively, then make yourself heard. Thankfully, I am,
    Sincerely, Spying
    The Currahee Band Of Brothers Are Beginning To Arise In The HOLY PLACE! Listen to them!!!

  • #2
    Topic: Thorns!

    Hi Everyone,
    Blessings to you through the resurrected Messiah Yahushua, the Renew and Restored YAHWEH ELOHIM.

    Poetry is often written about particular people and particular experiences with them. As I have written above, I was impressed by the Rose Wine from Bonny Doon Vineyards. I also was curious about the name "Bonny Doon" so I engaged in a little research. I discovered that Bonnie in Scottish means "beautiful" and Doon means "river". Here is a little poem by Robert Burns that carries great meaning for me:

    The Banks O' Doon (3rd Version)

    Ye banks and braes o' bonie Doon,
    How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
    How can ye chant, ye little birds,
    And I sae weary fu' o' care!
    Thou'll break my heart, thou warbling bird,
    That wantons thro' the flowering thorn:
    Thou minds me o' departed joys,
    Departed never to return.

    Aft hae I rov'd by Bonie Doon,
    To see the rose and woodbine twine:
    And ilka bird sang o' its Luve,
    And fondly sae did I o' mine;
    Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose,
    Fu' sweet upon its thorny tree!
    And may fause Luver staw my rose,
    But ah! he left the thorn wi' me.

    Because of the last line of the poem, it does seem to me that Robert Burns is writing about a gay lover. When I contemplate the last line and when I apply the poem to myself, I change the "he" to "she".

    Of course, the thorns that arise from our cultivated ground along the river of our lives are actually indicative of sins that are imbedded in our flesh. We learn from them, and, therefore, I am grateful for the lessons they give to us, I am,
    Sincerely, Spying
    The Currahee Band Of Brothers Are Beginning To Arise In The HOLY PLACE! Listen to them!!!