The Miracle Mourning Dove

“we should instead be inspired by their symbol of hope, peace and the Holy Spirit”

Yesterday afternoon just as the sun was setting I was doing some typing when I thought I heard a sound just outside of the house but it was so faint and quick I continued on until I needed to get another bowl of my homemade chicken soup I had just made earlier.  About a half hour later I was in the kitchen straightening up and saw that I needed to shut off a water drip I started at the bird bath out back in the morning because the temperature had gotten well above freezing so I wanted to provide the birds with that opportunity for the day after the recent snowstorm and icy conditions the previous day.  I took care of that and turned to head back in through the garage when I saw a pane of glass was smashed out of the overhead garage door and immediately upon going over to see what had happened I saw shards of glass all over the floor and on the trunk lid of an old antique car I have on that side of the garage.  Looking further even though it was just about dark now I saw a dove lying on the floor just below the rear of the car completely motionless with the broken glass all around it, and realizing what amount of force it took to propel through that window and birds being so delicate boned it was a forgone conclusion it was dead.

Dove after going through window and falling off carSo I turned to go back into the house to get some duct tape to cover over that window area until I could buy a piece of glass at the hardware and repair it.  I no sooner got out there again and began taking long lengths of tape, applying them like a sort of bandage over the opening when my foot almost stepped on the dead bird but in the nick of time I felt my foot that very split second coming down on something other than the flat concrete floor when simultaneously there was a sudden flurry of wings flapping and the thought to be dead bird was trying to flee from my foot and got over to the other side of the garage!   I walked over to the dove and promptly spoke gently to it and scooped it up in my hands, and to my amazement the bird was alive and showed no signs of any major feathers missing but just some of its smaller downy ones had gotten torn away and surprisingly there were no bloody wounds either!  More amazing its neck had not broken or one of its wings which should have snapped like a twig in the impact.  Its eyes blinked as I spoke softly to it and said you hang on now you poor little baby, I’m going to bring you in the house and give you a place to rest and recuperate until tomorrow!  I had rescued a pigeon in the area last year so I had bought a large Tupperware storage container and made air vent holes in it which was actually stored away in the garage, so I went over to the shelf and grabbed it with one hand while I kept the bird with my other hand close to my chest and started to head into the house.  Once inside where it was well lit I could see the bird looked totally intact and so I placed some newspaper in the container for catching its droppings.  I put the bird in closing the lid and setting the temporary home in a quiet area of the house.

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This bird had really gone through an unbelievable ordeal most likely with a hawk in hot pursuit when its fight or flight instinct kicked in and it flew like a bat out of hell to get away in such a panic and as well as it being dimmer light out there so late in the day, while putting every bit of its energy into escaping the deadly hawk, it must have just turned the wrong way and slammed itself into that glass window pane going completely through it and onto the car in the garage which took a lot of force, enough in fact that in my estimation from my science knowledge of physics it should have at least broken its neck not to mention the multiple shards of glass all over the place, with a high probability that at least one of them should have ripped or gashed and even impaled the poor unfortunate bird!  But, I have to say “miraculously” the little dove is looking like it has a good shot at beating all of the odds with my intervention.  So, calling it a day I headed off to bed and hoped for the best saying a prayer for the “mourning dove;” wondering what “morning” would bring.

Dove by Curtian.jpgThis morning after a quiet rest all night I checked in on our little fine feathered friend and it was completely alert and a bit feisty, so I gave it a tray with water and another with bird seeds that I keep around to feed the many birds that come to visit each day as long as I’m able to do it.  All day the bird was calm in its protective little house I provided and I had checked in a few times again noticing how the dove was walking a little and ate some seed.  The condition of the bird was amazing to say the least and it did seem to be fully functional as it occasionally was flapping its wings!  So as the afternoon progressed and the daylight was fading fast I decided to chance a trial with the dove to see if it was in a big hurry to get back to its normal life, so we headed outside.  I placed our fine feathered friend down on the ground and it hesitated a few seconds but then started flapping its wings again as it did earlier in its temporary home.  This time it got airborne and flew about thirty feet down range but only a couple of feet off the ground, so it just didn’t have the power or strength to fly high into the sky at this point and the risk paid off because now we know the dove can fly but will need some serious recuperation and time to overcome its most likely sore and bruised body or muscles; but the prognosis is good.

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Meanwhile here is some very interesting background information about these special little birds.  I know this bird came to me for a reason!

Lawrence Morra

 



 



 

“A Touch of Evil” that Will Not Dishearten God’s Elect!”

through genuine humble faith on bent knee from the heart even if no larger than a mustard seed

The Faces of Evil

We are seeing very prominent faces stand out this “Christmas Holiday Season” that are far removed from the “Spirit of Christmas,” and are in fact unholy being influenced by the forces of darkness right here in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, America!  This One Nation under God has been polluted and corrupted deep within its earthly seat of power by some of the most maligned human beings on earth whose lust for power and control was an attempt to gain absolute power which in turn became “absolute power corrupting absolutely;” and it did in fact blind them to the plain truth of how their quest and drunkenness has delivered them unto the beast and not their Almighty God.  For them it started with “a touch of evil” that grew inside of them until its own thirst for another soul grew even stronger within taking over their will or ability to recognize the “simple plain truth!”

One of these key political figures clamored to the world this week “I’m a Catholic,” just like another one of them has said on many occasions how he is a Catholic too, and he is a presidential candidate now; but one thing is for sure, neither of those two is a Catholic and they are indeed fake ones.  There are so many fake ones around these days and in fact there are too many “nonbelievers or complete antichrists” among us, even those who use Christianity as a tool or front for vain ulterior purposes, wolves in sheep clothing if you will; some of us may even know them personally!

Yes you and I know who I speak about and we witness this abomination by the Greatest Nation on earth, but we must all pray and look beyond all of this wickedness that is trying to overshadow our Great Nation under God and not allow us to clearly remember who this holiday is about; “the one true power, honor and glory which it is about, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” who will have the final say in everything in all of existence!

All I can say is, all of you faithful please keep praying to our Heavenly Father who is holding back from pouring out His wrath, but make no mistake about it the truth is upon us, we have enough proof my faithful friends; the winds of truth and justice are coming for them and all the other deceivers!                                                                          

Stay in communion with the Holy Spirit by remaining faithfully vigilant in humble prayer and supplication for Him our Savior Jesus Christ, who loves us more than we can actually fully know and experience being outside of His glorious eternal kingdom; yet He made Himself one of us born of the virgin Mary His earthly mother, to prove without a doubt that we are here for one reason; which is that, through genuine humble faith on bent knee from the heart even if no larger than a mustard seed, that faith is the only other ingredient needed in our Father’s equation and plan for any of us to be united with Him in heaven for eternity.

And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” Matthew 17:20

So He was saying, “What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and THE BIRDS OF THE AIR NESTED IN ITS BRANCHES.” Luke 13:18-19

A Blessed and Merry Christmas to All of You!

Lawrence Morra

Just as in Classic Film Noir a touch of evil is all it takes to corrupt a soul enough to bring ruin to a heart!

Touch of Evil

But, diametrically in opposition to that it only takes the faith the size of a mustard seed to overcome all evil and death!  Faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the King!

 

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Always Walking With Jesus Christ

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Monday November 4th began writing about what occurred on Sunday November 3rd

Yesterday’s journey began when I awoke from a peaceful sleep suddenly thinking how it was the day to set the clock back one hour to daylight savings time and I could wait or get up no matter what time it was and get it done.  I chose to get up and immediately saw that it was 3:33 AM which of course meant it was according to man-made convention now 2:33 AM.  But, the most profound message to come later was already materializing and the time was a cue.  Just the evening before in a written communication with a dear friend in a faraway country who had mentioned acquiring knowledge through some new studies that to me might be too New Age pseudoscience not giving deference to Christianity.  So I went on to inquire and discuss my concern in a lengthy letter.

My friends interest in what some might consider pseudoscience got me interested  in knowing just what some are studying in this topic and I have to say my first instinctual as well as life experience based thought was it’s something occult!  I know how some people these days go off the rails with the occult and “new age religion” craze or even pagan beliefs, I’ve even seen how some who profess to believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior whether Catholic, Protestant, Baptist or any other Christian sect went from practicing that faith to being a pagan in 3 simple steps basically!  Some may know I speak my mind and I’ve experienced or learned enough by now to at least know what the basic gig is all about for us humans who are children of God’s, regarding our purpose for being here.  But, my old school standard belief system which many esoteric or highfalutin modernists find boring and stupid is something I’m absolutely sure is the TRUTH.  The simple basic fundamental is that this is a battle between good and evil and a war for souls which have free-will.  Choice is involved and overtime each soul is given full opportunity to be in the light ultimately or dwell in darkness and evil for eternity!  God is the only being that “Created” anything and all of this and beyond our capabilities to perceive further is the creation of the all-knowing, all loving omnipotent God.  I did study other man-made religions over decades and Hindus, Buddhists and especially Muslims of Nation of Islam follow concocted by man systems of belief; but nobody can lay claim to what Jesus Christ said and did, He is God and His plan of Salvation through the New and Everlasting Covenant with humanity is the only one to eternal Life.  Nothing else even comes close to having that absolute truth and power that God performed on the cross to take away our sins and imperfection in order to allow us our own Free Will, but to become Absolute and Holy in order to be with Him.

I have seen how some belief systems either through design or even malicious intent are constructed to lead people away from God and to falsehood I’m sorry to say.  In some cases these can be pathways to diabolical forces that are quite evil in purpose and intent.

I’m confident that you are of course aware of the controversy involved and in this quote, it is only a scratching of the surface of the reason why these practices will not be on solid ground with many others that see as I do the fundamental flaws inherent in them; and more importantly especially to God, as this one Scriptural quote spells it out pointblank  for those with faith.

I’m already positive about the truth of why I was born and where I’m going when I die here on earth, which could be at any moment as our lives are fragile and inevitably we all die one way or another; but the same basic truth remains for me, which is that Jesus Christ is who He said He was and is; that “He alone is the way the path and the life and  none come to the Father but by the Son!

I told my friend who was studying a variety of schools of thought in dealing with the mind and spirituality, how I already knew about hypnotherapy having used it, or a form of it referred to as “relaxation technique” when learning to fly aircraft decades ago to remove undue stress or fears and prepare for lessons, especially solo ones.

But, I suggested caution to my friend when she said some disciplines can touch on the subject of how Jesus Christ communicated with His heavenly Father in terms of science which prompted me to say Jesus our Lord was God in human flesh and spirit form but that part of the “Holy Trinity” that was physically here on earth while His Father was in heaven and the go between is the Holy Spirit of God which we can talk to as referred to in the Book of  John and other Holy Scriptures, as the Comforter when we pray to Jesus Christ that is who He sends to us is God’s Holy Spirit.  Trying to explain this with other philosophies, or science, which is also a form of philosophy to define and explain the tangible or material world, is a fool’s errand because the WORD of God, Holy Scripture, is the only device or means we have of discussion or modality from which to draw any insight aside from or through our prayer.  I went on to say can you point out to me some specific Holy Scriptures that indicate precisely what some people are referring to in man-made templates about communing with God they are referencing in such studies about how God and Jesus communicated while He was on earth in the flesh, and even why He would want us to try figuring out such a thing, which for all intent and purposes would be impossible?  And, especially if He didn’t instruct us on the matter and declare that we must!  I can surmise that there are those that think they are or can be as smart as God which we know was something that the fallen ones did in the pre-earth age, and still many do try that now, or those who think themselves gods in a sense.  We at our best are His humble little servants who follow only His will; nothing or no one else’s, only He knows what is best for us as only He knows all things!  There is the extreme danger for anyone fooling around with man-made concocted theories and the opening of a Pandora’s Box, or portal to things not of God and actually contrary to believing in Him or trusting Him alone.  A plain illustration is Voodoo in its pagan form or even Voodoo Junk Science.

Further in Scripture Jesus Christ told us that none come to the Father but through the Son and when we pray to Him that He sends us the Comforter which is His Holy Spirit; and why should we think there is anything more to it than that?

Previously I also mentioned the Holy Trinity to my friend in that letter and just hours later a very profound thing occurred when out for my early morning walk with my dog that I think it connects the dots precisely.

I’ll also say my friends reply to my letter contained three angel symbols at the end of the letter prior to my bringing any of this up as well, because what I’m about to explain hadn’t even happened yet.  Very nice how dots get connected how they should without even trying!  🙏  😇😇😇

So, after setting all older analog clocks back one hour I decided to stay up and do some writing.  A few hours passed quickly and the sun was rising when I realized it would be good to take my dog for her morning walk a bit earlier than usual while its very peaceful and quiet.  We left the house and I felt the cooler brisk morning air of fall that now replaced those stuffy humid summer mornings of just several weeks ago.  We walked on about a mile to a cove and followed along its shore until we reached an area we sometimes sit quietly taking in all of the natural and man-made activity.  It was all so beautiful with a vivid actual piecing dreamy reality.  After sitting for about 10 minutes I asked my dog who had been lying next to me if she wanted to do more walking, she immediately got up and showed she was ready to press on!  As we did walk ahead we approached a large hill which has a road leading up away from the shoreline.  As we got to the top of this road we could proceed in one of three directions; go straight on or take a hard left or take a hard right!  We had taken any of the three paths on many previous occasions but when I said to my dog do you want to take the big walk she immediately went right which is the longer path to take and we hadn’t done that for awhile.  As we walked on not even a minute my attention was drawn to two cars parked in a driveway on our immediate right and saw that one had a plate with the two letters and then three numerals which in this case were 333.  I realized that was very fitting and we went on to the next juncture when my dog didn’t hesitate and led me down a walking path and off of the road, again down to the shore and standing in their majesty were some cedar trees close to the end of the path next to the ocean.  It happens to be a location noted for its history of cedar trees by the ocean, as well it’s a great spot to sit and meditate or pray.  Some interesting tie-in here is that back during the 18th century the Maronite Christians used a white flag with the cedar tree, with reference to the Bible (Psalms 92:12, “the righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon”). “It symbolizes immortality and steadiness.”

“Throughout the Bible, up to the last chapter of Revelation, trees are seen as important to mankind.  Many varieties of trees are cited in the Bible.  The cedar became even a temple in Scriptures.”

“Cedar trees are mentioned in the Bible and by classical writers who were enthralled by the tree’s size and majesty.  The branches of the cedar tree are wide and grow almost parallel to the ground, making the tree appear to be constructed of successively higher floors made of greenery.”  (Garden Guides)

So as my dog and I sat there, again looking out over the open water as we did earlier on our trek, suddenly coming up on the right out from around some old dock pylons out in the water that had been obscuring our view was this big beautiful pure white swan and as if that wasn’t enough to my surprise two more swans came around following closely behind the first!  Seeing those three beautiful white swans was breathtaking, again with a piecing dreamy reality!

We took all of this joyous beauty in then proceeded with our walk back home while along the way I contemplated the connections God had just revealed of my being aware of all these 3’s coming up and the direct symbolism and meaning contained in all of these factors of the communication with my friend; and then the events of the morning revolving around the Holy Trinity and how we do communicate with God through His Holy Spirit just like Jesus Christ said to us in the Holy Scriptures.  These guideposts during the walk are evidence that God was with us every step of the way and has spoken to us in this mystical but real way to make it clear we are on the right track or path to His Kingdom!  We should never doubt for a second that He is who He said He was when He died on the cross for us and that He wants all of us to be saved to everlasting Life with Him in Heaven.  Having faith in Him is what it’s going to take for each of us and then He alone will take care of everything!

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9  NLT  New Living Translation

Swan Meaning, and Messages

“In this case, swan symbolism heralds the development of our intuitive abilities and altered states of awareness.  In other words, we are going to be shown new ways of thinking, breathing and going with the flow of life.

Like the giraffe, swan meaning also asks you to accept your ability to know what lies ahead.  Therefore you should follow hunches and pay attention to your instincts.  While doing this, you must also not forget to honor your feminine intuitive side.

Alternatively, swan symbolism is reminding you of your inner grace and beauty. This poise is something that you must allow to shine forth for others to see.”

“Know that you have the social skills, grace, style and poise to accomplish anything you  choose!” -Swan

Additional Associations for Swan

The Swan Metaphor

“The swan that gracefully moves on a lake is a picture of elegance in motion but what is hidden from the eye is the activity going on beneath the water’s surface.  We don’t see the hard work conducted by the swan’s webbed feet which propels the graceful motion we see and admire.

The swan’s movement is an ideal metaphor for expertise and excellence.  We admire the very best in their fields because they are able to make the sublime look easy.  They are like white swans.  They do all the hard work in the shadows and display excellence and elegance in the open.  It is common consensus that genius makes the hard look ridiculously easy, thus giving the impression that it is effortless”.

“Albert Einstein once said that “the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

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The Holy Trinity

“For there are Three that bear witness in Heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these Three are Beliefs and Believers-Trinity the Christian doctrine defines God as three divine persons: The Father, The Son (Jesus) and The Holy Spirit.

Lawrence Morra

Update: Today Sunday November 10th I took the same walk at the same time with my dog and the weather was practically identical, quite quiet and serene at the water’s edge; but along the way the car with the 3’s on the plate not there and the swans were nowhere to be seen anywhere in the entire bay area within view!

Always Walking With Jesus Christ

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Monday November 4th began writing about what occurred on Sunday November 3rd

Yesterday’s journey began when I awoke from a peaceful sleep suddenly thinking how it was the day to set the clock back one hour to daylight savings time and I could wait or get up no matter what time it was and get it done.  I chose to get up and immediately saw that it was 3:33 AM which of course meant it was according to man-made convention now 2:33 AM.  But, the most profound message to come later was already materializing and the time was a cue.  Just the evening before in a written communication with a dear friend in a faraway country who had mentioned acquiring knowledge through some new studies that to me might be too New Age pseudoscience not giving deference to Christianity.  So I went on to inquire and discuss my concern in a lengthy letter.

My friends interest in what some might consider pseudoscience got me interested  in knowing just what some are studying in this topic and I have to say my first instinctual as well as life experience based thought was it’s something occult!  I know how some people these days go off the rails with the occult and “new age religion” craze or even pagan beliefs, I’ve even seen how some who profess to believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior whether Catholic, Protestant, Baptist or any other Christian sect went from practicing that faith to being a pagan in 3 simple steps basically!  Some may know I speak my mind and I’ve experienced or learned enough by now to at least know what the basic gig is all about for us humans who are children of God’s, regarding our purpose for being here.  But, my old school standard belief system which many esoteric or highfalutin modernists find boring and stupid is something I’m absolutely sure is the TRUTH.  The simple basic fundamental is that this is a battle between good and evil and a war for souls which have free-will.  Choice is involved and overtime each soul is given full opportunity to be in the light ultimately or dwell in darkness and evil for eternity!  God is the only being that “Created” anything and all of this and beyond our capabilities to perceive further is the creation of the all-knowing, all loving omnipotent God.  I did study other man-made religions over decades and Hindus, Buddhists and especially Muslims of Nation of Islam follow concocted by man systems of belief; but nobody can lay claim to what Jesus Christ said and did, He is God and His plan of Salvation through the New and Everlasting Covenant with humanity is the only one to eternal Life.  Nothing else even comes close to having that absolute truth and power that God performed on the cross to take away our sins and imperfection in order to allow us our own Free Will, but to become Absolute and Holy in order to be with Him.

I have seen how some belief systems either through design or even malicious intent are constructed to lead people away from God and to falsehood I’m sorry to say.  In some cases these can be pathways to diabolical forces that are quite evil in purpose and intent.

I’m confident that you are of course aware of the controversy involved and in this quote, it is only a scratching of the surface of the reason why these practices will not be on solid ground with many others that see as I do the fundamental flaws inherent in them; and more importantly especially to God, as this one Scriptural quote spells it out pointblank  for those with faith.

I’m already positive about the truth of why I was born and where I’m going when I die here on earth, which could be at any moment as our lives are fragile and inevitably we all die one way or another; but the same basic truth remains for me, which is that Jesus Christ is who He said He was and is; that “He alone is the way the path and the life and  none come to the Father but by the Son!

I told my friend who was studying a variety of schools of thought in dealing with the mind and spirituality, how I already knew about hypnotherapy having used it, or a form of it referred to as “relaxation technique” when learning to fly aircraft decades ago to remove undue stress or fears and prepare for lessons, especially solo ones.

But, I suggested caution to my friend when she said some disciplines can touch on the subject of how Jesus Christ communicated with His heavenly Father in terms of science which prompted me to say Jesus our Lord was God in human flesh and spirit form but that part of the “Holy Trinity” that was physically here on earth while His Father was in heaven and the go between is the Holy Spirit of God which we can talk to as referred to in the Book of  John and other Holy Scriptures, as the Comforter when we pray to Jesus Christ that is who He sends to us is God’s Holy Spirit.  Trying to explain this with other philosophies, or science, which is also a form of philosophy to define and explain the tangible or material world, is a fool’s errand because the WORD of God, Holy Scripture, is the only device or means we have of discussion or modality from which to draw any insight aside from or through our prayer.  I went on to say can you point out to me some specific Holy Scriptures that indicate precisely what some people are referring to in man-made templates about communing with God they are referencing in such studies about how God and Jesus communicated while He was on earth in the flesh, and even why He would want us to try figuring out such a thing, which for all intent and purposes would be impossible?  And, especially if He didn’t instruct us on the matter and declare that we must!  I can surmise that there are those that think they are or can be as smart as God which we know was something that the fallen ones did in the pre-earth age, and still many do try that now, or those who think themselves gods in a sense.  We at our best are His humble little servants who follow only His will; nothing or no one else’s, only He knows what is best for us as only He knows all things!  There is the extreme danger for anyone fooling around with man-made concocted theories and the opening of a Pandora’s Box, or portal to things not of God and actually contrary to believing in Him or trusting Him alone.  A plain illustration is Voodoo in its pagan form or even Voodoo Junk Science.

Further in Scripture Jesus Christ told us that none come to the Father but through the Son and when we pray to Him that He sends us the Comforter which is His Holy Spirit; and why should we think there is anything more to it than that?

Previously I also mentioned the Holy Trinity to my friend in that letter and just hours later a very profound thing occurred when out for my early morning walk with my dog that I think it connects the dots precisely.

I’ll also say my friends reply to my letter contained three angel symbols at the end of the letter prior to my bringing any of this up as well, because what I’m about to explain hadn’t even happened yet.  Very nice how dots get connected how they should without even trying!  🙏  😇😇😇

So, after setting all older analog clocks back one hour I decided to stay up and do some writing.  A few hours passed quickly and the sun was rising when I realized it would be good to take my dog for her morning walk a bit earlier than usual while its very peaceful and quiet.  We left the house and I felt the cooler brisk morning air of fall that now replaced those stuffy humid summer mornings of just several weeks ago.  We walked on about a mile to a cove and followed along its shore until we reached an area we sometimes sit quietly taking in all of the natural and man-made activity.  It was all so beautiful with a vivid actual piecing dreamy reality.  After sitting for about 10 minutes I asked my dog who had been lying next to me if she wanted to do more walking, she immediately got up and showed she was ready to press on!  As we did walk ahead we approached a large hill which has a road leading up away from the shoreline.  As we got to the top of this road we could proceed in one of three directions; go straight on or take a hard left or take a hard right!  We had taken any of the three paths on many previous occasions but when I said to my dog do you want to take the big walk she immediately went right which is the longer path to take and we hadn’t done that for awhile.  As we walked on not even a minute my attention was drawn to two cars parked in a driveway on our immediate right and saw that one had a plate with the two letters and then three numerals which in this case were 333.  I realized that was very fitting and we went on to the next juncture when my dog didn’t hesitate and led me down a walking path and off of the road, again down to the shore and standing in their majesty were some cedar trees close to the end of the path next to the ocean.  It happens to be a location noted for its history of cedar trees by the ocean, as well it’s a great spot to sit and meditate or pray.  Some interesting tie-in here is that back during the 18th century the Maronite Christians used a white flag with the cedar tree, with reference to the Bible (Psalms 92:12, “the righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon”). “It symbolizes immortality and steadiness.”

“Throughout the Bible, up to the last chapter of Revelation, trees are seen as important to mankind.  Many varieties of trees are cited in the Bible.  The cedar became even a temple in Scriptures.”

“Cedar trees are mentioned in the Bible and by classical writers who were enthralled by the tree’s size and majesty.  The branches of the cedar tree are wide and grow almost parallel to the ground, making the tree appear to be constructed of successively higher floors made of greenery.”  (Garden Guides)

So as my dog and I sat there, again looking out over the open water as we did earlier on our trek, suddenly coming up on the right out from around some old dock pylons out in the water that had been obscuring our view was this big beautiful pure white swan and as if that wasn’t enough to my surprise two more swans came around following closely behind the first!  Seeing those three beautiful white swans was breathtaking, again with a piecing dreamy reality!

We took all of this joyous beauty in then proceeded with our walk back home while along the way I contemplated the connections God had just revealed of my being aware of all these 3’s coming up and the direct symbolism and meaning contained in all of these factors of the communication with my friend; and then the events of the morning revolving around the Holy Trinity and how we do communicate with God through His Holy Spirit just like Jesus Christ said to us in the Holy Scriptures.  These guideposts during the walk are evidence that God was with us every step of the way and has spoken to us in this mystical but real way to make it clear we are on the right track or path to His Kingdom!  We should never doubt for a second that He is who He said He was when He died on the cross for us and that He wants all of us to be saved to everlasting Life with Him in Heaven.  Having faith in Him is what it’s going to take for each of us and then He alone will take care of everything!

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9  NLT  New Living Translation

Swan Meaning, and Messages

“In this case, swan symbolism heralds the development of our intuitive abilities and altered states of awareness.  In other words, we are going to be shown new ways of thinking, breathing and going with the flow of life.

Like the giraffe, swan meaning also asks you to accept your ability to know what lies ahead.  Therefore you should follow hunches and pay attention to your instincts.  While doing this, you must also not forget to honor your feminine intuitive side.

Alternatively, swan symbolism is reminding you of your inner grace and beauty. This poise is something that you must allow to shine forth for others to see.”

“Know that you have the social skills, grace, style and poise to accomplish anything you  choose!” -Swan

Additional Associations for Swan

The Swan Metaphor

“The swan that gracefully moves on a lake is a picture of elegance in motion but what is hidden from the eye is the activity going on beneath the water’s surface.  We don’t see the hard work conducted by the swan’s webbed feet which propels the graceful motion we see and admire.

The swan’s movement is an ideal metaphor for expertise and excellence.  We admire the very best in their fields because they are able to make the sublime look easy.  They are like white swans.  They do all the hard work in the shadows and display excellence and elegance in the open.  It is common consensus that genius makes the hard look ridiculously easy, thus giving the impression that it is effortless”.

“Albert Einstein once said that “the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

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The Holy Trinity

“For there are Three that bear witness in Heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these Three are Beliefs and Believers-Trinity the Christian doctrine defines God as three divine persons: The Father, The Son (Jesus) and The Holy Spirit.

Lawrence Morra

Update: Today Sunday November 10th I took the same walk at the same time with my dog and the weather was practically identical, quite quiet and serene at the water’s edge; but along the way the car with the 3’s on the plate not there and the swans were nowhere to be seen anywhere in the entire bay area within view!

 

I Am that I Am has Sent me; He the Alpha and the Omega

Doing His will is the Way!

This title applies to each and every one of us human beings!  The Creator is our Father in Heaven who gave us this opportunity to be a living, thinking child of God’s serving as an angel of flesh here on the earthly plane for His perfect plan as we seek His will to serve His divine plan and will in this temporal temporary life.

If we seek Him and His Holy Spirit and strive to accomplish our mission here we will eventually join Him and everything that is good on the Eternal Plane of Everlasting Life!  Perfection, with happiness, peace, love and glory will be ours; sharing it with Him while having “Joyfulness and Ecstasy” that we will want to never end and it will not, not ever!

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

God wanted me to say this.  And, this must be said; because so many of the wrong messages are being sent and instilled in the youth of today’s minds hearts and souls.  Things that the radical left and militant feminists are propagating are so off base.  The old paradigm that we are talking about of traditional belief and behavior is the right one, not only because they stood the test of time through the ages helping humans to survive as a species but more importantly it’s God’s paradigm and what He intended for His children to live by, while they live this brief but so important short test of time for each individual; to see if we are trusting in Him or ourselves more, and if so, do we trust Him enough or other forces, powers and principalities, mainly those that reject God and want to transgress the one being who created all of this and loves us more than we could ever imagine.  Do we pass or fail our own personal test as His children or not is the question because we are being tested; make no mistake about it!  You know who told me that first, my parents when I was a boy and my Dad went on to say while he was in the big war he saw young boys die in front of him or wounded and in the water screaming mother, as the sharks pulled them under, I get very tearing eyed saying this here, because our parents and mothers are so right, especially the ones following God’s paradigm, and not being selfish or bad role models; like for example Ripeno the champion soccer player with all of her over the top adrenaline spiked demonstrative, gloated behavior on the soccer field and especially what she says in public and showing hate for the President who is doing a good job of dealing with many major things to help his country, citizens and even the world; a very tall order while this “soccer player” shows no respect and how ungrateful she is to be an American, while she only is because of all those who died and suffered and still do, so that we could be free having so much fortune and blessings!

On Sunday in Rome John Henry Newman will become St. John Henry Newman.

“Pope Benedict XVI beatified Newman on September 19, 2010, at Cofton Park (near Birmingham). The pope noted Newman’s emphasis on the vital place of revealed religion in civilized society but also praised his pastoral zeal for the sick, the poor, the bereaved and those in prison. His canonization takes place on October 13, 2019, and from that time he will be known as St. John Henry Newman.”  catholicismpure.wordpress.com

“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.”

“I have a mission; I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons; He has not created me for naught.”

“I shall do good — I shall do his work. I shall be an angel of peace while not intending it if I do but keep his commandments. Therefore, I will trust him.”  St. John Henry Newman

 “John Henry Newman, C.O. (21 February 1801 – 11 August 1890) was a theologian and poet, first an Anglican priest and later a Catholic priest and cardinal, who was an important and controversial figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century. He was known nationally by the mid-1830s

Newman was born on 21 February 1801 in the City of London,[11][16] the eldest of a family of three sons and three daughters. His father, John Newman, was a banker with Ramsbottom, Newman and Company in Lombard Street. His mother, Jemima (née Fourdrinier), was descended from a notable family of Huguenot refugees in England, founded by the engraver, printer and stationer Paul Fourdrinier. Francis William Newman was a younger brother. His eldest sister, Harriet Elizabeth, married Thomas Mozley, also prominent in the Oxford Movement.[17] The family lived in Southampton Street (now Southampton Place) in Bloomsbury and bought a country retreat in Ham, near Richmond, in the early 1800s.[18]

 It was in the autumn of 1816 that Newman “fell under the influence of a definite creed” and received into his intellect “impressions of dogma, which, through God’s mercy, have never been effaced or obscured”.[25] He became an evangelical Calvinist and held the typical belief that the Pope was the antichrist under the influence of the writings of Thomas Newton,[26

Although to the end of his life Newman looked back on his conversion to evangelical Christianity in 1816 as the saving of his soul, he gradually shifted away from his early Calvinism. As Eamon Duffy puts it, “He came to see Evangelicalism, with its emphasis on religious feeling and on the Reformation doctrine of justification by faith alone, as a Trojan horse for an undogmatic religious individualism that ignored the Church’s role in the transmission of revealed truth, and that must lead inexorably to subjectivism and skepticism.”[30]

 On 13 June 1824, Newman was made an Anglican deacon in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Ten days later he preached his first sermon in Holy Trinity at Over Worton, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, when on a visit to his former teacher the Reverend Walter Mayers, who had been curate there since 1823.[32] On Trinity Sunday, 29 May 1825, he was ordained a priest in Christ Church Cathedral by the Bishop of Oxford, Edward Legge.[33] He became, at Pusey’s suggestion, curate of St Clement’s Church, Oxfordwikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_Newman

“His study and research eventually convinced John Henry Newman that the Roman Catholic Church was indeed in continuity with the Church that Jesus established.

October 9, 1845, he was received into full communion as a Catholic. Two years later he was ordained a Catholic priest in Rome and joined the Congregation of the Oratory, founded three centuries earlier by St. Philip Neri. Returning to England, Newman founded Oratory houses in Birmingham and London and for seven years served as rector of the Catholic University of Ireland.

Newman eventually wrote 40 books and 21,000 letters that survive. Most famous are his book-length Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine, Apologia Pro Vita Sua (his spiritual autobiography up to 1864) and Essay on the Grammar of Assent.

When Newman was named a cardinal in 1879, he took as his motto “Cor ad cor loquitur” (Heart speaks to heart). He was buried in Rednal (near Birmingham) 11 years later. After his grave was exhumed in 2008, a new tomb was prepared at the Oratory church in Birmingham.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Newman on September 19, 2010, at Cofton Park (near Birmingham). The pope noted Newman’s emphasis on the vital place of revealed religion in civilized society but also praised his pastoral zeal for the sick, the poor, the bereaved and those in prison. His canonization takes place on October 13, 2019, and from that time he will be known as St. John Henry Newman.” catholicismpure.wordpress.com

“You don’t choose a life you live one” Emilio Estevez!

“God’s will is the way” Lawrence Morra

The Lord Jesus has told us we are here to, “love and serve God.”

We can pick up our cross and carry it our entire lives while we love and serve Him who knows each of us more than we can imagine while loving us even beyond that.  Each of us is so unique and special, so each of us has a particular purpose in His glorious divine plan!  Therefore, we can do no better than seeking “His will” for each of us and fulfilling our God given purpose; He is the Everlasting God Almighty, the “alpha and the omega!”

This is a wonderful announcement and description of the life of a servant of God’s that is a beautiful example of how we all can seek out God’s will for each of us with “humility and pure heart” to better serve His will and plan for us!  This Blog came to me at a moment when I had actually been speaking with a family member about “God’s will” being the only plan that matters for each of us, and that any plans we can come up with aren’t going to achieve the ultimate goal and purpose of our being here in the first place!  Doing His will is the Way!  God Bless You.

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence Morra

Special thanks to Gertrude at catholicismpure for the wonderful article I reference here!

Also I’m grateful for the research and information that wikipedia.org provides to all of us, some of which I’ve displayed here!

 

 

 

 

 

What Did the Skunk Tell Me and You?

having Faith is always the key to never give up the ship

I bet you like me would never have thought that a skunk would give a person a valuable lesson or message.

On Saturday September 28th at approximately 2 AM I awoke from a sound sleep to the overwhelming pungent odor of a skunk having sprayed something which I thought must have been a nocturnal battle between a skunk and some other animal because it had to be an all-out attack of some kind as the windows were all sealed up tight, so for that odor to permeate the home inside to such a degree meant the skunk had to have released “all its got” upon the adversary.  I put on the AC to cut down on the odor and went back to sleep.  After waking again around sun rise I got up and made some breakfast for both me and my dog and soon after instead of heading outside for a morning walk I instead decided to make a trip to the super market early, and on the way back would stop at a discount store to buy some suet cakes for the birds because I had ran out of them and like to put them out for all the birds that come around my home.

I was just getting back after the errands and pulling up in front of my house when suddenly this guy who also lives in the area and walks by often with his Chihuahua yelled out, “hey Lawrence I just saw this skunk over there near that old car,” which is parked by a neighbor’s home and some open space next to some large hedges separating the properties.  I told him thanks for the heads up and went on into my house to get my dog so we could have a morning walk, when I noticed that another neighbor down the road had come outside and was talking to the fella that advised me of the skunk which in turn led these other neighbors to call the police who dispatched an animal control officer.  When I got back from the walk the animal control officer was looking around near the old car so I put my dog in the house and went out to talk with the officer!  I told her that over the years I’ve noticed the occasional skunk or raccoon during the twilight or early morning hours in the area mostly foraging and then as suddenly as they appear they usually disappear probably moving on as they tend to just pass through the area.  I mentioned how during the night hours I had woken to the skunk odor so maybe some animal tried to tangle with this skunk and this skunk will probably just be moving on, but that I’ll keep an eye open during the day just in case; if there is an issue with this animal I’ll let them know.  The officer looked around a bit more and then she decided it looked like that may have already happened and the skunk disappeared.

After I had gone into the house and taken care of a few chores inside I again headed out to do some chores around the property so with my dog by my side we went out front when suddenly I saw the skunk heading toward us from across the road.  I quickly brought my dog inside to avoid her becoming agitated and of course didn’t want to get the skunk feeling threatened and possibly my dog or me getting sprayed.  After putting my dog inside I went out to investigate and suddenly the skunk started out from some large shrubs along the front perimeter of my home heading straight for me as though it had intent on coming right up to me!  I’m very friendly with all of the wildlife in the vicinity of my home and especially in the winter when the animals are stressed with the ground frozen and covered with snow I like to put out seeds and nuts for them at the base of trees so that any squirrels, rabbits, birds or whatever little critter is hurting for a meal can stop by for a free one.  Sometimes when out there putting out a few treats with my dog, as I often do I will be talking to my dog and because the animals know my voice and scent of  course  they  start coming out or down from the trees and approach me, but not usually the skunks because they are more nocturnal and we don’t even have much opportunity to run into each other except on an occasional evening when I might be sitting out back with my dog who is very used to accepting all the animals well enough to sit calmly with me and won’t budge unless I say to.  During daylight hours sometimes a squirrel, rabbit or bird will practically come right up to us and be looking for a treat.  But with this skunk I knew this wasn’t the reason it approached especially during daylight hours, so of course I knew something was wrong but because there is the potential of the animal being rabid I had to be stand offish, along with the possibility that some other factor of territory or fight/flight reaction was in play and I sure didn’t want to get sprayed.  That actually happened to one of young dogs long ago and in just washing the powerful odor out of my dogs coat I became as permeated with it for days, a lesson well learned so as not to let my pup go running into a neighbor’s property when off the leash doing some business and tangle with a skunk that I hadn’t seen but the dog did!

But, what I became aware of as this all unfolded and I watched from outside and when inside my home as well, was that the odor at 2 AM wasn’t due to a fight between animals but that this frantic skunk I had been observing had in fact had a mate that was hit by a car during the early morning hours and that the injured skunk had somehow crawled off the road after being struck or the mate dragged her into these bushes that I was now beginning to notice him doing as the afternoon progressed but he was actually dragging his dead mates body under the old car and once there he began digging, I’m sure to cover her from the predators or any scavengers which was heart breaking to watch.  I decided right then to help and knew I needed some mint oil I could buy at a local Ace Hardware store so I jumped into my Jeep and drove there right away!  While there I ran into a guy I used to be acquainted with who worked for an International Corporation that I used to work for and we just talked about those good old days and how there were lots of great guys we knew working there and got caught up a bit. This guy Jeff knew one particular guy I used to work with out on the road driving interstate for some years on and off and how he was a great family man who also liked helping nature and animals so I felt this all added up to being a God Sent to keep on; that this was the right direction and that God wanted me to keep following this path!  We said good bye after checking out of the store and had exchanged numbers so we can talk again sometime.

I drove back home and I went to that neighbor that has the old car parked by the hedges and pointed out what actually had happened in detail now that I had all the pieces to the puzzle and we watched from a deck staircase area as I explained and pointed out where the skunk was.  Then as he heard our voices talking he came toward us I’m sure because he recognized this voice of mine like animals do here and I think he was seeking my help or at least something to give him a sense of direction. perhaps even comfort as I’m sure he felt crushed inside to be sporadically traumatized seeing his dead mate; from how peacefully things had been before this fateful previous night.  The neighbor hurried back inside wanting to make certain of not being sprayed as I watched the little guy and said, “Just don’t spray me; I’m going to help you with this now.”  As he walked around just a couple of feet from me under the wooden steps to the deck I sprayed some mint oil around into the air and near the steps which did act as a mild repellent and he went off toward my property and out of sight behind some fencing.  I jumped into action and ran home into my garage and got a shovel and sprinted back to the car because I knew the skunk could be back any moment and being confused perhaps not understanding what I was doing with his mate he may very well instinctively spray me.  I had asked my neighbor already if I can retrieve the dead skunk from under the car and could I just dig a hole a few feet down to bury it and probably that will end this dilemma doing us all some good and she said, “by all means sure, absolutely!”  I did it quickly and mission accomplished in time, because then as I continued to monitor the situation I saw that the skunk was spending time on my property and then on some adjacent land, which seemed to indicate he may have caught on to my intervention and was making some kind of adjustment internally and felt a good change coming or in the air.  Also, after the burial I had ran back home and on my concrete driveway I dossed the shovel with gasoline and lit it up to sterilize it and just as it lay burning which drew most of my attention there to it, the skunk came hobbling or almost lumbering as they do as fast as he could toward me and the burning shovel catching me by surprise.  I was a bit startled just as he must have been to see fire dead ahead of him; and never having seen it or known what it is or how dangerous, it still went up to it until the heat and reality of a danger struck him in the face.   He didn’t run from it but to my surprise walked as close as he could to it like a fighter to face it and then went around it and on to his continued trek up and around the front of my home as I called to him saying, “its going to be OK now little fella!”  As a sister of mine said to me in a conversation about battles we face in life and some I personally have in recent years and how she thought I have brass ones, which I have to say I think the skunk does too or at least he does now after interacting with me for the short time he did, “knowing I was there the whole time to back him up” but still maintaining a distance all the while my watchful eye wouldn’t be going away and ultimately “we worked together” to get through this difficult time and in the process learned so much more about each other!

So night would be coming soon and things were calming down when as I walked around the front of my home toward the road I looked up and perhaps a hundred feet away a man was walking in my direction and yelled out, “hello!”  He had a paper in his hand and I said, “what are you selling,” and said, “nothing,” when all of a sudden I realized I know this guy and we used to talk several years ago when he would walk by on his way from his parent’s home about a mile away to one of the Catholic churches about another mile away from my home.  I said, “oh wait it’s you John wow; I haven’t seen you in ages and how are you?”  He said, “Yes I’ve been away and lived in Boston for a while and still working toward becoming a priest!”  I told him, “fantastic and so good to see you again,” so we talked there about the ordeal I just experienced and he said while we talked he saw the skunk just as we began talking and I hadn’t mentioned it yet, so he thought it was like a pet because it got up fairly close behind me as if it was used to me and belonged there, so he didn’t think anything odd of it, as it then went off into the bushes and shrubs.  I went on to tell how the skunk kept sadly circling around all afternoon and I buried his mate but he many times during the experience kept coming right at me and John said, “aw he wanted some love,” and I said, “you know you’re right he just wanted to get some consoling and to know he is loved!”  I didn’t want John to be late to church so I said, “hey if you don’t mind I’ll take the walk with you to the main road which isn’t so far and going in your direction so then we can get caught up on the way!”  We went over some of the major events that had occurred with me and how had to do a lot of studying and work with the church and now was back to stay here at least for a while and we agreed to keep in contact better from now on.

Later after nearly a couple of hours had passed since parting ways with John and nightfall was approaching, when I went outside after having a little dinner and caught the young guy with the Chihuahua again who was walking passed my home, so I had to let him know how it all worked out and how the skunk apparently was adjusting back to his more normal behavior and that he wouldn’t have to be too concerned when walking by that old car with his little dog but just to keep an eye open until we’re sure.  I was then talking to this guy about God which actually came up naturally in the conversation and how with faith we get though all things this life can toss our way and God is in charge so we just need to try our best to follow His will.  Suddenly coming up on the road behind me as we talked as I had just turned slightly to see if the skunk was still being resolved now as it was getting dark and he may be more prone to show up following his paths again; when who shows up behind me this time not the skunk but it’s John going back to his parents from church.  At that instant I said, “and speaking of God as we just were, this is another man I know John,” and introduced them to each other as they shook hands.  It seems like the God connection to every bit of this daily journey was complete, but as we all realized it was getting dark and need to call it a day we all said have a good night and John and I talked a couple of minutes and then he walked off.

I went inside my house and got ready to install a new garbage disposal under the kitchen sink and as I got into it I had to stand up and get another tool when I see out on the open property to the rear of my home a dog running like the wind all over the place and noticed a van with the obvious owner standing by it so I wanted to check to see who it was as it was very low light and hard to make out who it was for sure from the distance we were apart; but no matter who, I was going to mention the distraught skunk and to keep an eye open so they don’t confront each other.  When I approached I could see it was another old neighbor going way back who I hadn’t seen lately but he has family living nearby even were the skunk had  made some paths.  Turns out he wanted to see what had happened with the skunk after hearing about it via his relative and brought his dog an Irish Wolfhound for the ride and was letting it stretch its legs as it did occasionally near his own home.  I thought there seems to be some freedom and natural order in the air now and this dog just showed us the joy of life that God created to cap off the day!

This led me to of course contemplate the day’s events and again being an animal lover as I am, appreciating all of God’s little creatures and this Joy of Life we and they feel I couldn’t help but focus again on my little skunk friend!  How he went from being lost and frantic reaching out to a tough and even cruel world for some help or like John said, “aw he wanted some love.”  That little creature went through the full spectrum of emotions or what it is to be happy and sad all in one day!  I could now see clearly he had needed to find balance again!  But he was feeling so much loss and separation and seemed to be aimlessly wandering and wasn’t; he was retracing all of his recent footsteps and paths that he walked in the night with his companion or mate and was truly stuck in that mode to be doing it in broad daylight when he is a fairly slow moving target for predators or anything else that might come up in the man-made world; but even so he was compelled to search and not give up trying.  He like all the animal critters  in my immediate area for at least a quarter mile radius know me as the friendly caring human  that talked to the wildlife when  they are being close up and more personal toward me, knowing I have rewarding treats like getting a free snack the way we humans starting as children to adulthood like a piece of pie or free fruit and candy, so too the animals can appreciate something they don’t get easily on their own or at all; but is so delicious they can’t pass it up.  So they overcome general instinctual distrust or fear and give hope a chance to take root.

While this traumatized mammal walked it seems aimlessly over and over again all the trails it followed nightly on its foraging expeditions it was seeking balance and as it saw me out there it kept trying to come to me for what the man John I hadn’t seen in a few years said when he saw was going on; it was “looking for some love,” a helping hand in time of need!   Yes, as the animal actually knew of me and didn’t feel lack of trust but believed enough in me to know I would do him no harm he kept looking for me as he went in what seemed circles struggling to make heads or tails out of a horrific traumatic end to his happy relationship with his mate.  As the day progressed I did get closer but never so close that I would do what I wanted to do which was to cuddle and pet the little guy and tell him everything will be fine in time you will have a mate again and you will have young kits of your own to enjoy with your mate and help a new generation begin.  But him knowing I took care of the deceased mate gave him comfort and he didn’t have that dead body in his face reminding him that something tragic just happened and how ill equipped he felt or was to fix it all.  That is us too; without our Creator we are suffering and at other times so happy to be alive and when in doubt or confused and broken in our hearts we seek out the one we know will do right by us and never would harm us, our Maker!  We are all learning and helping each other to learn what God wants us to learn, yes even sometimes from a skunk!  I see a demonstration in this event of God’s telling us that having Faith is always the key to never give up the ship as the Captain would say and we all know that perseverance and hanging in there is first and foremost to anything that lives so I was there to reassure the little critter in a time of great need and then he was able to carry on and do what God intended he do which is to live his life out as a skunk the best it can and just accept the good with the bad so that the optimum good will be derived from that life and in the end result of all of this world God will have the final say in every single thing, no two ways about it; He is the all-knowing and all powerful Creator who will have His accounting for everything He made out of His eternal infinite love!  Trust in the Lord and turn it over to Him so you can each day get up and say, thank You God for all You have given to me and this world, I thank You in the name of Jesus Christ as I have complete faith in You and that You will direct my paths until You are ready to take me from here to where You dwell forever!  Amen.

Lawrence Morra

What did the Skunk tell me and You; not Peeyew!

The Paradigm Never Changes Here On Earth

“pick yourself up by the bootstraps, brush yourself off and get moving!”

Seeing that conflict exists all the way back as a boy and now has made it all clear!

Going back as far as I can remember I was always an eternal optimist when I had little if any concept of what eternal is!

I remember when as a young boy I was confronted by a pair of bully twins in the neighborhood that were going to beat me up and I asked them why they want to make trouble so much and make me suffer which would sure get them in more trouble than they realize, not just with my parents but with God; and with Christmas coming in a couple of months they would ruin it with all the trouble they want to make.  I went on to say we should not be bullies to each other because we should be helping each other the way Jesus told us to and that is why we have Christmas, to be good.  Those two bigger than me bullies suddenly became my friends and we walked on down the road till they had to turn to go to their house and I remember them saying, “see you later Larry!”

Fast forward so many decades later and all the more recent battles I’ve been up against with far greater more powerful adversaries and bullies have cut into me deep, body, heart and soul!  Was that little skirmish way back then just a trial to get me going in the right direction from a tender young age to reflect on even now and know that the paradigm never changes here on earth but I too should not change from what I was back then and what was in my heart back then when I was a boy, because now it is needed even more to turn the bullies away from doing harm or causing more ruin than they already have to me and the world!

The eternal optimist is still there holding fast to what is right and only seeking to do God’s will knowing so much more now how God will never let the faithful down, they are after all His children; even so the spirit is truly willing and the body is weak more so at certain times than others, but like dear Dad told me as a kid, “pick yourself up by the bootstraps, brush yourself off and get moving!”

I’m “Moving!”  Thanks God and Dad.

Lawrence Morra