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We Are Regarded by God

Martin Luther writes:

Mary confesses that the foremost work God did for her was that He regarded her, which is indeed the greatest of His works, on which all the rest depend and from which they all derive. For where it comes to pass that God turns His face toward one to regard him, there is nothing but grace and salvation, and all gifts and works must follow.

[We pray] that God would lift up His countenance upon us, that He would not hide His countenance from us, that He would make His face shine upon us, and the like. And that Mary herself regards this as the chief thing, she indicates by saying:

Behold, since He has regarded me, all generations will call me blessed.

Note that she does not say men will speak all manner of good of her, praise her virtues, exalt her virginity or her humility, or sing of what she has done. But for this one thing alone, that God regarded her, men will call her blessed.*

There is comfort in the Word of God:

The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;

the Lord life up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

 

* Quoted in Treasury of Daily Prayer,
624-626

 

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Monday, September 17, is the anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.  ParentalRights.org urges us to visit the offices of our senators.  Why?

Proponents of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities (CRPD) are pushing for a September vote in the Senate.  This treaty, writes Michael Farris, is bad news for American sovereignty and American families.

Farris, president of ParentalRights.org suggests the following “talking points” should you write, call or visit your Senator:

  • Under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, the CRPD will become the “supreme law of the land,” overriding anythin to the contrary in local, state, or federal law.
  • Parents of disabled children know better than anyone what it is like to have bureaucrats and officials second-guessing their every decision.  Article 7 of the CRPD will take away their right to be the ultimate decision makers for their child.
  • The Understandings adopted by the Senate are poorly worded and do not have the legal effect proponents claim they will.  The so-called “private action” understanding, for instance, does not uphold “current” U.S. law.  Omission of the word “current” means the U.S. will be obligated to make changes in our law in order to fulfill our commitment under the treaty.
  • Ratifying the CRPD would be the first time we have obligated our nation to recognize social, economic, and cultural entitlements and privileges as “rights” under domestic law.

For more information, visit Parentalrights.org

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It’s Worth a Try!

This is my first blog.  I’ll admit that I had to be nudged.  Is there time?  It’s all I can do to keep my journal current, e-mails answered, cards sent, and letters written (yes, some with actual pen in hand!).  And now a few friends actually want me to blog, too?  Articles, websites, booklets, brochures… is it wise to add more?   Well, who knows?  Maybe, in a quiet moment, a thought or two will be worth sharing.  As for the friends who talked me into this, well, because they’re so wise, witty and winsome, I’ll be posting a few of their thoughts, too.  There is much happening on this journey of life.  There are so many lessons being learned.  So, with a sincere desire to be a “helper” (Hebrew: ezer, woman), I will give this experimental blog a try — with the commitment to encourage my neighbor (that’s you, the reader!).

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