Thursday, December 25, 2008

Why the Stable?

What’s up with that?

Go back to the beginning. The beginning of Sin.

The beginning of Atonement.

When Eve first looked at, and tasted the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:3), then shared it with Adam, their “eyes were opened” to the difference between right and wrong. And they immediately became aware that the choice they had just made was wrong. (Genesis 2:17).

Now, it’s interesting to me that Eve demonstrated no surprise that a snake was having a conversation with her. So, in the very Beginning of things, in The Garden, could people and animals talk to each other? Was inter-species communication possible? I can guarantee you from experience that if horses and humans could talk to each other in a common language, it would be a whole lot easier on both species.

And then Eve and Adam got caught.

God came to The Garden, just looking for a pleasant walk with his Creation. What He found was His people hiding from Him.

God gave them every chance to confess. He asked, “Where are you?” As if He didn’t know! He was giving Eve and Adam the opportunity to confess and be forgiven.

And in order to cover their Sin (nakedness), for the first time in history, an animal was killed.

Blood was shed, for the First time in history, to provide something (a covering) for man.

I think we were created to be vegetarians (See Genesis 1:29). Our desire for meat is a Spiritual thing, it seems to me. I could be wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time. Please, love me, anyway. And BTW, I’m not a vegetarian.

Adam made a feeble attempt to cover himself by blaming Eve. (Genesis 3:12).

And from that one, first act of defiant disobedience, God’s Created beings were separated from Him.

It was not His choice.

It was our’s.

So it was a woman who first willfully sinned. And among those suffering the punishment, (curses; see Genesis 3:12-19) were the animals that Adam had named in Genesis 2:19-20.

Christ’s first physical appearance was to animals, innocent beings who had not committed the Sin, but had suffered for it.

At His birth, He provided a stable full of animals to keep Him warm. Descendants of those from the Garden.

And when the time was right, His first Resurrection appearance was to a woman. (See Luke 24:1-6)


Absolutely NOTHING is coincidental.

“The LORD is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward YOU, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

This is the Second greatest Day in the Year.

Easter is Number One!!!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ruby Tuesday


My good friend Shelby has posted some fun Christmas videos at her blog. Click on the ShelbyShelby link over on the left.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ruby Tuesday

Featuring The Nightstockers. The 11 pm to 7 am shift at my store.
How about a caption contest?

#1 Sterling:

#2 Michelle, the new girl:

#3 Corey and Cathy:

What are they saying?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Footprints identified:

#1 Paridae parus atricapillus (chickadee)
#2 Lapine (Rabbit)
#3 Homo Sapiens (Janell, to be specific.)
#4 Equine. This one might have been more obvious if I had included the lens cap in the picture so you could see how big and far apart they were.
#5 Feline (Pierre.)

This is Pierre, author of the aforementioned footprints. Sadly, this is his last photo. He died Friday, December 12. We had him (or, more likely, he owned us for about 10 years) His footprints are also on our hearts. May he rest in peace.

Friday, December 12, 2008

f-Stop Friday
in the snow:






Can you name the species?

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Ruby Tuesday

Just some pickled beets I made last year.

I used a recipe from my Grandma's cookbook, which was published in the 1930's.

They turned out really yummy.

Do you have a "Grandma" recipe that you use?

Now I have a confession to make; I've been taking you all to work with me. Ralph sent me one of his books Homespun Headlines 2007. I've been taking it with me and visiting with you during my break.

I hope coming to work with me isn't making you tired.

And here is a picture the man himself inspired:

Pretty cool, huh?

Friday, December 05, 2008

f-Stop Friday

The FEVR (Pronounced "fever")
FEVR stands for Fremont - Elkhorn Valley Rail.

This is an historic passenger train that travels on it's own line about 15 miles from Fremont to Nickerson, Nebraska and back to Fremont. It used to go all the way to Hooper, but the RR bridge is out and it can't go there anymore. I wish they'd get it fixed.

It's really a wonderful to go for a ride on this old passenger train. It's like time traveling. Someday, I'm going to go and take the ride in a costume from the 1920's era; complete with hat and gloves. I wish ladies' hats and gloves would come back in style. They were so elegant! Much nicer than pierced eyebrows and tattoos.

The FEVR also runs a Dinner Train; with a very nice dining car. I've never ridden the Dinner Train, but I'd like to celebrate something wonderful on it.

Riding on the FEVR reminds me of the time, back in the 1960's when Dad, Mom, Shirley and I (I think?) took a train to Mississippi to see Myrna. I must have been 4 or 5 years old (one of my sisters will, no doubt make corrections to these facts)and it was the first time in my life I ever saw a black person.

My Bucket List includes a train ride across Canada.