CLOSED NO MORE

Contemplative – learning and living with mistakes and consequences of the past, but always with hope, since the Creator always gives us a future and a hope.
Am aware for some of you this post may be a little uncomfortable, but you are free to comment on it or not.
When I look at my blog in later days I want to remember the questions and concerns I personally had at this time.

Soon these doors will be open again!
Closed no more – we hope
Thurs Doors

 

Folsom, now a sleepy cute town with many reminders
of the Gold Rush. The railroad was then an important
part of culture. Heard several stories.
Now known as a glorious past, was once a time
of people grabbing and manipulating to get the gold.
A lot of heart ache when people had given up everything
to come here, and not able to get enough
of the enviable metal, to make a living, or worse,
losing everything. For others it may have been
a glorious past, but we nowadays we still live
with the decisions once made then.
Travel Tue

 

Likewise, America,  am very concerned and I have been praying when realizing (again my own thoughts about this)

* having allowed another country to buy up so much property in ports of entry (relief -a bill has been passed to stop this)
* Manufacture of 90% of antibiotics and other things by that country (president is looking for alternative places)
*allowing American companies to switch their home base to that country – money speaks
* -$$$ being given- and allowing an extra curricular place in our colleges (fortunately 50 schools reversed that)
It has come to haunt us.
That country planned America to be part of them, with their systems in place by 2026. Have to give it to them, they did a good job, but they didn’t count on  …. how shall I call it, by lack of a better word, the spirit of independence  of Americans.
Hope America, you will conquer any foreign interference!

 

 

 

 

Boslaan or Forest Lane was the first time I lived
in a forest,with this lane ending up in a sand path.
It was quite a dream, where we lived for one
and a half year and where my youngest was born
Sun Tree.

 

 

Nadia asked for opening. My favorite moment is when
buds start to open more, like here.
PhotoAWeek, Floral Fri Foto, FOTD, Nature Notes

 

 

 

 

As in a dream – a single painting does not quite give
you the overall mood in the gallery in Nice, France,
but I wished I could have taken one of Chagall’s paintings
about the Song of Salomon with me –
love so unassuming and ravishing at the same time
One Word photo

 

 

 

When I was five years old, I came to live in a small town.
Except for the town square with a church and some shops,
the wind mill was a major marker I had to pass
whenever I wanted to go to my best friend,
on the other end of town.
Timeless Thursdays

 

 

 

Hail in May ….really??
Nature tells or “prophesies” spiritual conditions
Weekend Reflection, Makro Tex

 

 


Some Clouds are okay …:)
Sky Watch

 

 

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32 thoughts on “CLOSED NO MORE

  1. Not just America, Chinese individuals are purchasing land, getting leases at our airport and trying to open businesses including a residential school in our small BC town of Powell River. Some people are for it because our economy is declining with our paper mill reducing employees and has actually been closed for months. Some are against it for some of the reasons you mentioned. And some just don’t like change. I used to love going to Folsom. My first husband was stations at Mather Air Force Base for a year and I visited on some weekends because I couldn’t give up my first year teaching job in Los Angeles. We would go with a group from the base to eat at Poor Red’s BBQ (I see it is still open but don’t know if it is the same tiny spot with only a few tables) and then to the plays at the theatre in Folsom. Floating on the American River in tubes, hiking the trails, I loved the Sacramento area. – Margy

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  2. Aesop, the Ancient Greek fabulist said: “God helps those who help themselves”. I really think that WE (and by that I mean, we all the rational, logical and discriminating human beings, endowed with intelligence and a conscience), WE have brought upon ourselves the thousand and one ills that WE now have to deal with. Now that WE have made a mess of things, WE have to deal with it. WE have altered the climate with our actions, WE have to fix it. WE have allowed others through OUR inaction, through OUR laziness, through OUR greed, through OUR sanction of laissez-faire capitalism, to take control of our country’s independence, self-sufficiency and dignity (and I am talking as much about my country as well as yours!), then WE have to fix all that. WE have allowed racism to thrive until it erupts into a full blown civil war, WE have to fix it!

    WE as individuals, as families, as communities, as action groups need to act, and act decisively, compassionately, responsibly and conscientiously, both locally and distantly in order to right the wrongs. WE cannot rely solely on politicians – who after all are mostly corrupt and have deepened the crises WE are facing – “get it right”. WE cannot pray for divine intervention to resolve the problems that WE as beings with free will and a brain that full well knows right from wrong have created for ourselves. WE cannot allow nature, providence or the passage of time to smooth things over.

    WE can act in a thousand small ways that will send powerful shocks through the whole community, economy and international relations. WE have the power as consumers to buy nor not buy certain products or refuse certain services. WE can speak up against injustice, violence, racism, sexism, ageism. WE can use our vote wisely and punish the corruption, intransigence, egomaniacal delusion of dishonourable, unscrupulous, unprincipled, amoral, untrustworthy politicians. WE can act in ways that influence positively all those around us. Peace and love generate more of the same, but at the same time WE have to actively fight violence, hate and wrongdoing. If WE do all that, I am certain God will help us too.

    Lovely photos that illustrate your sentiments, I feel your indignation and sympathise with you. I can now get off my soap box!

    Thank you for taking part in the “My Sunday Best” meme.

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  3. Very thought provoking post with lovely photos. Praying too that things end up great for all peoples. Times are very disconcerting now, but we know God is in control…His time, not ours, but I do continue to pray for everyone, everywhere.

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  4. I am right now reading a great non-fiction book ‘What after coronavirus pandemic’. There are huge evolving virus & other threats to the whole planet & the whole mankind. We have to stop the climate crisis. Think if societies collapsed due to masses of climate fugitives, how would we then fight against some pandemic in a chaos like situation? I am not aware of the US politics, but the present gives a lot to think about.

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    1. Sounds like an interesting and thought provoking book, Riitta. My guess it that there are so many changes going on this year, that I like to take it one step at a time!
      First of all is what is reality, and what people perceive. Have come to a tentative conclusion, that the pandemic was not as bad, and did not result as in many deaths as some of the plagues in the past, so the mantra of the “news” about the “pandemic” is much overblown and exaggerated.
      The idea of climate change, I do not adhere to at all. Climate has always changed throughout the centuries, there have been ice ages, and there has been warming. I am concerned about certain cucoos who think they need to depopulate the earth in some ways. They set themselves up as a god, and think they know better than God, and these people are dangerous! Just in short:):).

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  5. I still have yet to visit the iconic windmills of the Netherlands.

    Hail in May? We had flurries about two weeks ago. I thought my eyes were deceived.

    Sigh, the current state of our country is less than ideal. We owe so much to one country, and even if certain educated people say it’s a good investment, I doubt it is. I keep praying that God will lead us to better days. We just have to trust the journey.

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    1. Kayni – I believe you are right. Owing too much, makes you too dependent on son someone else, whether it’s a person or a country. From another blogger I know, your country is dependent on the one where the virus started. Who knows that whole mess of the virus God will use to bring that country to their knees, and their carefully concocted plan will fail! One thing I know, God always provides a way of escape for his children!

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  6. I feel our country is in a state of transition. So many things happening and are they being handled well? Time will tell. Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend.

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  7. I love your soft sky and the windmill.
    So what country planned for us to be part of them by 2026?

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  8. We have gone too far in many areas, or we have allowed companies to go too far. We want the change, I just hope we have the will to support the higher prices that will no doubt result from more things being made here. But, we should never be beholden to another country for essential supplies.

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    1. It’s probably my age, that makes these things about interference of other nations important. One thing about the US is very clear to me. God has blessed this nation in so many ways, that when I think about going back to my own country I start listing, the worship music, the preaching, the bigger houses, no emphasis on fashion, but wear what you like, minimal social control, etc. etc. I would get very depressed if these things would be attacked in some way!

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  9. Hi jesh – yes – hope more doors open so we can all
    Rejoice with closed no more –
    And wow – the thoughts you shared about what the United States has allowed and hopefully will be pulling back –
    Well glad -it is in god’s hands but
    We are way too trusting of letting (paying) people to make our drugs cheap – and our food – and items we put on our body – without really seeing ingredients or place of manufacture
    I hope this a wake up call
    And from what you wrote it looks like some things are halted or reversed

    But I humbly believe a lot of auto
    Immune disorders are foster to
    Pathogens from these imported drugs –
    ESP the antibiotics you mentioned –
    Also – many people do not know that sugar, grains (which pull from health) and bad oils el(canola and vegetable) are causing havoc in the body: stop immune function (sugar) – Burt intestines (grains l) and scar the liver – (canola oil and the other oils that are rancid and dangerous to health)

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    1. Yes, it was the shock of several pieces of info I read, that it jolted me into what I had heard before, but I was blind at that time to what the consequences really meant (that the USA would have the same systems of economy, etc.). Also, I suddenly remembered that experts on the book of Revelation have said in the past, “We can’t find where the USA is.” So the alarms went off with me. They are working on it, but it’s still not a done deal, before it is seen in the USA as a danger, and everyone start following up on it.
      Do you know that all the churches John wrote to in Rev. chap 1 and 2 do not exist anymore? That America is a top list country now, does not mean it will keep its place in history. Rome did not:(
      Thanks for bringing up the dangers of sugar – it does not surprise me! Already a long time ago I substituted Canola and veg. oil for olive, and coconut and walnut oil.

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    2. Hi – yes / I have heard many times about the US not mentioned in those texts / And thanks
      For the reply
      And we both know it comes
      Down to trusting God.
      Whew – such peace and comfort in knowing He knows the future as clear as we know the past; even with free will He knows the end – and I rast in that / as I know you do.
      I am also glad this is not my true home down here.
      Sojourner
      Ambassador for Christ
      And actually was listening to my audio bible and Paul noted he was “an ambassador in chains”
      Whew!
      Anyhow – so
      Glad to still
      Be here on earth doing whatever God has in store for me- praying for our leaders (as god leads) and for those who help with policies and all that. Prayer is powerful and one day- heaven will
      Be our home and what a glorious day that will be
      (I hear that song on my head – when we all- get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be… when we all see Jesus – 🎼)

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    3. My guess is that right now I’m a different place than you are. Remember that Jesus (in the Psalms I think) says “my inheritance is the nations.” One time it came to me and saw Jesus gave me a ring, and told me “the nations are my inheritance. I am passing on my inheritance to you.” It made sense to me, because parents (Heavenly Father) give their children an inheritance when they are rich. But now I am finding out what an inheritance means. One is that it’s a responsibility. Am grappling with the question what my responsibilities are. Praying of course. Being a watchman on the wall, warning? etc.
      Oh, and another thing about nations, it’s the same as for individuals, when we make mistakes, God often does not take the consequences away from us.
      Wow, it has been a few years we talked like this:)

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    4. Yeah / and not going to talk too much about it because sometimes hard to communicate via a text – but it really annoys me (not saying you are doing this$ but when folks take Old Testament text – that is often Jewish History that even modern days Jews view as an old
      Part of their history – that does not necessarily apply anymore- and not to say old
      Is always off because that is chronological snobbery – ha
      But my point is that we are under the grace and power of Christ and he fulfilled those prophecies – and many of those texts about nations apply to a nation of the past-
      And well not to be long winded – but this is truly a area I see a lot of Christians getting so worked up about – and again – I guess they have their reasons or as you say we are at a different place.
      But it just seems so like the enemy to get people worked up over yet that is being pulled out of context – or to worry and have fear-
      The battle is God’s
      And we are all here for a reason/ to be a light in a dark world –
      To share the good news of Christ
      To live and be loved – to fellowship with god as he delights in us and knows the number of hairs on our head.
      And not saying you are this way Jesh – but ha e some Christian friends down in SC who are getting robbed of inner peace because they are so
      Darned worried about some of this “nations” and “curse” stuff and in Jesus name we come up against any strong hold or lies.

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    5. Hope I am understanding all you are saying, especially about the Christian friends. What I hear you say is that the OT and NT are connected. Yes, in many ways the NT is the fulfillment of the OT, but the laws of Moses still stand, and all the prophesies of Isaiah,Jeremiah and Ezekiel have several levels of understanding, and in no way void. That’s the beauty of God’s words (prophesies). With God there is no time. Time was made for us.Oh, am going on a tangent here.
      For me to wrap it up, one thing is sure, fear is never comes from God! And this plague was a Goliath to taunt God’s body, and we need to stand like a David. (Sorry, I forgot, I keep writing here instead of going to your blog, sorry!)

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    6. Well Not all of the OT can be piecemealed out to apply to today- however –
      Not the place to heavily debate – and I am
      Sure we can agree to disagree – at least I can /
      Appreciate you as a blog friend and may god continue to lead us both on our journey down here – and May we stay expectant of the good things heaven has to offer – our true home and something that should anchor us as we take it one hour at a time being a light in a world that needs it

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  10. Love the photos and the words that you shared with us Jesh (that windmill is so soothing and reminds me of my day in Zaandam)

    I feel your words about America and its current state because here in the Philippines, there is also a country trying to annex our islands if not the whole archipelago to be a part of it and it really is alarming, especially that our president has always been supporting and even covering up issues for the sake of that country. Ohhhh I shake my head everyday for it because there’s nothing we can do as mere citizens here to be honest.

    Hope the weekend coming will be awesome Jesh 🙂

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    1. Hey Steve, it’s the citizens that make up the country! You have power! You have more power than a nuclear warhead when you pray. Remember, NOTHING is impossible. The Christians in East Germany prayed for 50 years, and suddenly – suddenly, the wall fell! Since I have been and lived there, I know how big that miracle is. Everything and everyone was spied on and controled, still … God is bigger!

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    2. Jesh I am so happy I thought of going back to this post of yours and get to read your reply. Thank you so much for giving me that hope which I really really need when it comes to viewing my country as it is at the moment. You are so right at how powerful prayers are and I very much believe in miracles and a miracle really is what we need because no matter how suppressing or unbelievable wrong the things that are happening here, still a lot of ‘supporters’ are rallying up in support of such wrongs, morally, logically, and honorably. But I will never ever stop to pray and will continue to ask my friends to pray for our Philippines as well. Thank you very much dear Jesh, I needed that.

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    1. So true, Ally, the softness in that capture is what I love too …and that diagonal line in the sky!
      Am glad you have cream in your coffee. Don’t know how people can drink it black – they miss all the fun, lol!

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