Even though I look like this, I always apreciate you

Still amazing”

Nagataya Kyoto Japanese Calligraphy, Shodō

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Even though I look like this, I always apreciate you/ Aunque siempre parezco así, siempre te lo agradezco / kou mietemo itsumo kansha shite imasu

That was a calligraphy which I gave to my mum because of her birthday, my cat is always selfish and bites me but we love her.

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2014-12-7 Messages From Sermon “Make the Path Straight” Tezenlo Thong

Make the Path Straight

Mark 1:1-8

Messages received:

  • I try to act like there is no prejudice
  • For those who are following us make the path:  straight, level, smooth, with equality, with righteousness, without violence.
  • Make the journey down the path with faith and life and love and hope and justice as you prepare it for those who are following
  • We must do our best to help God make the path safe for other followers

 

Make My Day Roscoe Spends The Afternoon With Friends

Thank you Dr. Lindsey and staff of Clear Creek Animal Hospital!

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I received a package from my brother.  Thinking to save it for a day closer to Christmas I put it on top of the piano.  It had been up there for several days and I had forgotten about it.

Friday morning I went to work as usual returning home at lunchtime to check on my pets.

Roscoe was lounging on the dog futon with a tin between his paws.  I couldn’t imagine what he had.  He had gotten down the box from my brother (I thought placed high up on the piano and safely out of Doggie reach) opened it, opened the tin inside the box, and leisurely consumed almost the entire contents of that tin consisting of chocolate covered almonds – while I toiled at work. Yum!  At least he had to work a little to get the tin open…

I screamed at him “Chocolate is poison to dogs!”  He looked at me and promptly drooled into the tin.

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I immediately called my vet and told them what Roscoe had done.   They heard the concern in my voice and told me to bring him in.  They knew I was worried but needed to get back to work and they offered to keep Roscoe for the afternoon for observation.

I was able to go back to work to earn what I needed to pay the vet bill for having them watch him that afternoon and for any treatment if he should become ill.

Roscoe spent the afternoon hanging out with his friends and digesting his snack.

When I went to pick Roscoe up I was told that he had no ill effects from eating those chocolate covered almonds.   They didn’t need to do anything for him and they didn’t expect any payment for watching him all afternoon!

Dr. Lindsey and her staff have helped me through some really hard times the last couple of years.  She and her staff are wonderful, patient and caring professionals and they have “made my day” numerous times with their kindness and their thoughtful and awesome care of my special companions.

Thank you again Dr. Lindsey and the Clear Creek Animal Hospital staff!

 

 

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop

Amazing work here once again

Nagataya Kyoto Japanese Calligraphy, Shodō

It doesn´t matter how slowly you go as long as you don´t stop It doesn´t matter how slowly you go as long as you don´t stop

It doesn´t matter how slowly you go as long as you don´t stop It doesn´t matter how slowly you go as long as you don´t stop

It doesn´t matter how slowly you go as long as you don´t stop/ No importa lo lento que vayas siempre que no pares

Confucius

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2014-12-7 Sermon “Make the Path Straight” Tezenlo Thong

Make the Path Straight

Mark 1:1-8

On March 12, 1930, Mahatma Gandhi undertook an important step known as the Salt Satyagraha or Salt March. He walked for 24 days, covering a distance of about 240 miles. His goal was to pick a handful of salt at the end of the march. Why would you want to walk for so long just to pick up a handful of salt? This was Gandhi’s principle of active nonviolence protest against the British rule in India.

Salt was, as it is today, a very important element in the diet of every Indian. The British saw an opportunity to exploit this essential item for economic gain. The British mandated a law that prohibited Indians from making salt. Picking or making salt for self-consumption was now illegal. The only salt that is legal is the one sold by the British. Gandhi saw this gross injustice as an epitome of the British rule in India. So he marched in order to make the path straight for the suffering ordinary Indians. He walked for so long because he wanted to level the playing field for the oppressed and the exploited. He wanted to make the rough ground smooth for the future generation. Inevitably, the moment Gandhi picked up a lump of natural salt on the Dandi seashore, he was considered a criminal. He broke the law, no matter how unjust, and was arrested and put into jail by the British.

I see marches or walks being organized everywhere in the US at this point in history. Last Saturday, a group of Native Americans and supporters walked from the Sand Creek Massacre Memorial site and ended the march at the state capitol. This was in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre that took place in 1864 where about 200 Arapahoe and Cheyenne people, mostly women, children and elders, were murdered by an infantry led by a Methodist clergy, John Chivington. Following the verdict by a grand jury not to indict the police officer who killed an unarmed teenager, some protesters started a 120-mile march from Ferguson to the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City. Again, in New York, following another grand jury’s decision not to bring charges against another police officer who chokehold a man who later died, there is a national protest march being called on December 13 in Washington, DC. These marches are reminiscent of the civil rights marches in the 1960s when people walked hand in hand in order to make the path straight and the rough ground smooth.

While we will never be able to totally overcome our sense of prejudices, biases and self-love/-centeredness, we are called to walk the path of righteousness so that those who come after us will find the path smoother, straighter and broader. While we will never experience a world without injustice and discrimination, we are called to

“Make the road straight and smooth,
a highway fit for our God.
Fill in the valleys,
level off the hills,
Smooth out the ruts,
clear out the rocks.”

Tezenlo Thong, Pastor, Simpson United Methodist Church


2014-11-23 Messages received from Sermon “Finding God in Discarded Places” Tezenlo Thong

Finding God in Discarded Places 

  • I definitely subscribe to the prophets view of life, it’s up to us to do God’s will.
  • Why am I not anxious about the coming of Jesus, I am trying to live life in a good way.
  • Are you living in fear or hope.
  • We are called to work for God. We are called to work with God.
  • The Kingdom of God cannot arrive without our working for and with God.