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I Prayed Over Supper Tonight
September 25, 2017
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For anyone who knows me, or knew me on this forum years ago...This is a bit weird for me to say.

I've come to the point that we need to thank the plant that gave use the veggies...potato...the animal that died for me to eat it...The cow for the cheese, the chicken for her eggs, and so on...

Thank the farmer who raised it all.  Tonight I didn't cook, so thank the cook.  Thank all involved that I may be nourished.  And, thank God for letting it come together.

For those of you who still eat fast food, do you thank God?

I recall as a child, a family sitting next to mine in a restaurant.  They prayed before they ate, in public.  I thought it was cool.  I think more families should do that.

God is everywhere.  🙂

Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen... - Zbigniew Brezhinsky

September 25, 2017
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My Grandparents never sat for a meal that they did not say grace. 

September 25, 2017
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I've been watching a lot of Westerns lately.  A friend and I were talking about how wholesome they were back then.  They always prayed over their meals.  They had gratitude that they had food.  I think it also gives more nutrition to the meal.  When we think about where our food really comes from, we start to really appreciate the animals and plants that gave it to us.

Also, in westerns they always offered guests coffee, or stew, or even broth if that was all they had.  That's another tradition that seems to have gone away.

Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen... - Zbigniew Brezhinsky

October 2, 2017
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I think we are all guilty, somewhat, of being so wrapped up in our own little world that we squeeze out the One who created it, if that were possible. 

October 3, 2017
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Wife and I watch all those old westerns, that would be a great topic, love looking up all the filming locations from early westerns, early John Wayne, Gene Autry. My facebook picture is the famed Lone Ranger rock, that Clayton Moore rears up Silver by in the opening. My wife and I both set out one day to go find that exact rock, and we did.  Took its picture and use it as my facebook picture. 

October 7, 2017
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I agree qmark.  Something I've found interesting is a lot of people talking about keeping a gratitude journal.  When we look at the world with gratitude it helps with our moods.  I even saw an article about it for seniors since many of them suffer from depression and are alone.  But, we used to do this all the time in our prayers.  It's like the gratitude journal is the secular version of praying.  

When we look around and are grateful that we have a roof rather than look at how small our home is, we really can give thanks.  When we are grateful that we have food rather than it's only beans and rice, we can appreciate our meal.  When we are grateful that we have a job that pays the bills, rather than the status of that job...and so on.  When we pray, we realize how rich we really are.  We appreciate what is around us.  Prayer makes us remember to look at life for the positives rather than the negatives.

Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen... - Zbigniew Brezhinsky

December 16, 2017
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The Lord wants us to talk to him.  It always makes me feel better whenever I do.

December 30, 2017
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We should probably say thanks a 1000 times a day for what we've been given.  It is too easy to forget.

Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen... - Zbigniew Brezhinsky

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Doesn't hurt to bump this topic, especially with all the natural and unnatural drama that is playing out in this world.  I really do feel like I live in a blessed place, here in the Northwest.  

I could not help buying Gregg Braden's book when it came out called:

Secrets of the lost mode of Prayer

He naturally tends to look for deep secrets, as they help him sell himself and his books, but I think he is right about the the power of prayer in the early Jewish traditions and early Christian Church.

Something that we have lost by investing in this world and all its special glory.

I think Braden is stating the obvious in such a way to create excitement for selling his book(s).  I've considered this power of "prayer", "asking", "intent" and "seeking" as a basic underlying structure to this created reality.  I am a believer in the creator, and the creation I like to call the TSC (Time, Space, Continuum).

I see it described in many forms of fiction like "The Matrix" or the "holodeck" of Star Trek Fame, as well as in the Bible.  I take the passage in the King James Bible of Matthew 7:7: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find;..." as more than a path to God and redemption, but a special "macro" running in the underlying structure of this world and reality.

It is so powerful and pervasive, we easily overlook this macro even when we have activated it.

It is running all the time, so it is easy to ignore the response as coming from the divine, or more accurately, the divine creation.

For example, I believe that man's outward gazing with more and more powerful man-made devices (inward also) is literally driving the expansion of the Universe. Our seeking to find planet's is auto-generating these things as our tools begin to reveal them to us.  We think it is the other way around. That they have always been there, and our tools revealed what we theorized was possible.  Some people throughout history have through the strength of their belief, created these now historical paths we find ourselves in.  Like the captain of a ship of state or country, we are along for the ride of their creation.

What stood out to me as this being possible was watching closely the life of people like Elon Musk.  Where his midas touch seems almost God like.  Listen closely to what he says, and how he speaks about his path and the future.  You get the feeling that he see's more of the underling fabric of this malleable reality, and understands he is gifted with the ability to control his perceptions into physical being.  Most of the recent movers and shakers comport themselves in the same way.  They are the "Neo's" of this world.  They may lack a divine connection, but they have basically hacked the underlying holodeck to suit their personal needs.

So prayer is powerful, and faith can moves mountains, but a truly awakened being can tap into the underlying fabric of this created reality, for both good and evil. 

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