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Peace and Destruction

This is a peaceful scene of a Japanese fisherman fishing off a bridge in the mountains.  This hand painted and signed Japanese silkscreen painting has something that is not so very peaceful associated with it though.  As a matter of fact it is the opposite of peace and relates to utter and complete evil. and destruction.  Perhaps you will be able to understand what I am referring too with a little more information to follow here.

The painting was given to my father-in law by an architect in Detroit, Michigan many years ago when he was working with him on some projects as a contractor in the Detroit area.  My father-in law, Albert Petrucci was close friends with an architect named Minoru Yamasaki who gave him this painting at the conclusion of one of the projects they worked on together.  Minoru came to Detroit in 1945 and started out working for a firm called Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, and then went on to form his own firm called Yamasaki & Associates.

Minoru Yamasaki is best known for the design of the original twin towers called the World Trade Center towers in New York City.  At one time, the towers were the tallest in the world at 1368′ and 1362′ tall.  The towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001 when al-Qaeda Islamic terrorist flew American Airlines planes into the buildings. The buildings stood for more than 30 years and were leveled within 1 hour and 42 minutes on that fateful day when almost 3000 people were murdered.

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John 10:10 KJV

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 14:27 KJV

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nether let it be afraid. 

 

DRIVE-IN THEATERS

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Brad Pitt 2007 – Maggie – Palm Springs, United States – Wikimedia Commons

 

“I grew up in Oklahoma and Missouri, and I just loved film.  My folks would take us to the drive-in on summer nights, and we’d sit on the hood of the car.  I just had this profound love for storytelling.”

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I can remember the days of the old drive-in theater that has pretty much gone away in America’s landscape today.  I suppose the land prices have just been too good for the theater owners to pass up.  You only see a few drive-in theaters left dotting across the country now.  I can remember when we would all pile in my uncle’s pick-up truck in northern Oklahoma for a night at the movies.  I think it cost a few dollars per carload back then on Saturday nights. We would pull out our lawn chairs and spread out behind the pick-up.  Some of us kids would lay down in the bed of the truck for even better comfort.  During the intermission, which was  a break half-way through the movie, we would run up to the concession stand to buy our cokes and a big bag of fresh buttered hot popcorn.

The best part of the night really wasn’t watching the movies together.  The best part was making family memories together and enjoying the stories we had to tell each other about what was going on in our lives.  At the end of the night we had to make sure the speakers were taken off the car since my uncle had a hard time remembering the speakers were attached to the car windows.  There was more than one time we almost ripped the speakers from their stands as we drove away from the theater for the night.  I miss those summer nights!

EXTINGUISH FLAMES OF DARKNESS

LIGHT OVERCOMES DARKNESS

LIGHT OVERCOMES DARKNESS

 

Hasn’t it been troubling these past few weeks with all of the things that the ISIS criminals have been doing lately to Christians and others out of pure hatred and meanness?  If someone does not believe the same way you do, I suppose the best thing to do according to ISIS is to chop their heads off and do away with them so that they won’t be an issue any longer.  What a dark. depraved, and very confused way of thinking. Who would burn someone alive and then crush them with concrete?

Have you ever turned on a flashlight in a totally dark room?  The light penetrates the darkness and overwhelms it.  There is no darkness in the path where the light is shining. Turn off the flashlight and the darkness returns to fill the void the light has left.

Do you think that is what may be happening in our world today?  Have we allowed the darkness to slip into our lives and overtake the light?  Perhaps it is time we all stand up and shine our own lights into a very dark world.  Darkness and light can not coexist and perhaps that is why the enemy is working in overdrive to try to overcome the light now.

 

The light overcomes darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it. John 1:5 World English Bible