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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. 

 

OKLAHOMA MEMORIES

Oklahoma City Bombing

Oklahoma City Bombing – April 19, 1995

 

The other day I came across some old photos in my picture box my step-mother had sent me that brought back a lot of memories of the that terrible day of April 19, 1995.  Dad had called me on the phone at about noon and left a message that someone had just bombed a building in downtown Oklahoma City earlier that morning.  He lived in Yukon, Oklahoma with my step-mother who was the director of the Traveler’s Aid Society of Oklahoma which was about a block or so away from the Alfred P. Murrah federal building that was bombed. Dad said that he felt the blast some twenty miles away where he lived and the windows of the house rattled it was so powerful.

My step-mother, Gloria Smith, was fortunately out of the office that day.  If she would have been in her office that day, she would have likely died since the windows were blown out from the blast and shards of glass were found impaled into her chair where she would have been sitting near the front. Part of the transmission from the Ryder truck used in the blast was found in the parking lot directly in front of the Traveler’s Aid building.

Nothing like that had ever happened in Oklahoma before.  On that day, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 innocent people and injured some 680 others with a massive bomb made from forty 50 lb bags of ammonium nitrate (fertilizer) and diesel fuel.  Oklahoma would never be the same after that.  The bomb was the equivalent of 5000 pounds of dynamite and registered about a 3.0 on the Richter scale.  It was heard and felt some 50 miles away from the blast.  It damaged 324 buildings and shattered glass in about 260 buildings.

The day before the blast suspects connected with the bombing had stopped into the Traveler’s Aid office to ask for gasoline vouchers. My step-mom had to confront them when they refused to give their driver’s license for identification and they then left in a huff after being very loud and arguing with her.  She said they drove off in a Mercury Marquis car with no tag which was later identified as belonging to Timothy McVeigh.  Two of the suspects who stopped in the office were identified as Melvin Lattimore ( Majahid Abdulquaadir Menepata) and James Rosecrans.  She was later interviewed by the FBI some ten times and was later on a Fox News special on a five-minute segment detailing the account.

What a terrible day this was in Oklahoma.  It just doesn’t make any sense!  I am very glad though and thankful to the good LORD that my step-mom happened to be out of the office that day.

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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