Flag Day in Edison

Monday Ministerial Musings

By Rev. Mark William Ennis

Blog Number 20

June 17, 2019

Flag Day in Edison

This year I spent Flag Day enjoying a wonderful family dinner at the Edison Diner in Edison, NJ. I had not planned such an evening, it happened rather by chance. The family was helping my daughter with a project at her home when dinner time came and we went to a diner that was close by.

Next to our table was a long table that looked as if it held several families, or maybe it was one large extended family. The women had their heads covered and sat in a group, as did the men, as did the children. I certainly do not know what nation this group came from, but I am willing to guess that they were from Pakistani. Both the Indian and Pakistani populations tend to be large in this area, so I am guessing these folks were Pakistani.

The adults ate what looked like Middle-Eastern food while the children were eating items from the children’s menu. Soon I heard the sound of singing. One of the girls was singing “American The Beautiful” and began teaching it to the younger children. The parent seemed amused. Next the young one began “You’re A Grand Old Flag” and started to share the words with the young ones. I guess that she learned these songs in school for Flag Day, just as I had so many years ago and as my children had.

Immigration is a controversial topic in our culture and in politics today but what I saw on Flag Day was an example of the positive side of immigration. Each day, thousands of people come to the United States and fall in love with our country. These people are no different than our grandparents and great-grandparents who came here to seek better lives for their children and whose children learned to love America.

I celebrated Flag Day listening to children of immigrants singing, “You’re A Grand Old Flag.” I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it.

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Día del Pabellón en Edison

Lunes Musings Ministeriales
Por el reverendo Mark William Ennis
Blog Número 20
17 de junio de 2019
Día del Pabellón en Edison

Este año pasé el Día de la Bandera disfrutando de una maravillosa cena familiar en el Edison Diner en Edison, NJ. Yo no había planeado una noche así, sucedió más bien por casualidad. La familia estaba ayudando a mi hija con un proyecto en su casa cuando llegó la hora de la cena y fuimos a un restaurante que estaba cerca.

Al lado de nuestra mesa había una mesa larga que parecía como si tenía varias familias, o tal vez era una gran familia extendida. Las mujeres tenían la cabeza cubierta y se sentaron en un grupo, al igual que los hombres, al igual que los niños. Ciertamente no sé de qué nación vino este grupo, pero estoy dispuesto a adivinar que eran pakistaníes. Tanto la población india como la pakistaní tienden a ser grandes en esta área, así que supongo que estas personas eran pakistaníes.

Los adultos comieron lo que parecía comida de Oriente Medio mientras los niños comían artículos del menú infantil. Pronto escuché el sonido del canto. Una de las chicas cantaba “American The Beautiful” y comenzó a enseñarlo a los niños más pequeños. El padre parecía divertido. A continuación, el joven comenzó “Eres una gran bandera vieja” y comenzó a compartir las palabras con los jóvenes. Supongo que aprendió estas canciones en la escuela para el Día de la Bandera, tal como yo lo había hecho hace tantos años y como mis hijos.

La inmigración es un tema controvertido en nuestra cultura y en la política hoy en día, pero lo que vi en el Día de la Bandera fue un ejemplo del lado positivo de la inmigración. Cada día, miles de personas vienen a los Estados Unidos y se enamoran de nuestro país. Estas personas no son diferentes de nuestros abuelos y bisabuelos que vinieron aquí a buscar mejores vidas para sus hijos y cuyos hijos aprendieron a amar a Estados Unidos.

Celebré el Día de la Bandera escuchando a los hijos de inmigrantes cantando: “Eres una gran bandera vieja”. No se me ocurre una mejor manera de celebrarlo.

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Para leer más de los escritos del Pastor Mark, por favor ordene una copia de su libro:

https://deepriverbooks.com/books/the-circle-of-seven/

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: Rescuing Angels

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

Rescuing Angels

Psalm 34:7New King James Version (NKJV)

7 The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.

During World War II, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and his crew ran out of fuel and ditched their B-17 in Pacific Ocean.  For weeks nothing was heard of him, and across the country thousands of people prayed.

 

Then he returned, and in an article told what had happened.  “And this part I would hesitate to tell,” he wrote, “except that there were six witnesses who saw it with me.  A gull came out of nowhere, and lighted on my head—I reached up my hand very gently—I killed him and then divided him equally among us.  We ate every bit, even the little bones.  Nothing ever tasted so good.”  This gull saved them from starvation.

 

Years later I asked him to tell me the story personally, because it was through this experience that he came to know Christ.  He said, “I have no explanation except that God sent one of His angels to rescue us.”  We may never see them, but God still sends His angels to surround and protect His children—including you.

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Come Boldly

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

Come Boldly

 

Matthew 7:7New King James Version (NKJV)

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Children are not bashful about asking for things.  They would not be normal if they did not boldly make their needs known.

 

God has said to His children, “Let us…come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).  God is keenly aware that we are dependent upon Him for life’s necessities.  It was for that reason that Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).

 

What is troubling you today?  Is your heart burdened because of some problem that threatens to overcome you?  Are you filled with anxiety and worry, wondering what will happen next?  Listen—as a child of God through faith in Christ, you can turn these over to Christ, knowing that He loves you and is able to help you.  Don’t carry your burden any longer, but bring it “boldly to the throne of grace”—and leave it there.

 

God will resolve it by either helping you through it or changing it.

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Material Gods

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

Material Gods

 

Mark 8:36Amplified Bible (AMP)

36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [[a]in the eternal kingdom of God]?

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 8:36 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.

The Bible does not condemn money or material possessions.  Money and possessions can do great good, when they are used wisely and kept in proper perspective.  Some of the great people of the Bible were very rich.  Abraham, Isaac and Solomon were perhaps the richest men of their day.

 

God’s quarrel is not with material goods but with material gods.  Materialism has become the god of too many of us.  Our material possessions are elevated to the central place in our lives, and we give them the attention only God deserves.

 

The Bible teaches that preoccupation with material possessions is a form of idolatry.  It poisons every other phase of our lives, including our family life.

 

The problem, the Bible says, is not with money itself, but with our love of money: “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).  Don’t let money, or anything else, take God’s rightful place in your life.

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Unload Your Distress

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

Unload Your Distress

 

1 Peter 5:7Amplified Bible (AMP)

Casting the [a]whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, [b]once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you [c]watchfully.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 5:7 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.
  2. 1 Peter 5:7 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.
  3. 1 Peter 5:7 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.

I’ve been told that the French translation of this phrase, “Cast all your care upon Him” is “Unload your distress upon God”.  Have you ever seen a dump truck get rid of its load?  The driver simply pushes a button or pulls on a lever and the heavy load is discharged at the prescribed spot.  The truck would be of no use if it carried its burden forever.

 

We were never meant to be crushed under the weight of care.  We can push the button of faith or pull the lever of trust, and our burden is discharged upon the shoulder of Him who said He would gladly bear it.  Unload the anxieties of the present moment upon Him, for He cares for you.  If He loved you enough to take away the burden of your sins, can’t you trust Him to take away every lesser burden as well?

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