Tuesday August 22nd – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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149 Responses to Tuesday August 22nd – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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    • smiley says:

      it was so beautiful…

      and, for once, we were all looking up, staring at the heavens with smiles on our faces, cheering the sun and moon, instead of fighting and hissing at each other, staring at smartphones.


      Liked by 8 people

      • smiley says:

        my favorite part was the diamond ring..

        breathtaking beauty.


        Liked by 11 people

      • duchess01 says:

        Watching the NASA feed – going from city to city – seeing absolute awe in the faces of young and old – the excitement – the wonder – the cheers – the SMILES – it was

        Absotutalutely – Irrefutabubbly – Incredibubbly – Stupendously – Serendipitously – Spectacularly – God’s Glorious Diamond in the Sky!

        Liked by 4 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      That is so cool. Thanks for posting. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. citizen817 says:

    Liked by 12 people

  3. Hope y’all had a great Eclipse Monday! Great T45 Speech to end the night, gear up for rally Tuesday YAY! YAY! YAY! …I digress to Eclipse😉😎
    “Dancing In the Moonlight”

    On this last one if you can zoon into dark cloud that is dead center of pic, at the tree top for eclipse image.  Hope it works!

    Liked by 7 people

  4. A new music video of sea creatures/animals from Daily Mail images, to the music of Joseph Blanchard.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Now I remember why I liked Carla Bonoff . . .

    Liked by 2 people

  6. nwtex says:

    Mastermind of lottery fraud faces 25-year prison sentence
    August 20, 2017

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A former lottery computer programmer who’s pleaded guilty in Iowa to running a criminal scheme that allowed him to collect $2 million in lottery winnings in four states is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.


    Tipton pleaded guilty in June and admitted writing code that allowed him to predict winners. His attorney is seeking a much lighter sentence of two to three years.

    Sand says Tipton has detailed for authorities how he manipulated lottery computers to win lottery games in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.


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    • smiley says:

      just can’t get over it !

      it was such a glorious & magnificent thing to see.

      the Sun and the Moon up there, in perfect timing, putting on such a show !

      joyful, really…

      with GOD directing. 🙂

      Liked by 7 people

    • georgiafl says:

      Man – that’s gorgeous – drug it into an email to forward, and it’s even better!!!

      Thanks for a keeper, nwtex!!!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. nwtex says:

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  8. nwtex says:

    That One Eagles Fan‏ @That1EaglesFan 2h
    Replying to @fiorella_ikeue
    I assume you were on the edge of the totality path since it only lasted a few seconds right?

    Fiorella Ikeue‏ @fiorella_ikeue 1h
    The video is actually about 11 minutes in total, it’s sped up!

    Kleorism‏ @Kleorism 2h
    Replying to @fiorella_ikeue @shawalras
    Wait, it’s actually went dark like that ?

    Fiorella Ikeue‏ @fiorella_ikeue 23m
    Yes it went dark, like dusk! We could see the planet Venus and stars

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  9. A2 says:

    I thought some may find this of interest. The artist (and filmmaker) Wang Shuibo’s very personal account of growing up in China after the war and through the revolution and his awakening.

    He is the same generation as President Xi. It helps to understand the cognitive dissonance these people face.

    Liked by 2 people

    • skeinster says:

      Thanks for the link- nothing like a first hand report.

      For an artistic version of the same era, this is excellent

      How anyone can watch this, or the films from the soviets and go “Communism- that’s the ticket!” is beyond me.
      Well, no, it’s not- their premise is that they’d do it RIGHT and it would totes work, this time.


  10. nwtex says:

    Oh, dear!!!

    Liked by 4 people

  11. Ignore the last part of this video, with its stupid ads and remixes.

    Having said that, America is getting back to this, thanks be to God.

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Prayer

    May you treasure wisely this jeweled, gilded time
    And cherish each day as an extra grace
    Whose heedless loss would be a tragic crime
    In today’s tasks may you find God’s tender face.
    May you know that to miss love’s smallest chance
    Is a lost opportunity, a senseless waste.
    May you see need in every anxious glance,
    May you sort out of the dull and commonplace
    An invitation to God’s merry, manic dance
    And may the Lord of the dance bless you
    As he invites you to the dance of the
    hallowed present
    Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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  13. smiley says:

    The Balcony

    ca 1879-80

    oil on panel

    John Singer Sargent ~ American virtuoso ( 1856-1925) ~ Impressionism/Realism

    considered to be “the leading portrait painter of his generation” (the Edwardian era), he actually preferred painting landscapes from Venice to Corfu and Morocco to Maine and Florida.

    portraits promoted his career and provided an income, early on…especially those depicting Edwardian luxury.

    he did something like 900 oils and over 2000 watercolors plus sketches and charcoals galore.

    a master artist. 🙂 ❤

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  14. nwtex says:

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  15. Your Tour Guide says:

    A Prayer For the Rally Tonight

    Lord, protect our President Trump, Vice President Pence and
    their supporters in Phoenix tonight.

    Keep all persons present safe. Allow only truth to come forward.
    Deal harshly with those wanting to harm others and lie with
    evil intent.

    We ask that those that try to tell falsehoods and unjustly frame
    others for their own gain find themselves thwarted by truth and

    Keep the police present safe and reveal those that prevent them
    from doing their jobs due to their own selfish and evil gains.

    In your name we pray:

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  16. Dora says:

    Gotthardt Kuehl – ‘Garden Room’ (1897)

    Liked by 8 people

  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
    Matthew 24:36 (KJV)

    Liked by 5 people

    • Donna in Oregon says:

      The Parable of the Fig Tree

      “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be fulfilled” (Matthew 24:32-34).

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  18. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

    Liked by 6 people

    • georgiafl says:

      Prophecy of 2017.


    • Raven says:

      I spent most of Thursday through Sunday manning a Trump/Republican booth at our local fair. Had a yuge Trump flag in the booth to make sure no one could miss the point of having a booth — to show pride in our President — even in, or especially in, a Democrat stronghold.

      Bought two booths so there would be room to put one of those 3′ x 4′ tri-fold cardboard displays kids use for their science projects in the booth. At the top of the tri-fold display board I wrote “Sign the card for President Trump” and under that wrote “(Have your picture taken to include with your words!)”, and put a big jar of multi-colored sharpies next to the display for people to use.

      I will freely admit I did not allow everyone’s freedom of speech to ruin a card of encouragement to our President. Whenever someone would approach the “card” I would greet them, introduce myself and let them know I am the chair of the Republican Party in our county, and ask them if they support our President. If they said yes I asked if they’d like to sign the board and have their photo taken, if they said no I told them they could not sign the card, because it was going to be sent to President Trump as an encouraging message from his supporters. The Jehovah’s Witnesses in the booth next to me seemed to groan each time they heard me say that — as if I was cutting off someone’s legs — and I thought that reaction was odd, since they do not vote at all.

      Two anti-Trump people snuck in and wrote negative things on the board while I was at the hospital with my husband on Thursday night, so I made sure to take it down and put the pens away when I left each night. And I covered the stupid stuff over. He hears enough trash, he doesn’t need more in a note of encouragement.

      Anyway, I am gluing photos of the people who wanted their pictures added next to their words and will post a photo of the completed board later today. Will send the big board along with a note to President Trump tomorrow.

      Everyone who signed had amazing, loving stories to tell of their support for President Trump. But I want to tell you about two people in particular.

      One woman came up with her young son, I’d guess he was 8 years old. I asked if she would like to sign the card and she did, and while she was signing I asked her son if he wanted to sign a card for President Trump. I wish I would have taken a photo of his face when he was asked that question. His eyes got big and he asked, “I get to sign a card for President Trump?!” I said yes and then added that I’d take his photo and add it to the card later on if he wanted me to, and at that point, remembering his reaction brings tears to my eyes. This little boy, this tender child, got as excited as any child I’d ever seen standing before a Christmas tree packed with presents underneath. He became so animated, his entire face became a smile, he seemed ready to burst with joy and asked, “Does that mean President Trump will see my face?!!!!”

      Oh my, my, my. . .all the bashing I had taken by stupid people up to that point flew away in the face, words and joy found in one small child.

      I answered, “Yes, that means President Trump will see your face!” He was thrilled beyond words. This is what he wrote, “[First Middle Last name] Thank you President Trump, God Bless.” Him, his President and his God, that’s all he needed to say.

      Then, at a time when things were slow I noticed a girl sitting at a table not too far from my booth. She was alone and never seemed to look my way. I’d guess she was 12. Since things were slow I got up and walked across a large area to get coffee, my booth still visible. Half way to the concession stand I turned around to check on the booth and saw that girl at the booth writing on the card. For a second I thought about shooting back to stop her from writing negative things to our President, but instead knew I’d find a way to remove her words — if they were negative. Most of all I was surprised she waited until no one was there to leave her mark.

      By the time I was heading back to the booth she was gone.

      She must have been very shy and very smart. Here is what a 12 year old wrote to our President (with no corrections in spelling from me, someone with their own spelling/grammar issues) —

      “I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for this country. God bless you, Sir. Love, [her name]”

      Since I’m crying I’ll stop for now. It was a bittersweet four days, and I am thankful for every one of them.

      Think I’ll post this on the President Trump area too. Hopefully I won’t get myself in CTH jail for doing that!

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      • JC says:

        Oh, Raven, thank you for this poignant report. I was enrapt with every word. What a wonderful way to personalize the signatures by taking pictures. God bless those two children who signed the card. I’m guessing President Trump will show the card to First Lady Melania, and both will be deeply touched.

        Thank you for all you do to support our President and our country. I hope your husband is continuing to heal. I’m praying for you; God bless you mightily.

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        • Raven says:

          Thank you for your prayers for my husband’s healing, JC. He is doing well, refusing to stop working/moving/living while still able to work, move and live. I’d like him to slow down for a bit before racing head first into the wind, but he is a man, and I always tell him, ‘A man gotta do what a man gotta do’, and let it go.

          Thank you too for your kind words about my weekends activities and report. A lot of kids signed the card for President Trump along with many adults. It’s amazing how almost everyone had a story of their own to tell about their fight and love and respect for President Trump — I could have written so much more about so many other people, which is part of the reason those four days were blessings.

          Thank you, JC, for your encouraging words.

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      • mopar2016 says:

        Beautiful Raven, simply beautiful. Thank you for that wonderful post.
        And thank you for what you do.
        God bless you.

        Liked by 1 person

      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Ah, Raven…..how wonderful. That is an awesome story. (that is a great idea also!)

        Liked by 1 person

        • Raven says:

          Thank you BigMamaTEA!

          Here is a photo I took of the card with photos added. I’m going to add circles around the photos with lines going to the words they wrote to snaz it up a little, then send it on its way.

          Liked by 2 people

      • Q&A says:

        Lovely. Simply lovely.


      • dbethd says:

        So wonderful. Thank you for sharing!


      • mztore says:

        Thank you so much for a wonderful post. Reading it brought tears to my old tired eyes. For some reason, I can post a reply, but can not access an account – nor can I re-sign up as the title/name is already taken. Many times I’ve wished I could sign on and post, but each time, I’m not allowed. Anyhow, your wonderful post meant a lot to me. Thank you.

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        • Raven says:

          Mztore, you did a great job posting a reply to my post!

          I know many people here have some type of account that allows them to click on the little “Like” star at the bottom of each post. Is that what you are talking about not having or not being able to do? I can’t remember what the program is you have to sign onto in order to “like” something, probably because I don’t have an account. It would be great to give a thumbs-up to all the fabulous posts found on this site day after day, but since I don’t I will trust that their great work, words and posts stand by themselves as treasures given to the rest of us.

          Thank you, Mztore, for your encouraging words!


          • BigMamaTEA says:

            Raven, you have to have a WordPress account. It’s the same system that provides the tools for this blog and many, many others.

            If you go to Word Press, you can set up an “acct.” with them. (No charge) You just basically register. They want to encourage everyone to set up their own blog. I never did. Just kept clicking through til it let me just register. (But, feel free should you want your own blog.)

            Registering allows you more things you can do. You do then have access to the “like” button. You can also learn how to use their Reader; which is a dashboard, where you can follow a large number of WP blogs all at the same time. If you do that, you’ll also get a little bell shaped image in the upper right corner that has a red dot light up when you receive a new comment. (For example, I think there are some almost 80 blogs, that I keep an eye on. Not all post frequently, not all have the type of research done here. But if I’m using the dashboard, I can see what all is going on, on any one of those blogs.)

            But, just to start out, if you have a WP account, you do get the like button.


      • Ddanna says:

        What a great uplifting report. Thank you so much for sharing and your support of our wonderful President!

        Liked by 1 person

    • dbethd says:

      Reminds me of Mark Twain’s book “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” Good book.


  19. duchess01 says:

    Once a Homeless Teen Mom, She’s Now a Hairdresser Offering Free Makeovers to Girls in City Shelters
    by Good News Network – Aug 12, 2017


    Liked by 7 people

  20. duchess01 says:

    Resale Store Refuses to Give Homeless Man a Coat, Woman Opens Free Shop in Response
    by Good News Network – Mar 16, 2014


    Liked by 6 people

  21. duchess01 says:

    Boy who was Saved at Sea by Coast Guard Joins Their Ranks 18 Years Later
    by Good News Network – May 16, 2012


    Liked by 5 people

  22. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

    Liked by 10 people

  23. duchess01 says:

    TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017
    The “Coexist” Movement and Delusion



  24. smiley says:


    Madame X was quite mysterious and scandalous.


    (this is a reply to Donna, in case it gets out of sync on this thread.)


    Liked by 3 people

  25. Melanie says:

    I Come To This Open Thread Every Morning.
    It brings me extreme solace and refuge in this Mad Political Environment that we suffer in during this historical time here in the US.
    This morning, The Presidential Thread has been hijacked with people from our beloved Treehouse arguing and bickering among themselves.
    This divided Country has even started to divide this site. This makes me sad……
    I will continue always, with you Treepers on this thread though.
    You guys are the Best!

    Liked by 6 people

    • smiley says:

      I can’t stand that thread, half the time, because of exactly what you just mentioned.

      they’re just OPINIONS, for crying out loud…

      and everybody’s got one.

      Liked by 2 people

    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Melanie, I come to the Daily Open thread when I wake up, to start my day with the Lord’s Prayer, and then kind of use it as a “home base” throughout the day.

      I’ll post links to political stories, (that we all might need to be aware of) but don’t do much discussion about it. The POTUS thread, like some crime threads we’ve had before, sometimes get so many comments, that people stop even reading Sd’s article, and just start arguing. (Of course, sometimes that’s where the trolls really show up!)

      Liked by 2 people

    • mztore says:

      Never go to that thread. Just read what the headlines and news articles say and skip right to this one. Love it….all the music, art, photography . . . Makes my day complete.

      Liked by 1 person

  26. smiley says:

    arguing & bickering constantly on an internet blog = energy vampires

    Liked by 4 people

  27. Dora says:

    I can’t believe we have gone this far.


    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the August 21 episode of the AMC show “Preacher”:


  28. Published on Jul 6, 2013 Mona Rose
    A story of how our national anthem came to be.
    I was asked by someone to put a video together for this audio and upload it, so here it is. I was never expecting it to get so many views.

    Yes I know some of the info is sketchy and wording isn’t exactly right. Just please stop sending complaints to me. I’m doing a favor for someone here. You can look up the accurate story if want the precise info.
    Hope you guys enjoy the message of the story though. God Bless America!

    P.S: Really sorry about the typos in the anthem

    *I don’t own the audio or pics and the flag video that I used towards the end belongs to FarWestTexas.

    Liked by 4 people

  29. dbethd says:

    Shared on the Presidential Thread. Smart lady:

    Liked by 2 people

    • millwright says:

      Kudos, Lady ! Always an encouragement to find someone thinking “outside the box” some pol has defined for them. Keep on encouraging others to do the same !

      Liked by 2 people

  30. Dora says:

    Who knew that Mongolia was such a beautiful place?


    Russians Share Jesus Christ in Remote Parts of Mongolia


    Liked by 2 people

  31. dbethd says:

    It’s almost lunchtime. 😀
    Salmon Burgers
    Serves 4
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 ½ pounds skinless salmon
    • ½ medium red pepper, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
    • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
    • 2 chopped scallions
    • 1 teaspoon lime juice
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ cup panko
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    1. Place the salmon in the freezer for 20 minutes — not so long that it freezes, but just enough that it’s firm. Finely chop the salmon by hand (You don’t want salmon purée or paté, which results in a dense burger; 1/8- to 1/4-inch pieces are ideal.)
    2. Lightly beat the egg in a large bowl. Stir in the salmon, red pepper, mint, cilantro, scallions, lime juice, salt, and panko. Mix thoroughly.
    3. To form the patties, first divide the mixture into four even piles. With slightly damp hands, and working with one pile at a time, gently form the mixture in a ball, then flatten the ball into a 1-inch-thick disk. Don’t mash or overly compact the patties, but work them enough that the burgers really hold their shape.
    4. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add the patties and cook about 4 minutes per side (for a pink center).


  32. dbethd says:

    Tex-Mex Hash Breakfast Casserole
    Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 40 mins Serves: 4-6
    • 1lb Grass fed Ground Beef
    • 2 sweet potatoes, shredded
    • 1 small yellow onion, diced
    • 6 eggs, whisked
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tablespoon bacon fat (or other fat)
    • 1 (14oz) can of El Pato Enchilada Sauce or homemade
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • ½ teaspoon cumin
    • ½ teaspoon oregano
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    2. Heat large cast-iron skillet over medium heat, add a tablespoon of fat then add your minced garlic and diced onion.
    3. When onion just begins to soften, add your ground beef and use a spoon or spatula to break it up and combine with onion.
    4. Now use your shredding attachment on your food processor to shred you sweet potatoes.
    5. When your meat is almost cooked through, add all your spices to the meat and onions and mix to combine the flavors.
    6. Now pour your shredded sweet potatoes on top of the meat and pat down then add your enchilada sauce on top.
    7. Cover and let simmer for around 8-10 minutes.
    8. Once sweet potato begins to soften, remove from heat, add your whisked eggs and stir to combine it all together.
    9. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.

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  33. dbethd says:

    Fred Oldfield sadly passed away in February of this year.

    Liked by 4 people

    • piper567 says:

      I am in WWA, and at the Fair Grounds in Puyallup there is an entire building full of photos, original paintings, and all manner of Western stuff Oldfield used in his paintings. Its really fascinating, and many kids just love it.
      Its really a much more satisfying way to spend time, if you must visit pinko WA, than a visit to Seattle…a serious bastion of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
      Oldfield prided himself on accuracy of details to period of representation.

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  34. BigMamaTEA says:

    New John McNaughton titled “You are not forgotten:

    Liked by 4 people

  35. Comrade Mope says:

    SoS Tillerson to make Urgent press briefing in a couple minutes:

    Liked by 1 person

  36. dbethd says:

    We went to “The Comedy Barn” on our honeymoon. They offered this video(with the whole show) on dvd for sale.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. duchess01 says:

    It’s all a lie by the Dems!

    Liked by 2 people

  38. I love food and recipe threads, so a series of food images from Daily Mail to the music of Joseph Blanchard. Just to drive my doggies crazy. Bacon! All the Blanchard pieces are now in one Playlist.

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  39. It is impossible to parody the Left. No matter how extreme, absurd, ridiculous, and outrageous the joke it only takes a short time for them to actually do it.

    Last week when everyone was losing their mind wanting to tear down Confederate monuments, President Trump asked “who’s next? Washington, Jefferson?” Sure enough, they went there almost as soon as he finished speaking.

    And I made a comment to the Daily Mail (UK) that if the Brits wanted to imagine the outrageousness of this monument-toppling mania here in the US, just think of removing the statue of Nelson “and those horrid lions” from Trafalgar Square: I called it a monument to “white supremacy, and Imperialist exploitation of people of color”.

    I’ll be damned, if the nutzos haven’t gone there already:


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  40. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Shedding some tears: Barack and Michelle Obama looked to be emotional as they left the dorm after saying goodbye and rushed into their waiting SUV with their eyes covered

    Is it me, or is there something ‘strange’ about this video?
    [video src="http://video.dailymail.co.uk/video/mol/2017/08/22/8077285369926629947/640x360_MP4_8077285369926629947.mp4" /]


  41. maga2004 says:

    I was curious about conservative treehouse Facebook page, and did a little trolling. Them folks are bat***t crazy! Any thing can be done about them????? A few misguided Treepers were over there and promptly skedaddled when I pointed out it was a fraud, the rest are just nuts!

    Liked by 2 people

  42. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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