Friday November 1st – 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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81 Responses to Friday November 1st – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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    • TigerBear says:

      Thank you for sharing Citizen817!!😁
      This video was like balm in a wound. With all the hatred being spread everywhere I needed a moment of good heart warming kindness. This certainly fit the bill!! 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽😁
      I’d happily give the little red pup a forever home! Just in case he/she needs one. 😁🐶🥰

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. Lucille says:


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    • Patrick Healy says:

      Blessed Holy Souls feast day to all Treepers.

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      • ZurichMike says:

        Today is All Saints Day. November 2nd is All Souls Day. But thank you!


        • czarowniczy says:

          And the day when the dwindling supply of old-line New Orleans Catholics go to the cemeteries and clean the graves and whitewash the tombs of their relatives.

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          • ZurichMike says:

            The tradition in Austria, parts of Germany, and Switzerland is to tidy up the gravesites with sometimes elaborate fall flowers and candles. We can look down on the local cemetery and now that’s it’s dusk, we see the slow flickering of scores of candles in neat rows

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    • Shelley Childs says:

      [ I thank God for you, and pray for you ] Since, then, I heard of this faith of yours in the Lord Jesus and the practical way in which you are expressing it towards fellow-Christians, I thank God continually for you and I never give up praying for you; and this is my prayer. That God, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ and the all-glorious Father, will give you spiritual wisdom and the insight to know more of him: that you may receive that inner illumination of the spirit which will make you realise how great is the hope to which he is calling you—the magnificence and splendour of the inheritance promised to Christians—and how tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God.

      Ephesians 1:15-19 (PHILLIPS)

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    God’s Waiting Room

    “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psa. 27:14).

    The half-joking prayer, “Lord, I need patience, and I need it RIGHT NOW,” isn’t too far removed from how we approach matters of spiritual growth and living out the will of God in our life. Life is full of waiting: waiting for your phone to charge; waiting in line at the grocery store; waiting in a traffic jam; waiting for a job; waiting for the right spouse; waiting for test results; waiting to be old enough to drive. Steve Farrar of Men’s Leadership Ministries says, “Waiting is like eating gravel. Nobody in their right mind wants or likes to do it.” Waiting is difficult.

    The culture we live in is one that doesn’t like to wait. We like instant and fast everything—instant downloads, instant messaging, instant coffee, instant prints, fast-food restaurants, faster internet, fast phones. However, there are many times along our journey through life when God says, “Wait here.” And what looks like 15 minutes turns out to be 15 months, or even 15 years.

    The Bible provides numerous examples of people who waited on the Lord. Abraham waited for decades to have the son that God promised him. Joseph had to wait in prison. Moses waited for 40 years on the backside of the desert, tending sheep, before leading the children of Israel out of captivity in Egypt. The Israelites then had to wait 40 years to enter the Promised Land. Simeon waited for the birth of the Messiah. Paul waited during his time of preparation in Arabia.

    Waiting is a part of God’s plan and purpose in our lives, and resisting God’s timing and trying to get ahead of the Lord can have serious consequences. Abraham and Sarah found this out when they ran ahead of God, with Hagar bearing Ishmael instead of waiting on God’s promise (Gen. 16).

    God works while His people are waiting. Time is not wasted in God’s waiting room. Waiting on the Lord renews our strength (Isa. 40:31). God often uses these times of waiting to prepare us for what lies ahead. Oswald Chambers writes, “We are apt to think that everything that happens to us is to be turned into useful teaching…We shall find that the spheres God brings us into are not meant to teach us something but to make us something.” In those waiting times, God both teaches and makes us something; in us He cultivates patience, Christlike character, and hope as we trust Him through those times. As we read in Romans 5:3-5a,

    “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed.”

    By Pastor Kevin Sadler

    Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

    Genesis 16:1 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
    2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
    3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

    4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
    5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.
    6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

    7 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
    8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
    9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

    10 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
    11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
    12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
    13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
    14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

    15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
    16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

    Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
    4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
    5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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  5. Lucille says:

    Autumn Scenes…

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    “Your whisky straight, I’m beer in a bottle . . .” Sunny Sweeney.

    52 years and counting . . . She was always the love of my life although I often wonder that she stuck with me when I was off chasing impossibilities. I’m her care giver now, she’s slowly fading. It’s my turn to stick by her. 🙂

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  7. citizen817 says:

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    • czarowniczy says:

      My Mom lives with us now, she turned 100 in September and has severe dementia. She spend a good deal of time in her room sleeping and reading but whenever she’s outside of her room Daisy, our ancient border collie mix, is right with her. She parks herself close but knows my Mom is unstable and uses a walker so she’ll stay back far enough to keep out of her way. She’ll stay under the counter while my Mom is in the kitchen, her head on my Mom’s lap so that she knows Daisy is there. When she walks around Daisy follows or leads to make sure the way’s clear, if she thinks one one of the other dogs or cats is in the way she’ll give a warning bark.

      Daisy came to us about 12 years ago, an already grown dog, thrown out by someone (as have been our other dogs) by someone who just didn’t want them. She settled right in and made herself at home. From Day One she established herself as Alpha Dog, putting our big GSD Zauber (my gravatar) under her paw without a fight. When our GGS came to live with us about 11 years ago she immediately established herself as his guardian inside of the house and out. She allowed Zauber to be his shepherd also but she made it clear sheran the show. Z’s long gone but when our GGS visits bi-weekly she still sticks with him like glue.

      Makes you wonder what wee did as a species to deserve dogs and why, after the way we’ve treated them, they still stick around.

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  8. Dora says:

    William Merritt Chase = Peonies, 1897

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  9. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
    Romans 3:23 (KJV)

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  10. Dora says:

    The problem is that ‘they’ already know that it’s a hoax and don’t care. They will continue with their lies anyway.

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  11. @ChicagoBri says:

    #Chiraq: ‘Guilty plea from man accused of sexually abusing girls during Lincoln Park burglaries”

    Parole date in early 2022.


  12. @ChicagoBri says:

    #Chiraq redux: “ Chicago Values on Display” as a 7 year old trick-or-treater gets caught up in gang crossfire and shot in the head


  13. Dora says:

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  15. just stevie says:


    “Know ye not that…ye are not your own?” 1 Cor. vi. 19

    There is no such things as a private life – “a world within the world” – for a man or woman who is brought into fellowship with Jesus Christ’s sufferings. God breaks up the private life of His saints, and makes it a thoroughfare for the world on the one hand and for Himself on the other. No human being can stand that unless he is identified with Jesus Christ. We are not sanctified for ourselves, we are called into the fellowship of the Gospel, and things happen which have nothing to do with us, God is getting us into fellowship with Himself. Let Him have His way, if you do not, instead of being of the slightest use to God in His Redemptive work in the world, you will be a hindrance and a clog.

    The first thing God does with us is to get us based on rugged Reality until we do not care what becomes of us individually as long as He gets His way for the purpose of His Redemption. Why shouldn’t we go through heartbreaks? Through those doorways God is opening up ways of fellowship with His Son. Most of us fall and collapse at the first grip of pain; we sit down on the threshold of God’s purpose and die away of self-pity, and all so called Christian sympathy will aid us to our death bed. But God will not. He comes with the grip of the pierced hand of His Son, and says – “Enter into fellowship with Me; arise and shine.” If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.

    Oswald Chambers
    November 1st Devotional

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  16. Dora says:

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  17. In the Land of Poz says:

    The “feed”-style threading of the website is broken — Older Posts link at bottom of page no longer exists when seeing the list of posts from CTH homepage, or from a specified day or month.

    Hope it is not a hack…


  18. ZurichMike says:

    I loved singing this song “back in the day”. Happy All Saints Day!

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  19. Dora says:

    I love goats.

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  20. Zippy says:

    Absolutely hilarious:

    ‘Climate Change Trans Counselling’ by Will Franken (inspired by Greta Thunberg)

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  21. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Germany’s president speaks for who exactly? On a goodwill mission to the U.S., Big Stein’ lets loose with criticism towards Pres Trump. But again, does Big Stein’ speak for Germany or Brussels?


  22. dogsmaw says:

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  23. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Based on an unfinished lyric by Johnny Mercer, completed and set to music by Barry Manilow.


  24. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wondrous conversion of Saul to the Christian faith (Acts 9):

    1. How Saul set out for Damascus to persecute the Christians.

    2. How, on the road, a light from heaven appeared and he heard Christ’s voice: “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?”

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau) for today – October 19th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.


  25. Sepp says:

    The Commemoration of the Holy Prophet Joel

    Joel was the son of Phanuel, of the tribe of Reuben. He lived 800 years before Christ.

    He is commemorated today – October 19th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.


  26. 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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  27. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  28. Sepp says:

    Saint John of Kronstadt, the Wonderworker

    He was an Orthodox Christian Priest in Russia who kept notes of spiritually edifying thoughts and feelings that were compiled into a book that is titled “My Life in Christ” and is available in multiple languages. He reposed in the Lord in 1908 and is honored today – October 19th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

    Selections from.” My Life in Christ”

    “When praying, a man must lay aside every worldly care and only care for the salvation of his soul.”
    ▪ ▪ ▪
    “We must trust in God in all temptations, in all desolate conditions of the soul. The Lord will deliver.”
    ▪ ▪ ▪
    “Our heart is like the darkened earth; the Gospel is like the sun, enlightening and giving life to our hearts. May the true sun of Thy righteousness shine in our hearts, O Lord!


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