When I woke up this morning I asked myself: What are some of the secrets of success in life? I found the answer right there in my very room. The Fan said - Be cool. The Roof said - Aim high. The Window said - See the world. The Clock said - Every minute is precious. The Mirror said - Reflect before you act. The Door said - Push hard for your goals. And don’t forget, the Carpet said - Kneel down & pray.
Juliet, your father called. He said, “Read the subpoena”
It has been said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
While that is the truth, one might note that names matter, and (legally speaking) truths are not always facts—especially as regards legal matters.
For example, “World Vision" has recently exampled why it is not named "Christ Vision”
Thus should one come across an e-account such as @WorldVision, one might infer it is an online voice of the charity named “World Vision”, and that inference might prove factual, or not. (Inferences, you see, are not facts, and facts need not be truths, legally speaking.) One needs must verify facts, not just infer them.
Thus, should one come accross an e-account such as “UCC_SIMI@anyemail.com” one might infer that any postings therefore represent the voice of that specific legal entity, with tax exempt status, which is known as and is located at The United Church of Christ in Simi Valley, 270 RoyalAvenue, 93065, USA
however such an inference would be inaccurate.
Legally, names matter. Especially in legal matters, but also in metaphorical matters.
The fact is the only online voice having any legal connection to that especial theological and legal entity at 270 Royal Avenue is to be found via United Church of Christ - Simi Valley
[I know this because I attend that church. Yes, Muslims are welcome at this church, as are Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Protestants, Christians, Mormans, Chin, Zen, Pure Land, atheists, humanists, straights, gays, bi, trans…: all persons, without reservation.]
Thus, one now might affirm, correctly, that any and all accounts using any initials or acronyms of the church name such as but not limited to “UCC_SIMI” or “SIMI_UCC” are in no wise to be associated, neither legally nor metaphorically, as having any legal or theological connection with that national legal entity known as “The United Church of Christ”, nor are any such online sites to be associated legally or metaphorically with that legal entity occupying the buildings located at 270-272 Royal Avenue in zip code 93065, nor with any staff, employees, pastors, teachers, or students thereof.
May the Gracious Lord, and able attorneys, ever protect the good and defeat the wicked, all ways.
Allahu Akbar: The LORD G-d is ever greatER!
(Do I hear an AMEEN?)
The Prophet sent an army unit (for some campaign) and appointed a man from the Ansar as its commander and ordered them (the soldiers) to obey him.
(During the campaign) [that commander] became angry with them and said, “Didn’t the Prophet order you to obey me?”
They said, “Yes.”
He said, “I order you to collect wood and make a fire and then throw yourselves into it.”
So they collected wood and made a fire, but when they were about to throw themselves into, it they started looking at each other, and some of them said,
"We followed the Prophet to escape from the fire. How should we enter it now?"
So while they were in that state, the fire extinguished and their commander’s anger abated.
The event was mentioned to the Prophet and he said,
"If they had entered it (the fire) they would never have come out of it, for obedience is required only in what is good."
Hadith No. 629. Vol. 5
Clad in black robes I should have no attractions
To the shapes and scents of this world.
But how can I keep my vows,
Gazing at today’s crimson maple leaves?
words of a Japanese nun
found within “The Zen Women Ancestors Document”
echoed in the silence of Muslim women in black robes.
Waleeja: intimate friend; one whom a person takes to rely upon or to place confidence in, not being of his/her family; secret depth (of the heart)
A few years ago, Masterpiece Theatre broadcast an interesting play titled “Memento Mori.” It’s about a group of eccentric London aristocrats each of whom receives a series of anonymous phone calls with the same frightening message. “Remember, you must die,” says the caller.
The reaction of each of them speaks volumes. The first to receive a call is a very rich, self-centered woman. When her call comes, she’s utterly shocked — she’d never even considered that her perfect little self-contained world might come to an end. Her arrogant facade crumbles, fear consumes her, and she dies.
Next in line is an elderly gentleman. After receiving his call, he decides to go for broke and take just one more nubile young wife — his fourth. Unfortunately, it’s more than his heart can take. And he too is gone in a trice.
Another gentleman dismisses the caller as a prankster, and thinks no more about it, while the nastiest-tempered of the lot takes the call as a signal to settle old scores and get even with all his enemies before it’s too late.
Each in turn reacts thoughtlessly out of a lifetime of habit, till finally the last woman is called. She thanks the caller, “I’m so glad you called,” she says. “You know, at my age one forgets so many things. It is good of you to remind me of this most important fact.” And with that she sets about rebuilding her life, healing old wounds, and putting aside all that doesn’t really matter. She got the message!
AS ADVENT BEGINS TODAY, the Lord is giving us this same kind of wake-up call: “Remember, you must die.” So how are we going to respond? By panicking or despairing or binging or, the old reliable, shopping? None of the above. We’re going to respond to the wake-up call by waking up!
Waking up to what we may have been missing, namely, the preciousness of the present moment — cherishing each moment, and living it graciously, generously, and single-mindedly — as if this were our only moment. That’s all that God asks: if we’ll attend to today, God will handle eternity.
رو سر بنه به بالین تنها مرا رها کن
ترک من خراب شب گرد مبتلا کن
ماییم و موج سودا شب تا به روز تنها
خواهی بیا ببخشا خواهی برو جفا کن
از من گریز تا تو هم در بلا نیفتی
بگزین ره سلامت ترک ره بلا کن
ماییم و آب دیده در کنج غم خزیده
بر آب دیده ما صد جای آسیا کن
خیره کشی است ما را دارد دلی چو خارا
بکشد کسش نگوید تدبیر خونبها کن
بر شاه خوبرویان واجب وفا نباشد
ای زردروی عاشق تو صبر کن وفا کن
دردی است غیر مردن آن را دوا نباشد
پس من چگونه گویم کاین درد را دوا کن
در خواب دوش پیری در کوی عشق دیدم
با دست اشارتم کرد که عزم سوی ما کن
گر اژدهاست بر ره عشقی است چون زمرد
از برق این زمرد هی دفع اژدها کن
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