Category Archives: God’s creation

The Homeless. Do We Even Look? Are You Sure?

This should leave a bit of a lump in your throat. I know it did me.   :(

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If a family member posed as a homeless person, would you recognize him or her?

That’s the question a new campaign — Make Them Visible — is asking. In a video produced by ad agency Silver + Partners and Smuggler for the New York City Rescue Mission, several people come face-to-face with their relatives and significant others dressed as homeless people. However, not a single participant recognizes their mother, brother or wife.

“There’s only one person that didn’t make it into the film — because they couldn’t handle the fact that they walked by their family,” video director Jun Diaz of Smuggler production company told Fast Company. “It happened every time.”

The jarring social experiment, staged in Tribeca and Soho near the mission’s shelter, shows just how invisible homeless people are to pedestrians on the street.

“We don’t look at them. We don’t take a second look,” Michelle Tolson, director of public relations for the New York City Rescue Mission, told The Huffington Post.

Tolson explained that the ad agency and production company hired actors for a documentary video and quietly contacted each person’s family to see if they would be interested in being apart of the social experiment. While the family members were in on the ruse, the participants had no idea they were being set up, and only learned after the fact when they watched themselves walk past their “homeless” family member.

“The experiment is a powerful reminder that the homeless are people, just like us, with one exception,” Craig Mayes, executive director of New York City Rescue Mission, said in a statement provided to HuffPost. “They are in trouble and in pain. And they are someone’s uncle or cousin or wife.”

Watch how each person reacts after the big reveal in Make Them Visible’s video above.

~Steve~

PS, The NYC Rescue Mission is a personal Charity I’ve supported for over 25 yrs. Just happened upon this vid and thought you may like it. Here is a brief bio of the joint and link for more info.   Thanks. Steve

The New York City Rescue Mission, America’s First Rescue Mission, has had the same goal since 1872: to provide hope, food, clothing and shelter to people in crisis in New York City.

Founded by Jerry and Maria McAuley, New York City Rescue Mission has been serving the city since 1872.

 http://nycrescue.org/

h/t Digg

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/make-them-visible-homeless-video_n_5200574.html

Sermon in a Smile

Whom the Son sets free
is free indeed!

Live like someone left the gate open!

Live like someone left the gate open!

I saw this photo in Facebook, and have no idea who the photographer is. Please, if this is your photo, let us know, so we can give you credit. In the mean time, thank you for the smiles. ~ TD

Baby bear plays on golf course

Watch this bear cub dance around a flag pole on the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s golf course in British Columbia, Canada.

Delightful!

~Eowyn

Creation: Graphene

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Carbon (from Latin: carbo “coal”) is one of the few chemical elements known since antiquity and the 6th most common element on Earth. Its symbol is C, and its atomic number is 6. (Atomic number is the number of protons found in the nucleus of an atom of that element.)

Carbon has several allotropes or forms, with varying physical properties, including:

  • Diamond: highly transparent; has a very low electrical conductivity; and the hardest naturally-occurring material known.
  • Graphite: opaque and black; a very good conductor; and soft enough to form a streak on paper (hence its name, from the Greek word “γράφω” which means “to write”).

Graphene is a very thin, one-atom thick, nearly transparent sheet of graphite. It is stronger than diamond, more conductive than copper, and more flexible than rubber.

Get used to the word “graphene” because it will revolutionize our world!

H/t Shireen

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: It’s all about Love

John 3:16-17

For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son,
so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him.

Good Friday

 

Romans 13:8-10

Brothers and sisters:
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery;
you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet, ”
and whatever other commandment there may be,
are summed up in this saying, namely,
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.

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What does “love your neighbor as yourself” mean? Go here for one perspective.

In His peace and love,

~Eowyn

‘She’s not a fetus, she’s a fully-formed human being’

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DailyMail: A mother has released the first photograph of the moment her premature daughter was born, hours before she passed away too small to survive. Emily Caines and her husband Alastair want to raise awareness of the issues surrounding neonatal death, after losing tine Adelaide when she was just hours old.

She was delivered at 24 weeks but was too small to survive. The couple’s treasured image of their daughter shows doctors bringing her into the world. The current law allows babies to be terminated killed up to 24 weeks gestation – the point at which Adelaide was born.

Mrs. Caines, 25, from Yeovil in Somerset, said: “Our picture shows Adelaide was not a fetus, she was a fully formed human being and to think that a baby like her could be legally terminated killed is to me horrifying. Our hospital was amazing and did all they could be Adelaide suffered complications which made it impossible for her to survive but many babies born at 24 weeks do live.”

“That makes a mockery of the 24 week legal limit. Our daughter may not have lived long but she was still our daughter and we love to talk about her and celebrate her life. Sadly in this day and age some people still find that offensive or uncomfortable.”

“I find it particularly hurtful when people use the term late miscarriage to describe our daughter because she was born so early into my pregnancy. But I think this picture of her crying out shows that clearly that is not the case. I went through labor and delivery with both of my premature babies. Adelaide lived for more than an hour and will always be very much part of our lives.”

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Mrs. Caines also lost her first daughter, Isabelle, who died during delivery as she arrived prematurely at 23 weeks. Mrs. Caines and her family and friends have raised money for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands in light of her daughters’ deaths. She said she hopes the picture of Adelaide’s delivery will help encourage people to talk about baby loss.

Mrs. Caines also hopes the image of Adelaide will help re-open the ongoing debate surrounding abortion reform. Read the rest of her story here.

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A baby at 24 weeks: Your baby is about eight-and-a-half inches long (standard letter size!) and weighs one-and-a-half pounds, gaining steadily at a rate of about six ounces per week. Much of that weight comes from growing organs, bones, muscle and accumulating baby fat. Wondering what (and who) your baby will look like? If you had a baby cam at 24 weeks pregnant, you’d almost be able to tell by now. That beautiful face (though still tiny) is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows and hair. 

All kinds of sounds can be heard by your baby in your womb: air exhaling from your lungs (deep breath now), those gastric gurgles produced by your stomach and intestines, your voice and your partner’s (which your baby will be able to recognize at birth) and even very loud sounds such as honking horns, barking dogs or a wailing fire truck.

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She saw hundreds of Angels where Flight 93 crashed on 9-11

 

Flight 93

On September 11, 2001, United Airlines Flight 93 (Newark, NJ to San Francisco) was hijacked by 4 al-Qaeda jihadists, as part of the September 11 attacks.

Approximately 46 minutes after takeoff from Newark International Airport, the hijackers breached the Boeing 757–222’s cockpit and overpowered the flight crew. One of the hijackers,  Ziad Jarrah, a trained pilot, took control of the aircraft and diverted it back toward the east coast of the United States in the direction of Washington, D.C. It is believed the hijackers meant to crash the plane into either the White House or the Capitol Building.

After the hijackers took control of the plane, several passengers and flight attendants were able to make phone calls and learnt that attacks had already been made by other hijacked airliners on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C.

Some of the passengers then fought the hijackers in an attempt to gain control of the aircraft. During the attempt the plane crashed into a reclaimed strip mine in Stonycreek Township, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing all 44 people aboard including the four hijackers.

Subsequent analysis of the flight recorders recovered from the crash site revealed how the actions taken by the passengers prevented the aircraft from reaching the hijackers’ intended target. Of the four aircraft hijacked on September 11 – the others were American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77 and United Airlines Flight 175 – UA Flight 93 was the only one that did not reach its hijackers’ intended target.

Lillie Leonardi, an FBI Community Affairs Coordinator at the Pittsburgh division, was dispatched to Flight 93’s crash site.

Though she didn’t say anything to her colleagues at the time, ten years later Leonardi came forth to recount what she saw that day.

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Leonardi writes in her book In the Shadow of a Badge: A Spiritual Memoir:

“A white mist then began to take shape. It moved and swirled in patterns of spectacular white light. All at once, the mist took full shape and I saw what appeared to be angels.

There were angels standing in the open area to the left of the crash site. There were hundreds of them standing in columns. There was a field of angels emerging from the realms of the mist. They were Archangels with their wings arched up toward the sky.”

Also at the scene was a Bible buried in the wreckage that was somehow preserved from damage, Leonardi noted. “All of a sudden this huge wind came out of nowhere and flipped that Bible open and I remember it flipped open to Psalm 23, ‘The Lord is my shepherd…,'”

H/t FOTM commenter Saint Howard

~Eowyn