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FATHERING

First the news comes – you’re going to be one.

Then you find yourself holding your first son.

A second blessing; two sons in a row;

It’s “Fathering 101” – – – “on-the-go.”

You find your wife is pregnant again,

(Is hoping for a girl a big, bad sin?)

She comes, a thrill to her mom’s heart;

There’re three kids now in the grocery cart.

Finally, a second daughter blesses your soul,

Four kiddos made the family “perfect” and whole.

– eab, 8/07

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Oliver Cromwell was born 4/25/1599 at Huntingdon, England.  He received his education at the grammar school in Huntingdon (now Cromwell Museum) & at Cambridge.  He converted to being a Puritan at 28.

In August of 1620, Oliver Cromwell married Elizabeth Bourchier, born in 1598 the oldest of 12. Their marriage was a happy one.  While on a campaign in Scotland, Oliver wrote Elizabeth, ‘Thou art dearer to me than any creature; let that suffice’ & ‘My Dearest, I could not satisfy myself to omit this post, although I have not much to write; yet indeed I love to write to my dear, who is very much in my heart. It joys me to hear thy soul prospereth; the Lord increase His favours to thee more and more…The Lord bless all thy good counsel and example to all those about thee, and hear all thy prayers, and accept thee always’.  Only one letter to Oliver survived (December 1650) in which Elizabeth writes, ‘Truly my lif is but half a lif in your abseinse, deid not the Lord make it up in heimself, which I must ackoleg to the prase of heis grace’.

Cromwell was a notable military leader in England’s “civil war” & became “Lord Protector” (1653 to death). He, who’s been called “Chief of Men” & a “Brave Bad Man,” is said to have made the following contributions: 1) established a period of peace in England, Scotland & Ireland,  2) made England an “world power,”  3) established non-conformity i.e. living separate from the established church.  He died 9/3/1658.

Cromwell Quotes:

“No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.”

“What is all our histories but God showing himself, shaking & trampling on everything that he has not planted.”

“I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”

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“For if ye forgive men their trespasses,

your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

Mat 6.14

>> It does not get much more serious than this <<

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Re-writing history? It is not just something nations or political groups do.

People re-write their own history:

making some things blacker than they were,

making some things rosier than they were.

– eab, 6/18/14

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God instituted marriage. Period.

It is a matter of a Man, a Wife, & The Triune Eternal.

Nothing man says or does changes its Holy Origin.

– eab, 4/8/15

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William & Mary were crowned King & Queen of England (joint monarchs) 4/11/1689, at the invitation of Parliament – an event called The Glorious Revolution.”

William was born 11/4/1650 at The Hague to William II of Orange (who died of smallpox 8 days before his birth) & his mother, daughter of England’s Charles I, (died also of smallpox when William III was 10).  Also called William Henry, prince of Orange (Dutch – Willem Hendrik, prins van Oranje) he was groomed to head the House of Orange & become a ‘Stadtholder’ (lead the Dutch Republic).  He died 3/8/1702.

Mary was born 4/30/1662, at London to King James II of England.  Her parents were converts to the Roman Catholicism but thankfully she was raised “Protestant” (i.e. was not RC).  This allowed her to form a soul union with William of Orange, a champion against the power/politics of the catholic system.  They were married 11/4/1677 (his 27th birthday).   Sadly she also, Queen Mary II, died of smallpox, 12/28/1694.

The joint rule of William III & Mary II happily helped England remain independent of Rome, which she had not been under Mary’s father (James II), who was openly Catholic, nor under her uncle (Charles II) who was also Roman Catholic, howbeit secretly.  William and Mary College in the US was endowed by William III.  He was reportedly so admired & loved in Scotland that they called him “King Billy.”

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A divorce is ended

when the couple is “re-Paired.”

– eab,  9/23/11

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