Yesterday as I went to work, I saw two things that made me begin to ponder as I close one chapter and begin another: A beautiful sunrise and a certain road ahead; And I think I know what that means for me…
For the past 6-1/2 years, I have written essays about a lot of things; But of all the subjects that I have written in each essay that I write, none is as more important as Memorial Day, a day in which we honor the men and women in the Armed Forces-You know, those who are in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard, who have sacrificed their lives for our country so that all of us could very well be free.
Memorial Day was first observed as “Decoration Day” on May the 5th, 1868, by General John A. Logan, who had issued a proclamation calling for it to be observed annually and nationwide, and with that proclamation, he had adopted the Memorial Day practice that began in the Southern states three years earlier. And then, the very first Memorial Day was held on May the 30th, 1868; According to one author, the reason that the date was chosen was because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle, while according to a 2010 White House address, the date had been chosen as the optimal date for flowers to be in bloom in the North.
Memorial Day has since been honored every year, and we have been so very grateful for those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to protect our country and the very freedoms that we enjoy so very much…
But, as I have often stated in past Memorial Day essays on this blog, I have also included this fact that there are other people who just simply forget about the holiday and instead treat it as a three-day weekend in which someone has officially called it “The Unofficial Start of Summer”; In actuality, NO: It does not officially begin summer-Summer starts on June 21st, 2019! Summer does not, and in my opinion, would not ever begin with a weekend that is supposed to be about our Armed Forces who died for our country, for the very freedoms that we enjoy so very much. Why would one celebrate what they think is the unofficial start of summer and to not ever think about each and every man and woman who have served in the Armed Forces then, and are serving in the Armed Forces now, who have paid the ultimate price to protect this great country of ours, namely the United States of America?
My dear friends, it is very well time to stop thinking about mistaking Memorial Day as an end to a 3-day weekend in which one thinks it is the unofficial start of summer; Do you REALLY want to know why we should always celebrate Memorial Day every year? It is because we live in a country that is free, and in order for a country to be free, we have to have men and women such as those who are in the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard; The Armed Forces have been designed to protect our country by fighting enemy foes, but they could not ever do so without paying the price, and that is the price of their lives.
But they have paid the ultimate price of their lives, and we can be grateful that they have done so that we shall live in that free country called America. And in order to be grateful for those men and women who gave their lives for our great land, we need to honor those heroes; So that is the case as to why we have, and that we should always have, a holiday that is so very much important as Memorial Day.
And so, I shall be ordering this for the very last time as a WordPress blogger: On this coming Memorial Day weekend, please, please do not ever think of it as a 3-day holiday weekend that unofficially starts summer; Rather, please, please, stop, pause, and remember those brave heroes of the Armed Forces who have made the most ultimate sacrifice for our country. And when you have the chance, please teach this very important holiday to your children, your grandchildren, and school students who so desperately needed to hear this important story of this very important holiday.
May the Lord God bless the families of those men and women who have been killed in battle and may the Lord God bless the Armed Forces of today. May the Lord God bless each and every one of them all.
For 6 ½ years, my blog has brought to you many tales of life, in the form of essays; I have written many an essay about the many things in life, but I have also written about the holidays that people celebrate, things such as Memorial Day, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. And in those essays, I would tell you, the audience, straight out just how I feel about the holidays as well as how they should be celebrated.
I love writing good stuff to people-It’s the reason why I am a writer in the very first place! You get an idea, search for something to write about, and then publish it so they too can read it and enjoy; And believe me, in all of those past 6 and a half years that I have been writing and publishing for this here blog for WordPress, I have done what I think is a tremendous job of writing and then sharing such things with all of you…
Essays are a good part of what makes a writer a writer; It helps to stretch the mindful muscles that are inside of your cute, widdle brain, and once those muscles in your brain have been flexed through the power of writing, then I would be ready enough to come up with even more ideas for me to write and share with you once more.
WordPress has been something of a school to me; That wonderful company has helped me learn how to shape my creativity as well as my talents, in which they are all honed enough for me to be ready for when I would enter the real writing world at large. The most wonderfully talented men and women who make WordPress has helped me do these things in the past 6 ½ years did as much of a wonderful job as humanly possible, and I am and always would be so very grateful to those people.
Come June 14th, I would not ever be able to create any more essays, at least for a while; and then, if and when I would start writing and publishing essays again, then I would do so in another time and place. Until then, my main focus right now would be on two things: Foodservice cleaning and me being an author.
But do you want to know something else? I have enjoyed writing essays, as well as sharing them with you all; But now, it is time to close the book on my world called the essay, and to await a brand-new set of doors that are about to be opened. I can hardly wait to enjoy this very next journey…
When I had launched my blog at WordPress back in November of 2012, first called Dream In Music and now called KALEIDOSCOPE, I did not know what kind of topic to think of for my blog; So it was that I had decided to make this a VARIETY blog, a blog filled with posts that cover every topic imaginable. Now, when anyone asks me how long I have done this blog as a variety blog, I can outright answer this question with a certain answer of what I had told most of you readers for quite a while: 6-1/2 years, and that has been the very length of time that I have done this blog as. It is not always easy to come up with every idea for every subject in each blog post that I do, but once I find as much enough time as possible to do so, then I have done my job right.
Throughout those years, I have filled this blog with many features, and among those features are the backstories of American companies; I guess that the reason I had done this feature is that I think that some readers want to know how certain American companies came to be, so I began to think that it would be very well best that I would teach those readers the history of every company that I cover, and indeed, I have covered as much as possible, and with such a long list, I am sorry to say that I could not cover each and every American company in which I have shone the spotlight on in this blog, so If I have left anything out, I would like to apologize from the bottom of my heart.
Throughout the past 6-and-a-half-years, I have covered the histories of such American companies as Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King, Borden’s, Toys ‘R Us, General Electric, Capitol Records, Frito Lay, M&M Mars, and others that would take as much time to fill in this post than any other time possible, but I think you get the idea, don’t you?
It has been an interestingly fun ride to have brought you those posts that cover each history of every great American company for as much as possible, and I think that when it comes to doing such homework as this, then I know that I have done it well. I hope that you have enjoyed reading those posts as much as I have enjoyed writing, publishing, and bringing them to you. If you would like to check out the histories of those American companies anytime, then there is certainly a website for that: It’s www.wikipedia.org.
Last week at my place of employment (READ: My job), we had a meeting concerning the many things that one must do in order to perform well at work, and among those things is learning to have good hygiene while performing your work as well as focusing on what you should be doing…
But I think that the part in which my supervisors got to was where safety is concerned; Yes, when it comes to safety on the job, one must ALWAYS pay attention to whatever form of safety that they are supposed to be doing. I myself have learned to follow each and every safety rule very well…Well, almost; Whenever I vacuum every day, I always have to pay attention to the extension cords, or else I would end up in VERY bad trouble. One day, while I was beginning my day of work by vacuuming, I had noticed that the extension cord had been missing; So, I had looked around for that extension cord, and when I could not find it, I asked my supervisor just where it had gone. Then she found the extension cord, which happens to be the good news. But the bad news was that the cord had suddenly been burned out…
So at that meeting last week, one of the other supervisors advised us about that extension cord and said that it could be six months before it could ever be replaced. So it was with that that I had to make do with what I could do in terms of finding other places to plug in the vacuum so that I could clean the dining rooms; I began to do a bit of problem-solving as to what kind of electrical outlet I would use to plug in the vacuum and to find places to clean specific areas of the dining rooms, but in order for me to do so, I have to use safety as well as common sense.
And yes, in addition to hearing the rules that I should always have to follow in order to keep my job, I was also named Employee of The Month, which has made me so very happy…
You know, I enjoy doing food service work; I think that it makes me so very productive! And who knows?! I might get to be voted Employee of the Month yet again, but if I really want to have that kind of repeat victory, then I am going to concentrate very hard on doing my job, not just today, but EVERY day, and in fact the next days, weeks, and months…Funny how time flies when you are productive, hmmm?!
Despite the many flaws that they have inside, I love my family so very much; Right after the sudden death of my stepfather in December of 2011, my uncle, aunt, and cousins welcomed me with open arms as well as warm hearts. In the few early years that I have been living with my family, I would go with my aunt and uncle on adventure trips, in places such as Rehoboth Beach and even New York City in December of 2012 to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. And yes, I even went on some journeys with them to Dover Days right here in Dover, Delaware…
But as those early years went by, my own family began to change: My first cousin had suddenly impregnated a young woman, in which he suddenly became a single father, and my 2nd cousin had since moved away from us and has now been living on his own. And what is even more, my uncle, aunt, and I do not ever go on trips anymore, and that is because they have now suddenly become grandparents, and they now have a grandson to help their son take care of, and now HE is the one who is going on trips with them.
And do you want to know something else? I really and truly want to talk to my family and to tell them what is exactly wrong with them, as well as asking them why they are acting this way; But do you want to know what their answer is? All they would ever say is: “Nothing”! They act as if they do not want to talk about anything that’s wrong in their lives, and to me that just simply breaks my heart.
Christians are supposed to lend a caring hand, because that is what we have been told to do in the Holy Bible-to help our fellow man. I have somehow been having this tremendous wanting to help my uncle and aunt, just in the same way that I had wanted and have been helping my stepfather whenever there is any time of trouble; I wanted to simply just ask them both that if they are in trouble and that they would very much like to talk to someone about it, they should please come to me. I want to help them, but I might be too scared of doing so, because of their loud voices and their continuous use of profanity. But regardless, my own heart wants to say to me that I should not be afraid of them, and that I should do something to help my uncle and aunt open up their shut-up hearts as well as their own problems to me.
I love my family with all of my heart and soul, and still do; But in truth, I do not know how much longer I would put up with their toxic behaviors. As of this moment in time, I am still working at my job, as food service cleaner for the company Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, DE, and I am hoping to have enough money to have a place of my own in the very next year or so. But in the midst of that thought, I began to feel emotional about this, because if and when I finally have a place to live, then I would not ever be able to be around to help my family ever again. On the other side of my brain, I dream of one day leaving this family and to finally live a quiet, spiritual life once again, and this time I would hope to do so in a one-bedroom apartment.
But to tell you the honest truth, I am in a struggle between these two sides of my brain while I wonder which side of my own brain would very much want me to do first and foremost of all. Well, somehow, someway, before I myself plan on moving away, I have got to help my family open up their hearts to me, no matter how long it would very well take…♥️
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the very last COME, FOLLOW JESUS message as I am going to be closing this blog on June 14th and leaving WordPress to move on to bigger and much better things. Indeed, the Lord God has blessed me with the gift of sharing the Gospel with those who so desperately needed to have their ears opened to hear it, and I have used this gift so very well for the past 6 ½ years; As the days, weeks, months, and years go by, I shall find other ways to use my gift of sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in other parts of social media.
Indeed, no matter what age, race, or sex, there are people out there somewhere who are in desperate need of the hearing of the Gospel, the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; In order to save a sin-sick world as well as to show His unending love for us all, our Heavenly Father sent His only Son, Christ Jesus, to earth to be born from the womb of a virgin named Mary in a stable in Bethlehem. Then, Jesus grew up to become the greatest Teacher, Preacher, and Healer that mankind has ever known; And then, on that Good Friday, Jesus had done that no one else on this here earth could ever do: He took our place on the cross, being forced to carry it, and then be nailed to it after allowing Himself to be beaten, whipped, and tortured; Then, Jesus was nailed to the cross, suffering, bleeding, and then dying on the cross so that we could be saved for all of our sins. Then, on the third day, our Lord God, our Heavenly Father, has raised His only Son, Jesus, from the dead, defeating death as He went out of that cold, dark tomb, defeating death so that each and every one of us could very well have life eternal.
In the 28th chapter of Matthew, verses 18-20(NLT), not long after He had been raised from the dead, Jesus gave the following final message to His disciples: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
You see, the One who gave His Son authority over heaven, as well as earth, is none other than our Lord God Himself; And with that, Jesus has told His disciples to make even more disciples as they had preached, baptized, and taught. Now, when someone is dying or is about to leave in, say, the next month, his or her final words are just as important as anything else in this lifetime; When Jesus was about to leave and to disappear into a cloud, He left them with the final words of instruction: That they were under His authority, and that they were to make more disciples.
Yes, as Christians, Jesus was and shall always be with us, even until the end of time; Now, He told us to make disciples of all nations…Are YOU? I mean, have you ever given your heart to Jesus yet? If you haven’t, then you are missing out on the fact that the only way that can save you-and nothing else-is by the cross, the cross that had been stained with the blood that has been shed for you by Christ Jesus Himself! You see, Jesus took your place on the cross as punishment for you, and died for your sins, and that He had been raised for you so that you would be saved! My dearest friends, the Lord God loves you so very much, and He wants to invite you to be a part of His Family so that you could be with Him through eternity! All you have got to do is to repent of your sins-YOUR SINS-and believe that Jesus died on the cross for you, and to invite Him to come into your heart, so that you can follow Him always as His own personal Savior. Ask today, so that you can have that freedom from sin always!
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17, NLT)
And so, with that, for the very last time, are you ready to receive that most precious gift of all time, the gift of salvation that has been won for us by the precious blood of Jesus Christ? Then I heartily ask that you please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am a sinner. I have ultimately sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. I believe that You have died on the cross for my sins and have been raised from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have eternal life. I ask now that You please come into my heart and let me follow You always as my personal Savior. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for paying the price of Your sacrifice for me. In Your most holy and blessed name I pray. Amen.”
And now, I would very much like to say this for the very final time: If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would like to welcome YOU into God’s great, big family! The very next thing to do now, since you have now finally given your very own heart to Jesus, would be to read God’s most blessed Word, the Holy Bible, each and every day of your life. And then, when it becomes time to praise, worship, and thank our Lord God, our Heavenly Father, not just one day, but every week, as well as every day, then I would very much like for you to go to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday of your life, so that you can worship, praise, and thank our Lord for sending His Son to die for you so that you could be with Him…for always.
As this weekly feature comes to a close after 6 ½ years, I ask nothing but this: I hope and pray that you would give up your former life of sin, and to give your heart to Jesus Christ, not later, not next day, nor next week, nor next month, nor next year…But today, so that you shall very well be blessed to have been saved by the precious blood of Christ Jesus and to hopefully share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others who so desperately need to hear it always.
I would like to thank you all so very much for taking the time out of your schedules every week for the past six-and-a-half years to read my weekly messages; It has been a joy, honor, and indeed a blessing to have the privilege of allowing the times set aside each and every week to share the message of the Gospel with you all. For those of you who have been saved by the cross of Christ through those messages in the past, I hope as well as pray that you would take the Good News of the Gospel and to share it with others. Again, thank you all so very much. Until we meet again, may the Lord God ever so richly bless you all.
“(Jesus said): ‘And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:20, NLT) Amen.
I very much hope that you have enjoyed my “THOUGHT FOR TODAY” Psalms throughout the 6-1/2 years that I have been blogging with WordPress; It has been an honor and a pleasure of bringing these Psalms to you. And now, the time has come for one final thought, and this one comes from the 23rd chapter of Psalms (NLT); I would like to thank you so very much for giving me the pleasure of providing these Psalms to you. With love-JW
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.