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Josiah the Blind

Suddenly, there was mud on his eyelids.

There wasn't much for a blind man to do but beg in those days.

Josiah, at least, had a good high-traffic spot near the healing pool.

Blind from birth, Josiah didn't complain about his lot. Could be worse. At least he didn't have leprosy.

One day, Josiah overheard some strangers talking nearby, one saying he proposed to use Josiah. Suddenly, there was mud on his eyelids. "WTF?" thought Josiah, "That's spit!"

He got up, stumbled down the steps to the pool, washed off the mud, and discovered he could, for the first time in his life, see!

Josiah washing in the Pool of Siloam
He didn't ask for it. He didn't know who his benefactor had been. Some guy named Jesus.

He didn't even know what to do, so, at first, he went back to his usual begging spot, but folks pretty quickly took note that the old blind guy could see.

Word got around. The authorities heard about it. They dragged him into court. They interrogated his parents. They accused him of fraud. Even though they all knew, at heart, that the blind had been made to see.

Josiah gave great testimony.

He simply told the facts. "One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see."

Then he told the truth. "Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing."

They couldn't handle the truth.

Jesus picked a pretty good messenger.

They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

When Josiah learned that he had been cast out of the synagogue, he was at first greatly downcast, but he was much encouraged when Jesus directed that he should immediately prepare to go with them to the camp at Pella. This simple-minded man of Jerusalem had indeed been cast out of a Jewish synagogue, but behold the Creator of a universe leading him forth to become associated with the spiritual nobility of that day and generation.

And now Jesus left Jerusalem, not again to return until near the time when he prepared to leave this world. With the two apostles and Josiah the Master went back to Pella. And Josiah proved to be one of the recipients of the Master’s miraculous ministry who turned out fruitfully, for he became a lifelong preacher of the gospel of the kingdom.

Why did Jesus put spit on the blind man?
by chrissythehyphenated at PoliNation

Turkey and Cheese Omelette Breakfast
What We Eat #1. 2014 Feb 13
Breakfast of Turkey and Cheese Omelette
with toast, coffee, and juice

I didn't feel much like fussing with bacon, so when I looked in the refrigerator drawer and saw sliced turkey, I was happily inspired to make a Turkey and Swiss Omelette. A tasty recipe to be repeated.

The plate may look a little bare as a result of no side dish other than buttered toast, but the omelette has all the goodies, including oregano, cumin, and cilantro, and a dollop of our own Santa Fe-style hot green chili sauce on top. Orange-peach-mango juice with a dash of cranberry. And coffee. Mmm.

Photo: Mindful Webworker

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My best Scrabble story

Good sportsmanship can take strange forms

When I was in high school, 6-yrs-younger sister and I were playing Scrabble one day.

Pretty late in the game, I was saving up to attempt a use-all-your-tiles 50-point-bonus word, with a few good high point tiles. Although the board was crowded, I saw my opening, a lonely "s" that would work perfectly for me.

But it was my sister's turn, so naturally she put down a single tile to form the word "is," for two points, using up that available "s."

Bloody Scrabble tilesI slammed my fist down in disappointment. We had a Scrabble board lazy susan, and that meant, when I calculatedly banged one edge of the turntable, all the tiles catapulted.

At first my sister yelled, but I quickly conceded the game (I think she was ahead anyway), and when I had explained the cause of my frustration, she understood perfectly and we both had a hearty laugh about it.

That's when Mom, having heard my sister's outcry at first, came rushing down the hall and sent us both to our rooms, despite all our explanations that things were fine. (Yeah, Mom was wrong, but parenting is not an exact science, right? At least that's what it says in my Parenting Handbook. In fact, that's all it says.)

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Attractive Power

Let your light so shine.

Let us re-dedicate ourselves today to faith in the attractive power of practical, hopeful principles.

True disciples of the Lie will never be persuaded, but many a confused heart and mind needs only have Truth and Right presented positively, for murky ignorance to be replaced by the clear light of understanding.

Kids playing

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Ten-Spot from the Past

It arrived from the middle of the last century!

Mrs had a dresser which belonged to her mother, and was giving it to our daughter, so, naturally, I get The Dirty Job, to vacuum up the cobwebs underneath it.

Stuck under the very bottom, rolled up, was a 1950 $10 bill.

Damaged parts of bill

It wasn't under a drawer, it was stuck in a groove in the wood "skirt" around the bottom.

If you look at the back of the bill, you can see the patch of varnish stain on what was the outside of the rolled-up bill. Was it in there when (if) the dresser was refinished, or did the varnish just transfer over the years?

We've got it flattening out in a book. Mrs hopes to find a two-sided frame to display it. Nothing special about it. Just an old Federal Reserve Note.

But how did it get there? Did her mother put it there? Was it some kind of reserve emergency money? Not easy to stash or to get to, but sure wouldn't be found by an intruder.

This mystery!