BLESSED ARE THE MEEK: It doesn’t mean what you think it does – The dictionary says “meek” now means:
- Showing patience and humility; gentle.
- Easily imposed on; submissive.
That is NOT what Jesus was recommending to us. The Greek word that unfortunately gets translated as “meek” is “praus” (pronounced prah-oos).
According to the article linked below, praus was a military term referring to the temperament of a stallion who has been trained for war.
Such an animal learned so much discipline that it would respond instantly to its rider’s command, while still retaining its great spirit, courage and power. It galloped fearlessly into battle, yet amidst the noise, clashes, blood, and screams, it remained so tuned into its rider that it responded to a nudge or word to gallop ahead or stop on a dime, rear and strike out at an attacker or leap nimbly over a fallen comrade. Such horses were said to be “meeked.”
War horses are rare nowadays, but perhaps we can gain some appreciation for what Jesus meant by “Blessed are the meek” by studying police horses and K-9 officers and imagining ourselves as the animal with the Holy Spirit as our rider or handler.
TISSUE ALERT: I am both deeply saddened and greatly uplifted by this pony’s story. [5:00] – I’m putting it here as a possible Beatitudes meditation starter for you.
TRUMP: Defunding Planned Parenthood by Executive Order – Now that the courts have ruled in Trump’s favor, the Department of Health and Human Services says enforcement of the Protect Life Rule will begin immediately.
The Protect Life Rule prohibits Title X Family Planning funds from going to organizations or businesses that conduct or refer for abortions.
THE SQUAD: “These four are the reason there are instructions on the shampoo bottle.” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) [3:40] – He says the moderate Democrats he knows are embarrassed by these women and hate the attention they’re taking away from substantive issues.
THE SQUAD: [3:04] – A member of Antifa, armed with a rifle and incendiary devices, carried out a terrorist attack on an ICE facility in Tacoma, Washington.
In this video, two of the extremist Democrats on “The Squad” – Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Ayanna Presley – repeatedly refuse to condemn it.
ABORTION: During a secret meeting and without her knowledge or consent, Planned Parenthood’s Board of Directors fired Dr. Leana Wen from her post as PP’s President and CEO.
Wen is the first physician to attempt to lead the organization in nearly 50 years. Reportedly, the board didn’t like her efforts to turn abortion into a health issue rather than a political one.
I can see their point. If they ever start to talk seriously about abortion from the point of view of women’s health, they will have to address all the sexual abuse, physical damage, and deaths suffered by women during legal abortions, as well as the much higher rates of depression, addiction, suicide, breast cancer, and premature births among post-abortive women.
They can’t have that!
PARTICIPATION TROPHY ADULTS: This is worth reading, particularly if you are raising children – “When you run across an adult-aged human who can’t take constructive criticism, you can be pretty sure they never got any from their parents, or maybe even not from their teachers. But the saddest part of this tale is that no one ever loved this young woman enough to provide her the guidance and discipline everyone needs to cope in the real world.”
STORM AREA 51: It might be an unserious, gamers’ prank (one hopes), but the Air Force has taken notice – Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews warned anyone seriously intending to storm the site to think twice.
″[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” she said. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
Facebook is so full of it when they claim they aren’t targeting the right. This open call to assault an Air Force base is supported by three different Facebook pages that have not been banned. But a woman who is campaigning to stop Drag Queen Story Hours at public libraries has had her entire page taken down.