Through Loving Eyes / “It Is Well with My Soul” / Friday Trip: Chandor Gardens

Through Loving Eyes,
through and through,
completely and throughout,
real Love,
passes completely through
the Heart of you.

Such Love
becomes an affirmation
that the Child you are,
and will always be,
will be Loved,
from moment to moment,
through Eternity.

You may think
there is no

real story to tell,
only the simplicity
of the rhythm and the rhyme
of being alive,
in Love

with Life,
and Living.
  But in the Gift
of conclusion:
“Love is through and through,
real or what you may imagine
is real,
Yesterday, Today,
and Tomorrow,
too.”

We were like children posing,
Playing at games, acting out names
Guessing the parts we played.”
Johnny Mercer

Life is Memory
in the making.
Everything we say and do
becoming strong, swift currents
in the River of Living,
movement of the moments
said or done.
But Life devoid of motion and magic
and memories,
leaves something less than
nothing,
an emptiness far beyond
the void of space,
Time
without measure,
and meaning
less.

“I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have Loved and lost
Than never to have Loved at all.’

Alfred Lord Tennyson
In Memoriam 1850

.
You
may be Blessed,
or cursed
or kissed.
You may be nothing
to anyone,
someone
never missed.
But to God,
you are a Child
of Everlasting Love,
and YOU are
His.

And nothing compares
in the whole wide Universe
to such Infinite Love,
as the Love
He feels
for His Child.

You
are more
than Everything.
You are
His Universe
in but one beat
of a precious Heart
that lives,
and lives,
and lives.

Pass on the Love
that gives,
and gives,
and gives.

                You are His Universe.

My Dear Friend,
when your precious Heart
beats for another,
you cannot give more
than it gives.
And,
you cannot live
more of Life,
than you live.

God
wants no more
than you should live
for Love.

The Love of God
is like the rain
that falls.
His Love also comes
from the Heavens above,
and it falls
on you.

Dr. Wm. C. Anderson 1981

He invites you
to channel the depths
of His powerful and tender Heart
into the Heart
that beats within
YOU.
There is
no greater Gift from God
than His Love.
And His Love
is
YOU.

Goodnight.
.

Dr. Richard L. Strauss

“We all need to know that
somebody Loves us.
The good news from God’s Word
is that somebody does.
To know Him is to find release
from the crippling effects of feeling unloved.
God is Love
(1 John 4:8,16).

Love is one of the warmest words
in the English language,
and that God is Love
is one of the most sublime, uplifting, and reassuring
Truths
known to Mankind.
It is the essence of His Being.
Love
is the way He is.”

Richard L. Strauss, Th.D.

  You can do no more than Live for Love.

In Philosophy this week:
What are the hidden TRUTHS
contributing to one of the largest
health epidemics in history?
Why is conventional wisdom
of “exercise and eat”
not holding true?
This generation is the first
to live shorter lives than
their parents.
Why?

Today we view the
outstanding film presentation:
Fed Up!

“It Is Well with My Soul”
from Hope & Humor
by James Watkins
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Life can be so unpredictable
joys and sorrows,
beautiful blessings and distressing difficulties,
can come unexpectedly.
Our life’s dreams and plans
can change in an instant.
We all know this to be true.
So how can we find peace amid
such turbulence?

Horatio Spafford

Horatio Spafford knew something
about life’s unexpected challenges.
He was a successful attorney and real estate investor
who lost a fortune in the great Chicago fire of 1871.

In 1871, Horatio, a devout Christian, and his wife, Anna,
were living comfortably with their four young daughters
in Lake View, Chicago.
In that year the great fire broke out which devastated the entire city.
For the next two years Horatio and Anna devoted their time to welfare work among the refugees of the fire.

By November 1873 the Spaffords decided
to join friends in Europe
but just before their departure Horatio was detained on business.
Anna and their four daughters were set off without him,
but en route tragedy struck.
The steamship they were traveling
on the Ville du Havre,
sank after colliding with another ship in mid-ocean.

Of the hundreds on board,
Anna was one of only 27 who were rescued
having been kept afloat by a piece of debris.
Her daughters did not survive.
Overcome with despair at the loss of her children,
Anna felt strongly that she had been saved
for a purpose.

Upon arriving in England,
Anna sent a telegram to her husband that began:
“Saved alone.
What shall I do?”

Horatio immediately set sail for England.
At one point during his voyage, the Captain of the ship,
aware of the tragedy that had struck the family,
summoned Horatio to tell him that they were now passing
over the spot where the shipwreck had occurred.
As Horatio thought about his daughters,
words of comfort and hope filled his heart and mind.
He wrote them down, and they have since become
a well-beloved hymn:
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When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll –
Whatever my lot,
thou hast taught me to know It is well,

it is well with my Soul.”

        Peace Like A River

But the tragedy surrounding the hymn
didn’t end there.
Horatio and Anna returned to Chicago,
and gave birth to Horatio II who would die at four years old
of scarlet fever in 1876.
Two years later, the couple gave birth to Bertha, who would would write that her parents not only suffered the pain of losing their fortune
and five children,
but it was compounded by a crisis of faith.
Were the children’s deaths a punishment from God?
Did He no longer Love them?
Horatio felt himself in danger of losing his faith.

In 1881, Anna gave birth to a sixth daughter,
appropriately named “Grace.”
Shortly after, the family of four moved to Jerusalem,
with Horatio explaining,
“Jerusalem is where my Lord lived, suffered, and conquered,
and I wish to learn how to live, suffer,
and especially to conquer.”

The family would remain in Jerusalem
and set up a children’s home.
And like his children, he too would die tragically.
Some reports claim he began to suffer delusions
that he was the second Messiah,
while his family insists it was the malaria fever
that caused the mental confusion
and death.

Anna and Horatio Spafford
led a small American contingent in 1881
to Jerusalem to form a Christian Utopian Society
known as the American Colony.
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They were later joined by Swedish Christians,
engaged in philanthropic work among the people of Jerusalem regardless of religious affiliation,
thereby gaining the trust of the local
Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities.
During and immediately after World War I
the American Colony played a critical role
in supporting these communities
through the great suffering and deprivations
of the eastern front by
running soup kitchens, hospitals, orphanages
and other charitable ventures.

Spafford died on October 16, 1888, of malaria
and was buried in Jerusalem.

But the tragedy surrounding the hymn
didn’t end there, either.
The tune was written by Philip P. Bliss,
which he entitled “Ville du Havre,”
the name of the ship that took the lives
of Spafford’s four daughters.
The hymn was first sung by Bliss himself
before a large gathering of ministers
hosted by Moody on November 24, 1876.

Just one month later, on December 29, 1876,
Bliss and wife were traveling to Chicago by train.
As the train passed over a trestle near Ashtabula, Ohio,
the bridge collapsed and the passenger coaches
plunged 75 feet into the icy river.
Philip was able to escape through a window,
but his wife was pinned in the wreckage.
As he went back to free his wife,
a fire broke out through the wooden cars
and both were burned beyond recognition.

Nine tragic deaths surround the hymn,
and yet those affected by them, could say,
“It is well with my Soul.”

Perhaps we cannot always say
that everything is well in all aspects of our lives.
There will always be storms to face,
and sometimes there will be tragedies.
But with Faith in a Loving God
and with trust in His Divine help,
we can confidently say,
“It is well,
it is well with my Soul.”
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“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet,
though trials should come,

Let this Be
lest assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own Blood for my Soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord,
haste the day when my Faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound,
and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my Soul.”

– lyrics by Horatio Spafford
music by by Philip P. Bliss
listen to song here

Friday Trip:
Chandor Gardens
in Weatherford

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So Far Away, It Lies Within / Keep Your Child’s Heart Healthy / Friday: Japanese Garden

“Beauty does not exist
Without love.”
– The Song of Solomon

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           A pathway having no end.

Can we shallow
The swift current
Of what we cannot comprehend,
Of life’s tribulations?

We test each other’s
Endurance and Faith,
Laid at the feet
Of our unwillingness
To Love one another.

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       God will send His Love to you.

On the threshing floor
Of our self-abased Lives,
Being so unwilling
To share,
To care,
We come to believe
In the burden of sacrifice,
So many
Are not be able
To bear.

“Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7

We discover
Through our Prayer,
In moments so very rare,
That Life and Love
Abide in lonely times,
Never knowing
They are the same.

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                   Go to a far off land within.

In the absence
Of mind,
We hasten our decline,
As our tears descend
And the river of life
Subsides.

But God
Sends His Love
To you.

In the arms of another
We find His Angel.
He gives us
To each other,
To show us
The way,
To let us know
The endlessness of Love
We feel
May be all
That is real.

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The endlessness of Love we feel, may be all that is real.

We touch this Earth
Indelicately,
With such brevity
That we never know
Just how much Love
Is never felt,
Never known,
And was there
To take.

In all that time
We never came to see
Love was beside us,
Inside of us,
Longing
To be.

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The pathway to Heaven lies through the Heart of another.

Such is the tragedy
Of Life,
Of Love,
That we did not Know.

“The eyes
are the gateway
to the soul.”
– Herman Melville

My dear friends,
Go somewhere,
Somewhere you may have
Never been.

The pathway to Heaven
Lies through the Heart
Of another,
The Love of a friend,
Down a pathway
Having no end,
Though a door
Of discovery,
In a world outside
Of where you have been,
So far away,
It lies within.

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In a world outside of where you have been.

“To see clearly
is poetry, prophecy, and religion
all in one.”
– John Ruskin

Go to that
Far off land
Within.
Spend your time
Listening,
To the sound
Of your own Heart beating,
On the other side
Of where you are.

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                  We touch this Earth.

When Hearts
Take flight,
Darkness
No longer descends.
Every night
Harbors a harvest moon,
Every day
Moves through us
Too soon.

We pass by
One another
Never knowing,
Never hearing
The rolling thunder,
The Voice ever after,
We should not
Forsake.

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           My friends, go somewhere you may have never been.

I pray
Four strong winds
Will carry you
To Heaven,
To the Heart
Of another
Whispering your name.

“The beauty of God
transfigures the one
who contemplates it
and transforms him
into this very same beauty.”
(2 Cor 3:18)

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We never know just how much Love is never felt.

                       How To Keep Your Child’s Heart Healthy
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Teaching a child healthy techniques will help him carry these techniques with him into adulthood, thereby cancelling any future health issues once he or she has left your care. Children who make heart healthy choices will decrease their chances of developing heart disease later in life.

Be very cautious about what is going down his food pipe. Stop spoiling his eating habits.

Include fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and fiber has been shown to provide you with nutrients that can protect your child against future heart disease. Make sure your child eats at least five, 1/2 cup servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Avoid adding sugar, dips or high fat spreads to your child’s fruits and vegetables.

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Beauty does not exist without love.

Set aside time in your child’s day for her to get exercise. Make sure the exercise is fun and enjoyable to her. Regular exercise is important to maintain a healthy heart. Encourage your child to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Let them Jump Kick and Run…In fact you can join them too! Participate in physical activity with your child. Watch your child’s sporting events. Take walks as a family after dinner. Go on family bike rides during the weekend.

Avoid letting your child use the Internet, watch television or play video games for more than two hours a day. Help your child pick what they want to watch or play each day. Make them turn off the media after the two-hour time period.

Poor oral hygiene can contribute to the development of heart disease later in the child’s life because the bacteria on your child’s teeth and gums can get into the bloodstream and negatively affect the arteries.

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He gives us to each other to show us the way.

Make sure your child brushes her teeth in the morning and before going to bed. Help your child to floss on a daily basis. Ensure that your child attends regular checkups with the dentist.

Limit your child’s salt intake. Consuming too much salt can put the child at risk for developing cardiovascular disease later in life, reports HelpGuide.org. Use spices instead of salt to add flavor to foods. Avoid giving your children processed, canned or frozen foods because these tend to have high salt contents.

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Ensure that your child attends regular checkups with the dentist.

Remove foods that are high in trans fats and saturated fats from your child’s diet. Both these fats cause the bad cholesterol called LDL to increase. Foods that tend to be high in trans and saturated fats include chips, whole milk dairy products, red meat, solid fats and packaged foods. Replace the unhealthy fats with unsaturated fats that come from foods such as olive oil, beans, fish, nuts and avocados.

Limit your child’s portions to help him avoid overeating. Do not make your child eat everything on his plate if he says he is full.

Smoking doesn’t just happen. Its peer pressure, advertisements, machismo, adult role models. Set an example yourself by avoiding cigarettes. Talk about it to your children when they’re at the age that they can comprehend and perhaps subconsciously ingrain the idea that cigarettes are a no-no for their heart and lungs.

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Every day moves through us too soon.

On FRIDAY November 6, 2015
we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the JAPANESE GARDEN, located at 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard (Tele: 817-392-5510).

Please gather at the main entrance of the Japanese Garden. Our SELF- guided tour starts at 10:00 a.m. Be on time – if our tour has started – just catch up with us. Do not drop off children without Dr. or Mrs. Anderson present.

We will spend approximately 1½ hours on our tour & visit the TREASURE TREE GIFT SHOP (Tele: 817-871-7668). Following the tour, we will travel to McKinley’s Fine Bakery & Café, 1616 South University Drive, Fort Worth (817) 332-3242 to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, we will tour the Rose Garden.

* WE WILL NEED DRIVERS. Please let Dr. A know if you can assist.

Pick-up is at the ROSE GARDEN at 2:30 p.m.

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

Please observe the POLICIES of the Garden. Uniform pants with a belt, polished shoes & red monogrammed school shirts are required.

PARENTS / GUARDIANS /NEIGHBORS / SIBLINGS / VISITORS and THE CURIOUS are always invited to participate on our trips.

Please do not disturb Dr. A. should he be found on the trail all alone and asleep or muttering incoherently to himself or a passerby or a frog or a tree. Teaching for many years is a highly probable causative factor!

Students are NOT to leave any facility at any time for any reason, including
the need to secure a ride, without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

FINANCIAL: Admission: $5.00 / Children (12 yrs. & under) $4.00 Please pay Dr. A. This is a group rate.

GIFT SHOP: There is a fabulous, “Treasure Tree” gift shop.

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In all that time we never came to see Love was beside us.

LUNCH: Please provide funds for lunch at the restaurant.
NOTE: We must follow the Garden Visitor Etiquette.

“I am a part
of all that I have seen. “
–   Alfred Lord Tennyson  

IMPORTANT DATES
Nov. 12 Shakespeare Scene and Monologue Competition
Nov. 23 – 27 (Mon.-Fri.) Thanksgiving / Fall Break

Dec. 3 – 4 Texas A.G.T. Conference (No school)
Dec. 18 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 21 – Jan. 4 Winter Break Holidays
Jan. 22 Fort Worth Stock Show
March 18 DFW New Auto Show in Fort Worth
April 29 Scarborough Renaissance Festival

“We were given two hands to hold,
two legs to walk, two eyes to see,
two ears to listen.
But why only one heart?
Because the other
was given to someone else,
for us to find.”

– Unknown

 A . n . d . e . r . s . o . n
Where precocious children & our precious pets (especially Rabbits)
are nurtured and appreciated.

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Love was inside of us, longing to be.