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Jesus is all the world to me.

1 Jesus is all the world to me:
  My life, my joy, my all.
He is my strength from day to day;
  Without Him I would fall.
When I am sad, to Him I go;
No other one can cheer me so.
When I am sad, He makes me glad;
  He’s my Friend. 2 Jesus is all the world to me,
  My Friend in trials sore.
I go to Him for blessings, and
  He gives them o’er and o’er.
He sends the sunshine and the rain;
He sends the harvest’s golden grain:
Sunshine and rain, harvest of grain—
  He’s my Friend. 3 Jesus is all the world to me,
  And true to Him I’ll be.
Oh, how could I this Friend deny
  When He’s so true to me?
Following Him I know I’m right;
He watches o’er me day and night.
Following Him by day and night,
  He’s my Friend. 4 Jesus is all the world to me,
  I want no better friend.
I trust Him now; I’ll trust Him when
  Life’s fleeting days shall end.
Beautiful life with such a Friend;
Beautiful life that has no end!
Eternal life, eternal joy,
  He’s my Friend.

Joy, oh joy.

Even in the midst of grief and sadness there can be joy.

Such was the case for me yesterday when I baptised Phoenix James Medeiros.  He is a happy, outgoing, and engaging wee lad.  He makes me smile and laugh.

Here we are soon after his baptism.

BREXIT? From the elected Mayor of Bristol UK (my home City} - via my niece

Bristol, U.K. is one of only two cities in the U.K. to have an elected (hence executive) Mayor.

The current elected Mayor, Marvin Rees has this to say in the light of many racist incidents following the Brexit vote.

Good for you Mayor Rees.

I cannot resist tweaking the noses of my left wing liberal Christian friends in the USA  who have their own prejudices regarding evangelicals. 

Mayor Marvin Rees is an evangelical Christian.  His statement is entirely congruent with the beliefs of most evangelicals in the U,K, Good for them too!

"I almost dissolved in a puddle of tears", or "On getting a U.S.A /U.K. flight (and back again) at short notice".

I needed (at very short notice)  to get a flight from south west Florida to London for a funeral in Bristol U.K.

Many flights were already overbooked.

British Air and Delta fares were horribly high.

Cheaper fares were available for those who do not mind 172 stopovers( I exaggerate a bit!).

In due course I settled on  Virgin Atlantic flights (not cheap, but not ultra-expensive) from Sarasota via Atlanta, to London Heathrow  (and back home again!) 

Booking on line should be simple.  But it ain't!

ON MY FIRST ATTEMPT:  The Virgin Atlantic site crashed.

ON MY SECOND ATTEMPT: My Discover Card was rejected for no good reason.  I have a good credit history.

ON MY THIRD ATTEMPT: My booking was successful, using a different credit card.

Whoop dee doo (or so I thought)
I called the Discover Card people.' They conceded that they had rejected my charge for no good reason, and that my card would not be billed. SO FAR SO GOOD.
I'd been on line and on the 'phone for more that two hours s…

Brexit for Dummies

Part One  (from  jmp)

The Brexit referendum was advisory, not mandatory.

"The U.K. vote was not a plebiscite.   It was a  referendum to give advice to Her Majesty's Government.

( I wonder how many U.K. voters realised that the Referendum  was advisory, not mandatory).
It had to be that way because under the U.K.'s (unwritten) Constitution the authority to make law rests in Parliament (or perhaps more correctly to "The Queen in Parliament").
U.K. governance is not like a New England Town meeting in which the voters in anygiven town have a  direct say in how the town is governed and its budget set.
U.K. voters indirectly make changes in law possible by changing the majority party when electing  Members  of Parliament in a General or by-election. 
Even that is not absolute because the House of Lords  (unelected) also has a limited role in law making (delaying or amending legislation, but even a House of Lordsvote to amend legislation has to be refered back to the Commo…