This story came to us by email sent to us by a DIT-er.
It is one of those emails that goes round the internet, so when it arrived, I was, of course, skeptical.
But, guess what, there is truth to this story.
According to Wikipedia it is …."a story entitled "Who's Your Daddy?", which circulated via email. The story, though considerably embellished, was based on incidents Hooper recalled in his autobiography."
It is Sunday and time for worship music before you head off to Church or, if you are reading this later in the day, after returning.
Or perhaps you are a shut in and this is 'it'.
Regardless, the Hymn today is a favorite of many many folks.
So what is the Hymn today? you ask.
Well, is a Fannie Crosby Hymn, "All the way my Savior leads me."
According to Wikipedia, the story behind the writing of this hymn is:
"This hymn came to Fanny as a result of a prayer. Struggling financially, she desperately needed some money. As her usual custom, Fanny began to pray. A few minutes later, a gentleman offered her five dollars, the exact amount she needed. Later recalling the incident, she said, "I have no way of accounting for this except to believe that God put it into the heart of this good man to bring the money." The poem she wrote afterward became "All The Way My Savior Leads Me - Aldrin Lapitan"
So, with that by way of background, perhaps you will want to sing along to the piano rendition of this Hymn.
The words (Text) are on the page to which we will be linking. But you can can see the music with the words if you click on (Piano). And, to see the music plus Guitar chords, click on (Guitar)
Rather it is a NASA / SDO collection of images that let's us look at the sun and not go blind.
Not only that, we can see many solar flares, two partial eclipses of the sun by the moon (at 00:30 and 2 minutes 28 seconds), the transit of Venus (at 1 minutes 51 seconds) and sunspots.
As the accompanying article states: "the video may seem repetitive to some viewers, but if you can stick it out till the end, you are treated to a four-wavelength view, which shows how different the sun appears depending on what wavelengths you are measuring."
Well, it seems that there is a project underway to sign up folks to move to and live on Mars !!
This will be a one way trip.
You move there and stay there. There is no return flight.
Who would do this?
Is this serious?
By the way. Just between you, me, and the gatepost -- they might need to do some more work before sending folks to Mars. By that I mean, when trying to click on the video that accompanies the article -- nothing happened. Hmmmmm.
Anyway, for details and information on how to sign up -- check out this article telling about the project -- and here's hoping the video part works for you : )
The one to which we will be linking today was sent to us by a DIT-er.
What is it this time?
Well, according to the info sent by the DIT-er
it ... "won Grand Prize - Best of Show at International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula Montana ! The majority was shot on location in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and The National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming ."
Pull up your chair and watch this beautiful 3 minutes 45 seconds video.
Soloist for the Billy Graham Crusades, George Beverly Shea was 104.
Known as "America's beloved Gospel singer", he is perhaps best known for his rendition of "How Great Thou Art".
In addition to singing for the Billy Graham Crusades, he was also a well know singer on his own, with more than 70 albums.
The link to which you will be taken today gives a brief history of his life (but you will notice that the writer called him a 'she' -- hmmm, I guess either the name Beverly was confusing or the writer's spellcheck didn't recognized that 'she' should have been 'he' or 'Shea'.)
By the way, according to Wikipedia, "It was on "Club Time"(a radio program that he hosted from 1944-1952) that Beverly Shea became George Beverly Shea at the insistence of the advertising agency; it seems they felt most listeners were confused by a man named 'Beverly.'"
Anyway, a giant of the Christian Soloists has gone to heaven and is now singing in the heavenly choir.
Yes, he will be missed here but fortunately we still have recordings of his God-honoring voice.
To read more and to view short videos of him singing "How Great Thou Art" and "The Wonder of it All", HERE'S THE LINK.
And, of course, good ole Wikipedia has considerable additional interesting and insightful information which you will definitely want to know. HERE'S THE LINK
It tells of "an unusual high school football game played in Grapevine, Texas between Grapevine Faith Academy and the Gainesville State School. Faith is a Christian school and Gainesville State School is located within a maximum security correction facility.
"Gainesville State School has 14 players. They play every game on the road. Their record was 0-8. They've only scored twice. They are teenagers who have been convicted of crimes ranging from drugs to assault to robbery. Most had families who had disowned them. They wore outdated, used shoulder pads and helmets.
Faith Academy was 7-2. They had 70 players, 11 coaches, and the latest equipment.
"Chris Hogan, the head coach at Faith Academy, knew the Gainesville team would have no fans and it would be no contest, so he thought, "What if half of our fans and half of our cheerleaders, for one night only, cheered for the other team?" He sent out an email to the faithful asking them to do just that. ...
The idea took root. On the night of the game, imagine the surprise of those 14 players when they took the field and there was a banner the cheerleaders had made for them to crash through. The visitors' stands were full. The cheerleaders were leading cheers for them. The fans were calling them by their names. ...
Faith won the game, and after the game the teams gathered at the 50-yard line to pray. That's when Isaiah, the teenage convict-quarterback surprised everybody and asked if he could pray.
He prayed, "Lord, I don't know what just happened so I don't know how or who to say thank you to, but I never knew there were so many people in the world who cared about us."
On the way back to the bus, under guard, each one of the players was handed a burger, fries, a coke, candy, a Bible, and an encouraging letter from the players from Faith Academy ... "
This is a true story. To see the 5 minutes 29 seconds video which confirms it, HERE'S THE LINK