by Jay Kelly
This blog is for Day 15 of a month of gratitude.
Homework: Give thanks for all the ways you have been educated. What were your favorite lessons and classes as a kid? Who were your favorite teachers. Did you like history?
Centuries of recorded biblical and non-biblical history can illuminate our paths today. We have countless lessons from the scriptures that teach us so that we don’t have to learn everything the hard way.
“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you do not fall!”
-I Corinthians 10: 11-12
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayan, philosopher, poet and novelist, 1863-1952.
Thank God for your brain. Learn something new today and give thanks. You can start with a little trivia…
Today’s Highlights in History for October 15:
In 1858, the seventh and final debate between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place in Alton, Ill.
In 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his looks by growing out his beard.
In 1917, Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, was executed by a French firing squad outside Paris.
In 1928, the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, N.J., completing its first commercial flight across the Atlantic.
In 1946, Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering fatally poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed.
In 1964, it was announced that Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev had been removed from office.
In 1969, peace demonstrators staged activities across the country, including a candlelight march around the White House, as part of a “moratorium” against the Vietnam War.
In 2003, eleven people were killed when a Staten Island ferry slammed into a maintenance pier. (The ferry’s pilot, who’d blacked out at the controls, later pleaded guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.)
Ten years ago today: The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Five years ago today: Thousands of people opposed to gay marriage gathered on the National Mall in Washington to call for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.
One year ago today: The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 to win the NL championship series 4-1 for its first pennant since 1993.
Have fun growing in gratitude today. Hope this helps. See you tomorrow,