Just a few things that were part of my message last night that did not get ‘aired’:

‘Jesus has many who love his kingdom in heaven, but few who bear his cross. He has many who desire comfort, but few who desire suffering. He finds many to share his feast, but few his fasting. All desire to rejoice with him, but few are willing to suffer for his sake. Many follow Jesus to the breaking of bread, but few to the drinking of the cup of his passion. Many admire his miracles, but few follow him in the humiliation of the cross.’    THOMAS A KEMPIS

The Two Towers: Prior to their departure, the king’s niece, Princess Eowyn, is practicing her swordplay when our hero and future king of Rohan and Gondor, Aragorn, sneaks up to her from behind. Our Valkyrie-like princess (who secretly is in love with Aragorn) is not amused as her sword strikes his with force. At this juncture the following dialogue takes place: Aragorn: You have some skill with a blade. Eowyn: The women of this country learned long ago, those without swords can still die upon them. I fear neither death nor pain. Aragorn: What do you fear, my lady? Eowyn: A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire. Aragorn: You are a daughter of kings, a shield maiden of Rohan. I do not think that will be your fate.

And an extended interview from Ebony with former NBA player AC Green – http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_n10_v53/ai_20971233/

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