Encouraging, Comforting, & Urging

The Family Reunion

The Family Reunion

The setting was an old wood-framed church house.
Built by a tree on the crest of a gently sloping hill.
Its wood siding all faded and weather-worn.
The brass church bell for years had been still.

He walked up the hill to the church house.
With each step, old long-past years reappeared.
Soon in his mind, he could hear the congregation singing.
Then down his cheeks streamed the warm, wet tears.

Once again, the old song leader was his Grandpa.
His young Mama on a pump organ played.
Packed on the third pew were his mischievous boy cousins.
Standing by the back door to the music his dear Daddy swayed.

And old remembrances flooded his being.
A grand family reunion was well underway.
Hearing again the stories of King Jesus,
He couldn’t hold the tears at bay.

Then he moved from the little wooden church house.
Walked down the hill on the path just ahead.
The music and memories slowly fading in the distance.
He arrived at a cemetery with the graves of his family long dead.

There will be a great reunion in heaven in the future,
They’ll all be reunited one wonderful day.
They were all Believers in Jesus,
He’s the Light, the Truth, and the Way.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler
December 2015

The poem “Family Reunion” is in the forthcoming book, “Selected Poems: 1967 – 2020” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler and published by Poetry and Prayer Press.

Picture Credit: William Clarence Breeding, Sr. The church is in eastern Oklahoma near Ida Belle where my late father-in-law, William Clarence Breeding, Sr, and his family attended reunions.

In The Morning

Psalm 5:3 — Begin your day in prayer and meditation, so that you can maintain a peaceful outlook and not start your day in a race. Ask the Lord for the desires of your heart and believe that he will answer.

God Will Wipe Away Tears

Chariots of the Gods

This weekend I watched a 1970 movie on the possibility of ancient astronauts, aliens, and ETs. The movie’s title? Chariots of the Gods. I watched the movie via one of the streaming movie services.

The documentary movie was fun. Here’s some information about the documentary.

Chariots of the Gods

Chariots of the Gods (German: Erinnerungen an die Zukunft) is a 1970 West German documentary film directed by Harald Reinl. It is based on Erich von Däniken’s book Chariots of the Gods a book that theorizes extraterrestrials impacted early human life. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[2][3] It was the 9th highest-grossing film of 1970.[1]

Synopsis

The film begins by introducing the cargo cults established by South Pacific Natives after coming in contact with American planes in World War II. It claims that is likely that all religions began in a similar fashion. The viewer is then presented with various ancient texts, architecture, and artwork. Some of these include the Bible, the Pyramids, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Nazca Lines.

Reception

Upon its release in the US, Chariots of Gods grossed 25,948,300 dollars, making it the 9th highest-grossing film of 1970.[1] Film critic Phil Hall said, “They don’t make films like this anymore, and we should be glad for that.” The film was criticized for a lack of scientific evidence. Roger Ebert called it, “Science Fiction.”[4]

Other versions

The film was edited and dubbed into English in a 1973 American TV documentary, In Search of Ancient Astronauts, narrated by Rod Serling.[5] See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9KKLZmk5Uo

References

1.^ Jump up to: a b c “Erinnerungen an die Zukunft (1970)”. http://www.worldwideboxoffice.com.
2.^ “The 43rd Academy Awards (1971) Nominees and Winners”. oscars.org. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
3.^ “NY Times: Chariots of the Gods”. NY Times. Archived from the original on 15 March 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
4.^ Ebert, Roger. “Interview with Robert Ardrey | Interviews | Roger Ebert”. http://www.rogerebert.com.
5.^ In Search of Ancient Astronauts at Internet Movie Database

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariots_of_the_Gods_(film) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9KKLZmk5Uo

Roswell, New Mexico – Aliens and ETs

Roswell, New Mexico

August 2020 found me spending the night in Roswell, New Mexico at the Comfort Suites. I was on a trip to Alto, New Mexico. The first day’s journey had me spending the night in Roswell.

UFO incident of 1947

I had heard of Rowell most of my life compliments of the interest in the alleged UFO incident of 1947. It was the report of an object that crashed northwest of the city in June or July 1947, allegedly an extraterrestrial spacecraft and its alien or ET occupants that made the town famous.

Mogul

Since the late 1970s, the incident has been the subject of intense scrutiny, controversy, and of a conspiracy theory regarding a classified program named “Mogul.” Many UFO proponents maintain that the military found an alien craft, captured its occupants and that the government then engaged in a cover-up.

I like the name “Mogul.” I’ve named a character Mogul in a science fiction book I’m writing.

Something Happened

In recent times, the business community has deliberately sought out tourists interested in UFOs, science fiction, and aliens. Little green men statues, monuments, and t-shirts have invaded the town.

Walker Air Force Base

The carcasses of aircraft litter the former Walker Air Force Base as do commercial aircraft waiting their turn for a fresh coat of paint.

Even the sign welcoming you to town has a spaceship on it. I’ll cover more in future posts.

All the Days of My Life

The Interests of Others

Live in Harmony

A Front Porch View

He sat on a rustic cabin’s front porch.
Mountain peaks in front for him to see.
Back and forth moved his old wooden rocker.
The view framed by pine and juniper trees.

Some dog’s bark echoed in the distance.
An engine wails, straining to climb the pass.
A western tanager lands on top of a telephone pole.
And a deer looks both ways before crossing at last.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler
September 2, 2020
Written in Alto, New Mexico