Happy Easter

This Easter, We are wishing you and your family to have a prosperous and peaceful life. May you be blessed with home filled with harmony, joy

An Easter Message from President Reagan

As we head into a sacred weekend for many Americans, The Foundry would like to share these inspiring words with you. Have a wonderful celebration. (This was taken from the Heritage page)

Excerpts from President Ronald Reagan’s Radio Address to the Nation on the Observance of Easter and Passover, April 2, 1983

My fellow Americans:

This week as American families draw together in worship, we join with millions upon millions of others around the world also celebrating the traditions of their faiths. During these days, at least, regardless of nationality, religion, or race, we are united by faith in God, and the barriers between us seem less significant.

Observing the rites of Passover and Easter, we’re linked in time to the ancient origins of our values and to the unborn generations who will still celebrate them long after we’re gone. As Paul explained in his Epistle to the Ephesians, “He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. So then you were no longer strangers and aliens, but you were fellow citizens of God’s household.”

This is a time of hope and peace, when our spirits are filled and lifted. It’s a time when we give thanks for our blessings—chief among them, freedom, peace, and the promise of eternal life.

This week Jewish families and friends have been celebrating Passover, a tradition rich in symbolism and meaning. Its observance reminds all of us that the struggle for freedom and the battle against oppression waged by Jews since ancient times is one shared by people everywhere. And Christians have been commemorating the last momentous days leading to the crucifixion of Jesus 1,950 years ago. Tomorrow, as morning spreads around the planet, we’ll celebrate the triumph of life over death, the Resurrection of Jesus. Both observances tell of sacrifice and pain but also of hope and triumph.

As we look around us today, we still find human pain and suffering, but we also see it answered with individual courage and spirit, strengthened by faith.

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Recently, an East German professor, his wife, and two daughters climbed into a 7-foot rowboat and crossed the freezing, wind-whipped Baltic to escape from tyranny. Arriving in West Germany after a harrowing 7-hour, 31-mile journey past East German border patrols, the man said he and his family had risked everything so that the children would have the chance to grow up in freedom.

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In this Easter season when so many of our young men and women in the Armed Forces are stationed so very far from their homes, I can’t resist recounting at least one example of their sacrifice and heroism. Every day I receive reports that would make you very proud, and today I’d like to share just one with you.

While the San Diego-based U.S.S. Hoel was steaming toward Melbourne, Australia, on Ash Wednesday, its crew heard of terrible brush fires sweeping two Australian States. More than 70 people were killed and the destruction was great. Well, the crew of this American ship raised $4,000 from their pockets to help, but they felt that it wasn’t enough. So, leaving only a skeleton crew aboard, the 100 American sailors gave up a day’s shore leave, rolled up their sleeves, and set to work rebuilding a ruined community on the opposite end of the Earth. Just Americans being Americans, but something for all of us to be proud of.

Stories like these—of men and women around the world who love God and freedom-bear a message of world hope and brotherhood like the rites of Passover and Easter that we celebrate this weekend.

A grade school class in Somerville, Massachusetts, recently wrote me to say, “We studied about countries and found out that each country in our world is beautiful and that we need each other. People may look a little different, but we’re still people who need the same things.” They said, “We want peace. We want to take care of one another. We want to be able to get along with one another. We want to be able to share. We want freedom and justice. We want to be friends. We want no wars. We want to be able to talk to one another. We want to be able to travel around the world without fear.”

And then they asked, “Do you think that we can have these things one day?” Well, I do. I really do. Nearly 2,000 years after the coming of the Prince of Peace, such simple wishes may still seem far from fulfillment. But we can achieve them. We must never stop trying.

The generation of Americans now growing up in schools across our country can make sure the United States will remain a force for good, the champion of peace and freedom, as their parents and grandparents before them have done. And if we live our lives and dedicate our country to truth, to love, and to God, we will be a part of something much stronger and much more enduring than any negative power here on Earth. That’s why this weekend is a celebration and why there is hope for us all.

Thanks for listening, and God bless you.

An Easter Prayer

Easter Prayer

God, give us eyes to see
the beauty of the Spring
And to behold Your majesty
in every living thing
And may we see in lacy leaves
and every budding flower
The Hand that rules the universe
with gentleness and power
And may this Easter grandeur
that Spring lavishly imparts
Awaken faded flowers of faith
lying dormant in our hearts,
And give us ears to hear, dear God,
the Springtime song of birds
With messages more meaningful
than man's often empty words
Telling harried human beings
who are lost in dark despair
'Be like us and do not worry
for God has you in His care
amen

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Tallahassee: Bills being tracked

The following are just some of the bills that I track so that we can stay informed as to what is happening in Tallahassee.  The next few weeks are going to be very busy with many of these bills going for a full vote.

If you are interested just click on the (Senate) bills for details information. It is not possible to put out Action Items on each bill that will be making its way through the process. We can all go to the Florida Legislative website, track/review the status of bills and then take appropriate action.

TRACKED BILLS

 

SM 476 (2014) Amendments to the Constitution of the United States

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0476

                HOUSE - Referred to Calendar

                HOUSE - Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/21/14

 

CS/SB 950 (2014) Education

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0950

                SENATE - On Committee agenda-- Appropriations, 04/22/14, 9:00 am, 412 Knott Building

 

CS/SB 1030 (2014) Low-THC Marijuana and Cannabis

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1030

                SENATE - On Committee agenda-- Appropriations, 04/22/14, 9:00 am, 412 Knott Building

 

SB 1394 (2014) Education

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1394

                SENATE - On Committee agenda-- Appropriations, 04/22/14, 9:00 am, 412 Knott Building

 

CS/CS/SB 1576 (2014) Springs

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1576

                SENATE - On Committee agenda-- Appropriations, 04/22/14, 9:00 am, 412 Knott Building

 

SB 1702 (2014) Education

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1702

                SENATE - On Committee agenda-- Appropriations, 04/22/14, 9:00 am, 412 Knott Building

 
 
 

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