He Is Risen! – Happy Easter Everyone
I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a happy Easter over the weekend, and I hope you are spending the time away from technology and with family.
One of the other reform tools I plan to implement is the use of structured prayer about America’s leaders, including within VA, and the troubled offices we read too much about on a regular basis (I am talking about Phoenix and Philadelphia and Baltimore and Los Angeles).
Perhaps once a month, or maybe more frequently, I will include a prayer for readers to meditate on or pray (depending on religious affiliations).
I have seen this work in certain communities big and small, and I think it’s time we try to use prayer here within this community, too. It certainly could not hurt.
Anyway, happy Easter / Resurrection Day.
That a great idea Ben! Go for it! You have all my support!
This will give also a very powerful “Second Thought” to our suicidal Brothers and Sisters Veterans,
Before they are doing to the VA (and the rest of the Government,- DoD ecc)
the BIG favor- Saving their money!
Speaking about religion and politics at the same time is like going shooting jack rabbits at night with lots of bullets and lots of beer and whiskey – something good might happen but inevitably something ends up bloody.
“”Malum In Se””…Theology seems to be a ‘bad word’ today…to many it ccommunicates’bigotry,arrogance & exclusivism ridded with impracticality. Sure the people will allow “us”to have our theology??just don’t let it be manifested with to much conviction..I pray that y’all get to know “him” in a very special way as I have….Alot of us vet’s did “pray” today…now just watch god acknowledge our submissions.
Ben, Happy Easter to you and your family! You have been the voice of the voiceless (front line doctors and nurses & others) who are in the trenches trying to help vets with their medical problems. We appreciate it.
Your excellent stories and archive files make it harder for bad leaders to hide forever.
Your reminder about how the Phoenix, Philly, Baltimore, and Los Angeles VA Hospitals are in continual failure mode, makes one think that the new motto of the VA should be “Mediocrity is Marvelous”. Perhaps a Navy Signalman could select the proper signal flags with this message, and the flags could be hoisted on the flagpole at VA HQ on Vermont Ave. The story about the Washington VA failures is a shocker, and it is almost within sight of the Capitol Dome. Glad to hear that an Army Colonel (Retired) is taking over that hospital.
BTW, how is it that out of 150 VA hospitals, not one of them is overall excellent, and thus a model for the other 149?
Upon returning, I checked out your art work. The first word I read is, “Relax”. Like saying relax to someone in a graveyard and spooked, at midnight. This may well be one of, “those type””, situations where religious freedom and choice of not being religious can be a Site on it’s own. Hell, we just barely survived the election. I don’t want, I won’t, get into a discussion on line or at home on Religions/no Religions. Or, about Muslims/no Muslims. Prayer is good, or meditation. I see value in both. Hope this day is good for you, and yours. God Bless
Why is it in my life’s experience, each and every atheist I have encountered were real assholes of humans?
That same asshole will be more than likely crying to The Lord when death is knocking really close. Happens ALL the time, even to thorny atheists.
I know some people don’t believe what
Wikipedia says but this is a very good explanation about why people celebrate Easter
I myself pray for those who need it. Sometimes it seems that God doesn’t answer prayers. But he is our heavenly father. How many times as a child did you ask your father for something and he didn’t answer and maybe later on you got what you asked for. And then there were times you didn’t. Well I hope everyone had a great day and God Bless.
This article is about the Christian and cultural festival. For other uses, see Easter (disambiguation).
Icon of the Resurrection, with Christ having kicked down the gates of Hades and pulling Adam and Eve out of the tombs. Christ is flanked by saints, and Satan—depicted as an old man—is bound and chained. (See Resurrection of Jesus in Christian art.)
Type Christian, cultural
Significance Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus
Celebrations Church services, festive family meals, Easter egg decoration, and gift-giving
Observances Prayer, all-night vigil, sunrise service
Date variable, variable
2016 date 27 March (Western)
1 May (Eastern)
2017 date 16 April (Western)
16 April (Eastern)
2018 date 1 April (Western)
8 April (Eastern)
Related to Passover, of which it is regarded the Christian fulfillment; Septuagesima, Sexagesima, Quinquagesima, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Clean Monday, Lent, Great Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday which lead up to Easter; and Thomas Sunday, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and Corpus Christi which follow it.
Easter,[nb 1] also called Pascha (Greek, Latin)[nb 2] or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
Most Christians refer to the week before Easter as “Holy Week”—it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. In Western Christianity, Eastertide, or the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the fiftieth day, Pentecost Sunday. In Eastern Christianity, the season of Pascha begins on Pascha and ends with the coming of the fortieth day, the Feast of the Ascension.
Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts which do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars which follow only the cycle of the sun; rather, its date is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established two rules, independence of the Jewish calendar and worldwide uniformity, which were the only rules for Easter explicitly laid down by the council. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March, but calculations vary.
Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for “Easter” and “Passover” are identical or very similar. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church, and decorating Easter eggs (symbols of the empty tomb). The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide. Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades. There are also various traditional Easter foods that vary regionally.
In the early Church
Position in the church year
Non-observing Christian groups
Easter celebrations around the world
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I think PRAYER is absolutely necessary for any type of success! 1st..THANK YOU SWEET JESUS for your unselfish act…dying for my sins & your Resurrection..because of YOU LORD I & ALL BELIEVERS will have everlasting life. 2nd, Thank You to every Man/Women who done their unselfish act by serving/fighting for this beautiful country (USA) we all call home. 3rd Thank You to the families that have lost a love one defending all of us & this country; Prayers go out to each & everyone of you. Prayers for all the men/women & their families who are serving right now. I PRAY THAT OUR LORD WILL KEEP THEM SAFE & THEY ALL RETURN HOME IN GOD’S SPEED. I also ask You Lord to give Our POTUS the wisdom he needs to keep us all safe..Thank You Mr. Ben, you have been a blessing to my family. Thank You for your devotion in helping Vets, the information you give freely, is so easy to understand..You are truly a Blessing to all vets & their families. Thank You for your service in the military and for your continuous service in helping All Vets, again Thank You Sir..last (but not least) Thank You to my wonderful husband who served 2 terms (1973-1979)..Thank You Honey for being the man you are. I’m beyond proud to say “I’m your wife”. HAPPY EASTER TO THE WORLD…LORD BLESS EACH PERSON & THEIR FAMILY!!!
Happy Easter to @Ben and the bloggers/veterans here!!
a nice & powerful message today, and i welcome it and thank you for it.
i like and believe in prayer, i’ve seen it help many people in varying stages of their lives, good & bad, so by all means count me in.
“LP” and “Rosebud”,
Sorry, it was not my intention to “insult” anyone.
These “Christian Views” are my beliefs. If they’re not yours, then as a “person of a faith”, are you not supposed to forgive?
Thank you for your input!
From now on I will keep my faith to myself.
Kind of you to be so respectful.
Enjoy your holiday, no matter what your beliefs.
@Crazy elf – Please don’t keep your Faith to yourself. Jesus Christ is the one and only God, born of a virgin Mary, whom God himself called to give up His life, so that we might have one. No other God or person, for that matter, has done this for all man- and woman-kind. I hope all of you, no matter what your faith, had a wonderful Resurrection Day and Happy Easter. And, may all Veterans around the world finally start receiving proper and quality health care, and expedient claims filing processes like we’re supposed to receive.
@Crazy elf: Don’t you dare keep anything to yourself.
@Crazy elf: You served so that I could be free, I thank you, and alll combat veterans for doing so. Saying thank you doesn’t quite feel equitable, to what the rest of you have sacrificed. Today, before our evening meal we gave thanks, to all veterans, and also asked that our brothers and sisters in harms way be looked after and brought home safely to their families, and to watch over their families as well. This is no insult, this is gratitude.
YA’LL have a wonderful blessed EASTER SUNDAY. LAKE SAM RAYBURN TX. clear skies 82, not a rain cloud in site, mainly because i finished mama’s garden GOOD FRIDAY, when a light rain would surely be nice , good well, new pump , hope this one last 36 years. THANK YOU BEN; and all other VETS & FAMILY’S
I’m learning that they are all bad, they need some serious “overhauling employees” help!
where on the west coast or anywhere is there a good va clinic and hospital system?
If there are any, I would look where there are Navy bases. The Navy always had the best medical services for in-service. Maybe San Diego???
“”Malum In Se””…Lucidness evil “crys”” out and thus its ‘agent’s issue of moral turpitude finally show horns! !! If I’ve offended anyone please place the blame on all the vicissitudes about my life..I apologize…however the gifts of understanding our the “”treasurer’s of god””…And he gives unto every human a portion that seems good unto “‘himself”‘…If life has taught me anything in 61-yrs….””God is very real””and one day y’all shall know it to!!! Some sound very condescending about a little prayers…im placing y’all at the top of my prayer list?????…ten(10) minutes to prayer!!!
Ben, Happy Easter to you and your family as well. Thank you.
Ben, Happy Easter to you and your family and staff. May the “Great Budda”, smile on your path.
I go to the West LA VA, and have been going for years, are they having issues, I just read it in your msg?
Prayers most powerful thing there is Benjamin you know that and all of Christians know that. Hamster Lord to change you for his glory and I’ll do the same.
Hamster Lord? I’m thinking either a spellcheck gaff or somewhere in another dimensional universe/alternate reality earth, Hamster Lord rules over all and places mankind in extensive and creative habitrails? See, that’s what happens when there’s no cats existing in that alternate reality…Hamster Lord.
(Sorry, it just struck me incredibly funny)
I thought so too, but I’ll say it was probably an unintentional keyboard fat-fingering. (It is cute though!)
Happy Easter to All!!
He has risen! Thanks for all you do Ben! You have truly been a wonderful blessings for us vets!
God bless all!
Happy Easter , thank you for your updates on the va .
Easter is a Norse holiday celebrating spring by hunting rabbits, and having kids (and adults) collect bird eggs from fields for an evening feast.
Christianity is a farce that absorbed a liteny of other religious beliefs and holidays to make it more appealing to more people.
Wake up. Santa doesn’t exist.
Right on LP. Insulted by Crazy Elf’ s statement that many will not enter the golden gates. That leaves out billions who believe in a different creed. Christianity is not the only way to believe. There’s so much more.
For some reason the ‘believers’ of all faiths seem to believe that those of us who don’t believe in their beliefs need to be prayed for. Believe me, we are doing quite well on our own.
Whenever I get a condescending look or question about my perspective on religion, I echo a response I heard years ago, and which is so accurate. I simply look at them, smile, and reply: “I’m an atheist just like you.” To which they usually respond: “But I’m not an atheist.” I then ask them if they believe in Zeus, or Poseidon, or Thor, or Ahura Mazda, or Rama, or Breged, or ….”. Of course they admit they don’t. I explain, all those were gods from previous societies, and those believers were just as sincere and believing as you are. I then pause and finish with, “I just take it one god further.”
Whatever your beliefs, you are entitled to them. And enjoy this Easter, or Passover, or whatever spring celebration of your choosing.
HAPPY ISHTAR By: Bradley Loves……. i know most wont read this article because they have a piece of paper that tells them they know everything
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Max Planck, Father of Quantum Physics
Great quote. However, even the likes of human genius embodied in Stephen Hawking, with even more advanced theories on physics, way beyond Einstein; Stephen Hawking says he cannot discount ‘creation’ or ‘God’.
Because as you delve deeper with nature and the universe and physics, you quickly realize there’s “Force X” that is unidentifiable, yet is responsible for holding everything together.
They now call this “Dark Matter”, which also has been determined to exist everywhere, yet this ‘Dark Matter’ cannot be seen or actually dissected, scientist firmly believe with all their FAITH that it indeed exists, whether it’s there or not…SOMETHING has to be the “glue” or “Hands” that keep this all together.
Yet, many of these same analytical minds and fans of the science, but not so much religion, but are religiously believing SOMETHING must be keeping it all together…lots of faith there…but cannot conjure the faith to BELIEVE in a Creator, God. That also takes a mighty helping of faith and a leap of faith.
These same scientists call this unseen particle, “The God Particle”, coincidentally. “Higgs Boson”.
Humanity has spent trillions on supercolliders in an attempt to recreate….creation.
Humanity is only allowed to see what God wishes us to see and not see. I love science, but not so much the academic obstinate crowd.
your right LP I see the lies and propaganda we Americans are fed every day, and it makes my blood boil. What I really find disgusting and discouraging, though, is the gullibility of the people, who wouldn’t know the truth, or even where or how to search for the truth if their life depended upon it.”
– See more at: https://www.henrymakow.com/2017/04/……….,and no i do not hate anyone so dont even tell me that B.S….like you realley know me , i just look for the truth
Happy Easter to Ben and to all his followers of *”Disableveterans.org”!*
Today “HE” Rose! Today, all the sins of mankind had been forgiven.
To bad there are those who don’t believe in the “resurrection of the Holy Spirit!” For they will see themselves not allowed to enter into “His Kingdom!”
Prayers for thy enemy is as it should be for thy friends and family! For only then will they see the power of GOD and HIS FORGIVENESS!
Happy Easter/Passover Time period of Holiday to all Brothers & Sisters! 🙂
“It certainly could not hurt.” Are you kidding?
It’s a distraction.
Jesus; Please save me from your followers
Yes, wonderful idea! I too believe in the power of prayer! Once in while, remember to add in those still serving. Our medical plight is becoming equally as bad.
God Bless all those who have gone before, our Veterans and those serving that our only fights will have been the honorable battles against U.S. enemies and not a struggle within our own government. Amen
Happy Easter!! ? ?. ?
Good morning to all:
Turn on your TV. Dr. David Shulkin is on C-Span channel 70.
Thank you, Benjamin. Very wise suggestion. You all know that saying of, “There’s no atheists in foxholes”? Those “foxholes” are not just warzones, but also the battlefields of life itself.
I personally have witnessed the power of prayer in my own life too many times to ignore the evidence in front of me. Yes, I may believe a bit differently than my parents, but I believe all the same.
This suggestion for prayer for our plight with reforming the VA is better than any scathing VA OIG report to date…because it’s the ultimate in human accountability…to The Lord.
He is indeed risen! Happy Easter all. The VA has tag-teamed with Satan himself on earth…but we all know whom prevails in the end, right? Peace.
Prayer is good. Is that 1:00pm Southern time? @Ben, thanks for all you, and those who are work with you are doing. Happy Easter to you and your family. God Bless you Ben, and those you love.
Benjamin when will you allow us veterans to show our appreciation to you for all you have manifested and even more to come.?? Thanking you in advance.Big Biz (Malum In Se) .
thank you for your work and the suggestion of prayer. Would like to be included. Hope all have a great and safe weekend and remembering the Resurrection!
Thank You for all you do for the veteran community. Wishing all veterans who believe a Happy Easter.
“”Malum In Se””….per my last post im very happy!!!?? with Benjamin’s idea to include “”prayers”” onto this blog. In my opinion “prayers” is essential to the completion of an affirmative destination for American Veterans all over the U.S.!! Our Bible tells us…”that where two(2) or more come together in prayer god is present!!””. Thus tomorrow trust & believe
@1:00pm all veterans should stop what they are doing and “””PRAYER””” for us all. My brothers watch god react to our humble submissions!!! I know that we are going to be dismayed!!?????⚪????????????We win with “gods”???
Women veterans as well?? Sorry for just mentioning “Brothers”…Here is my prayer for now!! “”Dear heavenly father enlighten our mind, spiritual convictions to learn how to “forgive” those whom seek to keep us at odds with each other and “them”…give us wisdom & knowledge to say and move forward towards a destination that is certain for “all veterans”that seek their benefits be it compensation,pensions, education,health affairs ,home loans, on any platform.Finally father we thank you for sending Mr.Benjamin, to us and all he manifests for us vets!! Personally father I seek forgiveness. That the U.S. Legislature take upon themselves the authority to chastise the V.A. as only they can…give them courage to. “Stand up” together with one voice in proclaiming “””MALUM IN SE””” Amen.
Ben, thank you, and Happe Easter to you and your family as well.
Benjamin Krause, Happy Easter/Resurrection Day. I think prayer is an excellent idea and would be happy to participate.
Benjamin, I truly praise your decision to implement structured prayer. Since I have been commenting and reviewing your blog, this is the best of all your blogs. Happy Easter to you Benjamin and all. May God Bless each and everyone of you.
“”Malum In Se””…Im in the “”Motor City””(Michigan) and in 1-hr it will be “”1:pm”” and I’m humbly requesting “ALL VETERANS ” all over this beautiful country to “”submission””unto” “God” seeking his ‘Guidance, Mercy, Redemption, Strength,& Understanding, and most gracious father a “” Renewing of the Legislative Body”…peace father and more..Happy Easter ” to us all!! Please join me in prayer!! If your time zone is behind/ahead gods “see’s/hears the difference and it’s all his. Prayer,prayers and more prayers!! This is a very, emphatically serious time for vet’s…God is about to reveal himself for “vet’s” WATCH!!!…Malum In Se!!!???
Benjamin, and too, I very much appreciate your advocacy work efforts. Thank you for your informative efforts with providing the necessary resources to assist all veterans to help them survive in their battle between their own lives and with VA. You have most definitely have been a great source and resource for me. I surely wished that I could be approved for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation. My eligibility time frame has passed but the eligibility time frame was available only when I was too sick to participate or due to the VA not doing their jobs in VHA or VBA so that I could participate. Anyway, though, I just want to say “Many thanks for your efforts.”
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