“Suffering, gracefully accepted, refines the human heart,
and the experience of darkness sharpens the vision of the spirit.”

Paul Glynn, A Song for Nagasaki:
The Story of Takashi Nagai:
Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb

According to Wikipedia Spam is (stylized SPAM) is a brand of canned cooked meat made
by Hormel Foods Corporation.
It was first introduced in 1937 and gained popularity worldwide after its use during World War II.
By 2003, Spam was sold in 41 countries on six continents and trademarked in over 100 countries
(not including the Middle East and North Africa).

According to its label, Spam’s basic ingredients are pork, with ham meat added, salt,
water, modified potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite as a preservative.
Natural gelatin is formed during cooking in its tins on the production line.
Many have raised concerns over Spam’s nutritional attributes,
in large part due to its high content of fat, sodium, and preservatives.

I also understand it’s the “national” food of Hawaii as “Hawaiians sometimes call it
“Portagee Steak” oddly my money was always on the pineapple.

And also according to Wikipedia Spam or rather Spamming is:
Electronic spamming is the use of electronic messaging systems to send an
unsolicited message (spam), especially advertising, as well as sending messages repeatedly
on the same site. While the most widely recognized form of spam is email spam,
the term is applied to similar abuses in other media:
instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam,
Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, online classified ads spam,
mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions,
social spam, spam mobile apps, television advertising and file sharing spam.
It is named after Spam, a luncheon meat, by way of a Monty Python sketch about a
restaurant that has Spam in every dish and where patrons annoyingly chant “Spam!”
over and over again.

I must confess that I have never tried Spam.

I never cared for bologna so I kind of figured I wouldn’t care for Spam.
I’ll just stick to ham.

However that other kind of Spam…
well let’s just say I’ve had my fair share of that unappetizing mess.

We all get the e-mails, the phising (not fishing), the viruses (electronic and not physical),
the phone scams etc…
and yet we must admit it happens here in blogland as well.

Ever so often I’ll go into the comment section on my admin page in order to see if anyone
has been earmarked as spam.

I know that some of my blogland friends will make comments on posts and I will receive
an email notification along with the regular WP notification.
Yet every once in a while a friend’s comment is deemed spam by good ol AT&T.

WP is also prone to throwing friends into the black abyss of either ‘awaiting moderation’
or simply delightfully chunking them to spam. I too have been the victim of being chunked.

So yesterday I went into my site in order to check the spam allotment while
trashing what was indeed a bunch of junk as I sought to rescue anyone who had been
sorely misplaced.

Yet I stopped long enough to skim over one offering in particular that was about as vulgar
as it gets…and to think they were targeting poor ol Taylor Swift.
Not being one who stays up with the music scene…I don’t know why Ms. Swift should be so
grossly vilified, but gross it was.

My knee-jerk reaction, before pushing delete, was to simply bemoan the level of sickness
and vileness that runs rampant across our senses.

But then my thoughts shifted to the evil that is actually at work…
Evil found in something such as mind-numbing as the prevalent swarth of spam
on a simple little blog…

And so I was struck by the contrast of such thoughts of spam..thoughts for its reasons,
its uselessness and its dark and evil agendas countered by the thoughts of one who
lived to survive chaos and evil and came to know both peace and worth…
hope and salvation…

All of us will have to render an account of our lives when we die.
God will not be interested in who or what we were.
No, only in this: how did we live?
That will be the sole matter for judgment.
A company director won’t be able to pull rank on a waiter,
and a fisherman’s wife will be on a par with a millionaire’s wife.
Ships’ officers will receive no preference over ships’ cooks.
All will be judged by exactly the same measure:
did we use our talents well and for his glory?

Takashi Nagi
from A Song for Nagasaki
(Takashi Nagai, a survivor of the atomic bomb and convert to the Catholic faith
who lived a life of heroic virtue in the face of great tragedy)

The words of Takashi Nagai pointedly reminds us that we must consciously choose how it is we
wish to use our ‘talents’…those abilities bestowed upon us long before our birth…
gifts, abilities, and talents endowed upon, and found within, each of us—
given to us all by grace form the Father and the Creator to His created and children.

Will we opt to use them for the betterment of others and to God’s glory or will we use them
for the detriment of others and of self?…
Detriments much like the annoying spam folks are wasting their precious time over by creating and
sending to tiny little blogs like mine?

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another,
as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

1 Peter 4:10

21 comments on “spam

  1. says:

    The Spam that I don’t love me very much, is made right here in my home state. I love Monty Python and agree whole heartedly with his opinion of the meat in a can. I have to check and see if I have any lingering in my spam folder.

    • The funny thing is that I actually saw a commercial last evening advertising for Spam— it’s a wonder mother didn’t try feeding that to us— if we could have sloppy joes and potato sticks out of a can-why not some sort of ham!?

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  3. Salvageable says:

    My mother diced spam and served it in a cold macaroni salad. I could cheerfully consume a plate of that right now. J.

  4. pkadams says:

    Spam is pretty tasty if you’re running low on sodium. 😀 Great post as far as the evils and goals of spamming.

  5. Tricia says:

    I’m truly baffled by the stuff that shows up in my spam folder. Not only is is it spam but it’s poorly done as I can’t even figure what most them are supposed to be selling.

    I love Spam in a can by the way! One of those things from childhood I can’t let go of.

  6. Wally Fry says:

    I rather like Spam and bologna. Not hot dogs so much. What exactly is pork with ham meat anyway? Good post, as always Julie

  7. Deborah Garrott says:

    Hello Julie my name is Deborah and I am Australian- I think I commented on your page back in July. I am just letting you know that I enjoyed your September 1st; page. On August 5th; my Beloved Husband who I had spent these past 36 years with was unexpectedly killed in a motor bike accident. Needless to say I haven’t read your page much.My Husband had been a Prison Chaplain for 16 years and loved His Lord and Saviour. Of course I am devastated but our awesomely faithful God is continuing to strengthen and encourage my heart daily as I now face everything without my Beautiful Husband. May God continue to richly bless you- Deborah Garrott.

    • Oh dear Deborah—I’ve actually written a reply to you on each post you’ve commented on but I fear you’re not seeing them. On your last comment, I even offered you my e-mail as I would very much like to reach out to you as I know how much you must be hurting as you step out each new day without your husband. Please know that I have been holding you in my prayers and pray that you will see my responses and know that I am keeping you lifted up!

  8. David says:

    Spam fritters were probably the only edible offering on our very limited school dinner menu, Julie. So I have fond memories of spam although I haven’t eaten it since the early 70s. Spam kept me alive when I was a teenager. Which is more than I can say for a couple of ships’ cooks I sailed with – yet it appears that ships’ officers will receive no preference over ships cooks’, according to Takashi Nagai! I need to introduce him to a certain gentleman from Liverpool.

  9. SLIMJIM says:

    I actually love Spam…but trolling spammers, not so much

  10. Dawn Marie says:

    ‘Fried spam’ was always the way my mom prepared it for us. I never did prepare it for my own family – I think we are more conscientious about our food intake now than a generation ago? Obadiah comes to mind regarding the obscene spam sometimes sent…Your deeds shall return on your own head.

  11. Oh, Julie… I’m absolutely convinced that you can make an entertaining and enlightening post out of just about anything…even spam! I love the way you tie it all together… Spam the food with spam in inboxes. Both aren’t particularly good for you… some of it is extremely bad! And I have to wonder with you, how anyone has the kind of time to waste that some many spammers seem to have…Oh, what they could do if they applied their efforts in a positive and good direction. It is truly heartbreaking that people choose to waste what they have been given in such a way. Excellent post, dear friend, as always! ❤ ❤

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