Encouraging The Me In You…(if I do not, who will?)


Take it back…
What was said,
can it be done?
This war…
That war…
The war of attrition…
Can it be won?
Processes of eliminations
well under way
what will remain,
to choose from?
The lesser of the two evils
for the greater good?
again and again and again
And it’s nothing like
staff turned snake
to consume two conjured snakes
no not all…
nor like when a prophet calls on God
to thoroughly consume by fire, bull…water…wood
Sere…leaving no trace of a cause to doubt
No…
these choices to be made
are no such thing so clear
as those guiding signs given
If God be at work
in any of this electoral process
it is truly a mystery
but I remain vigilant
compeled to remain steadast
though knees quiver
You are my shelter
my sanctuary
my refuge
my safe keeper
Believing against all prevailing winds
there is nothing that You cannot do
and therefore…
must not lose faith
despite what is seen.
1 Samuel 30:16

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1 Samuel 30

David Destroys the Amalekites (swift justice for terrorizers)

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30 David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.
(remind anyone of current events?)
When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him, and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?”
(what leaders do we have present day to ask such questions of the Lord and seek His wise counsel?)
“Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
David and the six hundred men with him came to the Besor Valley, where some stayed behind. 10 Two hundred of them were too exhausted to cross the valley, but David and the other four hundred continued the pursuit.
11 They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat— 12 part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. He ate and was revived, for he had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights.
13 David asked him, “Who do you belong to? Where do you come from?”
He said, “I am an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite. My master abandoned me when I became ill three days ago. 14 We raided the Negev of the Kerethites, some territory belonging to Judah and the Negev of Caleb. And we burned Ziklag.”
15 David asked him, “Can you lead me down to this raiding party?”
He answered, “Swear to me before God that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master, and I will take you down to them.”
16 He led David down, and there they were, scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and reveling because of the great amount of plunder they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from Judah. 17 David fought them from dusk until the evening of the next day, and none of them got away, except four hundred young men who rode off on camels and fled. 18 David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. 19 Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back. 20 He took all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock, saying, “This is David’s plunder.”
21 Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow him and who were left behind at the Besor Valley. They came out to meet David and the men with him. As David and his men approached, he asked them how they were. 22 But all the evil men and troublemakers among David’s followers said, “Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, each man may take his wife and children and go.”
23 David replied, “No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the Lord has given us. He has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us. 24 Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.” 25 David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this.
(what a contrast from this day and age?)
26 When David reached Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, “Here is a gift for you from the plunder of the Lord’s enemies.”
27 David sent it to those who were in Bethel, Ramoth Negev and Jattir; 28 to those in Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa 29 and Rakal; to those in the towns of the Jerahmeelites and the Kenites; 30 to those in Hormah, Bor Ashan, Athak 31 and Hebron; and to those in all the other places where he and his men had roamed.

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dove
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
– Thomas AquinasGod Bless
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Constant Public Shaming And Disgrace


Luke 9:26
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
KJV
Not everyone is able to stand unassisted

Many are unable to walk
to grasp…
to push…
to pull…
Physicality is not the measure of accomplishment
God can use anyone
at anytime
to serve His plan and purpose
https://youtu.be/6kxSrPD__BA
And it’s simply a shaming fact
for those of us who can
but won’t
who see…but don’t
it’s a sad statement
when the first responders in all aspects of life
are often among those
last to arrive
conscience pushed to the sidelines
Unconsciously rendered unconscious
life for some…
evolved into just another spectator’s sport
unable to distinguish reality
or “living water” for that matter
from a liquid crystal’s mesmerizing display
crystal ball
Popcorn sales…
at an all time high
shame on us all
while stressing the “Brexit”
and how it might impact 401ks
our priorities skewed…

Boy are we ever profoundly F- – – – D!
(OOPS…the Old Man’s carnal Freudian slip is showing again…don’t look! He’s heard worse.)
But…
Mark 9:41
(there’s always a “but” with God…)
“For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.”
He gives freely…
well living water
Much better than He got…
vinegar
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dove

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
– Thomas Aquinas

God Bless

Remembrance Of Sister Anthony

(I was named by my Parents after Sister Anthony, who helped my Mom to deliver me at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Aug.3, 1959.
Sister Anthony took her name from Saint Anthony.
Saint Anthony is the finder of lost things.)

 

What has gone missing,
That was once and for all time “Given?”
Where has it gone?
Is it simply misplaced?
Can it be found again?
Need it be?
Steps strayed from a path retraced?
Why so put upon?
Why so trialed and challenged?
Are we searching for eye-glasses,
resting on the bridges of our noses?
Are we ransacking our own domiciles in anger and frustration,
searching for keys already securely in our pockets?
Was it not our choice to don the hats we now cannot find upon our own heads?
Why are we in the habit of searching so fiercely,
for that which has been already found?
Why seek ye’ the living among the dead?”

 

I intended to write this much sooner,
it was on my heart to do so and not forgotten,
it remained pending
For a time i seemed to have misplaced my pen
Mind you, I knew it wasn’t lost
but I had this momentary fear that if i didn’t write it immediately it would be lost forever..not so
And in time I would recall where I had placed it(pen)
Thanks be to God…
That this time around…
it was not my faith, hope, trust, loyalty, Love, nor confidence
M-I-S-P-L-A-C-E-D
Even if so,
only temporal…
and by no means lost!
Anthony Gomez

“Rock a bye…”

1)Denial
2)Anger
3)Bargaining
Four-four-four-four-four-four-four..
The stylus stuck
The scratch repeats
A crackle…a hiss…a hint of a squeak
Meaning elides
Mouth open wide
A stifled cry
Frozen in time
Collecting breath
The dam bursts
Walls come crashing down
Existence’s declension
Welcomes Life
“when the bough breaks…”
Find one’s self
reluctantly embracing stage five
rock a bye
Face to Face
 4) Depression 5)Acceptance.

A Rough Day-By Jody S.

Why did they have to stray from my side?

Tears cannot extinguish the fire in my soul
To be with them again
Such an integral part of an unfair life
There to offer the love that I miss so much
Tough enough to take my pain,
Soft enough to feel my touch

I can just say I miss you
But it sounds so hollow now
Words echo in open spaces you once occupied
Deeds left undone, things left unsaid
And there was so much more to do

Can you see eyes swollen?
Have we not paid our dues?

I am seeking you now little boy and little girl
hands grasping all around me to feel you
I pray you know I am here

My heart is broken my babies
but it is not your fault
You were both more than I could have ever hoped for
Time too short
Life too short
Too special to describe in any words

Dedicated to Clooney and Peanut:

 I love you both now and always!

da clooney000_0190

Feasting By a Well

Have you anything to eat?
(Why do we awaken hungry?)
“Have you any meat?”
“Have you any fish?”
“You…give them something to eat”
(Why are we so hungry and thirsty?)
Searching…searching…
(do you mean it literally…?)
And what of the meat that you have to eat that you said we know nothing about?
John 4:32
We’re not getting something
He sent us for food
Mid-day heat and glare
And now back, we see
Him chatting with that woman
A Samaritan to boot.
She leaves with new
Quickness of step.
He says He has eaten
And well
Obeying His Father’s will.
And that’s a meal?
Oivaay!
But hold on…
We eat to restore a body breaking
To equip for mission
For reproduction
Has He been doing that
Happy and stress-free?
Yep that’s a meal
And a good one.