tiz the season

For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God had prepared before hand that we should walk in them. See Ephesians 2:10.

Seek to help as many people in need as possible from every perspective. Some are hungry, others ill or homeless. While others are very lonely a warm smile or a hand shake works wonders. Slip a dollar, or two into the hands of those who panhandle for food.

if it can happen anywhere it will be in america

If it can happen anywhere, yes indeed, it will be in America. Because, that’s our history! Mostly lost or mocked but renewable. A city on a hill. A light to the world. Freedoms torch and a willing bearer of the worlds burdens. Because our founding fathers and many generations afterward knew and experienced this. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” See Hebrews 11:6.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” See Ephesians 3:20.

the one could not sleep

In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, fear came upon me, and trembling. Which made all my bones shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hairs on my body stood up.

It stood still, I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence; then I heard a voice saying, “Can a mortal be pure then his Maker? If he puts no trust in His servants, if He charges His angels with error. How much more those who dwell in houses of clay. Whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before a moth? They are broken in pieces from morning till evening. They perish forever, with no one regarding. Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.” See Job 4:13-21.

a cockamamy idea

Life has its complexities, but the most complex seems to be the uncertainty about death. But, the reality about death is that the uncertainty can be removed. With an answer to the question is there an existence after death? But to appreciate the answer, one really has to set aside all conceived prejudices. And with certainty the untruthful teachings of most clergy irregardless of their many stripes. Meaning affiliations by sect identification. They teach untruthful concepts about about the afterlife. Perhaps because people in mourning don’t want to hear that their deadly departed are in a state other than pure Nirvana.

What scriptures teach about death, and the after life from the grave. Is very different from what is often believed. Many believe that once a person dies they immediately sent to heaven or sent to hell. However the concept of eternal damnation is for a later discussion. Other than to say it doesn’t exist, except for a few.

Here is what the scriptures teach. Once a person dies, they go to their graves. And their spirits return to God, who gave it. Some may wonder from whence did such a cockamamy idea come from. Surprise! From the Bible where this is recorded, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and he became a living being.” See Genesis 2:7.

Followed by, “Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher scattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “All is vanities.” And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered, and sought out, and set it in order, as many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright. Words of truth. The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well driven nails, given by one Shepherd.

And furthermore, my creation, be admonished by this. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is humanities all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. See Ecclesiastes 12:6-14.

The Preacher here is God Almighty picturing Himself as the caring Shepherd. As opposed to humans, who at their best are nothing more than goads. Word flinger’s of comfort or hurt which provides no relief. While the Shepherding Preacher’s wise proverbs represent words of truth like well driven nails that are able to anchor the foundations of human yearnings.

Driving one back to remembering one’s Creator picturesquely by saying that life is like a silver cord loosened by death. With the holders of golden bowls, as the strongest and ablest of His  creation will someday be broken by death. Including the most fragile of pitchers among us irregardless of age or circumstances are shattered at the fountain of death. And no matter how how long one journeys, or accomplishes, the wheel will die at the well. On this plane life will end irregardless of the substances that have propelled us. So in the end, we all have one thing in common. We are but dust. But there is a tomorrow of reckoning somewhere in the beyond. And that is underscored with these words. For God will bring every work into judgment. Including every secret thing whether good or evil.

To be continued tomorrow.