Earlier this morning I had a vision after seeking the LORD and receiving His word.
I had a brief glance of Simpson characters who resembled the likes of Homer and Bart Simpson.
Now there are two ways one can consider the vision.
1.) Idolatry of the heart
“Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I consult with them in any way? Ez 14:3 BSB
2) A message from Christ
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Heb 1:1-2 ESV
I did a quick etymology of the last name to discover this:
Simpson means son of Sim(me) which can be traced to Middle English and Hebrew names Simon or Simeon.
Simeon was Leah’s second son, the first wife of Jacob who was loved less. Now Simeon name means ‘heard’ or ‘God has heard’.
And perhaps there are some of us who feel like they have been forgotten; your dreams have taken a back seat and you are finding yourself in not so ideal situations. What you long for looks more and more like it is impossible to have and that there are those around you who are having a grand o’ time. Let this word be a plausible sign to you:
You have been wearied in believing, I will now come to you. Those who have felt unloved and abandoned I will cherish you and carry you under my wings. You shall no longer toil in infertile ground, for I will give you blessings according to My Joy and Pleasure. Years will feel like days to you, and your youthfulness shall be restored. For I alone am the Lord God who removes damnation, let those who believe in Me flow with my breath.
You ever in your younger years enjoyed a past-time that was considered innocent; it could be a form of entertainment, or hanging out with friends; doing some type of activity that when you got older realized how messed up that past-time was? Such epiphanies can be traumatic or eye-opening depending on how socially unacceptable the practice really is. The latter is how I think about Disney movies. Some adaptions of children stories were perhaps not really for children to begin with. Alice in Wonderland is one of those movies that come to mind.
Let me spill the tea on a dark saying in the movie: There’s a certain scene in which Alice interrupts a celebration held by the Mad Hatter and the silly rabbit. The party had to do with un-birthdays; the days of the year that a person wasn’t born. Now while this could give a living person a reason to celebrate every day of the year, this also indirectly speaks to a practice that is shunned in American society. To what extent should we celebrate the lives of the unborn? This is where we begin exploring the text:
And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun. Ecc 4:2-3 ESV
It wasn’t until God took the lives of every firstborn including Pharaoh that he decided to let the children of Israel go. Leaving Egypt marked the beginnings of deliverance for Israel with its climax occurring after crossing the Red Sea. Miriam would worship God in celebrating God’s deliverance from the Egyptians. On one hand, there was celebration of the salvation of God. On the other, an entire generation and their future children were destroyed.
Eve O’ Eve
The darkest hours are often the most pivotal. When a new age is dawning, there is a lot more pressure. Either you’ll cave in and give up or you’ll press through to victory. The thing about decisions is that there are always alternative options. The kicker is knowing which course is better and what is best considering the circumstances. Don’t trade what is eternal for what is temporary or sacrifice what is wholesome for what is fleeting. One of the most devasting moment in the story of Redemption is the Fall of Man: after they ate of the tree, Adam would give his wife a name.
And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Gen 3:20 ESV Emphasis added.
The scripture is amazing for a number of reasons. Do you realize that that scripture is saying that Eve was a mother BEFORE Cain and Abel was in the picture? Let’s do a thought experiment here: If Eve was a mother of all before she ate of the tree, how many children did Adam and Eve have? Why weren’t we given any names? Perhaps this may be how Cain found a wife out of ‘thin air’? Oh, if only Eve aborted the desire to eat of the fruit, she’d be the glorious mother of all and none of this mess we see in the world would happen.
It was never God’s design for Eve to remain the mother of all living. For by an extreme design, Jesus would enter the world through a Virgin receiving the flesh and bones of Adam. He would then be crucified on the Cross and pierced in His side; and although no bone was broken, the Church would become joined to him as bone and marrow. No wonder then that neither Eve nor Mary’s name is used in Revelations 12 describing the woman who would give birth to the Messiah who rules overall. For this woman is clothed by the sun…
Little ft’s Cross
If we don’t see Christ in all than we’re more prone to make distinctions that are subjective or relative but lacks objectivity. If all things cannot be reconciled to Christ, ultimately giving Him glory and preeminence in everything, then there are things in this world that in no circumstances can be redeemed. Jesus came into the world as one possessing the fullness of Deity, yet as a child appeared to men as one who is helpless; one who is immature and ignorant and dependent on the care of others. Just how knowledgeable and powerful was Jesus when he was in the manger? And if he is the life of all men, to what extent are our children like Him?
2And having summoned a child, He set it in their midst, 3’Truly I tell you’, He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
What age was the child brought to the disciples? Teenager? Kid? Toddler? Baby?
What a hidden miracle it would’ve been if Jesus brought before the disciples a living fetus!
Does Jesus require us to become like unborn children? If so, how does this play in the lifestyle of self-denial?
One of the things I’m learning is that sometimes, to receive reinvigoration, you have to let down things that burden you. This life is filled with people and things who will heap concern upon concern on you without ever considering lifting up your load. And there are others, who haven’t climbed any mountain but will insist on telling you to go up higher. It’s difficult for me to imagine the plight many are in right now. You know there are women who were raped and is now with child. Children who have been caught up in trafficking rings are with child after being at the whims of men. There are women who during pregnant are being told that there is a high chance for them dying in giving birth. And yet there are leaders in the church who knowing that God shuts up the wombs and causes miscarriages, will insist that abortion is inherently evil.
You see they’re trying to wash Tsunamis/
With Tabloids and the Paparazzi/
Where’s peace when you have Nazis/
Kamikaze the option when they’re spraying peppers/
Only the brave is grave in the tomb/
Who would’ve thought/
Saviors can bear the cross from the place of the womb/
Like Lara Croft is Sailor Moon/
I’m in the Anna but they cursed the R@00!$%?M/
Too soon to treat the temple trivially/
Children screaming MOO MOO/
Like being silent is being cowardly/
Doo Doo fired from principalities/
Liu Loo we finished him with babalities/
Too smooth to be charged with a crime/
Ten sixths I’m forty cents short of a rhyme/
Subliminally eyeing the line/
God will elevate you when the time’s right/
Mind your six and you won’t get a felly/
When they preach there’s martyrs in the belly/
Might have to drop ‘em. Drop a dime in the piggies/
Kobe Jack Cheese/
JONES IN THE WHALE wail no I’m not yelling/
I’m just telling you what ought to be the norm/
The church consists of the dead, alive, and unborn/
Bbo Right Now
As we get ready to close, we just want to reiterate the idea that its possible our children are smarter and powerful than what we think them to be. By children I’m not merely talking about kids in the flesh, but in the Spirit. This conversation may be a huge contrast to what people are used to hearing and what some leaders have preached their entire careers. And my sincere hope is that after laying down solid arguments, when it comes to issues of giving birth or abortion there will be less judging and more objective studies case by case. Just because someone doubles down and holds an opinion doesn’t make it the ultimate reality. Neither does it mean it should be followed no matter how popular. A good sign someone is pointing to absolute truth is in their inclusiveness, and not exclusivity. I hope discrimination on these issues will not continue like the issues of racism, sexism and slavery.
A good sign someone is pointing to absolute truth is in their inclusiveness and not exclusivity.
Two trains of thoughts to help center ourselves in redeeming abortion. 1.) Can the child choose to bear the Cross of Christ to death while in the womb? And 2.) If a parent doesn’t want to birth a child into sin and a world of suffering, is that an act of love?
I bring these concerns because truly, truly I tell you, as long as anyone looks to the flesh and the things that are seen, they will ignore the things God has freely given us; the things that come without labor and without cost. May these words serve as the directive to enter into God’s rest and put away the comparisons; the envy and discontent, the low self-esteem and need for approval. For it is in this place a person finds freedom as they enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore,
It gives me great pleasure to remind us who we were so that we can see who we truly are in Christ. You see the work and the worlds that I’m building. I can’t imagine changing our world without you by my side. My love and Mother of our Children, you heard my cries and felt my tears. You saw my scars and kissed me there. Who would’ve thought this tiger could lose his stripes? We will suffer the cross and we will suffer no more. So, here’s a little kiss to remind you how close we are. Although we’ve had sorrows, in Him there’s a greater joy. Let all of God’s children rejoice in the LORD.
I’ll write one more part on this subject for the road. Until then, take care loves.
1 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord.
FOREWORD: The following passage is an excerpt from the Analects; the teachings of Confucius gathered through dialogue in a book. How can one find Christ within these sayings?
Sayings of the Master:
“If the great man be not grave, he will not be revered, neither can his learning be solid.
“Give prominent place to loyalty and sincerity.
“Have no associates in study who are not advanced somewhat like yourself.
“When you have erred, be not afraid to correct yourself.”
A saying of the Scholar Tsang:
“The virtue of the people is renewed and enriched when attention is seen to be paid to the departed, and the remembrance of distant ancestors kept and cherished.”
Tsz-k’in put this query to his fellow disciple Tsz-kung: said he, “When our Master comes to this or that State, he learns without fail how it is being governed. Does he investigate matters? or are the facts given him?”
Tsz-kung answered, “Our Master is a man of pleasant manners, and of probity, courteous, moderate, and unassuming: it is by his being such that he arrives at the facts. Is not his way of arriving at things different from that of others?”
A saying of the Master:
“He who, after three years’ observation of the will of his father when alive, or of his past conduct if dead, does not deviate from that father’s ways, is entitled to be called ‘a dutiful son.'”
Sayings of the Scholar Yu:
“For the practice of the Rules of Propriety, one excellent way is to be natural. This naturalness became a great grace in the practice of kings of former times; let everyone, small or great, follow their example.
“It is not, however, always practicable; and it is not so in the case of a person who does things naturally, knowing that he should act so, and yet who neglects to regulate his acts according to the Rules.
“When truth and right are hand in hand, a statement will bear repetition. When respectfulness and propriety go hand in hand, disgrace and shame are kept afar-off. Remove all occasion for alienating those to whom you are bound by close ties, and you have them still to resort to.”
For God is not a God of CONFUCIAN, BUT of peace – as in all the churches of the saints. 1 Cor 14:33 ESV Eisegesis added
FOREWARD: I do not speak Punjab and I have little exposure to Hindi. Learning Hindi was practical for me due to the nature of work I had to do in the past. The goal is to find Christ’s Immanence in all text; something that is easier to do within Abrahamic Religions than outside. The path of seeing Christ in all calls out to me as a deep longing I hold. I made this post public to invite those who are intrigued by such notions to join me in this Journey of Discovering Christ.
The following is an excerpt of the first Vaars of Bhai Gurdas ji. Vaars in this context is referring to literature within Sikhism and shouldn’t be conflated with the seven days of week in Hinduism.
Greetings to the Guru, Satnamu, the mantra recited. (2-4-7) The substance of salvation is absorbed out of the abyss. (2-4-7) ਜਨਮ ਮਰਨ ਭੌ ਕਟਿਆ ਸੰਸਾ ਰੋਗ ਵਿਜੋਗ ਮਿਟਾਯਾ॥ (1-7) Sansa, this is the world, suffering in birth and death. (2-4-7) At the feet of the Guru, the Sat Shabad is liberated. (2-4-7) Bhai Bhagat Gurpurab Kar Naam Daan Ishnan Dridhaya. (2-4-7) The seed has borne fruit. (2-4-7) At first, I was breathless, but I could not hear anything. (2-4-7) ਰਕਤ ਬਿੰਦ ਕੀ ਦੇਹ ਰਚ ਪਾਂਚ ਤਤ ਕੀ ਜੜਤ ਜੜਾਈ॥ (2-4-7) The wind and the water merge with the fourth earth without hesitation. (2-4-7) In the Punch, the Creator of the sky is absorbed in the sixth invisible. (1-7) The five elements, twenty-five times the enemy, the friend, the body together. (2-4-7)
NOTE: The numbers after the text looks like they belong to a musical system. There seems to be a common theme of salvation in Eastern Religions. If salvation is in Jesus alone, there needs to be more objective proof in words and deeds. The phrase, ‘In the Punch,’ I believe is more likely to refer to a place in India rather than some juice or action.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
When reconciling foreign cultures, it’s good practice to NOT conflate names and take note of titles. How can we find Jesus in the passage?
What similarities are there with the Vaars and the Bible? What are the differences?
What are the five elements being referred here in the poem? In what ways is such knowledge useful and irrelevant?
Ask, and it will be given you; SIKH, and you shall find, knock, and the door shall be opened to you. Matt 7:7 ESV Eisegesis added
There are people out there who put Salt and Pepper on everything – I mean – everything. And there are people who like natural flavors from juices and oils. Personally, I use seasonings to get a particular taste and I don’t need much to discern them; just a few pinches here and there, live and let die.
Major Ad – Libs
On January 29, 2020, James Ingram, an American singer-songwriter passed away. He is most remembered for his collaborative works with other singers. Some of his notable song credits include: ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘P.Y.T.’, ‘The Day I Fall in Love,’ and ‘Somewhere Out There’. He is most certainly an R&B Crooner in a time where romantic lyrics were in and love songs were appropriate for courting and even marriage. If only there was a way we could import the culture to our times without the social issues that existed in those days.
Ten Ways to Express Gratitude in Words
I am honored that: Unconventional phrasing that shows you respect the benefits another has given you.
Much obliged: Way of showing deep deference by going out the way to say you are indebted to another.
I appreciate: Sometimes you want to assign value to a person’s deeds. I appreciate is an overused phrase but gets the idea across.
To your credit: Another slick phrase to assign value to a good action. Just make sure you’re not keeping tabs.
I wanna compliment – Usually used to flirt in finding pleasure in looks. This can be used in other creative ways so explore a little bit.
Here in tribute: Self-referencing statement that has a more formal flair in showing appreciation.
I commend: A way of showing gratefulness is by praising another’s efforts. Sincere commendations may mix compliments in between.
I’m grateful for: Classic way of showing gratitude. Good way of collecting ideas when you want to look at someone in a different light.
You make me glad: What’s the point of being grateful if it doesn’t affect your emotions in a positive way? Start saying this to yourself if you are experiencing bouts of depression.
Thank you: The hallmark of every expression of thanks. Amazing what simple letters can do.
To embody thankfulness or gratefulness, one must learn the million different ways of expressing gratitude. Here is a challenge for songwriters – can you write a fresh and compelling new song about being thankful? The list above only touched how to express gratitude using words. How would you express it with actions?
If you are looking at some books to help you along your gratitude journey check out a few of these below. I personally haven’t read these books, but I’m looking forward to exploring and honoring those who are helping to shape our world in social justice. Perhaps we can start a book club in the future.
The Source of Self-Regard – Toni Morrison
‘Your Faith Walk: Wisdom and Affirmations on the Path to Personal Power’ (From the Editors of ESSENCE)
Grounded in Gratitude- Tiffany A. Wright
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills
In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America – Eddie S. Glaude
The Color of Water -James McBride
Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi
Don’t Despise Small Beginnings – Jerome Taylor
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man – Emmanuel Acho
There are certain issues that shouldn’t be addressed as it brings about too much tension. And there are some issues that you have to confront as it’s silent prejudices brings forth subtle separation in society. Abortion is one of those subjects that can be dangerously wielded to bring about unbalanced power and influence. Historically we have seen ethical stigmas attached to such practices as inherently evil and we want to dispel those myths. Hopefully, I won’t have to write several articles defending this case, but for now let’s give a sound Biblical argument which helps level judgments on the matter.
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. Lu 14:26 BSB [Emphasis Added]
A struggling songwriter once wrote the line,
It’s us, find power
Live life, mind power
It’s us, find power
Live life, mind power
All too often, people are hindered from approaching God due to the systems of teachings that brought undue blemishes to a person’s reputation. Many assumptions were made; that the Bible made clear this practice is wrong or right – and in some cases – that’s true. Unfortunately, many leaders have overstepped Biblical Authority in giving Christian Ethics that were either prescribed practices the Bible was silent on and/or where there were discrepancies. If Christians can understand that righteousness comes from faith in Christ alone, then we would refrain from judging others by what things look or sound like.
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. Matt 5:29-30 ESV
Three questions about this passage:
How do those Scriptures confine one in its immediate context? What ways does it liberate?
Does the following passage suggest practicing Eisegesis? If so, under what context can we hint at cancelling or overwriting the text?
How could this passage speak to the issue of Abortion? Does it speak in favor or against it? Can it speak in favor of both?
Less of a Sign
Not barking up the wrong tree here but if you frequently drive between lanes, you’re Haagen Daaz. No Jairy you’re a whole anonymousness. I’mma need you to go get some help. It may appear to some that I’m the quintessential con man due to my waywardness in speech. I’ll protest in defense of this ‘froward’ (as some will claim) attitude that is doesn’t stem from a delight in evil. Rather this is the decisive outgrowth of being rooted in Christ. Like how that little man Paul was as he was writing to the Philippians. And we all know how great of a disciple Paul was. He extended an invitation to those who would be of the same family to imitate him and other mature Christians in the faith to sacrifice all for Jesus. Should Christians surrender all to Jesus? Sounds like a simple answer right? Apparently not for pro-lifers, who insist that the birthing of children is immune from all reproach; that unborn children have the right to be born and to strip that away is of utmost wickedness. Like God would never say to a couple expecting, “I know you’re in the middle of pregnancy, but I need you to drop that and follow me.”
Fascinating! For a second there I thought somebody was starting a party. Factions happen when we conveniently skew the facts and omit details. I know some of us have been raised well and have gone to the finest schools and have gotten straight A’s. Notwithstanding an impeccable record, it would become meaningless as one follows the ways of God. How interesting is it to find the most precious of blessings to become the lowest of grades. No I’m talking about children here – including – the unborn child. Because when it comes to one’s life and it’s relationship with Christ, you’ll know the difference between the sheep and the goats by those who said F’ DEM KIDS!!!
Either/Or or Both
Let’s go ahead and clear up somethings before fake news goes out and say that I’m preaching about shirking from responsibility or cruelly damaging others for pleasure. Because we know especially in the context of the Black Community, this narrative has the Monopoly over the Black Man. Are you bored that I insist on talking about Black Issues? I guess things would be more Flava full if I started rapping or talking about our women twerking in the streets. Because at the end of the day, people would rather grift our culture than actually stop the injustices of racism and systematic oppression in our country. There’s another A in the whole anonymousness department.
What is the mathematical formula for the volume of cylinders?
A godly man knows that the worship of God is superlative to all other loves. The forsaking of all is not to live some frivolous life in fancied piety, but to position oneself to take more active roles in serving others. A godly man will remove all obstacles in his way to get to the Father, so that in return he may be a father to the fatherless. May this provide some clarity of possibilities to those who were raised in broken homes. Some were scarred by parents who passed away while they were young, others were immature and couldn’t handle the responsibility, and yet others were complete douchebags. It may be difficult for you to find a place in your heart to truly honor your parents, and that’s why God calls you to Himself first. You’re brought to the Father so that not only are you healed in Christ, you also become the child that makes their parents proud – yes even – birth new life into your parents through the resurrecting power of the Spirit.
The forsaking of all is not to live some frivolous life in fancied piety, but to position oneself to take more active roles in serving others.
The Black Donnie
No matter how you look at it, if you don’t clothe yourself with the righteousness of Christ, you can forget it. For those who trust in letters will eventually be condemned by them. We missed a mark didn’t we?
9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)[d]— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.” Mark 7:9-13
Let’s not search the Scriptures for Eternal Life missing Jesus in the Way. SIDEBAR: You ever wondered what Jesus’ teenage years were like? Like did he have the spoiled brat side of Him that he had to keep in check because he could do a job on a mug. This temptation had to go through his mind at some point – as soon as he saw someone he disliked:
Jesus: OH so you wanna be donkey eh? Let’s see how silly you gonna be once I put you to sleep. Nail you right in that coffee…
***sips tea while chuckling***
***Friend comes in***
Friend: Hey Jesus!
Jesus wakes from his tempting scheme
Jesus: Oh Hi O, didn’t see you there.
Friend: Hey, did you hear about Nimrod? He kicked the bucket while milking Johnny’s cows!
Jesus: WELL HAAGENITY DAAZ, do you know what he died from?
No, in all seriousness though, can you imagine what it would be like to be tempted in every way and yet not make a mistake? To be Lord of all, and yet be disciplined by the rod of correction is a awe filled wonder of the nature of Christ. What weight is lifted in simply trusting and following Him!
The Name’s Connor
As we take further descent into Christology, we’ll close this blog out with a reverberated idea; how absurd is it that Jesus who is the driving force behind the creation of all things, does not properly enter the world until the appointed time! For Jesus is the sower, seed, and soil yet we call Him the Son of David. How many times was the mission of redemption aborted before it was time to fulfill prophecy?
Neva would I think Laughlin/
The bruised esophagus gets cured with Lozenges/
A spoonful of sugar got Mary Poppin/
Stopped the bleed/
Smoked the weed out of hippopotamus/
She came clean on the dialysis/
And called me in the cottage/
Must be a bad day cuz I sensed something was rotten/
Now I’m not a poor man but I begged her pardon/
She said I played a hard rock but I wasn’t James Harden/
Now I’m wondering/
Where is she getting this fantasy?/
Got me feeling like Michael Blackson singing Billie Jean/
Huh? What you mean?/
Got the jitters on 11 shots of Caffeine/
I’m grounded more than an 11-year-old in Quaran(teen)/
Good mornin’ she’s moaning/
Something serious is forming/
I’m thinking is this Black Mirror/
Cuz people are cloning/
I asked her riddle me this/
If I was really out there Roman/
I’d be the Parable of the Sower/
More barbaric than ‘C’Onan/
The point of this poem is to Honor the LORD through song/
And show that He’s the final arbiter of right and wrong/
From D-Troy abortion keeps away the unruly throng/
For God to wait to conceive the Virgin/
His pull out game was strong/
How many times was the mission of redemption aborted before it was time to fulfill prophecy?
Is there more evidence that abortion is not inherently evil?
Well explore next time on the episode of ROD (Reckless Organ Donors).
This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).
hus it was settled. I made an oath to never venture in that direction again Duke. Not for a shilling, not even for a morsel shall my bowels soften. Our world hangs in the balance. Yet for her I suppose such amendments can be made. Courage demands a stand. For integrity then shall I advance My Lady. For Love (I Come Your Friend).
With Skim Milk
If you’re like me, you probably put on some weight since the Quarantine. Similarly, you probably took a good chunk of time to reflect, rest, and learn new skills: Consolidate. All education is transferable in my opinion. What matters is that your learning is developing U into what you value the most. If you haven’t figured me out yet, my main goal is to live a fulfilling life. Unfortunately, I haven’t solved the problem of being a short man. Dot. Dot. Dot.
Lots of Bubbles
One of the most frustrating things for me in these times is the rise of Tribalism. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in community. And sometimes it’s good to ostracize to protect the integrity of commonwealth. But we’re seeing a stronghold of anti-intellectualism; where the lack of critical thinking and empathy arises, opinions are shot from the hip without conciliation, and social and logical fallacies surround the gullible like a firing squad. Which soul is next to be subjected to cancel culture? This cannot be real right? Ignorance can be a form of witchcraft.
What do you think about the Economy? I say the combination of falling housing sales, rising unemployment, and relatively strong stock market shows a disconnect between Main Street and Wall Street. How long do you think these inflated assets will remain? I don’t know as I’m not an expert on these things. In all seriousness though, I do believe in the law of gravity.
And Cinnamon Sticks
t’s a great feeling to come into your own. When you learn to love yourself with all your flaws – that’s when you begin to become perfect. When you finally heal that’s when you can bear the Casual(T)s. Like the continued violence in poor neighborhoods, laundering of money, and social injustice. The latter being taboo subjects around certain cultures. I still don’t find how many Evangelicals can preach the Suffering Gospel when very few are lynched in America. So “air of gas’ I tell you.
All these barriers slow down progress towards a universal meritocracy; where men are collectively refined to be elite – IF- desired, where markets are approachable for Main and Little Street, and life and freedom are promoted to its fullest. This will never happen so long as interdisciplinary subjects aren’t taught or promoted in business. Neither if we forget the legacies laid down by our ancestors. So, then my dear Sir, forgiveth mine iniquities being sheepish about God. If only thou hast preached the Name. Thy brother may have intercrossed, since we’re so ‘death of hearing.’
But what stands before us is not some dilapidated dream; an age in which injustices across the globe are unavoidable, where people are locked in their echo chambers; imprisoned by unsound group think and tribal talks. We’re no longer bound to the idea that our economy must operate under a zero-sum game; under the pretense of scarcity and classism. Our minds have been opened to entertaining the alternatives; those hybrid political and economical systems that challenges the status quo without demolishing the landmarks of Democracy. Our hearts have been warmed through this sensation of complete healing so let’s not doubt its effects on the soul. Never before have a few turns of events given us a greater assurance of hope. We can see the Promise Land from afar off. We are taking steps back to look behind and before and see that the old has passed away – and INDEED – all things are becoming new.
How does it look? Can we get there quicker? What should we expect? If the prospects of an American Utopia seem too idealistic, let’s look at what things we can do to better our outlook of the future.
Six Ways to Make your Time on Earth Heavenly
Be healthy: You’ll need to invest in yourself to see the Kingdom of Heaven is not only near you, but in you. And when you commune with the Supreme Being, you’ll find yourself more dispositioned to exert yourself spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically in a way that is both self-rewarding and profitable to others.
Interdisciplinary learning: It’s easier to be in awe of the world and yourself when you can connect the dots of one subject to another. Learn new skills, go for an adventure, meet new people, and see if there is a correlation in your studies. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised!
Get out of your comfort zone: It’s good to establish safety in the things that make you most comfortable, but you should not stay there. Do something that is difficult for you. Meet people who do not share the same ideas or values not to persuade them, but to get a better understanding. Make it an ambition to travel outside of your country.
Accept and see past flaws: While It’s important to maintain objectivity and to see the world ‘as is’, we must also understand that changes in this world are conditional to how people perceive the world and others. Pessimism belongs to a realist, but optimism is the root of all practicality. For what’s the purpose of pursuing any endeavor if it’s impossible to accomplish? Let love be our common denominator and see the beauty in our people.
Expect miracles: Extraordinary events can happen and do happen whether you believe in God or not. What are the chances that supernatural events can conduct themselves in and through you if you don’t even believe they exist? It may not be wise to stack the odds against us by refusing to believe and act on the possibilities.
If we take the time to practice those things and develop character, we may go far. Establishing rectitude is analogous to building a strong tower. It is strong because it’s foundation and composition has significant substance and longevity. For when James first heard her voice, his spirit was stirred.
‘Is she not the wisdom my fathers hath taught me?
I sat daily under the tutelage of my teachers.
They taught me how to incline my ear
And I ate amongst the prudent.
I shall sing to her in well-courted boleros.
In tempered mandolins do I string melodies.
Even in false trills do I compose codas.
She called me…Baby Yoda.’
And a T-Spoon
So, for many of us who are still in transition (my wife and I are still thinking through our next steps in moving…) do your best to keep a positive outlook on life. For some of you, the past year has utterly destroyed your livelihood and now you are back at the drawing board.
Solve for t:
t2 * (5-2) = 27
Don’t give up. Don’t be discouraged. Whatever state you may find yourself in, make sure you take the proper measurements to make the best decisions. Remember to remain positive throughout research. Bring solutions that can be tested and correspond to reality. You CAN push yourself to go the distance.
You CAN expect this of me My Lady. Not an hour, or a day goeth by idly. We are turning to a new chapter and a fresh story emergeth. Let it be written of us that we flourish in desolate times; that we may hold each other dear thus being a citadel unbroken – a Castle Tea. May we loveth well so that we may prevent ourselves and others from committing Casual (T)s, and that life and affection are the things that ever surroundeth us. Until we cross the other side. Farewell my love.
Can you read this entire blog hearing ‘Christ’ and ‘Crucified’ juxtaposed with every word?
“I think too many people presume to read the divine Scriptures and fall into such terrors as this,’ said Patricius sternly. ‘Those who presume on their learning will learn, I trust, to listen to their priests for the true interpretations.’ The Merlin smiled gently. ‘I cannot join you in that wish, brother. I am dedicated to the belief that it is God’s will that all men should strive for wisdom in themselves, not look to it from some other. Babes, perhaps, must have their food chewed for them by a nurse, but men may drink and eat of wisdom for themselves.” ― Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon