Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “ask
Me of things to come concerning My sons; and concerning the
work of My hands, you command Me. I have made the earth, and
created man on it. I—my hands—stretched out the heavens, and
all their host I have commanded. I have raised him up in righteousness,
and I will direct all his ways; He shall build My city and let
My exiles go free, not for price nor reward,” says the Lord
Thus says the Lord:
“the labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush and of the Sabeans,
men of stature, shall come over to you, and they shall be yours;
they shall walk behind you, they shall come over in chains;
and they shall bow down to you. They will make supplication
to you, saying, ‘surely God is in you, and there is no other;
there is no other God.’” Truly You are God, who hide Yourself,
O God of Israel, the Savior! They shall be ashamed and also
disgraced, all of them; they shall go in confusion together,
who are makers of idols. But Israel shall be saved by the Lord
with an everlasting salvation; you shall not be ashamed or disgraced
forever and ever.
reading for today: Genesis 22:1-18 and
Proverbs 17:17-18:5 «
diary - life in Northern Ireland
photo is evidence that Belfast, like most other urban centers in the
western world (and most likely beyond), has as a major social problem
drug abuse and its myriad side effects. The center panel of this billboard
in downtown Belfast, if you have trouble deciphering it, shows a mother
kneeling beside a son who, apparently, has overdosed. These ads are
as common as any campaign now going on in the advertising billboards
and bus cards around Northern Ireland.
Though the drug scourge is widely discussed, I see little first-hand
evidence of it, as I'm seldom on the sidewalks after 9 p.m. I am aware
of homelessness being a major problem that's visible downtown, later
in the nights, despite efforts of charities and government agencies
to provide shelter and relative safety. And break-ins to buildings
(including one at a church I wrote about here some time back), and
into cars are common, most likely in a quest to get cash and things
to sell to pay for drugs. It is said that drug dealers will threaten
to "kneecap" "customers" whose payments get too
far behind, and such threats are occasionally cited as having led
to more than a few suicides.
there will be one more blog (Monday's) after this one, before I take
my furlough. I'm not sure how long the hiatus will be until I resume
blogging, but expect it will be at least until my birthday, May 31,
or until the details of my next publishing project have all been worked
out. I have to leave the UK for six months, under the tourist visa
rules, so that I can be back in Belfast in November to launch my third
book on C.S. Lewis, Saint Clive, and participate in the annual
C.S. Lewis festival here. The plan is to spend the first half of the
six-month furlough in the United States, mostly in the Seattle area
with my daughter Chris and grandson Antony, then for a few weeks or
a month with my sons and their families, and friends in the San Francisco
Bay area and my brother Bob, in Willows, Calif. Then I hope to fly
to Vienna, Austria, partly because I have never been there and partly
in the hope of meeting Sister Vassa (see links: bio
here, video here)
there and possibly do some volunteering with her video and podcast
ministry. The current Sister Vassa video, appropos today's life-in
photo, discusses addiction.
was mostly dry, though mostly cloudy. Today, Jack Lamb and I are planning
an early start to go to Donegal to visit our colleague and friend,
Bill Stainsby, on Inch Island, so I am getting today's blog online
too early to describe today's weather. «
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to access articles on news, features, research and opinion pieces.
See caveats, below.
worldview - forgive and let go (This department alternates with Writing stuff)
grudge is detrimental to your mental health.
Let the wrongs you want to cherish go. Not only is doing so good for
your physical well-being, it's vital to your spiritual well-being
and progress toward sanctification or theosis (union with Christ),
which is what all your life should be about. «
has a spiritual gift and is compassionate toward one who does not
have it guards his gift through his compassion. But whoever is proud
of his gift loses it through self-esteem.
St. Mark the Ascetic «
though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible
any love or goodness or joy worth having.
S. Lewis «
study notes: Today's
passage from the prophesies of Isaiah assures the sons and
daughters of the covenant that they belong to their God, their
Savior, and that it is an everlasting vow that He will never
break or forsake. He offers them rewards for their faithfulness,
if they can keep what He has given them.
A word with
God: God our eternal Father, give us the assurance of
your promises, and give us a burning desire to keep the faith
you have graced us with. In Christ our Lord with the Father
and the Holy Spirit, one God in three persons, Amen. «
important things; A word from God; a word
with God; taking stock of our place now; catching up on world and
social concerns ("headlines"); an inward reflection (worldview);
something to get you out; something to laugh about; some thoughts
to sharpen your thinking.
on "headlines"; links to articles on current issues—news,
features, research and opinion that may signify how the cultural winds
are blowing. Note that most 'news reports' are not 'objective' and
if some are 'neutral' it's because the writers and editors are disinterested
(could care less about the topic). Neither are 'news reports,' in
general, highly accurate or unbiased; try to discern the bias of any
report's source; always read aware and at your own risk, being aware
that knowledge can be dangerous and a little knowledge even moreso. «
specified otherwise, none of the message memes used in this blog are
the creation or property of the author, but are reposted here from
the social networks. «
usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «
used here are embedded from video websites (usually YouTube),
removed from the sites from which they were embedded, or permissions
on those sites change, causing them to "disappear" from
these pages. This is also likely to happen to links to articles
outside this site. This is beyond the control or remedy of this blog
and webmaster. «
I have now uploaded over 5,000 photos and videos from my tours in
Northern Ireland, Malta, Greece, Bulgaria, Republic of Ireland, Romania
and Serbia, 2013-15, and also including several hundred photos and
videos from my summer in Pennsylvania in 2012, some photos of the
family, on my
Flickr site. Most of these are now organized by albums. Click
here for the Flicker site.
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for deeper reflection is lacking, this may consist mainly of
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