We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
4:6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come.
4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
4:8 From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
4:16 At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them!
4:17 But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
4:18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Ahh, thanks Bird Dog ... My Dad's favorite Bible quote [and he was a quoter, I tell you] is/was "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." It was read at his funeral, and I hope it will be read at mine. They used to call it "muscular Christianity" in his youth, and he did his share, going to China right after he finished Columbia as a missionary teacher at Shanghai Baptist College, now Shanghai University.
The world has changed almost unimaginably since then. But we still must "fight the good fight" every day. And it is as difficult as ever. Maybe more.
I'm intrigued by the phrase and the language of the first line. "I am already being poured out as a libation..." First thing Iit made me think of was when I used to drink with friends out of doors, sometimes someone would pour a bit on the ground and say "For the ones who aren't here." I am already being poured out as a libation...