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.
40:2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.
40:3 A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
40:4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
40:5 Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
40:6 A voice says, "Cry out!" And I said, "What shall I cry?" All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.
40:7 The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass.
40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.
40:9 Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!"
40:10 See, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
40:11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
This was the reading in our church today (R/C) and I was wondering about the timing of President Trump's announcement this week. It seems very apropos. Does anyone think that the timing was intentional? It would be nice to think so!
Just went on a walking tour in the footsteps of Isaiah and Jeremiah in Jerusalem.
Started in the Valley of Ben Hinom (where the pagan-influenced elites passed their children through bonfires in imitation of Canaanite rituals, giving us the word Gehinom for 'hell')
Wound up in the newly excavated City of David where you can wade through King Hezekia's water tunnel and see the ruins of what is probably the palace of David and the later Kings of Judea. This is the Jerusalem of Isaiah and Jeremiah - seals were found here with names of scribes and priests who read Jeremiah's prophecies before the King.
Finishing with sections of the city wall rebuilt by Nehemiah and the returnees from Babylon.
Apropro the upcoming Hanuka holiday, we saw parts of Nehemia's wall that were later fortified by the Hasmoneans, and the fortress of their Greek nemeses, hegemons of the line of Antiochus.