Monday, April 30, 2018
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Prior to this verse Jesus had performed a miracle by feeding thousands with only a bit of food. His immediate reaction is to draw away to pray and rest. Praying has a way of filling you up with energy, restoring, and recharging. It's very important if we have intense schedules or physically demanding duties, we take time to reconnect with God and restore ourselves. If you are able, take today to draw away, in order to draw close to the Lord. If today isn't possible, plan a day this week to do this.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The Tree of Knowledge
by Shane McCrae
The hastily assembled angel saw
One thing was like another thing and that
Thing like another everything depend-
ed on how high it was the place you saw
Things from and he had seen the Earth from where
A human couldn’t see the Earth and could-
n’t tell most human things apart and though
He hadn’t ever really understood
His job he knew it had to do with seeing
And what he saw was everything would come
Together at the same time everything
Would fall apart and that was humans thinking
The world was meant for them and other things
Were accidental or were decora-
tions meant for them and therefore purposeful
That humans thought that God had told them so
And what the hastily assembled angel
Thought was that probably God had said the same thing
To every living thing on Earth and on-
ly stopped when one said Really back but then
Again the hastily assembled angel
Couldn’t tell human things apart and maybe
That Really mattered what would he have heard
Holy or maybe Folly or maybe Kill
About This Poem
“‘The Tree of Knowledge’ is part of a tiny sequence of poems featuring a being I call ‘the hastily assembled angel.’ A lot of the poems I’ve been writing lately seem to me to be very belated responses to the Martian poetry that briefly appeared in the United Kingdom about forty years ago, and so feature protagonists to whom Earth seems even more strange than it seems to people who live on Earth in a more everyday way. If our country is going to be led by a comic-book villain, our poems might as well be filled with Martians.”
Shane McCrae is the author, most recently, of The Gilded Auction Block forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux and In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (KJV) ( Proverbs 11:30 )
Has someone done something thoughtful for you lately? Have they gone out of their way for you? It's easy to keep moving on or get busy and forget about recognizing them. However, it's important to express to them your grateful heart. Put a little thought into how you want to express your gratitude through friendship.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (KJV) ( Genesis 2:15 )
Do you dread Monday mornings? Work was God's first task to humans in the Garden of Eden. God didn't give us work to make us trudge along in our days. He did it so we could receive joy from our accomplishments, seek Him, and bring glory to His name. If you don't find what you are doing to be a labor of love, try changing your attitude. Or try changing your circumstances.
Friday, April 13, 2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018
A man claims he was sexually harassed at a New York City gym when three men in a steam room with him dropped their towels and started pleasuring themselves.
The alleged victim has filed a lawsuit against the fitness chain Equinox, after claiming he was enjoying an afternoon steam at the location on Broadway in Gramercy Park last November.
'I'm relaxing, I'm sitting in the corner, it's very meditative,' the man, identified in court papers as just GB, told the New York Post.
'The steam clears... And I look across from me. This gentleman, sitting pretty close, his towel is open, his legs are spread and he's looking right at me, and the guy next to him was rubbing [the man's] inner thigh.
'He's looking right at me, his towel's off, and he's masturbating.'
GB, who is a straight single father, told the paper that he then looked around and realized the third man in the steam room at the time was also masturbating.
He then said he panicked and thought he wouldn't be able to escape - worried the three men might overpower him and sexually assault him.
The alleged victim then quickly left the steam room, dressed and went to the front desk to report the incident, but said staff members didn't take any action.
He said the incident left him 'shaken up.'
GB also alleges in the Manhattan Supreme Court Filing that Equinox 'has known for as much as 10 years prior that similar wrongful acts were occurring in its steam showers.'
In a recording, taken by GB and obtained by the Post, the manager of the fitness chain location acknowledged it was a problem.
'It's something that every gym in New York City, not just Equinox, has an issue with,' the manager can be heard saying.
The gym, where memberships cost upwards of $200 a month, told the Post it 'thoroughly investigates' complaints.
A spokeswoman for the location said staff 'did exactly what in this case,' adding 'we maintain a zero-tolerance policy for any inappropriate behavior in our clubs.'
But GB claims the gym refused to revoke the masturbators' memberships.
From UK Daily Mail
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
By the Stream
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
By the stream I dream in calm delight, and watch as in a glass,
How the clouds like crowds of snowy-hued and white-robed maidens
And the water into ripples breaks and sparkles as it spreads,
Like a host of armored knights with silver helmets on their heads.
And I deem the stream an emblem fit of human life may go,
For I find a mind may sparkle much and yet but shallows show,
And a soul may glow with myriad lights and wondrous mysteries,
When it only lies a dormant thing and mirrors what it sees.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018
God has given us a unique ability through the Holy Spirit...self-control. Unfortunately, we do a not-so-good job of letting our emotions, finances, and appetite for food get the best of us. Food is my major weakness. Merely shrugging our shoulders and accepting ourselves the way we are is not honoring to God. We should not allow ourselves to be at the mercies of our uncontrolled appetites. It is entirely possible to change. After all, we can do all things through Christ. Our body is a temple, and we should treat it as such.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
From you have I been absent in the spring (Sonnet 98)
William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616
From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.