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RATIONS 100 DAYS! #34

NC has had its share of hot days this summer. A record breaker in the 90’s – or so I’m told. (It’s not gossip if I heard it on the news, right?) Anyway – hopefully – today is the last one we will see for a few months because I’m definitely tired of the heat and ready for fall.
Saturdays are some of my favorite days. I go to an exercise class that lasts for two plus hours and come out of it feeling better than ever. Muscles stretched, joints less achy, and even the sinuses cleaned out (Don’t know how that last one works, but it never fails to clean mine out)
Perhaps because my sinus cavity is a little more fluid, the world seems brighter – clearer – more vibrant – and – I like to think – as if I’m looking through a crack of Eden’s gates for a time-out-of-time moment. Get to talk and laugh and groan with friends – but luckily – no gossip passes between us.
It is always a good day – a God day – a timeless day of stretching, reading, learning, laughing and just being aware of His presence in all things.
 
1942 Daily Rations:
“For lack of wood the fire goeth out;
And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth…
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down to the innermost parts.’ Prov. 26:20,22
“We two white men,’ said Karl Kumm, the great African explorer, ‘made it one of our strict rules when on safari, to stop in the middle of a sentence or give the other a plain sign if ever we began to gossip about anyone. We were steadier for it in the face of danger.’
“Gossip about a person poisons the air that he breathes. It gives him no fair chance.
“Gossip also taints the spirit of the gossiper It develops a relish for other people’s slips- – -a devilish satisfaction when they have done something foolish enough or wicked enough to make a good ‘juicy’ story. It is the exact opposite of what St. Paul meant when he said that love ‘rejoiceth not in unrighteousness.’
“Gossip shows cowardice, too- – -telling tales behind a person’s back instead of daring to speak to him directly If we want to help someone, we go straight to him, or to a sympathetic friend who can deal with the situation more wisely.
“No one ever chooses gossip as a way to help.
“Never repeat what is told thee.
And thou shalt fare never the worse.
 
Whether it be of friend or foe, tell it not;
An unless it is a sin to thee, reveal it not,
 
Hast thou heard a word? Let it die with thee;

Be of good courage, it will not burst thee.~Apocrypha, Ecclesiasticus 19:7-8, 10

Lenten Journey #26

Hmmm…not sure how I missed posting this one.  But…

a little late…

a little out of order…

yet…

here it is. =)

 

“For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me…” Ps 31:13

Gossip – bullying – rumors – innuendos swirl around all of us everyday. The advent of technology just made it travel faster and in wider and wider circles. Yet – as you can see, as far back as the OT and King David, the apple was always there waiting to be bitten.

apple_malware_457249The apple sits in the palm of every hand, and every person has that choice in one way or another. Bite off a piece and enjoy the sweet taste…or set it aside. It is tempting to grab a bite quikcly. After all. most of our friends are biting off huge chunks of the fruit and there might not be any left…we do tend to be greedy at times. But like all apples that fall from the Tree of Life into our lap, there is a worm. Hidden among the sweetness and the crunchy meat of the tempting fruit, a worm makes its way to our innards where it squiggles and starts to grow. Craving more and more apples of various types, our stomachs become a roiling, pitching sea of unease.

Rabbe Jesus understood this apple very well. He was driven from towns and temples, probably more frequently than we know, because of this apple. As Palm Sunday drew closer, more and more of this particular kind of apple was being eaten by many of the Jewish people. The worm took much longer to raise its ugly head in those days sans twitter/FB/instagram/etc., but grow it did. 5 days is all it took. Triumph to Tragedy. Sweet to Sour.

Feasting on any of these types apples will never fill the stomach. Rabbe Jesus knew this and shared Himself – His words – His life -His love – that we might have enough armor to ward off the pangs of hunger and eat of any apple that falls from the Tree of Life. Yet it is still our choice. The lenten journey is a time for introspection, faith and often – choices.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe. I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing in me; but that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” Jn 14:27-31