(Psalm 6:6, 30:5,
126:6, Luke 6:21)
I Cried All Night
I cried all night
But morning came
And God had wiped
My tears away.
The homeless in America are cold
While Senators lean back in their sleek cars;
Abusive nightmares haunt the children’s nights
As parents huddle drunk in dingy bars.
The Dollar is adored from coast to coast
While prophets are attacked (or worse) ignored;
T.V. delights in violence and sex
As its consumers stay smug, drugged and bored.
As Chastity’s regarded as a curse,
Fidelity’s assailed on every side;
With easy money couples get divorced
As if the Lord, who hates all sin, has died.
The leaders lose their sight of Christ’s tall cross
And masses stumble under weights of sins;
The Trivial is worshiped at new shrines
And Lucifer cannot conceal his grin.
Men trample rights of widows and the poor,
Few hear the silent screams of those unborn
Who are aborted–murdered by the wolves
Who howl, “Rejoice!” when all who know should mourn.
The prophet Daniel said in the Last Days
Man’s knowledge will increase, and yet Saint Paul
Declared that knowledge puffs man up, and that
It’s love, which never fails, that’s over all.
For God so loved the world he gave his Son,
And an eternal life belongs to you
If you believe in Christ, the one God sent,
The Root of David who makes all things new.
The stone has rolled and Jesus is alive,
He will return as Judge of goats and sheep;
Now is the time to pray, the Day is near,
For those who labor in the Lord will reap.
1 The LORD told Moses: “You have led the people
Of Israel from Egypt. Now prepare
To lead them to the land I promised their
Ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
It is a land that’s rich with milk and honey,
2 And I will send an angel to force out
Those people who live there−the Canaanites,
The Amorites and Hittites, Perizzites,
Hivites, and Jebusites. 3 Go to the land
That flows with milk and honey. I’d go with
My people, but they’re so rebellious that
I’d wipe them out before they get there.”
4 When people heard these hard words they began
To mourn and none put on their ornaments.
5 Even before the LORD said these harsh things,
He had told Moses, “All these people are rebellious,
And I would kill them all at once, if I
Went with them, but tell them to take off their
Resplendent jewelry, then I’ll decide
What to do with them,” 6 so people started
To mourn, and after they left from Mount Sinai.
They wore their fancy jewelry no more.
7 Moses would set a tent up far from camp,
Which he had named the “meeting tent.” Whoever
Needed some message from the LORD would go
There, and each time that Moses went out to
The tent, each person stood beside the entrance
To their own tents and watched him enter, then
They would bow down because a thick cloud would
Descend before the tent, and God would speak
To Moses face to face, just like a friend.
Afterwards, Moses would return to camp,
But his young helper Joshua would stay at
The tent, and Moses told the LORD, “I know
You have told me to lead these people to
The land you promised them, but you have not
Told me who my assistant will be. You
Have said that you’re my friend and that you’re pleased
With me. If this is true, let me know what
Your plans are, then I can obey and keep
Pleasing you, and do not forget that you
Have chosen this same nation as your own.”
God said, “I’ll go with you and give you peace.”
Then Moses answered, “If you are not going
With us, then please don’t make us leave this place;
But if you do go with us, everyone
Will know that you are pleased with your own people
And with me. That way, we’ll be different
From other people on the earth.” The LORD
Told him, AI will do what you’ve asked, because
I am your friend and I am pleased with you.”
Then Moses said, “I pray that you will let
Me see you in your entire glory.” God
Replied: “All right. I am the LORD, and I
Show mercy and good will to anyone
I choose. I’ll let you see my glory and
You’ll hear my holy name, but I won’t let
You see my face, for anyone who sees
My face will die. There is a rock not far
From me; go stand beside it, and before
I pass by in my shining glory, I’ll
Put you in a large crack inside the rock.
I’ll cover up your eyes with my hand ’til
I’ve passed, then I’ll take my hand away;
You’ll see my back; you will not see my face.”
Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches.
~Otto von Bismarck, speech, (1850), relative to Manteuffel’s dealings with Austria during the insurrection of the People of Hesse Cassel
The Herzegovina question is not worth the bones of a Pomeranian fusilier.
~Otto von Bismarck (1875), during the struggle between the Christian provinces and Turkey, which led to the Russo-Turkish War