You’re Far Above

    

You’re far above the men I’ve known, my Lord,
Men unforgettable, men high and brave.
If these and others were in one accord,
They would be like a single, gentle wave

Trickling against a shore in some far land
Where no foot’s scrunched the sand or stepped on stones;
They’d be the stories children understand,
While you’d be higher, farther, all alone;

For every act within your ministry
Speaks volumes more than any man’s career,
Since you can manage meanness, sophistry,
And crimes in ways to make God’s love shine clear,

You, through God’s heaven, where great treasure’s stored,
Pour gifts upon believers in the Lord.

~Day Williams

The Honest Feminist

The Honest Feminist

“This is my studio apartment. Not big, but big enough for a bed that sleeps two. By the way, thanks for the drinks at the bar. Now (she starts undressing) I want to be up front with you. I’m a feminist, an honest feminist. You should know that I sleep with a different man every weekend. Sometimes one on Friday night, another on Saturday night. My body, my choice. The odds that I have a venereal disease are fairly high, just so you know.    
“If you get me pregnant, I won’t consult with you about the choice. What? Don’t give me that biology textbook stuff. The Supreme Court doesn’t care, so why should I? I know my rights. It’s my body, so if I want an abortion, I’ll get it, and you’ll pay for it. You're the sperm donor. That’s why I copied down your credit card numbers when we came in the door.
“If I decide to have the baby, we won’t get married, because I don’t believe in faithfulness. I want to explore all the possibilities. My body, my choice. I will make sure that you pay child support for 18 years, and you can see the child every other weekend. So, let’s climb into bed, shall we?”

A child

Live Action:

A child is not part of a mother’s body

A child is a genetically distinct human being

A car is not part of a garage because it’s parked there

A cake is not part of the oven because it’s baked there B

eing inside something is not the same as being a part of something

May 4: Travel

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.

May 4
Travel

341.
The leaders of Israel will listen to you. Then you must take them to the king of Egypt and say, “The LORD God of the Hebrews has appeared to us. Let us walk three days into the desert, where we can offer a sacrifice to him.”
–Exodus 3:18

342.
We traveled through fire and through floods,
but you brought us to a land of plenty.
–Psalms 66:12

343.
So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David’s hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David’s family.
Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby.
–Luke 2:4-5

344.
He traveled through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
–Acts 15:41

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LEVITICUS CHAPTER TWELVE

LEVITICUS CHAPTER TWELVE

1 The Lord told Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites:

              ‘A woman who is pregnant and who bears

              A son will be unclean by ritual

For seven days, just as she is unclean

              When on her monthly period, 3 and on

              Day eight the boy is to be circumcised.

4 The woman then must wait for thirty-three

              Days to be purified from bleeding. She

              Must not touch anything that’s sacred or

Go to the sanctuary ‘til the days

              To purify herself are over. 5 If she bears

              A daughter, for two weeks the woman will

Remain unclean, the same as when she’s on

              Her period, and after that she must

              Wait sixty-six days to be purified

From bleeding. 6 When the days to purify

              Her for a son or daughter have elapsed,

              She is to bring the priest right at the entrance

Into the meeting tent a year-old lamb

              For a burnt offering and a young pigeon

              Or dove for a sin offering; 7 he is

To offer them before the Lord to make

              Atonement for her, and then she will be

              Ceremonially clean from her blood flow.

These are the regulations for the woman

              Who bears a boy or girl, 8 but if she can’t

              Afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves

Or two young pigeons, one to be a burnt

              Offering and the other for a sin

              Offering; in this manner will the priest

Make an atonement for her: She’ll be clean.’”