O Movie Star

O Movie Star

“O Movie Star
What evil price did you pay
To rise so far
Like a mountain over clay?”

“I cannot tell
Or I will lose my fair wife . . .
My name will smell
And I would forfeit my life.”

~Day Williams

Holy Service

HOLY SERVICE

He came to Simon Peter, who asked, “Lord,
Are you going to wash my feet?”

~John 13:6

Peter speaks

What makes me worthy to commune with You?
Not fishing prowess, deeds, words, heart or mind–
Nothing I do is worth your love–I, too,
Have fallen short of glory and been blind

To how you know my inmost thoughts and love
Me still, a wretch like me, and wretched more
When on this dirt and mud your light above
Shines, torchlights on a burglar on the shore.

You did insist that you would wash my feet,
Or I would have no part in you. I said,
“Take callused toes and turn the sour to sweet,
The way you raised those people from the dead.

Gladly I’ll eat your bread and drink your wine,
That I may share in Love, your Love divine.”

–Day Williams
04/08/03

Man-Woman Wed

(Genesis 5:2, Mt. 19:4,
Mark 10:6)
Man-Woman Wed

Man-woman wed:
That is God’s plan;
Abide by it;
He’ll bless your stand.

~Day Williams

FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER TWELVE

First Chronicles Chapter Twelve

1 These were the men who came to David at

Ziklag, while he was banished from the presence

Of Saul the son of Kish (they were among

The warriors who helped him in battle; 2 they

Were armed with bows and could shoot arrows or

Could sling stones right-handed or left-handed;

They were the relatives of Saul out of  

The tribe of Benjamin): 3 Ahiezer

Their chief and Joash, sons of Shemaah

The Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet 

The sons of Azmaveth; Berakah, Jehu

The Anathothite, 4 and the Gibeonite

Ishmaiah, mighty warrior of the Thirty,

Who was a leader of the Thirty; Jer-

Emiah, Jahaziel, Johanan,

The Gederathite Jozabad, 5 Eluzai,

Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah

And Shephatiah, Haruphites; 6 Elkanah,

Ishiah, Azarel, Joezer and

Jashobeam the Korahites; 7 and also

The Gedorite Jeroham’s sons Joelah

8 Some Gadites changed their sides to David at

His stronghold in the wilderness. They were

Courageous warriors, ready for a battle,

Prepared to handle shield and spear. Their faces

Were lions’ faces, and they were as swift

As the gazelles in mountains. 9 Ezer was

The leader, Obadiah, second in

Command, Eliab, third, 10 Mishmannah, fourth,

Jeremiah the fifth, 11 Attai, sixth,

Eliel the seventh, 12 Johanan, eighth,  

Elzabad, ninth, 13 and Jeremiah, tenth,

And Makbannai the eleventh. 14 All

These Gadites were the army leaders; and

The least could match a hundred, and the greatest

Could match a thousand. 15 It was they who crossed

The Jordan the first month it overflowed

Its banks, and they drove out the people living

In valleys, to the east and to the west.

16 Some other Benjamites and some Judeans

Came out to David in his stronghold. 17 David

Went out to meet them and he said to them,

“If you have come to me in peace to help  

Me, I’m prepared for you to join me. But

If you have come here to betray me to

My adversaries when my hands are free

From violence, then may the God of our

Own ancestors see it and judge you,” 18 then

The Spirit came upon Amasai,

The Thirty’s chief, and he said: “We are yours,

David! We’re with you, Jesse’s son! Success,

Success to you, success to those who help

You, for your God will help you.” David thus

Took them and had them lead his raiding bands.

19 Some of Manasseh’s tribe defected to

David when he went with the Philistines

To fight with Saul. (He and his men did not

Assist the Philistines because their rulers 

Consulted then sent him away. They said,

“It will cost us our heads if he deserts

To Saul, his master.”) 20 Now when David went

To Ziklag, the Manasseh men who

Defected were named: Adnah, Jozabad,

Jediael and Michael, Jozabad,

Elihu and Zillethai, the leaders

Of units of a thousand in Manasseh.

21 They did help David fight the raiding bands, 

For all were fearless warriors, and they were  

Commanders in his army. 22 Day by day

Men came to work with David, ‘til he had

A mighty army, like God’s army. 23 These

Are numbers of the men who came to David

At Hebron, battle-armed, to turn Saul’s kingdom

Over to him, as God had said: 24 from Judah,

Carrying shield and spear−six thousand eight

Hundred battle-armed men; 25 from Simeon,

               The battle-ready warriors—seven thousand

One hundred; 26 and from Levi came four thousand

Six hundred, 27 which did count Jehoiada,

Leader of Aaron’s family, with three thousand

And seven hundred men, 28 and Zadok, brave

Young warrior, and his family provided

Twenty-two officers; 29 from Benjamin,

Saul’s tribe—three thousand, most of whom had stayed

Loyal to Saul ‘til then; 30 from Ephraim,

Brave warriors, famous in their own clans—twenty

Thousand eight hundred; 31 from half of Manasseh’s

Tribe, designated by a name to come

Make David king, were eighteen thousand; 32 from

Issachar, men who understood the times

And knew what Israel should do—two hundred  

Chiefs, with their relatives whom they commanded;

33 From Zebulun, the seasoned soldiers ready 

For battle with each type of weapon, to

Help David with devoted loyalty—

Fifty thousand; 34 out of Naphtali—one

Thousand officers, together with thir-

Ty-seven thousand men who carried shields

And spears; 35 from Dan, prepared for battle—twen-

Ty thousand and six hundred; 36 out of Asher,

Forty thousand seasoned soldiers prepared

For battle; 37 from the Jordan’s east side, out

Of Reuben, Gad and the Manasseh half-

Tribe, armed with every type of weapon—one

Hundred and twenty thousand. 38 All these were

Strong fighting men who volunteered to serve

In ranks, and they came down to Hebron

Fully determined to make David king

Of Israel. The rest of Israelites

               Agreed they wanted David to be king.

               39 The men spent three days there with David, eating

And drinking, for their families had supplied

Provisions for them, 40 and their neighbors from

As far as Issachar and Zebulun

And Naphtali came bringing food on mules,

Oxen, donkeys, and camels. The supplies

Were plentiful of fig cakes, raisin cakes,

Wine, olive oil, flour, sheep and cattle, for

Israel had great gladness in the Lord.