“Imagine,” poem by Day Williams

IMAGINE

Imagine you’re in heaven
It’s easy if you try
With hell below us
Above us only Christ
Imagine many people living for the Way

Imagine there’s more borders
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
When the saints come marching through
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You know that Christ is the Redeemer
And He’s the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And we will see the living Son

Imagine joyful worship
A world with peace and love
No sin, no greed, no hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people sharing all the Word
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the Body will be as one

~Day Williams

March 20: Civil Disobedience (Law and Lawyers)

March 20
Civil Disobedience

 

216.

Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe.

~Arundhati Roy, Public Power in the Age of Empire

217.

In Exodus 1:15-22 Pharaoh commanded the midwives to slay every male Hebrew baby, but Hebrew midwives Shiprah and Puah “were faithful to God and did not kill the boys, even though the king had told them to.” (Exodus 1:17, CEV.) As a result “God was good to the two women because they truly respected him, and he blessed them with children of their own.” (Exodus 1:20-21, CEV.)

 

218.

“I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.”

~Henry David Thoreau

 

From in a Bush

From in a Bush

From in a bush
God called His man
To lead slaves to
The Promised Land.

~Day Williams

NEHEMIAH CHAPTER ELEVEN

NEHEMIAH CHAPTER ELEVEN

1 The nation’s leaders and their families

Settled down in Jerusalem, but there

Was only room for one of every ten

Of the remaining families, so they

          Asked God to show them who would

   live there; 2 then

          Everybody else asked God to bless those

Willing to live inside Jerusalem.

3 Some Israelites, the priests, the

   Levites, and

The temple workers, as well as descendants

Of Solomon’s own servants lived on their

          Own property in towns of Judah, but

          The leaders of the province lived within

Jerusalem with their own families.

4-6 From Judah’s tribe, two leaders settled in

Jerusalem with their own relatives, one

Of whom was Athaiah, fathered by

Uzziah, and his ancestors were these

Men: Zechariah, Amariah, Sheph-

Atiah and Mahalalel, and, last,

Perez, the son of Judah; from Perez’s

Descendants came four hundred sixty-eight

Prominent and prestigious men who lived

          Inside Jerusalem. The other leader

From Judah was Baruch’s son, Maaseiah,

Whose fathers were Colhozeh, Hazaiah,

Adaiah, Joiarib, as well

As Zechariah, the son of Judah

Shelah, 7-8 and from the tribe of Benjamin,

Three leaders settled in Jerusalem.

The first was Sallu son of Meshullam;

The others: Gabbai and Sallai,

And Sallu’s ancestors were Joed, Ped-

Aiah, Kolaiah, Maaseiah,

And Ithiel and Jeshaiah. In

Total, there were nine hundred twenty-eight

Men of the tribe of Benjamin who lived

Inside Jerusalem. 9 Their leader was

Joel the son of Zichri; Judah son

Of Hassenuah was the second in

Command; 10 now in Jerusalem four priests

Did settle down: The first was Jedaiah,

Who was Joiarib’s son and the uncle

Of Jachin, 11 and the second priest to settle

There was Seraiah son of Hilkiah,

Whose ancestors were Meshullam

   and Zadok,

Meraioth, and Ahitub, who had

Been a high priest. 12 In total, there

   were eight

Hundred twenty-two from his clan

   who served

Within the temple. Now the third priest to

Settle there was Adaiah, who was

Jeroham’s son, who was descended from

Pelaliah and Amzi, Zechariah,  

Pashhur, and Malchijah. 13 In all, there were

Two hundred forty-two clan leaders all

Among his relatives. The fourth priest to

Settle there was the son of Azarel,

Amashsai, who was descended from

Ahzai and Meshillemoth, and Immer.

14 In all, there were one hundred

   twenty-eight

Brave warriors from their clans, their

   leader being

Zabdiel son of Haggedolim. 15 Now,

Some Levites settled in Jerusalem.

First, there was Shemaiah, Hasshub’s son.

His ancestors were Azrikam and Bunni

And Hashabiah. 16 Next were Jozabad

And Shabbethai, supervisors of

The work outside the temple. 17 Then there was

Mattaniah the son of Mica, and

Zabdi and Asaph were his ancestors.

Mattaniah did lead the temple choir

In prayers of praise, and Bakbukiah, who

Settled in Jerusalem too, was

His helper. Finally, there was Shammua’s son

Named Abda; Galal was his grandfather,

Jeduthun was his great-grandfather; 18 and

In all, two hundred eighty-four out of

The Levites settled in the holy city.

19 And temple guards (one hundred seventy-

Two) settled in Jerusalem; their leaders:

          Akkub and Talmon, 20 and the rest of all

          The Israelites, including priests and Levites,

Lived on their property in other towns

Of Judah, 21 but the temple workers lived

Within the section of Jerusalem

Called Ophel, and two men in charge of them:

          Ziha and Gishpa. 22 Uzzi son of Bani

Led Levites in Jerusalem, and his

Grandfather was named Hashabiah, his

Great-grandfather was Mattaniah, and

His great-great-grandfather was Mica. He was

          In Asaph’s clan, which oversaw the music

          For temple services, 23 although the choice

Of music and musicians each day was

Decided by the Persian king’s decree.

24 The Israelites were represented at

The Persian court by Pethahiah son

Of Meshezabel from the Zerah clan

Of Judah’s tribe, 25 and some Judeans lived

In these specific towns beside their farms:

          Kiriath-Arba, Dibon, Jekabzeel,

26 Jeshua, Moladah, Beth-Pelet, 27 Ha-

Zar-Shual, Beersheba, 28 Ziklag and

Meconah 29 and Enrimmon, Zorah, Jarmuth,

30 Zanoah and Adullam, Lachish, and

Azekah, and in fact, they settled towns         

From Beersheba in the south to Hinnom

Valley that’s in the north. 31 The Benjamites

lived in the towns of Geba, Michmash and

Aija, Bethel with its villages

Nearby, 32 Nob, Anathoth and Ananiah,

33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, 34 Hadid, Ze-

Boim, Neballat, 35 Lod, and Ono, as

Well as in the Craft Valley. 36 Several

Groups of the Levites from the territory

Of Judah were sent off to live among

The Benjamites to serve the old and young.