Dust is dust. Whether by decay or by fire, ashes are ashes.
"and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it." Eccl. 12:7
“Leaving America is like losing twenty pounds and finding a new girlfriend.” Phil Ochs
This 60's folk singer had different reasons for such a sentiment than I might have. But I must confess that, in my own way, I agree!
Where is your beloved country?
It is not always easy to see the line in the sand between genuine zeal and fanaticism. Wishful thinking does not a prophecy make... nor does the false fervor of prophecy mongers needing visible validations to keep the offerings rolling in.
Back in the day, we attended one of those crusades.
Even assuming that, the staggering complexity of the human genome points more to a Creator than to a theory of an upward-stumbling process of natural selection.
"There can be no question but that the great principles of freedom of conscience, separation of church and state, and voluntarism in religion, so basic in American Protestantism and so essential to democracy, ultimately are derived from the Anabaptists of the Reformation period," Parade of Faith
I enjoyed reading "THE HOBBIT" again recently. One of my favorite lines appears about 2/3 of the way through. After an arduous, adventure-fraught enterprise for Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves:
"They were at the end of their journey, but as far as ever, it seemed, from the end of their quest. None of them had much spirit left."
"So then each of us will give an account of himself to God." Romans 14:12
Being on my own allows me space to breathe, to think, to digest things with little risk of peer pressure or a provincial set of mores prejudicing the process.
Greg was raised near Milwaukee, WI. He has lived outside of the United States since 1976... first in Central America and, since 1982, in Cancun, Mexico.
Concise devotions in Spanish and English, along with some lengthier essays… Designed for personal spiritual growth and to help anyone studying English or Spanish as a second language to improve their skills… Rev 14:6
To highlight one essential facet of the eternal Gospel of Jesus Christ... Rev 14:6; 2 Cor. 5:18
THANK YOU FOR READING!
"For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you." Philemon 1:7
Refreshing the Bones by Greg Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.