Hold fast!

OK here is the post i promised before – the one with the question. – Simple this time.

And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and FASTed on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.(I Sa 7:6)

And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and FASTed on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh. (2 Sa 12:22)

But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with FASTing; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. (Ps 35:13)

Is it such a FAST that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a FAST, and an acceptable day to the LORD? (Isa Ch 58)

 And when he had FASTed forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. ( Matt 4:2)

And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they FAST. (Matt Ch 9)

 Find more of your own examples – there are many.

My question?

When was the last time you followed Christ’s example (and those of many others) and fasted? Went without? (food mostly) for as much as 24 hours?

I confess i have not done so voluntarily out of a desire to cleanse my ‘self’ and please God and myself by walking in His ways for around three years or more now.

 I intend to rectify this oversight and love of my life over the life of Christ before Dec 25th.

Any of you have a reason to join me??

A simple yes or no will suffice and remember to do it ‘in private’ – no need to let the whole world ‘know’ about it.

I merely offer the ‘challenge’/question.

Do you ever fast? other than when going for a blood/medical ‘test’?

Would you do so voluntarily? To be more like Him??

 We need faith AND works remember. either one without the other doesn’t get us to where we say we wish to ‘go’.

I would advise you to remember to keep up your intake of the water of life during any period of fasting and not to try to do too much, too soon – we have grown weak in the last 20 centuries – 24 hours should do to begin with – you can work up (slowly!) to 40 days and nights if you feel a personal ‘need’, i guess?

The Queen and the Soldier

OK – I know i said i would have a simple question in my next post…

This is the next post to ‘The Message’ and there is no question in it – i beg your continued indulgences…

The Message was humbling – i am glad so many of you responded so sincerely and even persistently to my comments – you are all very kind to humour me in that fashion.

It was i feel  ‘quite’ deep and some went where I intended (although none i feel followed it the whole way and got ‘side-tracked’ with a quite minor issue of relevance to me but thanks for answering the questions with your input).

Tam’s blog led me to something i have wanted to share with as many as would listen for quite some time now and this post is the result and is therefore a little ‘out of sequence’ to what i might have previously intended – we all get side-tracked in life a little at times, huh? 🙂

I think i can say quite without fear of contradiction that almost none of you will have ever seen a song in concert like this one in the following Video is.

I was a little apprehensive about displaying this version and chose it finally out of the many other copies that just show the Song, primarily because of the sound quality and it is the song i REALLY wanted to show you all in a way that it touches me most strongly – the SOUNDS!

 I chose the video only slightly because of the fairly ‘radical’ way it is presented which i do admit i find a little fascinating – for all the ‘firsts’ is contains.

The video is a tad under ten minutes long. If you are in anything of a hurry and this is longer than you wish to spend here then please ‘skip’ the first three minutes thirty seconds introduction, which is mostly for technoheads, and explains what you are seeing – which basically is a computer animation of a live web-broadcast in real time  -amazing to those who speek geek! 🙂

The song is the important part of this post and begins at 3:30 in…

This song has spoken to me for twenty years since i first loaned the album from a CD library. I am not sure what it is saying to me, exactly – all i know is it is saying it on a VERY ‘deep’ level – maybe it will for you, maybe it won’t but i think you deserve to hear it ( again perhaps?)

I never grow tired of listening to it. Suzanne Vega is truly beautiful – and so is her music – and especially this song.

I give you – Suzanne Vega and: The Queen and the Soldier  (via Second Life)

The Message

I really don’t get it.

It makes little sense to me…

If Jesus’s Message was SO important to the entire world (and frankly i feel it was about as Important as it ever gets) WHY did HE NEVER write one word that is recorded as under His own Human Hand??

I mean if EVER someone on Earth was ‘qualified’ to write about His Dad and what we were put on this earth for it was Him! Right?

And if His message was not to be sullied by His earthly brain and body – even as it was, directly under Divine Guidance (who could ever claim Divinity such as His?) – and this menial task was left to some, but not all, of His Twelve Disciples.

 Just Why then, in God’s Name, did they all wait until SO long after events had transpired to put it down on paper so that we today might know of Him through reading the Bible (and other sources most seem content to ignore even after 50 or more years after their discovery).

Was this an important message for all posterity ? or Not??

If Kevin Rudd coming to power (In Australia! – GW reckons we are one of your best friends – could you at least learn somethings about my country’s politics – i am forced to know a mass about yours in the US – it is NOT through ‘choice’ – believe me) were the Second Coming, in 4 000 AD would people only be reading about it because Julia Gillard wrote about it in 2050??

So why do we do something as strange as this now?

Sure most were illiterate back then, but Christ knew the World and everything that was and was to come. He KNEW we would need to read about Him today and tomorrow until He came back as He Promised (keep looking folks! Just remember how many have died in the ‘sure’ knowledge that He was coming back ‘soon’ – hopefully in their lifetimes. He actually told ‘us’ it would be in the present lifetime – read Matthew!).

He IS here – He always was – it is what WE do that determines when He ‘returns’ on Earth. I wonder how many of you understand that at all?

How many of you will be as He foretold in His parable and sit and wait and ‘bury’ the Gold Pieces? Until His Master returns and pays what is due?

Which Church has ever made their converts aware of the Truth He passed on to His Flock?

They never deny it for then they might be caught out – but they never encourage you to discover for yourselves the Truth either – it is very possible they don’t even know it themselves, or more sinisterly, they know and choose to keep such power unto themselves alone, afraid of losing their hold over His Children…

 or maybe there is another ‘explanation’?

To me, His Message was one of Love – Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind- we should Love God/Father. Love one another, as fallible as we all are. Love our Soul because it is from, and of, God – within us all, and love our self so as to be able to forgive ourselves in our own minds, for unless we can do this we will never have Peace internally and while we are in conflict within we can never be totally true to Jesus and His Promise to us.

We should also Love our Mother – the Earth from which we are all made and receive our physical form and sustenance. Man does not live by bread alone – even manna. Neither can we live without it, only through spirit.  The body we live in needs Both – Bread and God’s Spirit, renewed in us ‘daily’, if we are to achieve the potential He Promised.

If we are to follow truly His Example.

Dare we? Or would that be asking too much?

The longer we procrastinate through some misunderstanding or mis-Direction the longer and further ‘away’ from Him we become.

So I Truly believe in my Heart, and Soul, and mind.

The Time comes quickly!