Please Pray For Asia Bibi


Today, tomorrow, the next day, and thereafter, until she is released unharmed and she and her family come to a place of safety, I will be praying for Asia Bibi.  Please help by praying for her too.  Her situation is really tragic and dire, and anything you can do to help will be a blessing.

Bibi, a Christian woman living in Pakistan, got into a dispute with other women in her village about sharing a water jug or glassAfter she offered them water,  the other women refused to drink from the same container saying it was unclean.  An argument ensued. These other women, who are Muslim, afterward accused Asia of “dishonoring” the prophet, which under Pakistan’s blasphemy law carries the penalty of death.  Bibi was tried in court and, despite denying the blasphemy charge, was sentenced to be hanged.

Salmaan Taseer, a Muslim who held the post of governor of Punjab, took up her cause and argued that this law was unjust and being used unfairly against Bibi.  Earlier this year, he was murdered by a member of his own security detail, who shot him 26 times with a submachine gun.  Taseer’s assassin, while in police custody, was showered with rose petals by supporters.  Mullahs throughout the country warned that if anyone even grieved for Taseer, they were exposing themselves to the same fate.

Another courageous and merciful man, Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian who held the position of Federal Minister for (Religious) Minority Affairs, then took up Bibi’s cause.  He also argued against the blasphemy law and claimed the charges against Bibi were baseless and concocted.  On March 2, he died in a hail of bullets when a car carrying a group of gunmen pulled in front of his car and they opened fire on him.

Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti, both highly visible public figures in Pakistan, believed in freedom of conscience and authentic faith in God.  For this strong and true belief, both willingly and courageously walked the path of martydom.  Those who killed them seek to place God’s loving faith in chains and seek to take away from others the blessing of free will.  Yet, in accordance with the wisdom and love of the most high, God freely gave this blessing to the first man, even knowing this first man would then succumb to the temptation to take what wasn’t his (so the child sin follows closely after its father).  May the glory and all the blessings of God, whom Taseer and Bhatti served so faithfully, be with them and theirs forever.

This past June, Bibi passed the two year mark on her time in jail.  She fears she could be murdered in jail, like Qamar David, a 55-year-old Catholic who was serving a life sentence for blasphemy.  Extremist groups have put a bounty on her head of $6,000.  Her husband and children have also been declared to be targets and received death threats.   Saying they are concerned about her safety, authorities have kept her in an isolation cell for 24 hours a day, without even a small break for outside air and sun.

Bibi was relocated to a women-only prison after extremists threatened to blow up the prison where she was staying. She has recently fallen ill with chickenpox, apparently because her room and bed sheets have not been cleaned.  She spends her time fasting and praying for others.

There are many people praying for Bibi.  Please consider joining in this prayer, even if you don’t consider yourself very religious or think your prayer won’t matter.  Every voice is heard by God.  Bibi can certainly use all the help she can get, including yours.  Apparently she has asked for prayers for strength and safety. Thank you so much.

On March 17, 2014, the Lahore High Court will hear Asia Bibi’s appeal.  Dear God, thank you for this beam of hope and grant us a share of your mercy and compassion.  If you are reading this, please consider joining me in prayer for Asia and her family.

UPDATE – The hearing of March 17 has been postponed.  More information may be found at (or    


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For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.  Ps. 9:18.

For the wicked boasts of the desires of his heart, and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.   Ps. 10:3.



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A prayer

Dear Lord, may those who mislead the sheep of God to slay them be themselves slain.  In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen.

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The ways of the wicked spirits

My last post mentioned that wicked spirits use different types of attacks on the mind. Perhaps if I mention some of these, it will help in the treatment of other Schizophrenics.  Before this, Schizophrenia might generally be compared to listening to a radio in the car, only the radio commentators can see you and everything you see. 

The first attack is fill in the blank.  One will say something like “What is he most scared about?” and another will answer “He’s most scared about…..”  They don’t actually complete their sentence but wait for the sufferer to complete the thought for them.  Thus, using the mind’s propensity to skip ahead, they wickedly find out information they can use to torment the sufferer.

The second attack is to assume different identities.  For example, two, identify  may identify themselves as a Catholic, a third as an Islamist, then a Baptist will be invited in to replace the Islamist.  They “play off” the sufferer against each identity, perhaps trying to show how the sufferer is so wicked compared against the model identity.

One often feigns sympathy for the sufferer.  Again, this is to raise hopes so that the second can then dash them with merciless attack, as by saying they are a Sociopath who will torment the sufferer until they commit suicide.  They may also feign surprise, as to build the sufferer’s hopes or deceive the sufferer.  For example, one may say to another, what you’re really a such and such, as part of shifting identities.

Closely associated with this is staging mock events.  Two may suddenly declare something like “What’s happening to me” and then an “angel” will appear as a third to punish the two.  Usually, soon afterward, the original three identities appear to mock the sufferer.  That is, they like to raise and dash hopes.   Mock events can follow one right after enough as if a series of mini-dramas.  At some point, the total effect can almost be like a series of short blasphemous dreams.  These can involve claims of side pacts being made between God and Satan.

Another attack is to lead the sufferer along.  They tell a string of truths, perhaps of events in the sufferer’s distant past that few would know or some attributes of the sufferer.  Once they have lulled the sufferer into complacency, they pull out an enormous lie.

Fear is a common approach.  They spin out a fearsome scenario, such as saying “too late, there’s already someone out your door waiting to kill you.”  Of course this is all to terrorize the sufferer.

They like to darken relationships.  By that I mean, they impute evil behaviors, intentions, or blameworthy problems to others.  They may say about someone’s relation, so-and-so really hates the sufferer.

Emphasizing and magnifying flaws in the sufferer is a common approach.  This may be proceeded by a period of “puffing up” the sufferer with grandiose virtues or status.   For example, they may say the sufferer is also the son of Satan after first saying the sufferer is the son of God.

The wicked spirits sometimes engage in mock disputes.   They do sometimes insult each other and often curse when frustrated by the sufferer’s lack of response.  Actually, they don’t really know what to do with lack of response, but the temptation is so great to respond sometimes, it is easy to get caught up in engagement with them.   They may boast about how much  they enjoy tormenting the sufferer or how much money they are making in side deals. 

The wicked spirits may play off a blessing of God against another.  For example, they may play off love of others for love of God or vice-versa.   It is an open question how many atheists are sociopaths, but all sociopaths are hard-core atheists, whether they declare themselves so or pretend to have faith.  Of course, as the heavenly Father loves his children, so he desires they love one another.    Abraham was willing to offer Isaac in sacrifice but Jesus offered himself instead.

They may plant suggestions.   For example, one may say something, after which the other says “that’s what we want this person to think.”

This is many of the different approaches that wicked spirits use.  As to responses, the best is probably lack of response, though unless one has been repeatedly tested, it can difficult not to believe what the evil voices say about reality from what is actually “out there,” before the sufferer, in the real world.  The temptation to respond is very strong. Applying short labels to the approaches can allow the schizophrenic to process these approaches as they come and go, so avoiding the temptation to engage with each one. For example, “That’s fill-in the blank, that’s the staged event, that’s feigned sympathy.  Prayer can be helpful, as in, Dear Lord, if there is any truth in what these tormentors are saying about my weaknesses, please give me what is needful to heal, and as to these elevated truths they are saying about me, I offer them to you dear heavenly Father. 

Dear Lord, please deliver all who suffer in this way from the merciless wickedness of their tormentors, and may others find compassion in their hearts and pray for the speedy healing of those suffering.

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For Blessing

I have Asia Bibi and her family in my prayers.

Dear God in heaven, please let what I say now be a blessing to your children.  I ask this in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

I want to say that I am schizophrenic.  As I have said before, I hear voices.  They have been both kind and harsh, though originally they were just harsh.  They started about seven years ago, after I angrily and meanly forced a telephone representative to stay on the phone with me for over forty-five minutes because I was upset about a previous call, or so this is the time I best remember (my memory is terrible).  At almost that moment, it was like my world turned upside down, and it seemed like everyone started to hate me.  It was a living hell.

About five or six years ago, I sensed there were murderers who wanted to break into my apartment.  I was so scared I was trembling, and in deep anguish I prayed to God to save my family.  Suddenly, I felt as if I was being bathed in a golden light extending far into heaven and felt soft drops, as if of snow, falling on me.  I felt a love so deep it is indescribable.  I also sensed a feeling of being lifted and all the fear I had felt was suddenly gone.  I felt a great sense of calm and being loved and my thoughts were “O my God, there really is a God.”  I can’t say how long it lasted.  Perhaps it was five minutes.  

Sometime after this, I went out into a thunderstorm.  Speaking aloud to God, I asked God what church should I join?  Suddenly there was a flash of lightening and I saw something flash in the grass.  It was of silver children’s beads, shaped like a cross, with three white beads for the horizontal beam and two white beads for the sign at the top, though initially the two white bead puzzled me.  I took this as a sign from God that I should join a church, in some part Catholic, represented by the beads, and in some part Protestant, represented by the cross.  The answer, to be sure, was something of a mystery, but I understood this as God’s answer that I use some free will of my own. 

There were other events that can be taken as miracles that happened about this time, including a hail storm where I argued with God about a Greek mythology book I had loved as a child, for I had visions of martyrs burning in ancient pagan times.  It was such a beautiful book and I asked how God could expect me to start disposing of books for this was no better than a book burning.  Finally, I asked if it would be enough if I just threw away my book, and the hail immediately stopped.  I was covered in white.

About five years ago, I moved to a house, having lost most of what I had once owned. The voices stopped, and I was so happy, I began this website, with the intention of praising God.   It gave me great joy to write the poetry, and often I would feel a flash of warmth or energy come over my head.  By this time, I had come to understand this cross as also representing Jesus’ words, “So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.”  I could not see how this could ever be possible, but I thought it would please God to do whatever small part I could to bring the churches a little closer. 

It seemed that the issue of how God could allow suffering was one that kept many from God, and this seemed the area of greatest need, for God’s love seemed so vast as to correspond with Scripture’s teaching “The Lord is…not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”   I also decided to write where I felt I could say something proper and needful and to help certain people, including most especially Asia Bibi. 

God never told me what to say, but I did my best to understand and restate Jesus’ words, for what he said and did appeared to me to reflect the very image of God’s love. By then, I had taken up the practice of reading a bit out of the four Gospels each day, as supplemented from either the Old Testament or the letters of the apostles, and the more I read, the more I realized just how astoundingly deep and rich the Gospels are.  I was mindful of Jesus’ saying that, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”  Also, at the same moment I came to a certain understanding, I often felt those flashes of energy, as if in confirmation.

All mistakes I have made are my own and anything that is worthy I give to God all thanks and praise.  As of late, I have increasingly become concerned that when I write, strange events seem to follow.  It almost seems as if something I have written is being confirmed by God in ways I did not anticipate.   I do not profess to be a prophet, and if anything in my posts appears as such, it is God’s doing, as if to make a prophecy afterward what was not at the time it was written.  I have worried about what Revelations says about the “olive branch.”   I worried about Revelations, for it seemed to include so much that is terrible, and I avoided reading it closely for quite a long time.

More recently, within the last week, my voices have become increasingly harsh.  Where once they spoke of being with the Catholic church, they now assume all manner of shifting identities, including Baptist, Islamist, and most prominently Satanist.  One has professed to be the Antichrist as well as a sadistic sociopath and an automation of Satan.  I take them to be wicked spirits and try not to engage them as they torment me with terrible blasphemy and threat, though sometimes I do respond, most often putting a short label on the manner of mind attack they are making, and I do pray to God.  I think they chose three in number to set me up as the “false prophet” of Revelation 16:13 from whose mouth come “three foul spirits.”  I do not know who they are really associated with, for they lie and their lies change frequently.   They may represent the “beast…given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words” of Revelation 13:5.  God has appointed forty-two months for such.   As to the dragon of Revelation 13:11, it says that the “great signs” include making “fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men.”   But there are those who cannot imagine beyond the numbers, and such are those who count their gold up while they devour the sheep of God.

Dear God, please bless your people with your love and shelter them through these uncertain times.  Let us also love you in return and love our neighbor as ourselves.  In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.     

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For Those in Egypt Condemned Recently

Scripture says to “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.”  So I write on behalf of those condemned recently in Egypt, including particularly the 682 convicted in a mass trial.  

Dear Lord, while here, we must do the best with what we have.  Here, the overarching fear, I think, is that those belonging to a “Brotherhood,” at least in part political, can somehow infiltrate society and perhaps rise up and take charge of the entire State, to the great danger and injury of those of differing views.

Yet of those held guilty and imprisoned, can they not infiltrate the prisons?  Of those sentenced to death, can they not still infiltrate hearts?  It is written that “the measure you give will be the measure you get” and all “who take the sword will perish by the sword.”

If the aim is to ultimately stop the spread of ideals, this is a vain and futile aim, for ideals have no body and cannot be locked up or put to the sword.  The remedy for ideals that bode ill are other ideals of a more wholesome nature that are infused with the leaven of God’s holy “law, justice, mercy, and faith.”

If the desired end is separation from society of those who have proven themselves a threat and danger, what then of exile?  This form of correction hass a long and time-honored history, at least compared to mass execution, though no doubt working out the specifics may be fraught with difficulties.  

It is conceivable that certain countries have isolated areas within their border where relocation may be possible, such as the Outback in Australia or an unoccupied strip of polar region.  However, such terrain may be considered unduly harsh for long-term habitation.

Another possibility, perhaps sounding preposterous at first hearing, involves relocation to a ship on the high seas.  After all, if a car can be made self-navigable, why nott a ship, regardless of its size?  In accord with all magnanimity and gracious mercy, perhaps a ship of suitable capacity can be outfitted and provisioned in satisfactory manner, such as a hospital ship or cruise liner, with the necessary electronic and tamper-proof guidance means, its own medical stocks and operating room, free access to inbound electronic media, and all requested religious books, articles of worship, and related facilities.  If no doctor or other needed professional is among the condemned, perhaps one of suitable sympathy and compassion might be found who will voluntarily serve for a term.  

Although presumably this ship would be periodically reprovisioned from outside, in the interests of preserving human dignity and social determination, the passengers would be allowed to put their own rules in place for governance aboard the ship, forming whatever political organization they see fit, and even be provided the necessary materials, in acccord with their individual skill and training, to contribute good works to the outside world, as is their wont and inclination, but free of any servitude or compulsion.

For those aboard, the ship can be as a sanctuary for whatever is most holy and righteous, with the necessary provision that they cannot freely leave this sanctuary, except perhaps for extreme medical or other conditions as yet to be determined. Those intrinsically unable to  acclimate and acquire “sea legs,” or otherwise assimilate, may in grace and mercy be taken in by other countries along the general lines mentioned above.  Any “punishment” would lie solely in separation from society of those who, refusing to “be at peace” with their neighbor, have become a dire peril.

Perhaps this idea is unworkable. Perhaps this will result only in the strong preying on the weak.  But is there another solution that prevents this from happening anyway?  O Lord, unless the rudder is in your hand, will we ever find calm at sea?

Dear Lord, you know I put this forward without wishing to put myself forward, but rather to do your will as best I can.  Please grant us a tiny share of your holy wisdom and blessing so that not even novelty, in this or any other suggestion, becomes a bar to your mercy nor even initial unworkability, a limit on human vision and hope.  May our “life be precious in the sight of the LORD, and may he deliver [us] out of all tribulation.” 

Scripture teaches us that it is your will that “not any should perish,” and perhaps more than any others “the least” who, being greatly despised, need your love the most.   As will be seen by all, this varies from place-to-place and season-to-season.  May your blessing be, O Merciful Lord, on those inspired to find a way of living in true peace with each other and, in all event, that your most gracious will be done.

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Shared reconciliation

St. Paul, seeking to make peace and to unify, rested on faith as a shared foundation that could reconcile both Jews and Gentiles with God.  This was faith in God and God’s love as imparted by Jesus in his words and actions, including his victory over crucifixion and death, and as received through the Holy Spirit.  Iff you will, Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians were the original Christian denominations. 

This faith is not merely one of mind, but of all our mind, heart, soul, and strength, in love of God and God’s family.  “Blessed are the peacemakers…”  (including St. Paul) “…for they shall be called sons of God.”  Christ, the redeemer, makes it possible to rejoin God not as a subject of his holy kingdom but as a beloved member of his holy family.
In particular, St. Paul noted that reconciliation is not achieved by being of the chosen people through the Jewish practice of circumcision.   As St. Paul explained, Abraham was accorded as righteous in God’s sight even before this practice was ever instituted.  Nor was reconciliation achieved by strictly following every detail of the Jewish laws, including those on dietary restrictions, “for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.”  If you put your child in the care of someone, would you want someone who enforced every rule strictly or someone who loved your child? Dear God, let us not regress to making our religion merely the strict enforcement of man-made proscriptions and requirements.

If we ask which is primary, faith or works, if by works we mean acts done by routine and without lovve toward God and God’s family, then it is certainly faith. But if by works we mean acts infused with love, where we let love for God flow into us, even to making God part of our family if you will, and with loving spirit join others with us to share of God’s family, this is the sign of a sanctifying faith.

What makes for peace and unifies us, properly speaking, is loving purpose and a fervent desire to give abundantly in love, not merely to barter in like measure. The Psalmist said, “As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God.”  Jesus said,  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you….By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  This is the faith that saves, and a loving will is not possible unless itt is a free will, which was God’s original gift in the Garden of Eden; nor has God removed this gift from us even to this day.

Yet the sweet fruit does not suddenly appear on the branch, but first the bud and flower. Look and see!

O dear God, please be patient with us in your most loving mercy  for we, like the fruit, need a season of time in warmth and Sun in which to ripen and turn sweet. Praise be to God.

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Water and Spirit

Lord, tell us of that time when our bodies will no longer be set or frail.  When from the “womb of the morning, like dew your youth will come to you.”

In water, as in meekness, there is a suppleness and also firmness. Scripture teaches blessed are the meek.  As the meek give ground, so they shall “inherit the earth.”  

Those born of water and Spirit can enter the heavenly kingdom. But whatt is Spirit, who can see it?  Is it not like the wind, and we see the power with which it moves other things, but “whence it comes or whither it goes,” we see not.  In wind there is a firmness and suppleness.

Blood is made of water and salt. What good is a preservative, such as salt, if it cannot preserve itself?  And what preserves itself if not the chaste?  What preserves and keeps us is a soul meek and firm in faithfulness.  

But who cann look into the hearts of men and plume the depths off the soul but the Holy Spirit of God?  Is not even faithfulness, a treasure precious indeed “in the sight of God and man,” often hidden, even to some who, on an unexpected day, turn out more faithful than even they know?  Yet God knows us better than we know ourselves.

There is one blessed who Scripture says “commands even wind and water,” who offers us “living water.”  We are told to “keep your heart with all vigilance;  for from it flows the springs of life.”  Loyalty and faithfulness will not forsake iff “written on the tablet of your heart.”

On the day of salvation, Scripture teaches, “steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.”  Dear God, let us, on that day, “spring up…” and blossom forth “…from the ground.”   With your commanding righteousness, look down on us with favor “from the sky.” Let us then be clothed in the “garments of salvation,” adorned with jeweled pendants of faithfulness, decked with garlands of great gladness, and let loving song well up in our hearts and overflow in sweet praise  on our lips. Praise be to you O most loving and merciful Lord.

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The greatest tyrants have operated out of fear, not strength, for they feared if they lost control, something terrible would happen.  So, having control, they took more control, then still more control, and made something terrible happen.  And there are bodiless tyrants, that rule by dictate, that undermine whole societies, and that wreck havoc and destruction even greater.

So too there are diffferent kinds of fear. There is fear  of and fear for.  Perhaps there are more.  

Please forgive me my weakness, Lord, for my fear is both of and for.  Dear sweet and gracious Jesus, you said, “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  Praise and thanks be to God.

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Living Water

“Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get,
and still more will be given you.”  This says more about reconciliation or spiritual union with God than those startling paradoxes (or koans) of the form God is such but God isn’t such, which sounds mystical and revealing but amount to no more than saying two such things are different. If we look closely enough att any two things, can we not find some difference?  

And from hour-to-hour, day-to-day, season-to-season, we ourselves are different, for as there is movement and bustle without, so there is movement and bustle within. As there arre other living things and communities without, so there are other living things and communities within.  Families without; families within.  Some living in peace and working together; others living in strife and destroying each other.

If we say a car is not an apple, have we said more than if we say a car is like a horse-and-buggy?  Such likes or similes may sum together to give us a clearer picture, but a collection of nots remain separate shades, ever ungraspable and keeping us in patches of twilight rather than guiding us on a path of increasing light.

It is well, indeed, to empty ourselves of preconceptions and labels when
describing what is holy, for God is more than all the labels man can dream
up and even man, made in God’s image, is worth much more than many labels.

How then do we find the path approaching nearer to God? It is a path of
emptying, to be sure, insofar as we must empty ourselves of pride and
avarice and other idols which hide our eyes from God, but at the same time it is a taking up truly into our hearts of care and love for others, for as we lovve and have compassion for others, so the love and compassion of God may draw closer to us. As we share the blessings of God, so God’s blessing may come upon us.

Does not Scripture say, ” “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?  “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?  “Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily;….Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer.”  And again, “…what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”

Of the blessed, Scripture says, “Water shall flow from his buckets” (or “Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water”). In sharing life with others is life, as our hearts know who have shared what is good in life with joy and celebration. And sharing in life is also sharing tears and table with others. Let our hearts not be like stagnant pools, never clean of the detritus of the past; rather let them be like flowing and living water, giving drink to all, even of what seems very ordinary, but is so special and precious in the sight of God.  Praise be to God.

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Praise God and share the bounty and hope that God gives you more bounty to share!

But share with who?  Was not the Samaritan a good neighbor because he saw the man lying stripped and beaten by the wayside as in some way part of his family?  Largeness of family comes from largness of heart.  

The monastaries in the middle ages were blessings to their communities. It was nott because within their walls was a brotherhood or family, for other organizations walking not in the way of righteousness had that.  Were they not different because they opened their doors wide, offering hospitality to wayfarers from the outside?   Is not hospitality the act of opening your door and treating someone as family who wasn’t family before?  We share our views freely on matters that rest deep in our hearts, but do we share our families?

The harvesters in the fields of God always left a portion for wayfarers and strangers to glean.  Those fishing in the lakes of God didd not strain to catch every fish.  These all trusted in the grace of God and his power to replenish the bounty. What work do you do where you work with God so?

Abraham did not think it beneath his dignity to offer fine meal to complete strangers.  He did not insist first on proof of kinship. Should we suppose he denied them water to slake their thirst?  If an outsider or outcast had come to his tent, however deep or shallow the well, would Abraham have denied their parched tongue a small drink, the very drink of life in the heat of the day?  

Consider Lot to whom the angels of God next went after visiting Abraham.  Lot took in these strangers (angels) and treated them as family, sheltering them in his home even against the violent threats and curses that raged outside.  As Lot and Abraham enlarged their families to include God or those seeming in need of God’s protection and favor, so Lot was protected by God’s angels and God favored Abraham by enlarging his family to number as the stars of heaven.

“The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how.”  Let not heapfuls of our favored staple or the lure of expediency close our eyes to our own continual neediness before God, lest we fail to bless our fields and bread with our good Lord’s diverse bounty and fruitful leaven.  Praise be to God.

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