Archive for June 26, 2013

Gratitude   Leave a comment


Above:  The Author on Sunday Afternoon, June 16, 2013


I am grateful for so much today;

here are but a few

of the reasons for my attitude,

for I should not be rude:


healthy food:

oatmeal in the morning,

followed by other selections;

fresh air;

pleasant walks;

good housing;

sufficient income for now;

opportunities to help friends;

good hobbies;

a good mind

and a healthy brain;

the desire to be kind,

at which I do not balk;

physical strength;

good health; and

the love of a good woman.


The number of reasons for thanks is infinite,

but here are some

to focus on

so that concentrated gratitude will come.

All flow from God, of course,

directly or otherwise.

If I did not acknowledge that reality,

I would more sinful be.



The Spirit of Commercialism   1 comment


Above:  The Sermon on the Mount as Applied to a Commercial Age, March 15, 1911

Artist = Art Young (1866-1943)

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsca-27719



My great-grandfather wrote in a prosperous time, not one of recession or depression, as the text indicates.




Ps. 62, 10

1.  Times of great prosperity have been seasons of great danger to morals.  Israel lapsed into idolatry when they prospered.  Rome fell a victim to the evils of greed.

2.  Ours is an era of unparalleled prosperity and hence of great trial.  We are being weighed in the balance.  It should concern us that we be not found wanting.  The commercial spirit is taking hold of life almost everywhere.

(1)  One peril is that men cease to feel so keenly their absolute dependence on God.  With money in the bank and a smooth business it is hard to feel dependent on God.  But we are.

(2)  This will issue in less appreciation of the means of grace.  Wealth magnifies itself and crowds out the proper appreciation of things spiritual.

(3)  Men so often set the heart on money for its own sake or for the worldly honor it brings.  Witness the greed of graft today, such utter disregard for the cardinal virtues.  There is no sin which love of money will not lead its devotees to do!

3.  The cure for all this is to love God above all things & not set the heart on wealth possessed or sought.


Equality Granted and Denied   2 comments


Above:  Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama, April 7, 2010

Photographer = Carol M. Highsmith

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-highsm-07312


God created human beings in his own image;

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

–Genesis 1:27, The Revised English Bible (1989)


All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

–The Constitution of the United States, Amendment 14, Section 1


If each person bears the Image of God,

with all the natural rights inherent thereof,

nobody has cause to discriminate against another

for a characteristic which one cannot change.

So to hatred, indifference, and fear one should not even nod

in assent, for divine love

us should not bother

or even enrage.


The divine command

is not to understand

but to grant respect, dignity,

and, of course, equality,

despite the prejudices we might have learned,

which contradict divine love unearned.


O that we humans would

cease from using the name of God

to justify cruelty, inequality,

and other forms of perfidy,

but instead open our arms

and begin or continue the healing of those we have harmed!