Thought for the Day – 16 March – Purification (Reblog)

Thought for the Day – 16 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971) Purification “God has given us two supernatural means of …

Thought for the Day – 16 March – Purification

Bible Thoughts: Psalm 19

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“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”

Psalm 19 KJV

Having been fascinated by astrology and astronomy all my life and doing charts for over 30 years, this psalm has come to mean much more to me as the years go by.

We have lost our sense of wonder, have taken too much for granted. A sense of hopelessness has grown, and especially over the last twelve months.

I look at the sky and all of nature differently these days; it is truly wondrous. We are not all lost and lonely souls. We are sacred beings in a sacred creation.

Copyright Francis 2021

Verse of the Day

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“For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;”

Job 28, verse 24

Today I opened the bible randomly and pointed at this verse.

What does this verse suggest about the nature of our universe? These words and many others like this, were once truly believed.

Considering the state of our ‘civilisation’, is our supposed enlightenment benefitting us?

Copyright Francis 2021

Haiku: Sunday Thought

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“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” King James Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:5

How much do we know?
Who can say what is to come?
Breathe in each moment

Copyright Francis 2021

Lunar Calendar could link the Prophet Jeremiah to Ireland. — Kalapu Fe`ofa`aki

The Planetstoday.com program show the earth, moon and the sun position in relation to the constellations, for the constellation are almost fix at the same position throughout the years. The earth takes about13 New Moon to complete a cycle around the sun, 28 days a month. The key to understand ancient calendar is to wait […]

Lunar Calendar could link the Prophet Jeremiah to Ireland. — Kalapu Fe`ofa`aki

The Epistle of Jeremiah — The Unexpected Cosmology (Reblog)

The Epistle of Jeremiah     1 A copy of an epistle, which Jeremiah sent unto them which were to be led captives into Babylon by the king of the Babylonians, to certify them, as it was commanded him of God. 2 Because of the sins which ye have committed before God, ye shall be…

The Epistle of Jeremiah — The Unexpected Cosmology

Stop Minding Your Own Business — Meditations in Motion (Reblog)

My husband and I slept in one day last week. Bill likes to have a cup of coffee before our run, so we didn’t get out the door until after 9:00, much later than we usually go. We had a nice run, then came home to hot showers and a leisurely brunch. I couldn’t help […]

Stop Minding Your Own Business — Meditations in Motion

*Leather bibles are nice.

Bible Verse Divination? Thoughts and Insights of the Day, Our Times

It could be argued that the Bible is the most important and influential book in Western history. I don’t think many would dispute that, even today.

Whilst I would not describe myself as conventionally religious, I certainly do have a long running, off and on, interest in all things biblical.

By non-conventional, I mean that during my life I have explored several religions other than Christianity, such as Buddhism for example.

Grateful for my Indoctrination?

I was brought up nominally in the Church of England. When I was a child we had a religious service every morning at school, from the age of 5 to 18. This leaves an indelible impression upon everyone, whether one is religious or not.

I have to say, although I felt like rebelling against such teachings as a youngster from time to time, I am now extremely grateful to have had that ‘indoctrination’. I do believe morality is important, it gives us a rudder in life, and whilst we can quibble as to the morality of the institutions, I do think that the Bible itself is crucial, especially in regard to canon and common law, the latter especially being a foundation of our civilisation.

Now, I have seen it and heard it said before about randomly opening the Bible and seeing which verse one’s finger points to. I am not entirely sure what this might ‘prove’ but as I also have a strong interest in divination and spirituality, I thought I would give it go, just to see what would happen.

I opened my oldest copy of the King James Version, and my finger fell upon Acts 12, verse 21: “And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.”

What are my thoughts? Well, my interpretation of this apparently random act, is that like many of us, I have been questioning how long this world crisis will continue. I think I would certainly welcome some divine intervention, some sign to say that God is still with us; Heaven knows it’s been difficult to believe that at times, especially this year.

So do we look to the skies for signs, or perhaps detect them in the more subtle events in our lives, which may suggest that we will get through this and emerge stronger and more spiritually aware on the ‘other side’?

Mysterious Ways

This verse from Acts is at the very beginning of Christianity. Christ’s followers too were looking for signs. Perhaps if we can simply look for the work of God in our lives, in the simple things, realising that there is a greater power beyond all of us who may indeed work in mysterious ways, we can look forward with more patience and tolerance, knowing that life can and will go on. We have to have faith that a new and better world will emerge. This was my instant, personal interpretation of the verse. You may disagree.

I guess that’s quite a lot to make from a few words in Acts of the Apostles, but I think we must look more deeply, or in scientific terms, begin to use more of our playful right brain rather than the more judgmental and exacting left brain which dominates our lives too much at times.

I may pursue this idea — to see which verse my finger will point to on forthcoming days.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020