8.17.2022 – now and then we had

now and then we had
hope, if good, God would permit
us to be … pirates

In Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain writes, ” … now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.

The 62nd Psalms says:

Surely the lowborn are but a breath,
the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
together they are only a breath.
Do not trust in extortion
or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken,
two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,
and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;
and, “You reward everyone
according to what they have done.”

Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love.

God rewards everyone according to what they have done.

We have a hope that if we live and we are good …

God might permit us to be pirates.

Much like Mr. Twain’s Tom Sawyer when Mr. Sawyer examined the fence he had to whitewash, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden, when I examine the news of the day, all gladness leaves me and a deep melancholy settles down upon my spirit.

The thirty yards of board fence nine feet high that is today’s news, the cult of Trump, the cult of lies, the cult of guns and those who embrace those cults.

Life to me seems hollow, and existence but a burden.

I hope they also read that surely that the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.
Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

For me, I have a hope that if I live and am good, God would permit me to be a pirate.

For right now, that sounds pretty good.

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