Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sweat Like Drops of Blood

Veteran's Day and War-

Lk. 22: 44- "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

Mt. 7: 24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock"
My musings..
The world is like a big field
Notice how just keeps blooming all around us
Beauty- undeniably so
But surly, we've asked ourselves..
Certainly those who've fought-
Does war ever make any sense?
No, not only war, because we see so much darkness as well as Beauty
But beyond all the questions..what it comes down to
In the midst of
Is, what we do
In that moment of crisis ..
We'll of stopped asking why, for a time at least
For it won't be why anymore..but how we're going to respond..and we will-

I'm older now, but looking back at how life was presented,
You'd think it was all about here and now? 
Could it be why people fall into despair?

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

We don't always, and I'm reminded of what I read long ago by 
Ann Frank
"You only really get to know people when you've had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters"
Its just something that comes out..she said this too~
"look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness"

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope - And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us".
My final thoughts are- maybe life is more about preparation.. having some kind of vision,
rather than what we get out of it?
How about you? What do you think about any of this?


rainfield61 said...

We think we know so much, we prepare, we work towards it, but we always find we hit the wrong key in the end.

Joyful said...

I agree. Life is really about preparation for the everafter. Sometimes I feel I fail in learning the lessons. So each new day is another chance to try. How much of a slow learned I can really be at times. The older I get it seems the less I really know. Interesting that!

I love you words and your photos. Very thought provoking and appropriate for the day.

Ginny said...

Well, life is not all about us. We were put here to love and worship our creator and to help and serve others. I do think the first part of life can be preparation, going through trials and just plain life, which is hard. Then later on, we are able to sympathize and help others from our own experiences.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Rainfields..sometimes I can't believe how I feverishly labored over things that profited so little! Lol)..seems I've been a slow learner and a little hard headed at times?
Penny, hey thanks..ya, I'm grateful too that each day is new- a promise! I feel the there are so many hurdles.
Ginny..ya, and maybe how a vision is necessary for perseverance working together to determine the outcome (our character now) -to the future beyond here? I mean often we get hung up on the circumstances (like the negativity surrounding the war itself)?

Leenie said...

Beautiful flowers to help us remember the sacrifices made in our behalf and our duty to make the most of the life we have been given. Thanks

Sandra said...

these poinsettas are gorgous and this is the first time I have seen the underside. i will have to try that shot. and talking about times of dark, these flowers only bloom and turn bright red if they have dark, they put them in basements to make them bloom, they thrive the best in the dark. if they lived in light with not dark they would die. rambling on as usual.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Oh thanks Leenie..Sandra..would you say that might define the darkness? (smiling) Glad you enjoyed these macros~

Amin said...

Very beautiful photos..............

Amin said...

Very beautiful colors....

Kilauea Poetry said...

Thank you Amin- hope your have a terrific weekend!

Let's be perfectly clear- the war on free speech is spiritual!