In case you hadn’t guessed, this is a ranty post. If you’re of a nervous disposition or easily offended, I suggest you look away now!
Why is nothing changing? Does no one in power read? or understand? etc.etc. insert bad stewardship rant!
Then there’s the power of Nazis, fascists & co. under the banner of “The Golden Dawn” in Greece… yes there’s been arrests recently and a big action on the criminal activity, but how did it get so powerful and infiltrate police and government in the first place!!!
This protest in Manchester, also illustrates some of the many areas in which the country has suffered under ‘austerity’ measures. The thing which makes me maddest about it all is the total duplicity involved, down to the twisting of many words from their usual meanings. No top down changes for the NHS eh? No privatisation, as long as you redefine the term!!! Utter Shite. Raargh. I hope this angry bird can get through the realities through to this ridiculous groupthink.
Then there’s the million ways that people are arseholes to one another, in all manner of petty to gradiose methods, that when you pay attention to them really wear you down…
So on St Michaelmas I’m going to refocus my vision for a mo with a dose of the prophetic:
First to Rant and Cry, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true…”
Then to Pause and see, “Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.”
and to look ahead, “I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, ‘Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.’ So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
Connect the dots (long version):
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
‘Look, he is coming with the clouds,’
and ‘every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him’;
and all peoples on earth ‘will mourn because of him.’
So shall it be! Amen.
‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’…
On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,which said: ‘Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches….. I turned round to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash round his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
Then there’s the short version, repeated every Sunday, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.”