fallen world

“If I looked into a mirror, and did not see my face,
I should have the sort of feeling which actually comes upon me,
when I look into this living busy world,
and see no reflexion of its Creator.”

John Henry Newman


(a ragged and worn Spicebush swallowtail butterfly / Julie Cook / 2017)

“The primary effects of original sin,
which are the deprivation of grace and the loss of eternal life,
are taken away by baptism or baptism of desire, but the other effects
are not.
These are the darkening of the intelligence,
the weakening of the will,
the casting of the emotions, into chaos,
and the corruption of human relationships”

Fr Benedict from the 2004 interview with John Bishop

In August, the waning days of summer are relentlessly hot and equally humid.
Here in the deep south there is no glimpse of that hopefulness known as Fall,
a change of season that just so happens to be on the very next page of
the calendar.

The butterflies, who may or may not be aware that changes are in store,
are at a near fevered pitch as they make their precarious mad dash
all around the yard in search of the those few brave flowers which
are still blooming despite most others having long dried and withered away.

The butterflies go about their task of nectar drinking right up to the moment
they simply fall to the ground and perish.
Their wings are now terribly frayed as the delicate colored powder
has all but worn away leaving their wings almost transparent…
yet the quest remains relentless.
They are driven by an innate need.

They are haggard and ragged and many are actually quite near death,
yet they continue on…
Much like the global Christian family during these waning days of
earth’s final glory.

Bruised and battered the ardent followers of Christ Jesus continue on,
ever forward, towards a final day…
sharing, preaching, seeking, offering…embracing the last word of Hope….

The times grow ever increasingly difficult to live and function in a fallen world
as the Faithful find themselves under constant attack.

Is it coincidental that in these dark days there should be a rise in the
attacks against professing Christians?

In the US the attacks are not the physical attacks seen taking place
elsewhere in the world, rather they are more legalistic and intellectual with a
heavy dose of shaming, smearing and shunning.

Yet oddly this global family, who profess to be Believers,
remains eerily silent.
Reminiscent of a day when those who shouted…
“you are one of them, you were with Him…”
With the panicked response being…
“you’re wrong, I don’t know what you’re talking
about, I don’t know them or Him…”

“Could you not remain, not stay awake, not even this one time when
I asked you, when I needed you…?”

The world is careening out of control…
While this season of change continues to descend.

A once great nation now loses her mind over a nearly once forgotten past,
refusing to turn around to recognize what the precarious future might be,
rather preferring to languish in what was.
As the world sits silently confused…waiting and watching…

Does the enemy care that a people now argue over changing the names of streets
while destroying the remnants of their their past?
No.
The enemy is glad and relishes in the stupid distractions.

Tearing one another apart, hating one another, cursing and defiling one’s
fellow man…
all the while the Enemy is cheering it on.

For our’s is a fallen world, now spinning wildly out of control.
Her leaders and politicians vainly try to bring order to the chaos.
Her people race to undo their years of forward motion…
While no one seems to comprehend that there is but only One who
can and who will bring an end to the madness— as He is the only one who
can usher in the much needed order…

Near is the great day of the LORD, Near and coming very quickly; Listen,
the day of the LORD! In it the warrior cries out bitterly.
A day of wrath is that day, A day of trouble and distress,
A day of destruction and desolation, A day of darkness and gloom,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,

Zephaniah 1:14-15

20 comments on “fallen world

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Were both thinking along the same lines today. I had rather a negative post about the loss of patriotism, yet I hope and pray that God doesn’t leave us alone in this fight. I think it’s time for all of us who love America, to stand up and bring her back to her original glory. I don’t know where that will begin other than our prayers. God doesn’t need our words. He can do it all by himself. Yet when we spend our lives in quietness about things that really matter, aren’t we dishonoring him? There are many more of us that believe this way, than we are led to think there are. Divided we fall, but united we can win this battle. To infinity and beyond!!

  2. Onward Christian Soldiers ladies. Both have great posts today.

  3. Praying for God’s voice to be heard, calling us, uniting us, training and strengthening us as the battle that began in the Garden continues to rage (Psalm 2). Who Is On The Lord’s Side? is another familiar hymn.

  4. Angie says:

    Great post Julie. I’m having a bad day, so forgive me for saying you are preaching to the choir, making it futile. How many times I have done the same thing, only to have it flung back in my face, but hope remains, as does faith. My life is winding down and I am tired, but tomorrow I’ll be back in form and fighting again. God still has something for me to do before He calls me home, or I would already be there. This body is worn out and only one active brain cell, blind in one eye, but the rest of me still works and I am still ready and waiting for orders from above to spring into action!

    • The body may be weak Angie but the spirit is more than willing—that’s all He asks!!!
      Thoughts and prayers your way for a better tomorrow, while you raise that weary battle tested sword! 😉

      • Angie says:

        Thank you Julie. Tomorrow will be better, I already know that, because I have the faith that is all He requires to make it better. And I have the strength I need when I need it, so at times like this God is just telling me to slow down and stop trying to run the world from my chair! That is HIS job and I should let HIM do it! So, tomorrow I’ll pick up the sword again, but today I’ll rest and recoup.
        And thanks especially for the prayers. That is the only medicine that works for me.

  5. Unfortunately many of our leaders are leading the charge over the abyss! 😦

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