interesting musings—both good and bad…

“If you take temptations into account,
who is to say that he is better than his neighbour?
A comfortable career of prosperity,
if it does not make people honest, at least keeps them so.”

William Makepeace Thackeray

(Eco Canada header)

Okay—I’m back home from having watched over a sickly Mayor for the past couple of days.
The Sheriff shared his viral infection with his sister and these sort of sharings preclude
anyone from attending daycare while mom and dad attempt to work…thus—
in walks “mom”

“mom” is now tired and has some of that “cold” floating around in her head shared
by both the Mayor and Sherrif…
Yet before much more time passed us by,
I wanted to share a few observations that I’ve taken in
over the past couple of days…

Firstly, I saw this today on a Catholic site which got me thinking…

There’s good news and bad news.

In 1964, a Benedictine monk named Hubert
van Zeller wrote that “the prevailing weakness
among Christians of today” is the fact that we
see the apparent hopelessness of the situation
in our world…think we can’t do anything to
change it…and lose our effectiveness as
witnesses of Christ and His Church.

So that’s the bad news.

But here’s the good news.

We can do something to change the
current situation, and it starts at home.

“starts at home”…haven’t we heard that before?!

The other thing that caught my eye was on Sunday.

I was on my way to Atlanta, leaving town when I passed by a little country
church headed my way to the interstate…
the church had a sign that read “Beware Marananta”

Now I know that I was not raised in the Baptist fold and from all I know, Maranatha simply
referred to a choir, thus this little foreboding warning piqued my interst.

And so I tucked away this little obscure warning into the back of my mind, with the intent of
investigating such once I had a bit of quiet time to delve further.

And so this is what I discovered.

(1 Corinthians 16:22 ) consists of two Aramean words, Maran’athah, meaning,
“our Lord comes,” or is “coming.”
If the latter interpretation is adopted, the meaning of the phrase is,
“Our Lord is coming, and he will judge those who have set him at naught.”
(Compare Phil 4:5; James 5:8 James 5:9 .)

And according to Wikipedia:
Maranatha (Aramaic: מרנאתא‎; Koinē Greek: Μαρανα θα, romanized: marana-tha, lit.
‘come, our lord!’; Latin: Maran-Atha) is an Aramaic phrase.
It occurs once in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 16:22).
It also appears in Didache 10:14, which is part of the Apostolic Fathers’ collection.
It is transliterated into Greek letters rather than translated and,
given the nature of early manuscripts, the lexical difficulty rests in determining
just which two Aramaic words constitute the single Greek expression,
found at the end of Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians (16:22).

So I take that this might mean that we should be careful about what ask for…
and that asking, as I keep reading from various folks, being, Come, Lord Jesus.
Because the aksing of the coming of the Lord…in turn comes with judgment.
And the question which remains, are we ready for that judgment for which we are
therefore calling upon?

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else,
for at whatever point you judge another,
you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

Romans 2:1 NIV

12 comments on “interesting musings—both good and bad…

  1. bcparkison says:

    I would rather believe it means’ Come get us’ before your judgement falls.

  2. says:

    Encouragement to prepare us for the coming of the Lord, because He wants us to be ready for Him. We should all be examining ourselves to see if we are truly living the way He want us to live. Our sins have been washed away and the price has been paid, but we still have an obligation to spread the news and share the hope with others.

  3. hatrack4 says:

    Amen, Julie, we can indeed make a difference. The Benedictine Monk seems to not understand the situation. Yes, things are hopeless without God. We must simply (as if it were simple) turn the narrative back to God. And if we cannot do so, Jesus may be appearing soon. Either way, it is good news.

    • I think he understood 1964 as that is the year of his quote as he pointed things back to the preservation of family— the family unit as conceived in the likeness of a God centered family— and we continue to see the importance and relevance of that same God centered unit today— and whereas we read of the current state of weariness, frustration and even fear— our sights must come back to our global Christian family!!

      • hatrack4 says:

        Amen. And you read and hear about so many seeing the destruction of the family and they seek a shrink and pills instead of seeking God. It is odd. The quack shrink in Memphis – dictated by the school district – had our son on every pill imaginable and he was a walking vegetable. Now, he is off the pills and is clear headed and back to be a father of his children. He starts his first full day of classes (virtually) today. If he is not back in the psych ward by the weekend, I think he’ll be okay. They discovered an unwanted side effect to virtual teaching. You see what is going on in the child’s home while he is “attending” class. Our son’s principal wants to call child protection, but how can you arrest every parent in the district? My son refused to say what was going on.

  4. Noting the title of your page, *cookiecrumbstoliveby, my piano teacher would present us in a recital 2 times a years. A certain part with refreshments, certain ones presented the music they learned, and she titled it, “music to drink a coke by”. * On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, cookiecrumbstoliveby wrote:

    > Julie (aka Cookie) posted: ““If you take temptations into account, who is > to say that he is better than his neighbour? A comfortable career of > prosperity, if it does not make people honest, at least keeps them so.” > William Makepeace Thackeray (Eco Canada header) Okay” >

    • oh I like that…to drink a coke by…
      coke ran through the veins of my grandmother—I can remember as a little gril in the early 1960’s sitting on her back porch on a hot summer day and sipping a cold bottle Coke…so cold that part of it was slushie…that was the best!

  5. Tricia says:

    Yes, that’s a sobering question, are we really ready for Jesus to come? I hope so!

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