“Empires not based on peace are not blessed by God.
Politics divorced from justice betrays those who wish this to be so”
Pope Pius XII
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
(Rock of Cashel/ Rock of the Kings / Co Tipperary, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2016)
Empires have risen and Empires have fallen…
Nations that once prospered have perished and disappeared.
Time has not been kind to the once great Civilizations and Empires that were…
The list is lengthy as the questions remain…
Where did they go?
What really happened?
Some evolved into others as some devolved into a lesser form.
Great, rich, powerful, intimidating, influential..
Each simply ceased and are now oddly no more.
Lost somewhere along the winds of Time.
Yet their descendants quietly now roam the earth.
Or was it merely fate?
They were once resolute.
They were once certain.
They once believed in their place in the annuals of Time…
As in forever….
Were their pursuits pure…
Their desires true?
Were lessons learned…
Or will mistakes be repeated?
Are we today, better, because of them?
Learning from what went before…
less self absorbed
Are we… better…?
Are we blessed?
Are we doomed?
Destined, perhaps even cursed, to the same demise of those who have gone before…
Simply disappearing into the memory of Time…
…along with all those who once were powerful, mighty and great…?
Or have we chosen a different path, a different fate…
choosing a different destiny altogether…?
Maybe something better than before…?
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”