April 16, 2011

Sign on and ship out...

For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

And I will bring them out from the peoples, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the fountains, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and upon the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on fat pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel.

I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over; I will feed them in justice.
      -- Ezekiel 34:11-16

"I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out." If the Christian story is true, then that's a simple statement of what happened. People shrug their shoulders, and give the matter no thought, a deadness of spirit I find bewildering. For me, if I knew for a fact that there was only a one-in-a-thousand chance that this gonzo thing was true, I'd still sign on and ship out, no question. All else is dross.

Medieval carving, God chastises Adam and Eve. At The Palace of the Legion of Honor, SF
A cool medieval wood carving, God Chastises Adam and Eve. I saw this at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, SF.

Posted by John Weidner at April 16, 2011 11:11 PM
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