Assurance of Love and Grace Hear the good news: what we do, what we think, what we say, matters. God hears our complaints, and also our prayers.
May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors. With all my soul, and all that is within me, I bless Your holy name. I remember with joy all your blessings. You forgive all my sin; You heal all my dis-eases. You save my life from ruin; You crown me with lovingkindness. You surround me with tender mercy; You satisfy my desires with good.
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life. Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.
Romans Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them.
Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand. Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike.
Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God. We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. As many as seven times? When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.
I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?
So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart. How can your pardon reach and bless the unforgiving heart that broods on wrongs and will not let old bitterness depart? In blazing light your cross reveals the truth we dimly knew: what trivial debts are owed to us, how great our debt to you!
Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls and bid resentment cease. You do not deal with us as our sin deserves; You do not return what our bad behavior merits. Your love is as high as the heavens are above the earth. You remove our sinfulness from us as far as the east is from the west!
Thanks be to you, O God. Waking, sleeping, I am with you, you are my own. Go my children, with my blessing, you are my own. Here you learned how much I love you, what I can cure. Go, my children, sins forgiven, at peace and pure. Grow in love and love by serving, joyful and free. Go, my children, fed and nourished, joyful and free. Teach me Your laws, O God, and I will keep them to the end.
If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.
Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Assurance of Love and Grace —Romans , ,. Hymn Now Let Us from this Table Rise Now let us from this table rise,renewed in body, mind and soul;with Christ we die and rise again,his selfless love has made us whole.
With minds alert, upheld by grace,to spread the word in speech and deed,we follow in the steps of Christ,at one with all in hope and need. To fill each human house with love,it is the sacrament of care;the work that Christ began to dowe humbly pledge ourselves to share.
The mist has gone. We see in the distance… our long way home. I was always yours to have. You were always mine. We have loved each other in and out of time. Who is it that you seek?
We seek the Lord our God. Do you seek Him with all your heart? Lord, have mercy. Do you seek Him with all your soul? Do you seek Him with all your mind? Do you seek Him with all your strength? Christ, have mercy. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living.
So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!
He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!
But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found. Thanks be to God. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.
Deacon Offering for August Offering of Thanksgiving Filled with gratitude for the blessings God so freely gives, let us remember to give generously.
Please continue to support the ministries of this church for our faith family, the wider community and the connection through the denomination to the wider world through:. Closing Hymn God, be the love to search and keep me; God, be the prayer to move my voice; God, be the strength to now uphold me: O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.
Brightness of sun and glow of moonlight, Flashing of lightning, strength of wind, Depth of the sea to soil of planet: O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me. Walking behind to hem my journey, Going ahead to light my way, And from beneath, above, and all ways: O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me. Christ in the eyes of all who see me, Christ in the ears that hear my voice; Christ in the hearts of all who know me: O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.
When God restored us to freedom it was like a dream! Our mouths were filled with laughter. Our tongues sang out our joy. Lead us back to our home, O God, like streams to a thirsty land. Let those who wept as they sowed their seed gather a harvest of joy. Those who went out weeping carrying seed to be sown will go back home full of song, holding their harvest high.
Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. What dreams would you have us hold? What dreams to shape our lives? Come, Holy Spirit. Dare us to dream. I, John, your brother who share with you in Jesus the persecution and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades. Now write what you have seen, what is, and what is to take place after this. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.
His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, wearing fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.
I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. This is the Word of the Lord. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then when you pray, God will answer.
Amen, Lord, let it be so: within us, around us, through us, by your love and grace. Take Your truth, plant it deep in us; Shape and fashion us in Your likeness, That the light of Christ might be seen today In our acts of love and our deeds of faith. Teach us, Lord, full obedience, Holy reverence, true humility; Test our thoughts and our attitudes In the radiance of Your purity. Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see Your majestic love and authority.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds; Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us— Truths unchanged from the dawn of time That will echo down through eternity. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers. So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.
What you can plan is too small for you to live. What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough for the vitality hidden in your sleep. To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.
And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive. For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer.
I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation.
For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well— since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. Ps 12 What dreams did I create last night? Where did my eyes linger today? Where was I blind? Where was I hurt without anyone noticing? What did I learn today? What did I read? What new thoughts visited me? What differences did I notice in those closest to me? Whom did I neglect?
Where did I neglect myself? What did I begin today that might endure? How were my conversations? What did I do today for the poor and the excluded?
Did I remember the dead today? When could I have exposed myself to the risk of something different? Where did I allow myself to receive love? With whom today did I feel most myself? What reached me today? How did it imprint? Who saw me today? What visitations had I from the past and from the future? What did I avoid today? From the evidence — why was I given this day? Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you! Please continue to support the ministries of this church for our faith family, the wider community and the connection through the denomination to the wider world through: Fulfilling and making a pledge Donating through the church to: Electronic and online giving Checks mailed to the church: W.
Chicago Blvd. Worship Guide August 2, Sing a new song to God, who has done wonderful things, whose right hand and holy arm have brought salvation.
God has made salvation known, shown justice to the nations, and remembered the house of the faithful in truth and love. All they works with joy surround thee; earth and heaven reflect thy rays; stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise. Scriptures: selected verses: John 14,15,16; 1 Corinthians If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.
You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.
I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world! According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.
If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire. Assurance of Love and Grace — 1 Corinthians Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live, a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.
Oh, satisfy us early with Thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all of our days. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish Thou the work of our hands. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish Thou the work of our hands, dear Lord. Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields and into the faces of the tulips and the nodding morning glories, and into the windows of, even, the miserable and crotchety— best preacher that ever was, dear star, that just happens to be where you are in the universe to keep us from ever-darkness, to ease us with warm touching, to hold us in the great hands of light— good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness. I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did— when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.
For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. Ephesians Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.
As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak. We need to see these things and pray, But, we also need our eyes to be lifted, God, to the signs of your life among us, to the touch of your healing on our souls, to the cross that casts its liberating shadow across all human affairs. We need our eyes to be lifted, God, so our hearts may be filled with faith and hope and love.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light. Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all. Beneath the shadow of they throne thy saints have dwelt secure; sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure. Before the hills in order stood, or earth received its frame, from everlasting thou art God, to endless years the same. A thousand ages in thy sight are like an evening gone, short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun Time like an ever rolling stream, bears all our years away; they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.
Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, be thou are guard while life shall last, and our eternal home. Prelude Opening Prayer O God, who called all life into being, the earth, sea and sky are yours. Your presence is all around us, Every atom is full of your energy. Your Spirit enlivens all who walk the earth, with her we yearn for justice to be done, for creation to be freed from bondage, for the hungry to be fed, for captives to be released, for your kingdom of peace to come on earth.
A compilation of texts from the epistles of: Ephesians, Philemon, Hebrews and James NRSV Be careful how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Make melody to the LORD in your hearts. Give thanks to God the Father at all times. Fathers do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the LORD.
Slaves, obey your earthy masters… as you obey Christ… doing the will of God from the heart. Masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him, there is no partiality. Be filled with the Spirit. I, Paul, appeal to you on the basis of love. I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment.
No words can describe how he deceived our nation. From recruiting soldiers for the British to sleeping with underaged girls , such a loathsome human this Gandhi is. Yet we were taught about his BS Experiments with Truth in school. Modi is no good. Always playing to the gallery. Many points to talk about but many have already been written above. Modi is only surviving by sheer SM propaganda but many are seeing through his naatakbaazi. How many nuggets has he lifted straight of this blog yet no acknowledgement?
There are no patriots in politics, instead patriots are subdued, each and everyone minister babu wants to safeguard their chair and nothing else. I've been a long time follower since to be exact. Over the years I've noticed an increasingly noticeable contempt for Blacks.
Check out the oldest civilisation in the world in Southern Africa,Adams Calendar. I've noticed a number of other anti black microaggressions and kept my peace knowing this isn't a forum but a blog,your personal blog but your enormous global reach and faithful readership do you and the latter an injustice,imo.
I tried to reply but at the time there was an issue with the comments section. Rgds Kay. Yes,you've seen the planet but the depths of human knowledge can't be plumbed by a mere mortal.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. The truth is the Egyptians themselves gave their origins in the Mountains of the Moon in the Papyrus of Hunefer. We can use archaeogenetics,linguistics and common cultural items to identify these same Bantu speaking Ancient Egyptians across the world. A straight haired people were among the Niger-Congo speakers who reached India.
Look at the similarity between Cameroonian Bassa and Tamil. The uploader makes a typical Eurocentric type mistake assuming the latter influenced the former when its obviously the other way round.
Those Egyptian Niger-Congo speakers really got around! As far as China,if you'd like proof as Chinese prof. Weidong revealed in This post is longer than I wanted-let me leave with this study by Hong Kong uni.
The language is of the Niger-Congo family. I'm aware of how crowded your schedule is being the worlds no. As always I eagerly await your feedback. Being the reqsonable man I am you may even change my mind! We were sleeping all this long.
You rang the bell called Sanatana Dharma Exhumed which made a strident sound waking us from a deep slumber and you blew a conch with such energy, the deafening sound of it which carried soliton waves vibrated the spines of all the ignorant brats in the world. Reading all your posts will take a lifetime for me. Thank you a lot guruji for all the efforts you are doing. You're the torch bearer for Sanatana Dharma in this Modern Era.
Ajit Vadakayil August 23, at PM. Ajit Vadakayil September 15, at PM. You fashioned all these men and women, Lord. All these are Your Forms. Kabeer is the child of God, Allah, Raam. All the Gurus and prophets are mine. Chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord, O mortals, and you shall surely be carried across.
Ajit Vadakayil June 24, at PM. Ajit Vadakayil July 10, at PM. Ajit Vadakayil June 29, at AM. Ajit Vadakayil June 9, at AM. Ajit Vadakayil June 4, at PM. The blood of a woman is required for the creation of any human being. Guru Nanak openly chides those who attribute pollution to women because of menstruation'. Bhindranwale, issuing a clarion call to the Sikhs to get armed in order to confront the Hindus, says QUOTE: " Get armed.
There is no need of getting licences. If the son of a Hindu needs no licence for possessing a grenade, if this off-spring of sheep and goats needs no licences for arms why the son of a lion Singh should ever bow and plead: 'Please give me a weapon. Just 35 and not a hundred. They are mere 66 crore. Each sikh has to take upon just 35 and no more, not even Gandhi recruited 13 lakh 1. Year June 22, 84 Irish sea Air India Boeing blasted by omb, all passengers killed.
March 6,86 Kapurthala Many innocent persons killed in indiscriminate firing. March 28, Ludhiana 13 people Hindus killed in indiscriminate firing in Dresi ground. March 29, Mallian 20 innocent labourers killed Jalandhar. July 25, Mukatsar 15 Hindu bus passengers gunned down. July 87 Lalru 80 bus pessengers killed in Fatehabad on three Haryana Roadways buses. March 2, Bhaian 8 members of a family killed.
March 3, Kahri sahri 35 persons shot dead, 50 others injured, indiscriminate firing at a festival gathering. April 2,88 Ramgam 6 persons masssacred in this village under P. May 15,88 40 persons gunned down, others injured in different incidents at Samana, Patiala, Jalandhar and Mukerian. May 16, 26 killed 3 member of a family, 3 bus passengers and 20 others in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur.
May 17, Kharar 35 labourers killed. May 24, Dhaliwal 6 members of a family massacred. June 19, Kurukshetra 15 persons blown to pieces when a bomb exploded at a TV shop during the TV serial Ramayana's telecast. June 25, Moga 26 RSS volunteers killed. Station near Khem Karan in Amritsar district. Sirhind Indiscriminate firing in bazar, many killed. Pathankot Bomb blast near a tempo overloaded with passengers. Many including a woman killed. BaggaKalan 4 members of a family killed.
College who had come from other states to participate in a youth festival. March 7, Abohar 32 shot dead in indiscriminate firing in crowded bazar. March 19, Talwandi Bhai 14 persons shot dead. March 19, Chandigarh 6 persons killed, 27 injured in a bomb blast. Nawan Shahar 11 persons killed in a bomb blast. April 3, Batala 36 persons killed in a bomb bias. April 19, Pathankot 15 pessengers killed, 40 injured in a bomb blast in a bus. May 28, Ferozepur 13 Bihari labourers shot dead.
May 30, Talwandi Bhai 10 persons massacred. June 4, Patiala 8 including 6 children killed in a bomb explosion, 30 injured. July 15, Taredan 8 members of a family gunned down in village Taredan under Mamdot Mamdot police station. July 30, Bidar 35 killed, 30 injured in a bomb explosion in a local cinema hall. March 22, Chandigarh 30 employees of Punjab Tractors Ltd.
Foundry, all Hindus, shot dead. April, 9, Sewewala 18 activists shot dead 22 injured, indiscriminate firing on front gethering.
June 15, Baddowal, 75 train passengers shot dead by KLF. Kila Raipur. Kup Kalan. March Ghabdan 75 persons gunned down in 4 separate incidents.
Ahmedgarh Factory workers from outside state at Ghabadan, general people in indiscriminate shoot out twice in Ludhiana and once in Mandi Ahmedgarh. June 25, Kila Raipur 9 Hindus gunned down. July 13, Bassian 7 Hindus, gunned down. July 14, Bathinda 7 Hindus, 5 Sweepers and 2 migrant workers gunned down in sporadic shoot out. May 2, Kadarvaad 7 members of a family among 8 killed in village Kadarvaad, police district Majitha. May 3, Sadarpur 10 persons killed, 3 injured in village Sadar pur, district Karnal.
Fleeing Hindus were forbidden to take their property along. Any Sikh, found guilty of taking care of a Hindu's property or of tilling his land, was to be punished. College authorities were issued instructions to admit only Sikh students in the professional colleges of the state..
All top posts in the administration, departments, universities should be filled with Sikhs, only Sikhs should be recruited as TV and radio announcers. Ajit Vadakayil June 7, at PM.
Ajit Vadakayil. April 17, at PM. Some of the crypto Jew Khatris are Jains. Crypto Jew Arora women wear white bangles Chitta churah and Khatri women wear red ones Laal churah , along with their bridal wear. Yes only because Jew Rothschild gave him long range guns , logistics and funds. These crypto Jew Khalistanis bury their dead bodies.. I do hope Ajit Doval knows this..
The fortified town of Haripur was built in for Jew Khatris. All ten Sikh gurus were Khatris and married Khatri women. Guru Nanak: Bedi. Guru Angad: Trehan. Guru Amardas: Bhalla. Remaining seven: Sodhi. Hindu Khatri families raised at least one son usually the oldest as an Amritdhari Sikh. Majority of the Khatri's follow Hinduism, with a tiny number following Sikhism, and Islam. The rules for Jain monks prevented him from going overseas, but he sent his lay disciple Virchand Gandhi, who is now considered to be the father of American Jainism.
Khatri Hari Singh Nalwa soon rose as a brave general—all the while supported by Jew Rothschild from the shadows.. Hari Singh Nalwa , once a personal servant of Ranjit Singh had the guts only because he had the support of Jew Rothschild. Read all 5 parts of the unfinished post below The following ruled over the Sikh Kingdom for a period of less than ten years from to A. D, after the death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Birth February 20, , Accession June 27, Deposed in a coup October 8, , Poisoned to death November 5, Death November 6, , Murdered with stone pounded on his head. Maharaja Sher Singh. Occupied the throne November 9, , for 23 days only, Dethroned December 2, Maharani Chand Kaur.
Birth Accession January 18, , Killed September 15, Birth September 6, , Mounted the throne. September 15, Death in Paris-France October 22, He was bumped off.. He had done his job as a curry leaf.. Capt ajit vadakayil. February 21, at AM. Nearly all of the passengers were denied entry and the ship sat in the harbour for two months. Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the west affecting about 6.
More than Sikhs were denied entry to Canada and sent back across the Pacific Ocean — back to India. It reached Calcutta on 29 September Some of the Sikhs died on the way back --these deaths were due to Chlamydia. The ship had enough of food and water. The Sikh passengers certified as traitors were not allowed to enter Calcutta; they were rather ordered to board a Punjab-bound train especially arranged for the purpose.
They refused to do so and many of the passengers were killed, a great many escaped. The Komagata Maru voyage began in Hong Kong on 4 April and ended nearly six months later on 29 September at Budge Budge, twenty-seven kilometres downstream from Calcutta..
What followed was a flurry of deceptive moves apparently to arrest him, countered by a succession of manoeuvres to help him escape his actions. The Gurudwara was surrounded by the police, who, however, made no effort to arrest him. All his terms were meekly accepted. At the appointed hour he emerged to harangue a large crowd of his followers, armed with spears, swords and a number of firearms; among those present were prominent Akali leaders such as Harchand Singh Longowal, Gurcharan Singh Tohra and Jathedar Santokh Singh of the Delhi Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee.
Bhindranwale ranted against the Government, against the injustices done to him and to Sikhs at large. Even as he was taken away, the mob opened fire on the police, a pitched battle ensued, and 11 persons were killed. The next day, one Hindu was killed and thirteen people injured in Tarn Taran.
Five days later a goods train was derailed at Amritsar. On September 29, an Indian Airlines plane was hijacked to Lahore. A series of explosions followed in Amritsar, Faridkot and Gurdaspur districts. For 25 days, while violence exploded all over Punjab, Bhindranwale was lodged, not in Jail as he should have been, but in the ample comfort of the Circuit House. The Akali Dal, meanwhile, appeared to have decided to throw in its lot with him.
Addressing a Diwan [assembly] at Manji Sahib, Longowal announced that the "entire Sikh community supported Bhindranwale. Once again, the investigations were scuttled; political expediency prevailed over the exigencies of the law. October 15 saw Bhindranwale a free man. Among his first public statements was an enthusiastic approval of the murders of the Nirankari Chief and of Lala Jagat Narain. If these killers came to me, I would have them weighed in gold.
No wonder the killings did not end. Bhindranwale had experienced absolute power; he had humbled the government; he was invincible. Soon after, an ominous warning was delivered to all who attempted to check him. A bomb exploded in the office of the DIG, Patiala, who had been sent to arrest him at Chando Kalan - no one was hurt, but the message was unmistakable; not even the highest officials of the Police, were beyond his reach. From this point onwards, violence became an integral part of everyday life in Punjab.
Bhindranwale stormed across the Punjab with truckloads of men, armed to the teeth, no longer with swords and spears and primitive bore guns, but with sophisticated automatic weapons; no one challenged him. Yet they chose to attend. The myth was constantly reiterated wherever he went; the baptismal ceremonies that had obsessed him in the past were forgotten; a baptism of blood now bound all who adopted his creed of carnage with greater strength. But this alone was not enough; the number of his followers grew, but slowly; until mass violence was instigated between the communities, the myth would not prevail.
Suddenly the heads of cows began appearing in temples; some retaliation was, apparently, provoked: cigarettes and tobacco was thrown into Gurudwaras. A few idols in Hindu temples were broken; some copies of the Granth Sahib in Gurudwaras burnt. Eventually, the government chose to act, albeit hesitantly. It was in connection with one of these crimes, the attempted murder of a Nirankari leader, that he was arrested along with two other members of the Damdami Taksal, Thara Singh and Ram Singh.
What followed was a continuous sequence of sacrilege, of profanities, of desecration, through word and deed, of the holiest sanctuary of Sikhism. Bhindranwale, gave a fiat "Every Sikh boy," he said, "should keep grenades with him.
And again, "I had earlier directed that each village should raise a team of three youth with one revolver each and a motorcycle. In how many villages has this been done? Those of you who believe that they are the Sikhs of the Guru should raise their hands, others should hang their heads like goats.
Two Indian Airlines planes were hijacked; there was an attempt on the life of the Chief Minister, Darbara Singh; hand grenades were thrown at a Ram Navami procession in Amritsar; police posts, government offices and residences. Hindus were terrorized into fleeing to Delhi, leaving behind their ancestral lands..
While the killer squads swept the Punjab countryside Bhindranwale gradually evolved a new image. The exploitation of religious symbols and sentiments was carried far beyond anything that had ever been dared in the past. He usurped the spot of Banda Bahadur and Sikhs were forbidden to utter his name.
This was the power of the Golden Temple, and of the symbols of the Faith. In April , A. Atwal, a Deputy Inspector General of Police, came to pray at the Temple; after receiving prasad at the Harmandir Sahib, he walked out towards the marble steps near the main entrance of the Complex where he was shot dead in broad daylight, with scores of witnesses standing by, including his own bodyguard and a police contingent posted a hundred yards away.
Such was the terror of those days, so great the demoralisation of the police - crippled and constrained as they were by the political leadership - that his bodyguards simply fled; the police outpost was also abandoned, and the policemen ran and hid in the shops.
The shopkeepers pulled down their shutters, and no one dared to approach the body. The killers danced the bhangra around the felled DIG, and then sauntered back into the Temple. The terrorists had started building bunkers, and had blocked a street outside the Temple. Virk was supervising the demolition of these structures when the terrorists shot him. The police reacted immediately, and the militants were forced to flee into the Temple. On May 4, , a badly mutilated body was found near the Golden Temple Complex.
Both the victims had been severely tortured. From this point on, this became a regular feature; bodies, mutilated, hacked to pieces, stuffed into gunny bags, kept appearing mysteriously in the gutters and sewers around the Temple with kidneys missing.
The shrine, whose image can be found in every Sikh home, in every Sikh heart, had been transformed into a place of torture and of execution.
Their addresses were first recorded so that their homes and land could be donated to deserving Khalistani Sikhs. In a surprise move, the Babbar Khalsa had forcibly occupied some of the rooms previously held by his men in the Guru Nanak Niwas; instead of fighting for control, Bhindranwale abandoned the Niwas entirely, fleeing into the safety of the Akal Takht, right in the middle of the Temple Complex. Not even the Babbar Khalsa would dare to scar this, the sacred seat of the Temporal Power of God, with an attack against him.
In any event, thousands of devotees who came to pray at the Golden Temple every day constituted a protective barrier between him and his enemies. No Guru or Sikh religious leader had ever been allowed to live in the Akal Takht, he pointed out. No man could be permitted to stand above the Guru Granth Sahib; but Bhindranwale and his men would be living in quarters above these places. These niceties, however, mattered little to Bhindranwale, or to those in the SGPC who had made it possible for him to move into the Akal Takht.
He held his darbars here, or on the roof of the langar across the Parikrama. They would get the lands grabbed from Hindus who were killed or forced to flee. The hit squads flourished. It was usual for Sikhs to come from far away places in Punjab and falsely complain against their Hindu neighbors who held vast fertile lands..
A hit squad would go with the Sikh to do the job. And so did the Indian benami media.. A lone voice protesting was of the venerable Giani Partap Singh, an old man of eighty by that time, one of the most revered spiritual leaders and a former Jathedar of the Akal Takht, who had openly attacked Bhindranwale for stocking arms and ammunition in the Akal Takht and described his occupation of the shrine as an act of sacrilege.
He was shot dead at his home in Tahli Chowk. The violence rose to a crescendo in the months preceding Operation Bluestar; and the Golden Temple was defiled by horrors still unimagined. A great arsenal had been built up within the Akal Takht; for months, trucks engaged for kar seva, supposedly bringing in supplies for the daily langar, had been smuggling in guns and ammunition sent from Pakistan.. But when one such truck was randomly stopped and checked, a large number of sten guns and ammunition were discovered.
Npbody would report this.. Including our hero top cop Julio Ribeiro. By this time, the war within the Golden Temple had escalated; the tortures and killings constantly fed the sewers around the Complex.
Two Commissioned Officers of the Army who were captured by the terrorists were subjected to the most inhuman tortures, and then brutally murdered; the terrorists strapped explosives on to the body of one of these JCOs after having skinned him alive, and then blew him up as he was thrown from the upper floor of the Akal Takht. And on June 8, , they hacked to death an unarmed army doctor who had entered a basement to treat some civilian casualties.
The entire Akal Takht had been transformed into a large reinforced pillbox with weapons facing all directions. In fact, virtually every strategically significant building in the complex, excluding the Harmandir Sahib located at its very centre had been similarly fortified - and defaced. The fortifications included 17 private houses in the residential area around the Temple as well.
After Operation Blue Star a large cache of hard core Opium based drugs were found inside the temple.. Moreover, recovered documents increasingly exposed the acquisition of massive movable and immovable properties by terrorists. On February 14, , a group of militants attacked a police post at some distance from the entrance of the Temple. Bhindranwale agreed only to hand over the corpse of one of the policemen who had been killed.
He later relented and released the remaining five men who were still alive. Their weapons, including three sten guns, and a wireless set, were not returned. No one asked for them. No action was ever taken in the case of the murdered policeman. CM Barnala released, en masse, over 2, terrorists, accused of a variety of heinous crimes, who had been arrested from the Golden Temple and from some 42 other Gurudwaras during Operation Blue Star.
Most of them immediately rejoined the extremist ranks, and the movement picked up momentum rapidly. They hoisted Khalistani flags there and immediately began to demolish the Akal Takht which had, by now, been reconstructed by the Government. The guns were back in the Temple. Their map of Khalistan included the Port of Kandla in Gujarat. The killings, the torture, and now, increasingly, rape once more defiled the sacred shrine.
They would be sent for regular abortions. The horror of the intolerable desecration of the shrine on this occasion was experienced by the entire nation. Operation Black Thunder was then executed. Then the appointment of the sun and moon to be the guardians of day and night commands the poet's admiration Psa , and so he sings the work of the fourth day. Having already alluded to many varieties of living creatures, the psalmist proceeds from Psa to sing of the life with which the Lord was pleased to fill the air, the sea, and the land; these forms of existence were the peculiar produce of the fifth and sixth days.
We may regard the closing verses Psa as a Sabbath meditation, hymn, and prayer. The whole lies before us as a panorama of the universe viewed by the eye of devotion. O for grace to render due praise unto the Lord while reading it. Verse 1. True praise begins at home. It is idle to stir up others to praise if we are ungratefully silent ourselves.
We should call upon our inmost hearts to awake and bestir themselves, for we are apt to be sluggish, and if we are so when called upon to bless God, we shall have great cause to be ashamed. When we magnify the Lord, let us do it heartily: our best is far beneath his worthiness, let us not dishonour him by rendering to him half hearted worship.
The declaration of Jehovah's greatness here given would have been very much in place at the end of the psalm, for it is a natural inference and deduction from a survey of the universe: its position at the very commencement of the poem is an indication that the whole psalm was well considered and digested in the mind before it was actually put into words; only on this supposition can we account for the emotion preceding the contemplation.
Observe also, that the wonder expressed does not refer to the creation and its greatness, but to Jehovah himself. It is not "the universe is very great! Garments both conceal and reveal a man, and so do the creatures of God.
The Lord is seen in his works as worthy of honour for his skill, his goodness, and his power, and as claiming majesty , for he has fashioned all things in sovereignty, doing as he wills, and asking no man's permit. He must be blind indeed who does not see that nature is the work of a king. These are solemn strokes of God's severer mind, terrible touches of his sterner attributes, broad lines of inscrutable mystery, and deep shadings of overwhelming power, and these make creation's picture a problem never to be solved, except by admitting that he who drew it giveth no account of his matters, but ruleth all things according to the good pleasure of his will.
His majesty is, however, always so displayed as to reflect honour upon his whole character; he does as lie wills, but he wills only that which is thrice holy, like himself.
The very robes of the unseen Spirit teach us this, and it is ours to recognize it with humble adoration. Verse 2. The conception is sublime: but it makes us feel how altogether inconceivable the personal glory of the Lord must be; if light itself is but his garment and veil, what must be the blazing splendour of his own essential being!
We are lost in astonishment, and dare not pry into the mystery lest we be blinded by its insufferable glory. Light was created on the first day and the firmament upon the second, so that they fitly follow each other in this verse.
Oriental princes put on their glorious apparel and then sit in state within curtains, and the Lord is spoken of under that image: but how far above all comprehension the figure must be lifted, since the robe is essential light, to which suns and moons owe their brightness, and the curtain is the azure sky studded with stars for gems. This is a substantial argument for the truth with which the psalmist commenced his song, "O Lord my God, thou art very great.
Verse 3. The upper rooms of God's great house, the secret stories far above our ken, the palatial chambers wherein he resides, are based upon the floods which form the upper ocean. To the unsubstantial he lends stability; he needs no joists and rafters, for his palace is sustained by his own power. We are not to interpret literally where the language is poetical, it would be simple absurdity to do so. Thus we have the idea of a king still further elaborated—his lofty palace, his chariot, and his coursers are before us; but what a palace must we imagine, whose beams are of crystal, and whose base is consolidated vapour!
What a stately car is that which is fashioned out of the flying clouds, whose gorgeous colours Solomon in all his glory could not rival; and what a Godlike progress is that in which spirit wings and breath of winds bear up the moving throne. Verse 4. Angels are pure spirits, though they are permitted to assume a visible form when God desires us to see them. God is a spirit, and he is waited upon by spirits in his royal courts.
Angels are like winds for mystery, force, and invisibility, and no doubt the winds themselves are often the angels or messengers of God. God who makes his angels to be as winds, can also make winds to be his angels, and they are constantly so in the economy of nature. That the passage refers to angels is clear from Heb ; and it was most proper to mention them here in connection with light and the heavens, and immediately after the robes and paltree of the Great King.
Should not the retinue of the Lord of Hosts be mentioned as well as his chariot? It would have been a flaw in the description of the universe had the angels not been alluded to, and this is the most appropriate place for their introduction.
When we think of the extraordinary powers entrusted to angelic beings, and the mysterious glory of the seraphim and the four living creatures, we are led to reflect upon the glory of the Master whom they serve, and again we cry out with the psalmist, "O Lord, my God, thou art very great. Verse 5. Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened, and who laid the corner stone thereof?
The several motions of our planet are carried on so noiselessly and evenly that, as far as we are concerned, all things are as permanent and peaceful as if the old notion of its resting upon pillars were literally true.
With what delicacy has the great Artificer poised our globe! What power must there be in that hand which has caused so vast a body to know its orbit, and to move so smoothly in it! What engineer can save every part of his machinery from an occasional jar, jerk, or friction? Verse 6. In the first ages, ere man appeared, the proud waters ruled the whole earth, " the waters stood above the mountains ," no dry land was visible, vapour as from a steaming cauldron covered all.
Geologists inform us of this as a discovery, but the Holy Spirit had revealed the fact long before. The passage before us shows us the Creator commencing his work, and laying the foundation for future order and beauty: to think of this reverently will fill us with adoration; to conceive of it grossly and carnally would be highly blasphemous. Verse 7. As though they had been intelligent agents the waves hurried to their appointed deeps and left the land to itself; then the mountains lifted their heads, the high lands rose from the main, and at length continents and islands, slopes and plains were left to form the habitable earth.
The voice of the Lord effected this great marvel. Is not his word equal to every emergency? By that same word shall the waterfloods of trouble be restrained, and the raging billows of sin be rebuked: the day cometh when at the thunder of Jehovah's voice all the proud waters of evil shall utterly haste away.
Verse 8. The vanquished waters are henceforth obedient. The loyalty of the mighty waters to the laws of their God is most notable; the fierce flood, the boisterous rapid; the tremendous torrent, are only forms of that gentle dew which trembles on the tiny blade of grass, and in those ruder shapes they are equally obedient to the laws which their Maker has impressed upon them.
Not so much as a solitary particle of spray ever breaks rank, or violates the command of the Lord of sea and land, neither do the awful cataracts and terrific floods revolt from his sway.
It is very beautiful among the mountains to see the divine system of water supply—the rising of the fleecy vapours, the distillation of the pure fluid, the glee with which the newborn element leaps down the crags to reach the rivers, and the strong eagerness with which the rivers seek the ocean, their appointed place.
Verse 9. The deluge was caused by the suspension of the divine mandate which held the floods in check: they knew their old supremacy, and hastened to reassert it, but now the covenant promise for ever prevents a return of that carnival of waters, that revolt of the waves: ought we not rather to call it that impetuous rush of the indignant floods to avenge the injured honour of their King, whom men had offended? Jehovah's word bounds the ocean, using only a narrow belt of sand to confine it to its own limits: that apparently feeble restraint answers every purpose, for the sea is obedient as a little child to the bidding of its Maker.
Destruction lies asleep in the bed of the ocean, and though our sins might well arouse it, yet are its bands made strong by covenant mercy, so that it cannot break loose again upon the guilty sons of men. Verse Depressions exist in the sides of the mountains, and down these the water brooks are made to flow, often taking their rise at bubbling fountains which issue from the bowels of the earth. It is God who sends these springs even as a gardener makes the water courses, and turns the current with his foot.
When the waters are confined in the abyss the Lord sets their bound, and when they sport at liberty he sends them forth. They are his cattle, and therefore he leads them forth to watering. Not one of them is forgotten of him.
They know their Master's crib. Though bit or bridle of man they will not brook, and man denounces them as unteachable, they learn of the Lord, and know better far than man where flows the cooling crystal of which they must drink or die. They are only asses, and wild, yet our heavenly Father careth for them.
Will he not also care for us? We see here, also, that nothing is made in vain; though no human lip is moistened by the brooklet in the lone valley, yet are there other creatures which need refreshment, and these slake their thirst at the stream. Is this nothing? Must everything exist for man, or else be wasted?
What but our pride and selfishness could have suggested such a notion? It is not true that flowers which blush unseen by human eye are wasting their sweetness, for the bee finds them out, and other winged wanderers live on their luscious juices.
Man is but one creature of the many whom the heavenly Father feedeth and watereth. What happy memories they arouse of splashing waterfalls and entangled boughs, where the merry din of the falling and rushing water forms a sort of solid background of music, and the sweet tuneful notes of the birds are the brighter and more flashing lights in the harmony.
Pretty birdies, sing on! What better can ye do, and who can do it better? When we too drink of the river of God, and eat of the fruit of the tree of fife, it well becomes us to "sing among the branches. As ye fly from bough to bough, ye warble forth your notes, and so will we as we flit through time into eternity. It is not meet that birds of Paradise should be outdone by birds of earth.
Clouds are detained among the mountain crags, and deluge the hill sides with fertilizing rain. Where man cannot reach the Lord can, whom none else can water with grace he can, and where all stores of refreshment fail he can supply all that is needed from his own halls.
So, too, is it in the new creation, he giveth more grace, he fills his people with good, and makes them all confess, "of his fulness have all we received and grace for grace. God appoints to the lowliest creature its portion and takes care that it has it: Divine power is as truly and as worthily put forth in the feeding of beasts as in the nurturing of man; watch but a blade of grass with a devout eye and you may see God at work within it.
The herb is for man, and he must till the soil, or it will not be produced, yet it is God that causeth it to grow in the garden, even the same God who made the grass to grow in the unenclosed pastures of the wilderness. Man forgets this and talks of his produce, but in very truth without God he would plough and sow in vain.
The Lord causeth each green blade to spring and each ear to ripen; do but watch with opened eye and you shall see the Lord walking through the cornfields. The more we think of this the more wonderful it will appear.
How great is that God who from among the sepulchres finds the support of life, and out of the ground which was cursed brings forth the blessings of corn and wine and oil. O that man were wise enough to know how to use this gladdening product of the vine; but, alas, he full often turns it to ill account, and debases himself therewith. Of this he must himself bear the blame; he deserves to be miserable who turns even blessings into curses.
And oil to make his face to shine. The easterns use oil more than we do, and probably are wiser in this respect than we are: they delight in anointing with perfumed oils, and regard the shining of the face as a choice emblem of joy. God is to be praised for all the products of the soil, not one of which could come to us were it not that he causeth it to grow.
And bread which strengtheneth man's heart. Men have more courage after they are fed: many a depressed spirit has been comforted by a good substantial meal. We ought to bless God for strength of heart as well as force of limb, since if we possess them they are both the bounties of his kindness.
The watering of the hills not only produces the grass and the cultivated herbs, but also the nobler species of vegetation, which come not within the range of human culture:.
Their veins with genial moisture fed, Jehovah's forests lift the head: Nor other than his fostering hand Thy cedars, Lebanon, demand. What would our psalmist have said to some of the trees in the Yosemite valley?
Truly these are worthy to be called the trees of the Lord, for towering stature and enormous girth. Thus is the care of God seen to be effectual and all sufficient. If trees uncared for by man are yet so full of sap, we may rest assured that the people of God who by faith live upon the Lord alone shall be equally well sustained.
Planted by grace, and owing all to our heavenly Father's care, we may defy the hurricane, and laugh at the fear of drought, for none that trust in him shall ever be left unwatered. Thus what they receive from the great Lord they endeavour to return to his weaker creatures. How one thing fits into another in this fair creation, each link drawing on its fellow: the rains water the fir trees, and the fir trees become the happy home of birds; thus do the thunder clouds build the sparrow's house, and the descending rain sustains the basis of the stork's nest.
Observe, also, how everything has its use—the boughs furnish a home for the birds; and every living thing has its accommodation—the stork finds a house in the pines. Her nest is called a house, because this bird exhibits domestic virtues and maternal love which make her young to be comparable to a family. No doubt this ancient writer had seen storks' nests in fir trees; they appear usually to build on houses and ruins, but there is also evidence that where there are forests they are content with pine trees.
Has the reader ever walked through a forest of great trees and felt the awe which strikes the heart in nature's sublime cathedral? Then he will remember to have felt that each bird was holy, since it dwelt amid such sacred solitude.
Those who cannot see or hear of God except in Gothic edifices, amid the swell of organs, and the voices of a surpliced choir, will not be able to enter into the feeling which makes the simple, unsophisticated soul hear "the voice of the Lord God walking among the trees.
We call our cities populous, but are not the forests and the high hills more densely peopled with life? We speak of uninhabitable places, but where are they?
The chamois leaps from crag to crag, and the rabbit burrows beneath the soil. For one creature the loftiness of the hills, and for another the hollowness of the rocks, serves as a protection:.
Far over the crags the wild goats roam, The rocks supply the coney's home. Thus all the earth is full of happy life, every place has its appropriate in habitant, nothing is empty and void and waste. See how goats, and storks, and conies, and sparrows, each contribute a verse to the psalm of nature; have we not also our canticles to sing unto the Lord? Little though we may be in the scale of importance, yet let us fill our sphere, and so honour the Lord who made us with a purpose.
The appointed rule of the great lights is now the theme for praise. The moon is mentioned first, because in the Jewish day the night leads the way. Thus the lamp of night is made to be of service to man, and in fixing the period of religious assemblies as it did among the Jews it enters into connection with his noblest being. Never let us regard the moon's motions as the inevitable result of inanimate impersonal law, but as the appointment of our God. He never loiters on his way, or pauses as if undecided when to descend; his appointed hour for going down, although it is constantly varying, he always keeps to a second.
We need to be aroused in the morning, but he arises punctually, and though some require to watch the clock to know the hour of rest, he, without a timepiece to consult, hides himself in the western sky the instant the set time has come.
For all this man should praise the Lord of the sun and moon, who has made these great lights to be our chronometers, and thus keeps our world in order, and suffers no confusion to distract us.
Were there no darkness we should sigh for it, since we should find repose so much more difficult, if the weary day were never calmed into night. Let us see God's hand in the veiling of the sun, and never fear either natural or providential darkness, since both are of the Lord's own making.
Why should not the wild beast have his hour as well as man? He has a service to perform, should he not also have his food? Darkness is fitter for beasts than man; and those men are most brutish who love darkness rather than light. When the darkness of ignorance broods over a nation, then all sorts of superstitions, cruelties, and vices abound; the gospel, like the sunrising, soon clears the world of the open ravages of these monsters, and they seek more congenial abodes. We see here the value of true light, for we may depend upon it where there is night there will also be wild beasts to kill and to devour.
To whom do the lions roar? Certainly not to their prey, for the terrible sound tends to alarm their victims, and drive them away. They after their own fashion express their desires for food, and the expression of desire is a kind of prayer. Out of this fact comes the devout thought of the wild beast's appealing to its Maker for food.
But neither with lions nor men will the seeking of prayer suffice, there must be practical seeking too, and the lions are well aware of it. What they have in their own language asked for they go forth to seek; being in this thing far wiser than many men who offer formal prayers not half so earnest as those of the young lions, and then neglect the means in the use of which the object of their petitions might be gained.
The lions roar and seek; too many are liars before God, and roar but never seek. How comforting is the thought that the Spirit translates the voice of a lion, and finds it to be a seeking of meat from God! May we not hope that our poor broken cries and groans, which in our sorrow we have called "the voice of our roaring" Psa , will be understood by him, and interpreted in our favour.
Evidently he considers the meaning rather than the music of the utterance and puts the best construction upon it. Were it not that we have seen the sun rise so often we should think it the greatest of miracles, and the most amazing of blessings. The forest's warriors retire to their quarters when the morning's drum is heard, finding in the recesses of their dens a darkness suitable for their slumbers; there they lay them down and digest their food, for God has allotted even to them their portion of rest and enjoyment.
There was one who in this respect was poorer than lions and foxes, for he had not where to lay his head: all were provided for except their incarnate Provider. Blessed Lord, thou hast stooped beneath the conditions of the brutes to lift up worse than brutish men! It is very striking how the Lord controls the fiercest of animals far more readily than the shepherd manages his sheep. At nightfall they separate and go forth each one upon the merciful errand of ending the miseries of the sickly and decrepit among grass eating animals.
The younger of these animals being swift of foot easily escape them and are benefited by the exercise, and for the most part only those are overtaken and killed to whom life would have been protracted agony. So far lions are messengers of mercy, and are as much sent of God as the sporting dog is sent by man on his errands.
But these mighty hunters must not always be abroad, they must be sent back to their lairs when man comes upon the scene. Who shall gather these ferocious creatures and shut them in?
Who shall chain them down and make them harmless? The sun suffices to do it. He is the true lion tamer. They gather themselves together as though they were so many sheep, and in their own retreats they keep themselves prisoners till returning darkness gives them another leave to range. By simply majestic means the divine purposes are accomplished. In like manner even the devils are subject unto our Lord Jesus, and by the simple spread of the light of the gospel these roaring demons are chased out of the world.
No need for miracles or displays of physical power, the Sun of Righteousness arises, and the devil and the false gods, and superstitions and errors of men, all seek their hiding places in the dark places of the earth among the moles and the bats.
His warm couch he forsakes and the comforts of home, to find his daily food; this work is good for him, both keeping him out of mischief, and exercising his faculties. We are made for work and ought to work, and should never grumble that so it is appointed. The hours of labour, however, ought not to be too long. If labour lasts out the average daylight it is certainly all that any man ought to expect of another, and yet there are poor creatures so badly paid that in twelve hours they cannot earn bread enough to keep them from hunger.
Shame on those who dare so impose upon helpless women and children. Night work should also be avoided as much as possible. There are twelve hours in which a man ought to work: the night is meant for rest and sleep. Night, then as well as day has its voice of praise. It is more soft and hushed, but it is none the less true. The moon lights up a solemn silence of worship among the fir trees, through which the night wind softly breathes its "songs without words.
Imagination awakens herself; unbelief finds the silence and the solemnity uncongenial, faith looks up to the skies above her and sees heavenly things all the more clearly in the absence of the sunlight, and adoration bows itself before the Great Invisible! There are spirits that keep the night watches, and the spell of their presence has been felt by many a wanderer in the solitudes of nature: God also himself is abroad all night long, and the glory which concealeth is often felt to be even greater than that which reveals.
Bless the Lord, O my soul. Mineral, vegetable, animal—what: a range of works is suggested by these three names! No two even of the same class are exactly alike, and the classes are more numerous than science can number. Works in the heavens above and in the earth beneath, and in the waters under the earth, works which abide the ages, works which come to perfection and pass away in a year, works which with all their beauty do not outlive a day, works within works, and works within these—who can number one of a thousand?
God is the great worker, and ordainer of variety. It is ours to study his works, for they are great, and sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. The kingdom of grace contains as manifold and as great works as that of nature, but the chosen of the Lord alone discern them. They are all his works, wrought by his own power, and they all display his wisdom.
It was wise to make their—none could be spared; every link is essential to the chain of nature—wild beasts as much as men, poisons as truly as odoriferous herbs. They are wisely made—each one fits its place, fills it, and is happy in so doing.
As a whole, the "all" of creation is a wise achievement, and however it may be chequered with mysteries, and clouded with terrors, it all works together for good, and as one complete harmonious piece of workmanship it answers the great Worker's end.
The Creator has not set his creatures down in a dwelling place where the table is bare, and the buttery empty, he has filled the earth with food; and not with bare necessaries only, but with riches—dainties, luxuries, beauties, treasures. In the bowels of the earth are hidden mines of wealth, and on her surface are teeming harvests of plenty.
All these riches are the Lord's; we ought to call them not "the wealth of nations," but "thy riches" O Lord! Not in one clime alone are these riches of God to be found, but in all lands—even the Arctic ocean has its precious things which men endure much hardness to win, and the burning sun of the equator ripens a produce which flavours the food of all mankind. If his house below is so full of riches what must his house above be, where. The heathen made the sea a different province from the land, and gave the command thereof to Neptune, but we know of a surety that Jehovah rules the waves.
The number of minute forms of animal life is indeed beyond all reckoning: when a single phosphorescent wave may bear millions of infusoria, and around a fragment of rock armies of microscopic beings may gather, we renounce all idea of applying arithmetic to such a case.
The sea in many regions appears to be all alive, as if every drop were a world. Nor are these tiny creatures the only tenants of the sea, for it contains gigantic mammals which exceed in bulk those which range the land, and a vast host of huge fishes which wander among the waves, and hide in the caverns of the sea as the tiger lurks in the jungle, or the lion roams the plain.
Truly, O Lord, thou makest the sea to be as rich in the works of thy hands as the land itself. It is the highway of nations, and unites, rather than divides, distant lands. The thought of this amazing creature caused the psalmist to adore the mighty Creator who created him, formed him for his place and made him happy in it. Our ancient maps generally depict a ship and whale upon the sea, and so show that it is most natural, as well as poetical, to connect them both with the mention of the ocean.
Men or marmots, eagles or emmets, whales or minnows, they alike rely upon thy care. God has a time for all things, and does not feed his creatures by fits and starts; he gives them daily bread, and a quantity proportioned to their needs. This is all that any of us should expect; if even the brute creatures are content with a sufficiency we ought not to be more greedy than they. We often forget that animals and birds in their free life have to work to obtain food even as we do; and yet it is true with them as with us that our heavenly Father feeds all.
When we see the chickens picking up the corn which the housewife scatters from her lap we have an apt illustration of the manner in which the Lord supplies the needs of all living things—he gives and they gather.
What should we do if that hand were closed? There would be no need to strike a blow, the mere closing of it would produce death by famine. Let us praise the open handed Lord, whose providence and grace satisfy our mouths with good things. This is so in the natural world, and certainly not less so in the spiritual: saints when the Lord hides his face are in terrible perplexity.
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