Groaning at sin

2:15 p.m. Monday September 13, 2021. 90F/32C.

Brown and yellow leaves litter the ground in all directions. A fat brown cat is crouched on the ground near an old pickup truck. She notes each leaf that tumbled from its branch. Once that leaf settles onto the ground, she turns and finds another leaf still floating in the air. Trees that are ready to die have lost nearly every leaf and will be watched next spring. It’s late in the day for watering trees and vines, but watering is accomplished anyway. Perhaps the cloud in the western sky will prevent the drying of the soil too soon. A short walk is taken down the drive to find one particular gum tree. The stones and sand are cool underfoot. Three deep breaths are taken in the shade of the tree. The sweet gum seems best for healing of the lungs. All summer it is enjoyed for its mild sweet green scent. The walk back to the cabin is quickened while a horsefly buzzes loudly in pursuit. A cup of tea resting on the porch rail is still warm and tasty and free of bugs. May the God of the universe hide this place from all the rest of mankind.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter nine

Abba Father, I humbly beseech thee to make me one of those people who groan at the news of all wickedness and all sin against you. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

God forcibly removed the prophet Ezekiel from a meeting with community elders, where they met in Babylonia while in exile. Ezekiel may have been listening to sides of an argument that the elders presented. God suddenly grabbed Ezekiel and took him on a tour of idolatry in Jerusalem. Then six heavenly beings showed up to assist God in sorting the remaining residents of Jerusalem. They spared the lives of any who felt sorrow at all the wickedness. They slew the rest.

Ezekiel suddenly realized what he was watching and began to plead for the lives of the people of Jerusalem.

Then he said unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.

And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

The land was full of crookedness, the Lord answered Ezekiel. It was full of people with twisted ideas and the blood of their victims. So the Lord declared that he would treat the sinful in the same manner that they treated their victims. He would not hear the pleas for mercy, just as they refused to hear the pleas for mercy.

And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.

The heavenly being that placed a mark on people who groaned at all the sins committed, was finished first. The other five would slay every one not marked.

Just as God commanded, it was done.

Life in the hollow, September 13

It’s been an interesting couple of days. Between anxiety taking hold of me and getting phone calls I was not expecting, it has been interesting.

The second caller, was someone who had not totally rejected my plea that she pray before receiving the next shot.

“I don’t care,” I told her, “what direction God guides you. I’m sure there are some to whom he will instruct to take the shot, and others he will instruct not to take the shot. I just want people to put decisions like that before God first.”

She did not seem offended, but she did not promise to pray, either.

However, the anxiety is gone. I made at least one attempt to do what God seems to be calling me to, and PTSD symptoms took a hike.

I had an odd two-part dream last night. I will hold off telling about it until I get the trash taken to the county dump and finish taking care of the watering and laying out the frame of a small greenhouse. it’s a nice day.

God bless anyone who reads this. May you have life in abundance in our Lord Jesus.

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