Posted by Roberta Grimes • December 10, 2022 • 32 Comments
‘Til the moon deserts the sky, ‘Til all the seas run dry,
‘Til then I’ll worship You.
‘Til the tropic sun grows cold, ‘Til this young world grows old,
My Darling, I’ll adore You.
You are my reason to live! All I own I would give
Just to have You adore me.
‘Til the rivers flow upstream, ‘Til lovers cease to dream,
‘Til then I’m Yours. Be mine.
– Carl Sigman (1909-2000), from “Till” (1961)
As we mourn a religion that is frankly dying, and is far enough now down the fatal slope that its end seems to be inevitable, it seems suitable for us to pause and to look back briefly, and to wonder. What has gone wrong with Christianity? And how might things have turned out differently if the original Way of Jesus had not been hijacked by the Romans in the year 325, and if instead the Lord’s perfect teachings had been allowed to spread quietly from heart to heart and nation to nation beneath all the radar until they gently took over the world?
I have my own ideas, but my ideas are biased by my sense of betrayal by the religion that for most of my life I have loved so much. So I have been cruising around the internet this week in search of other theories. And I have found no end of theories! One in fact suggests that the internet itself is the problem, and that “Christianity is declining in America. Its root cause is outdated U.S. Internet unaccountability policy that imposes amoralism, a doctrine of not caring about right and wrong.” I guess I would say in response that if the religion is already so weak that the advent of the internet alone has been enough to kill it, then it must already have been pretty far gone!
Perhaps the most prominent theory, though, is some version of our having outgrown the need for religions altogether. As we have become more sophisticated as individuals and as a worldwide community, we have come to see through the excessively simplistic and fear-based dogmas of Christianity, and perhaps of other religions as well. We are at the point of freeing ourselves from being told scary and often internally contradictory fables meant to force us into pews each week. I understand how those fables have betrayed earnest Christians, since I have heard from so many people who have told me how they have felt betrayed. People have been writing to me, and have told me about what they once believed, and how those beliefs no longer feel right to them. Or how their former churches no longer feel welcoming. Or perhaps how something else has gone wrong in their old relationships with Christianity. And what feels to them like a sudden disconnect seems to trouble them very much indeed! The point is that they have not become atheists. And they certainly haven’t given up on Jesus. I don’t think that I have heard from anyone who has suddenly decided that there is no God! But for all of them, it is the religion itself that is no longer making sense. And this disconnect is happening fast.
It has been estimated that sixteen million American women have left Christianity in just the past decade. Come to think of it, most of the people who have lately emailed me about leaving Christianity have indeed been women. So in recent years, we might say that this death of Christianity in the United States seems to be at least in part a phenomenon of women pulling away from churches where they no longer feel welcome, either because the dogmas feel barbaric – that was what finally chased me away – or because the church-people have become cliquish, snobbish, and self-righteous, which can be one result of horrific church doctrines like Calvinism. So whenever you do these investigations into why religions worldwide are dying, you end up finding good reasons why the process is ongoing, at least in the case of Christianity.
Christianity was clearly born to die of its own false and fear-based dogmas. When you plant a tree you must plant it straight, or eventually it will topple of its own crooked weight.
Our intended topic this week was to wonder what The Jesus Movement could have been like today if the Roman Emperor Constantine never had seized and usurped The Way of Jesus. But first we needed a frame-verse. That is how we start the blogging process each week. First of all, Thomas and I set out to search my mind for a frame-verse to give us some inspiration around our proposed topic, but this time we couldn’t find a hymn that adequately expressed the way that I have come to feel about sweet Master Jesus. So then Thomas found a non-Christian song in my larger mental database of songs and poems, and he suggested it to me with a chuckle because the lyrics sounded silly to him. He thought it was perfect, though, for our topic, what with worship and miracles among the lyrics, and with my promising Jesus that I would live for Him and promising to be His. But I rejected it at once. Good grief! I barely even remembered that song from when I was a teenager. He insisted that it was spot-on, but so what? It was a drippy teenage love song! I went looking for a suitable hymn on the internet. My relationship with Jesus is highly unusual, and the fact that I have a personal relationship with Jesus at all has grown from my spirit guide’s amazing relationship with Jesus, and from the fact that he now sometimes takes me with him when he visits with Jesus. Almost no one trailing a silver cord ever gets to meet with Jesus. And even at that, Thomas won’t let me remember most of our meetings. I only know that they sometimes happen.
And it was just when we started to look for a frame-verse this week that I realized the extent to which I have fallen completely in love with Jesus. Omigod. The word “charismatic” was literally invented to describe how it feels to be around Him. It is no wonder to me that He attracted crowds when He was on earth! Jesus is a people-magnet. And the way that He looks at you, the love that He expresses for you individually just by meeting your eyes is indescribable. It is God’s love, literally. I have never felt so much love from anyone! And yet, He has no ego at all. The one person who really deserves to feel self-important has no ego whatsoever. The more I looked for a hymn to use as a frame-verse, the more that gushy teen love song that Thomas had found and resurrected kept playing in my mind. I would do anything for Jesus. And so would you! Thomas and I have been bickering for years about how long I will be willing to stay on earth. But for Jesus, for God literally who is trying so hard now and so touchingly to maintain His status as a human being, I would live to be a hundred and twenty years old if He wanted that. I will teach the Gospels on earth for Him for so long as I can speak. That song, word for word, is what I would do for Jesus. So, there it is. Our frame-verse this week is a gushy teenage love song to the Lord.
And my rediscovering that song after half a century as I also am revisiting Jesus’s Gospel teachings and writing the scripts for teachingsbyjesus.com is giving me another revelation. Why on earth has Christianity ever even remotely ranked the merely derivative letters of Paul with the precious Gospel words of Jesus? Except for 1Cor 13, which Thomas tells me was channeled from God through Paul, and which you clearly can see was channeled when you view it in context – except for that one letter – all the letters of Paul are merely Gospels commentary! Only Jesus is God. There is no other. He came to earth so God could “look through His eyes” (as Thomas has expressed it to me), and come to better understand people on God’s behalf. So then Jesus could develop the teachings that He spent those three years and more delivering to us. The Lord’s Gospel words are sacred! By comparison, the words in all the rest of the Christian Bible are mere dross.
And the historical record shows that Jesus did indeed have an amazing effect on those who knew Him personally. His Way spread rapidly during the first three hundred years after His death and resurrection, as far away as Rome and to millions of people in the Mediterranean region before the Romans under Constantine decided that a variant of the Lord’s message could be useful to the Romans as a means of fear-based control. So then they invented at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 what became Christianity. But let us imagine now that instead, Constantine came up with some other means of controlling the masses seventeen hundred years ago. And let us further assume that the teachings of Jesus were preserved in the canonical Gospels by some other means, and they spread peacefully under the radar of the powerful and the brutal – no Inquisitions; no Crusades – to then be passed along and taught over all the world, just as we have them today. What then would the world be like, do you think? Can we even begin to imagine that world now?
I think that this would be something like the world as it would be today:
You can play with it yourself, once you internalize what Jesus actually taught! In no version of world history that I have come up with over the past week do we end up with a continent-wide United States. And we don’t have major wars, although we do get skirmishes, especially during the first thousand years or so, that courageous groups of people step in and talk down. Countries, yes, but they tend to be smaller and governed by consensus. Membership in The Jesus Movement grows and grows, kind of like a Boy and Girl Scouts thing for grown-ups. It becomes something that eventually pretty much everyone wants to do because it makes people happy. It includes a lot of gigantic get-togethers, like Thanksgivings, Christmases, Easters, and beachy backyard holidays all year round that virtually merge together and include a lot of singing and pep talks.
The thing is that leaders don’t seem to develop. People seem to want to do everything by consensus. That takes longer, but with nothing to measure it against, it feels normal. I think that perhaps people have an aversion to leaders except in times of stress, and living by love eases stress and makes people happier. And crime doesn’t entirely disappear, but it mostly does; and then crime becomes something like a socially embarrassing abnormality. Can you imagine a society in which people are choosing to live more varied and always peaceful lives, and by now that choice has been simply normal for at least the past thousand years? Men and women live essentially equal lives, both doing childcare, both supporting the family? Eventually you probably don’t really need either soldiers or police, because when necessary everyone helps to create immediate peace. People don’t go to gatherings just on Sundays, but it’s more a community sort of thing. A lot of spiritual sharing happens in people’s homes as well as in community centers, and in monthly and quarterly events in larger places, and annual events in off-season sports stadiums. There seem to be charismatic people who arise now and then and try to mimic Jesus and get laughed off the stage, and also modest people who are listened to because they give thoughtful discourses on what Jesus taught but they don’t try to replace the historical Jesus. I don’t know. At first, it seemed to be impossible. But the more I think about it, the more I think it really could have happened.
And my dear blog friends, The Fun of Loving Jesus – Embracing the Christianity That Jesus Taught is just now in print. This book is the companion to the upcoming website, teachingsbyjesus.com, so it is true to what Jesus actually said but if it is first found by evangelicals it is likely to get some poor reviews! Therefore I would love it if you would read it first, and would give it your own thoughtful Amazon review. If you will send me an email through the green contact block on robertagrimes.com, I will send you a review copy in PDF. Thank you!
32 thoughts on “What If…?”
The Puritans did a number on us!
Don’t have fun
It might be fun!
They tried to stamp down joy.
Work was better than sleep
By the time they got to the lone prairie, they were right and white.
They slaughtered Native Americans.
White, white, white uber alles
Don’t have fun
It might be fun!
Oh my dear Erica, I am not so sure that it was whiteness back then that mattered. It was simply humanness that required that we eschew fun in all its various unserious forms. When I was a child I had a picture of Jesus, laughing, and that was how I always thought of Him. That is the way that I often see Him now. He has a truly wonderful sense of humor!
This corroborates your post: “It may seem like Christmas has always been celebrated in the United States, but that’s not the case. In fact, the joyous religious holiday was actually banned in America for several decades by Christians themselves.
The original war on Christmas was waged during the sixteenth and seventeenth century by Puritans, or Protestant Christians, who believed that people needed strict rules to be religious and that any kind of merrymaking was sinful.”
By Remy Melina from https://www.livescience.com/32891-why-was-christmas-banned-in-america-.html
How sad and ridiculous! What did the Puritans do all day?? Jesus never said not to ever have fun
No, my dear Lola, and in fact Jesus Himself was castigated for allowing His followers to do enjoyable things on the Sabbath. They broke the Sabbath rules right and left. He actually made a point of breaking the Sabbath rules Himself, to the point where I think we’ve got to call it a Teaching, and try to understand what He intended by it. It is indeed a puzzlement!
Oh that is so true, my dear Cookie! The Puritans thought that any kind of fun was sinful. So very sad!!
Like you, I grew up in a church that I loved and felt such belonging and security. I realize now, that I wasn’t meant to hang around. As I reflect on my spiritual thoughts, even as a child, I realize I had a broader scope of God that didn’t fit in. It is a fond memory of sitting on the steps at sunset “just talking to God” and truly believing I was being heard.
Shortly after my father’s death, I attended his parish for mass. I am not sure what instigated it, but I suddenly felt as though nothing felt right. I recall, with little fanfare, a “voice” inside that was “narrating” as mass was going on, in which it was pointed out to me, the similarities of pre Christian pagan ceremonies, and the “theatrical” performance I was observing.
After that mass, I could no longer attend with any semblance of the passion I once had. All the little “rules” and “reasons” for each symbolic gesture, refrain, posture seemed so trite and foolish.
I finally gave myself permission to let go and stop. Of course, in times of stress, as you point out, I’d run back, hoping to find that old security, but I’d leave feeling empty.
In giving permission to walk away and allow God to be God, my view or scope of “God” expanded. Jesus’ teachings, to me, are meant as a personal spiritual journey, not as some forceful doctrine imposed on mankind because we are a bunch of idiotic losers who need to be lead by the nose.
I have met people who are atheists, pagans, non Christians, who have more respect, more compassion, more love than most Christians I know. We’ve tried to “weaponize” Jesus, God. Even in politics, their names are invoked to stoke fear, obedience, assimilation of beliefs that truly only serve a select few.
“By their fruits, you will know them”. How often we forget that very astute and truthful guidance. We stick to labels-Republican, Democrat, etc. and what those labels “mean” (or are SAID to mean) instead of looking at the fruit and having the courage to call it what it is, not what we think it should be.
I’ve often asked, in prayer, if someone grew up outside of any religious indoctrination, but perhaps in the wider arena of nature itself, learning and emulating the flow of Life, would not that person “know” God? Possibly better than those who gather for the theatrics at church every Sunday? I think they do know “God”.
A recent newsletter from CAC, Richard Rohr’s group in NM made the statement of being aware of the “slow death” of Christianity right before our eyes. It wasn’t a “call to arms” in any way, just a statement of realization, and how we can possibly grow in support of each other.
For me, I had, for a very brief time, a sense of “elation”, almost a “hahaha, sucks to be you” about the demise of old world Christianity, but found myself instead guided to compassion and understanding, because, in a sense, those of us who were once in the ranks of pew attendees, are also “dying the slow death”. It must not escape any of us that the old beliefs were once held tightly within each of us. It’s a process that calls for compassion, trust, understanding, and most of all, God’s Grace.
I agree with you completely, Fran. You put it beautifully but if you said this a couple of centuries ago, you would have been declared a heretic!
Yes, dear wonderful Lola. And now I agree with you both! I am late to the party, but I have gotten there eventually.
Oh my dear beautiful Fran, how wise you are! And wiser than I was. I clung to Christianity like a spurned lover, and for far longer than I should have done. I had trouble separating Christianity from Jesus, literally – I felt as if in leaving the religion I was spurning Him, and it felt like a betrayal of my marriage as well. Wow, this is heavy stuff. But after having spent so much time with Him, and seeing Christianity now so much more clearly as I guess that I really always have seen it but have been trying not to see it, my rose-colored glasses are off. And I agree with you, my dear precious Fran. The religion is a great betrayal of Jesus the risen Christ, most of all.
I am grateful for the Christianity that I grew up with. It has made me who I am. It taught me to love Jesus and my neighbor. It prepared me to hear Jesus’s message now. Funny, how hymns that I love, and come to mind, have little phrases that I now recognize as being incorrect. I will still love that song (especially Christmas and Easter hymns) as it is a comfortable part of me and my past.
So, Merry Christmas! A child is born in this world to learn and heal us and teach us the way to ascend in the Greater Reality. Thank you, Lord Jesus!
Oh my dear sweet David D., how beautifully said!! I think you speak for a great many of us, especially as regards the old hymns. Thomas and I have been wrestling over a frame-verse for next week once again, but this time with a rather lovely outcome 🙂
Loved this post could you please send me the pdf of the Fun Of Loving Jesus? I look forward to your posts and feel Jesus’s love come through!
My dear Linda, please just send me an email? I will need your email address in order to send you the book!
I’ve noticed that the Satanists have also noticed the decline in Christianity and have stepped up to fill the void. I’m reading about Satanic church after school clubs and Baphomet displays in State houses erected next to Nativity displays. Their stated dogma seems to align with the “science” and emotionless based thinking of recent years. It will be interesting to see how many will gravitate toward them.
Sounds like you are describing the Satanic Temple. They like playing with the First Amendment. I remember the story about the Baphomet, but it was associated with a monument to the Ten Commandments placed on Capital grounds in Little Rock, Arkansas. I think there was another Ten Commandments statue in Oklahoma at one time, where they sent another Baphomet.
If I remember right, they object to exclusively Christian religious displays on public property. They would argue that public spaces should be free from religious messaging or be opened up to representations of all faiths, including Satanic icons.
I wouldn’t worry about them, or the Left Hand Path in general becoming a mass movement. They attract too many individualists.
My dear Jason, I think you must be right. And no, we shouldn’t worry about them. But I am tempted to say, God bless the Satanic Temple! Because we want every viewpoint to be openly displayed, and we want people be used to seeing every viewpoint openly displayed. That is what the First Amendment is for! Otherwise, as we have seen to our horror, the day soon comes when it becomes acceptable to chase open debate from the public square for fear of offending someone.
Oh my dear AC, love always triumphs over fear! The Satanists really have nothing to offer, poor sorry little souls. Christianity has little to offer either, of course, because it has wrapped the teachings of Jesus in fear, but still those teachings are in there. So there is no contest!
Having been an organist for many different denominations, but now retired (thank goodness!), of which I wasn’t a member, I have been fired twice for belonging to the “wrong” denomination, as if I was a threat even though I never talked theology with anyone; and I have experienced reverse discrimination as a white male playing for a predominantly black church. Received my Christmas bonus in March several times.
It matters not, as I don’t hold grudges. I don’t judge anyone, but I do observe,
and what I have observed in many different denominations is that the church is indeed by its own blind(ing) faith.
The only line from all those sermons over 50 years (ca. 3,000!) I heard is simply this wisdom: “Just remember to keep the most important thing the most important thing,” which makes sense.
The most important things for me are, in random order:
Unconditional Love (and thus forgiveness),
my kids and grandkids,
the God-centered spiritual world, including my ancestors, guides and angels,
God bless your weekly posts.
Oh my dear Adrian, I am so sorry! Fired, for heaven’s sake? Over little differences in Christian dogmas? Just the fact that you can play the organ is such a blessing!! My mother-in-law played the organ, and she lived with us for the last ten years of her life. What a blessing that was – we had live organ music in the house! And yes, my dear, you have your priorities straight, which is so much the important thing.
It matters not, as I don’t hold grudges. I don’t judge anyone, but I do observe,
and what I have observed in many different denominations is that the church is indeed by its own blind(ing) faith.
SHoudl read as:
It matters not, as I don’t hold grudges. I don’t judge anyone, but I do observe,
and what I have observed in many different denominations is that the church is indeed dying from its own blind(ing) faith.
Oh my dear Adrian, you make such a wonderful point! The fact that Christians are willing to fire their organist over his race (good grief!), or over trifling differences in dogmas (good grief!), and the mere fact that Christianity now comes in 42,000 different flavors all are good reasons why Christianity is dying, and it deserves to die! And these people all claim to follow JESUS?
Do they even know Jesus? Have they ever actually read a word that He said? That is what really amazes me about all of this. Jesus loves EVERYBODY! He would build one big church, write LOVE on it in gigantic letters, and invite EVERYONE inside! Whatever their beliefs, and even if they claimed to hate Him – even moreso if they claimed to hate Him. Wow, it is no wonder to me at all that He wants nothing to do at all with Roman Christianity, but He wants to start all over again!
Dear Roberta. I think I can understand why Thomas chose that frame verse. The magnitude of love that Jesus has developed could be so charismatic and magnetic, as you put it, that it would indeed be overwhelming, as you initially experienced. I may have had a dream visitation from Him recently, but I can’t say for sure. It was just a face, similar to the one you’ve shown recently, but with slightly longer, curly hair, and a short beard. I bolted awake with possibly the worst case of stage fright or fear of public speaking I’ve ever had, and never got back to sleep. It reminds me of stories I’ve heard about what happened to people having an audience with Queen Elizabeth. 😄 I asked the guides about it later and they just said, “He does that to people.” I felt like I had failed a test somehow. They promised He’ll visit again. We’ll see, and I hope to do better next time, if it happens. More recently, I asked for a practice that might help in this regard and think it might be worth sharing. They said to place a drop of His love in my heart, which can incubate and inculcate that love, that “element of joy” within me. I like to place my hand over my heart and imagine that drop in there. It brings an inner smile, an ineffable joy. Now, this is just my own musing, but along the lines of your “what if?” question, what if that love was incubated in one’s heart so that one became a “loving candle flame” as the guides put it, the Kingdom of Heaven arising within. Then that flame eventually has enough magnetism that you can spread a drop of that love to another, and thus spread that flame, heart to heart, and then the Kingdom of Heaven can spread, bit by bit, upon the face of the earth. Is that the fun of loving Jesus in a nutshell? I look forward to reading your new book and learning more.
Hey Scott ,
Love your inspired image of a drop of Christ’s love in your heart to be nurtured, increased and shared. As with the flame shared on and on, spreading outward, the Kingdom of God will spread across the world.
That is exactly it, isn’t it?!
When contemporary human societies become duplicitous, corrupt, desperate, confrontational, hopeless and when hearts grow cold, then love becomes consciously and powerfully craved – When hundreds, even thousands, of economically enslaved workers die to built stadiums for authorized football carnivals, then we know inhumanity has become truly global.
In such times the Love of Jesus and His Way can really begin to sweep across the earth, quietly from heart to heart.🌅
Thanks Efrem. It seems almost simplistic, but the practice resonates with me. The heart and energy of Jesus can seem so huge, boggling, and even intimidating, but this makes it feel so much more cozy and relatable. I think Jesus would prefer that we put him in our hearts like a bosom buddy and confidant, than put him up on a pedestal or throne. It only just occured to me now that the guides may have tapped into my memories of going to a church named Sacred Heart as a kid, even though at the time I found it all boring and skipped most of Sunday school. What would those nuns who taught the classes think of the ideas we discuss here?! 😄 You know, I was wondering what to write back, so as an experiment, I just went ahead and asked Jesus what comment he might have on the practice. I quickly got, “I like it. Do it often and with gratitude.” It could have been my own mind talking there, but it seems about right.
Oh my dear Efrem, I had missed this. My dear, sometimes the way you have of expressing things is almost heartbreaking, truly. But I promise you that we are going to manage to rescue Jesus from the wreck of Christianity, and then there will come an altogether new beginning for all of humankind!
Oh my dear beautiful Scott, that does sound like Jesus. His hair is longer than we show it in this picture of Him. Looser curls. And He does have that effect on people – I think it’s primarily His energy, which is very intense until you get a bit used to it. Wow, that’s really nice! I think He feels an affinity to our little family here. After lots of meetings with Him last summer, most of which Thomas wouldn’t let me remember, I feel a bit easier around Him. But He is used to the way that He makes people uneasy; I’m sure He will come back, my dear.
Everyone so far…I love Father, Son,and Holy Ghost! In
college, I had a Catholic friend.We went to the 530 Mass every evening, then we’d eat same groovey salad bar and talk about God! We’d laugh a lot and customers would stare at us— I’ll have what they are having—we were having God !
I think I was a tad flip when I put down Puritans for dissing joy, but they were such a drag!
My dear Erica, when you can get past the fear that religions instill in people, it is so easy to get high in God! It has been happening to me often now, as I work on the materials for this website – by the end of the day, I will be bubbling with joy sometimes. High on God. Jesus has a distinctive silken feel and He is around me sometimes as I work with His sayings, and the way He thinks comes through as well. I’ll go to dinner with my family, and I can’t stop talking about Him, about what my Friend said, as if we had just spent the afternoon together!
Dearest Roberta and everyone,
Picturing what human society would be like when The Way spreads over considerable distance and time is, well, a twin edged sword I think:
On one hand we can imagine how diverse facets of life would become balanced, peaceful, delightful, loving and inspired. On the other hand, we can become deflated by how dreary things are now when compared to a foreseen Divine utopia.
I guess the difference is how we perceive the unique Way of Jesus at this significant time in living history. One can be dejected, or one can trust in God and become lightly hopeful. Each of us has the ability to chose how we perceive things; I guess I chose the later.
The Way of Jesus is a great power to elevate human consciousness. It is also an opportunity placed in our hands at a specific time of worldwide change. Ever and oft have people made dire changes in the nick of time. We humans perform best when we have our backs to the wall. Surely, such a precarious time is now.
By that I mean from now onwards, over the next couple of centuries. The earth is drawing near to peak human population, thence the number of humans alive is predicted to fall quite dramatically. The culture of having fewer and fewer children has taken hold across the globe and this may not be able to be reversed. Of course, the rate of birth decrease is lower in developing countries, but decline is still evident on all continents. Should one wish to know what will happen when a nation births less than two kids per couple ask the Italians, the Japanese or the Chinese for that matter. In Japan for instance, some towns have made children-sized, cloth dolls to place around restaurants, tea houses, parks and other public areas to attempt to assuage the ache of largely childless communities. The point here is that many new kinds of changes are coming which will force people to think differently than before. As can be seen in the sad townships in peaceful, prosperous Japan some of these changes are, well, quite poignant. 💧
OAS my dear, I can’t help but imagine how our health will improve in a society that embraces The Way. So much shared good grace, love and empathy for our fellows would reduce stress dramatically. A society without war, corruption, penury or violence would make us simpler, quieter and naturally more peaceful. Meaning and community once restored, would give us a real sense of the gift that is life. Well, for many of us in Western countries, it would possibly feel like those first few post WW2 decades, without the threat of the Cold War or the agony of inequalities of race and income brackets. 😉
This blog really does make one ponder in a visionary way, my dear. Of course I too would love a PDF of your beaut new book, “The Fun of Loving Jesus”, so as to write an honest Amazon review. And heartfelt congratulations for the forthcoming book launch. 🙂🎉❣️
My sweet Efrem, I am so sorry that I haven’t had the time to answer your lovely comment sooner! I have been so deep in working on Jesus’s website, and especially toward the latter part of this week, plus of course I’ve had my regular work and another blog post to do, so much that I’ve hardly had time to sleep. But what you say really is true and quite poignant. From where I am now, deep in the Lord’s words, I really can see a new beginning for the world at this point – I can see it happening – if we can only help the world to begin to listen!