26 May 2021

I have spent a lot of time in the last 24 ours sitting in rroms waiting for news. In the process, I almost flattened my cellphone, and Kea flatteened hers. (Fist lesson: take an e reader. Saves the phone for when you need it). in th emiddle of all this I read this from Roosh.

{We don’t have enlightened spiritual fathers because we wouldn’t listen to them
We don’t even follow the basics. Most Christians do not fast or pray daily. They come up with all manner of excuses not to attend church on Sunday. They don’t seek guidance with their priests before making major life decisions, and even if they did, they frame their situation in a way that the priest will agree with what they already decided to do. So why would God send them a clairvoyant and wise elder to help guide their lives? The elder would give them correct advice and advance warnings and they’d ignore him to serve their own will. God doesn’t waste the holy on the non-holy. The holier we become as a society, and the more we repent, the more likely that we will also receive powerful spiritual fathers.

Not that cheerful, is it. It appears that the faithful are not that righteous, and the unfaithful are having cictory paraades. I know this will end, because it does. But I also know that “it will alway send” could happen in the time of my grandhcildren.

SO when I get to the text for the day I;m initially irriated. We are not that righteous. We cannot reform ourselves. Roosh is right: there are few righeous leaders in the dhurch becamse the church is not that holy.

But it is being tested, and tried, and prurified. And there is something he misses: it is not us who deserve the righteous to teach us, but anything that is good comes from the mercy of God.

Ezekiel 37:1-14

37 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 He had me pass among them all around, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and behold, they were very dry. 3 Then He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “Lord God, You Yourself know.” 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘You dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’ 5 This is what the Lord God says to these bones: ‘Behold, I am going to make breath enter you so that you may come to life. 6 And I will attach tendons to you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin, and put breath in you so that you may come to life; and you will know that I am the Lord.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a loud noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, tendons were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9 Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘The Lord God says this: “Come from the four winds, breath, and breathe on these slain, so that they come to life.”’” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the entire house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘This is what the Lord God says: “Behold, I am going to open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. 14 And I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the Lord.’”

John 20:19-23

19 Now when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were together due to fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and *said to them, “Peace be to you.” 20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be to you; just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and *said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”

I know two things. The first is that we need to be more like the Church that will be the bride of Christ: glorious, holy, righteous. And this will not be us, it will beGod. We glimpse this in our worship.

i also know that the spirit of God is working. Quietly. For the spirit of this age is destructive, and many alre looing at the resultsof the efforts of their youth and middle age, even their old age, and seeing ashes, a trash heap.

And the turn to God. So we pray for ervival as in old, beginnign with us, and know that Christ will preserve his church though the elite rage against us.

We aer not to be like them.