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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Memorial Day (traditional) – 30 May 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

In last year’s Blog for May 30th I wrote about the way Memorial Day has been trivialized: 

Celebrating Memorial Day is useless, unless we all endeavor to live in God’s intent and not to merely choose to get by on the concessions He had to allow when humans chose to slide downwards as far as they could go – and where many still stubbornly choose to wallow with their insatiable, satanic lust for torturing and killing God’s creatures. (*See footnote below)

I think this poem by Emily Jane Brontë is appropriate for this day because it expresses the poet’s decision to reach upward toward God’s original intent for humans.

Last Lines
By Emily Brontë
(July 30, 1818 – December 19, 1848)

No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere:
I see Heaven’s glories shine,
And faith shines equal, arming me from fear.

O God within my breast,
Almighty, ever-present Deity!
Life – that in me has rest,
As I – undying Life – have power in Thee.

Vain are the thousand creeds
That move men’s hearts: unutterably vain;
Worthless as withered weeds,
Or idlest froth amid the boundless main,

To waken doubt in one
Holding so fast by Thine infinity;
So surely anchored on
The steadfast rock of immortality.

With wide-embracing love
Thy Spirit animates eternal years,
Pervades and broods above,
Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates, and rears.

Though earth and man were gone,
And suns and universes ceased to be,
And Thou wert left alone,
Every existence would exist in Thee.

There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou – Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.

* Please see: 

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