Sorry I couldn’t get back here right away after the storm. I’ve been “perturbed.”
But we’re still here:
That tall tree that twisted and turned so menacingly in our big storm is still standing. The sky the next day was gloriously blue. Innocently blue: “What? What storm?” The pond level remains high but the raging torrent has returned to a normally high spring-level creek no longer uprooting trees and gouging out the creek bank.
Nature is calmer, but this week becomes one of “perturbations” and turmoil in the spiritual world, during which Christians try to enter into the experience of Holy Week, Jesus’ last week of life on this earth. Try to enter into; try to figure it out; spend time uniting in the experience, the story, the details.
The time approaches.
Next to the photo of the top of the tree is a moon becoming full. Not just any full moon; the Paschal Moon, for it is always full on Passover, and therefore on the Thursday of this particular week. I put up my fist to measure the height of the moon. One fist = 10 degrees. The moon was about 50 degrees high in the sky. As Thursday evening comes, it will be about that high, but it will be just about at its highest point later in Gethsemane, where Jesus had his unspeakable agony, sorrow beyond our understanding.
So, the storm that Mother Nature gave our area is past, but the wind still blows little waves and ripples across the pond to accompany our unsettled feelings during our Holy Week meditations.
And now there is the storm our politicians are giving us in international affairs. “Russia threatens war,” the new headlines say. Well, yes. We attacked a sovereign nation. One which Russia was working with to defeat ISIS. They would be “perturbed.”
And “Perturbations in Egypt.” Palm Sunday today, and 43 Christians were killed in their churches by Islamic bombs. “Innocent children and women should not be killed in that manner” . . . to use the words of the American president commenting on events in Syria. I hope he is not so perturbed that he takes advice to retaliate against Egypt. And if not, why not?
(Maybe an unnamed “chemical gas” is supposed to perturb us more than a more familiar bomb-attack.)
“Perturbations” as Islam advances apace in the Western world.
This week, after a few months of listening to a lecturer from Yale present Late Ancient and Medieval history, he suddenly began giving lectures falsifying (and sanitizing) the history of Islam — I could have thrown fifty books at him that tell a very different history, and consistently different throughout the centuries of experience with Islam, some of these books written long before this man was born. I suppose he has to agree to say these things or else lose his tenure.
But, gee — if you can’t trust a history professor from Yale, who can you trust? (That’s a joke, my friends.)
But again, “Islam advances apace.” Look up that word “apace.”