Reaching out with his mind he pinpointed the position of the enemy forces, images patterning his consciousness. They were strong but he was stronger! It must be an all out attack, no half measures. Captives lay shrinking in the darkness shackled by an unseen force of that gnawed at their minds, bombarding them with thoughts and images that warped their sanity. He must liberate them before it was too late.
Calling in reserves he launched an all out attack. Resolutely clutching his weapon tight in his fist he marshaled his army sending gleaming emissaries wheeling forth, light blasting from their outstretched arms. The air whistled with missiles and the clash of weapons as light wrestled darkness. It was over in a matter of minutes. The heavy bombardment concluded his eyes raked the debris for the prisoners. There they lay quivering but whole, the shackles snapped and useless. The enemy’s legions…
Looking at social media I’m seeing so many radically opposing posts regarding to new US ruling on homosexual marriage (a very hot topic I’ve avoided so far!)
Reading through I can see both have good points. This caused me to ponder my own views which were a bit ambiguous. To my surprise I did come to a conclusion and one I’ve yet to see stated.
The thing that clarified things was picturing a homosexual couple and a right wing conservative Christian condemning them (understanding that aside from media paintbrushes most folks are somewhere in between on these issues).
I believe love between two men can be a holy and wonderful thing (take David and Johnathon for example where Johnathon loved David so much he was willing to give up his claim to the kingdom). The sexual act of homosexuality however is a far different matter and the two shouldn’t be confused. I think many supporters tend to focus on the love rather than the act itself which is (Christian principals apart) unnatural and therefore a perversion of nature (think over the nitty gritty details and you’ll see what I mean).
However that is not my main conclusion. To my mind as a Christian it is a sin, but so are a lot of other things done on a daily basis. There are no laws against several other things the Bible considers sin, greed, envy, lying, disrespect, even blasphemy so I have no problem with the new law, we enjoy freedom of religion even moral freedom to some degree (where it doesn’t harm others). Not only the state but God Himself gives us the freedom to choose.
It would not be my choice (I’m definitely a nature girl!) but to my mind it’s less hurtful than some of those other legal sins. Far more to be condemned are the folks behind the corporate giants who extort fresh water from 3rd. world communities, poison our food with additive ingredients, destroy and pollute the environment, and enslave poor workers in unsafe environments – greed is far more destructive than homosexuality! Then there are the power hungry politicians who start wars or oppression (again for greed) whipping out civilian populations, ethnic cleaning and child soldiers etc. My list could go on.
Then there’s the sin that tops my list and brought about the Devil’s fall and Jesus’ pain and crucifixion – self-righteous pride. I remember Jesus’ admonition, “let him that is without sin cast the first stone.”
I just love doing jigsaw puzzles, it’s quite an addition, once started it’s hard to stop! There’s an immense satisfaction when you find where a piece fits. They have so many applications to life, not worrying when the piece you need appears to not be there (it always turns up eventually), discovering when something is in the wrong place and thereby joining up whole problem areas, learning patience knowing it will all become clear in the end. Especially when combined with soft, inspirational type music I find them hugely relaxing and they are even said to be great for stimulating brain cells.
Somehow puzzles and my life seem to have some correlation and tend to bleed into one another. I’ll often find comfort and answers to real life problems among the pieces.
Something bigger than yourself? This is the basis for alcoholics anonymous groups etc. that some things are beyond our means to conquer so we need a belief in something outside ourselves. (If you believe you can handle all life throws at you, you are headed to “crash and burn” ‘cos life can toss some pretty curved balls!)
Personally I’m a Christian with a pretty strong reliance on Christ. That doesn’t mean I belong to any particular church or denomination, I don’t, but I know when I come to the end of my resources I can reach for His. This, it has to be admitted, is the most active and always available resource in my anti stress armoury (not to mention the reason I’m still here! Lol!)
You don’t have to be a Christian, or member of some recognized religion, to utilise this one, it could be some vague belief in the power of nature or a universal element. The fact is we all reach a point sometimes when we realise a problem or situation is beyond our ability, if we can then willingly pass it on to another entity (understanding that we are not the centre of the universe) it relieves the stress levels 100%.
One of my favourite chill options is a combination of these two. Doing a jigsaw while listening to (and often singing along if no one’s around – my voice is awful! lol!) some Christian music. It requires very little mental concentration (if you choose the right puzzles with lots of well defined colours all over) and gives a comforting feeling that all is well and will turn out OK in the end, like the puzzle.