The Border Birder - Dougal the exExpat - rang me today to report a sighting of swallows in Lancashire.
It is a lovely sunny day here, though not warm enough to sit out on the balcony. Captain B and his sandwich box disappeared early and are not back yet. I have had a real nothing day due to the fact that I can't move much. Had an interesting chat via the door phone with a guy hoping to find some witnesses for an incident that took place on our green in the early hours. I couldn't help, but we had a chat. It turns out his granny was a Jehovah's Witness! I was trying to reassure him that the world will not continue like this. A rescue is close at hand.
Am trying to think what I did yesterday... I made a carrot cake, half of which is now sliced up and in the freezer as packed lunch fodder. I have done a bit of witnessing on the internet.
Facebook has been talking quite a bit about the horrible thing that happened at the end of the Boston marathon, when two explosive devices were detonated causing death and damage all around.
It reminded me of being in London when the IRA were bombing mainland Britain. Its strange how you get used to it. I remember thinking that, well, if it isn't the IRA bombing us, it will be someone else. And, sadly, I was right. Its all so random there isn't much us down here at cannon fodder level can do about it anyway.
The "world" seems to divide those who put bombs in public places into "Gallant Resistance Heroes" and "Evil Terrorists". I am assuming this latest bombing will fall into the latter category.
Jehovah tells us, simply and clearly, that it is wrong.
Psalm 37 says:
"Let anger alone and leave rage; Do not show yourself heated up only to do evil."
So, we must not let the injustices and cruelties of the world get us so heated up we start to do evil ourselves. We can trust in Jehovah to deal with it. "For evildoers themselves will be cut off, But those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth. And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace."
In Jehovah's eyes, a thousand years is like a day, so only a few days have gone by since those words were written down for us. At Armageddon, Jehovah will "bring to ruin those ruining the earth" with their greed and violence. But it is for Him to do, not us. We need to be meek - obedient - towards Him now, and hope to find our exquisite delight in the abundance of peace in the restored earthly Paradise.
If the two young lads - one dead now - are, as alleged, the Boston marathon bombers, I wish wish wish they had known these words and paid attention to them. How many lives would have been saved? And how much suffering would have been saved? And I need these new knees so that I can get out there and tell people.