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Jesus said, "I took my stand in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in the flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none among them thirsty. And my soul was pained for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see that empty they have come into the world, and empty they seek to go out of the world. But now they are drunk. When they have shaken off their wine, then they will repent."
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What wine has made the world drunk?
In what ways are the sons of men empty?
What will they do when they repent?
~ Letters From the Readers ~
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I think I'm learning about 'now'. I turn forty in a few months and I find myself living in the past. I find myself missing my twenties. It's strange, though, because when I was in my twenties I missed my teens and when I was in my teens I couldn't wait until I was an adult (a dolt?) I missed the now during those times. And I'm missing the 'now' now.
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Oh, but I have an excuse. I'm in prison. Not that wimpy prison so many people 'out there' put themselves in - you know, the prison of daily life, money, time, work, bills, chores. Oh, no, I'm in a real prison: bricks, bars, guards and razor wire. So I have an excuse. I can be miserable because the 'now' here is so miserable. Now isn't that funny; the 'now' is miserable and I'm miserable because I avoid being here now. Let me tell you a secret. Don't tell anyone, but I sometimes sneak a peek at the 'now' and it's quite humorous. I'd like to stick around in the 'now' but I have better things to do, like long for the past and fret about the future. One of these days in the future I'm going to look back and realize I wasn't doing what I will learn I should have been doing.
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I can't wait.
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If you've lost your sense of humor…
A drunk stumbles across a Baptismal service on a Sunday afternoon down by the river. He proceeds to stagger down into the water and stands next to the Minister. The Minister turns, notices the old drunk, and says, “Mister, are you ready to find Jesus?”
The drunk looks back and says, “Yes sir, I am.”
The Minister then dunks the fellow under the water and pulls him right back up.
“Have you found Jesus?” the Minister asks.
“No!” said the drunk.
The Minister then dunks him under for quite a bit longer, brings him up and says, “Now brother, have you found Jesus?”
“No, I have not!" said the drunk.
The Minister holds the man under for at least 30 seconds this time, brings him up and demands, “For the grace of God, have you found Jesus yet?!!!??”
The old drunk wipes his eyes and pleads, “Are you sure this is where he fell in?”
…You’ve lost your way.
The spiritual quest is a journey without distance.
You travel from where you are right now to where you have always been;
from ignorance to recognition, for all you do is see for the first time
what you have always been looking at.
When the doors of perception are cleansed,
things will appear to man as they truly are – infinite.
~ Aldous Huxley
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