Monday, March 19 ::: New

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“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. 

I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. 

They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity, for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the Lord, and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

Isaiah 65:17-25

audio : Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise, The Avett Brothers (2009)

image : Bay Window, Randall Exon (2004)

He died, but He vanquished death; in Himself, He put an end to what we feared; He took it upon Himself and He vanquished it, as a mighty hunter He captured and slew the lion. Where is death? Seek it in Christ, for it exists no longer outside of Him. It did exist and now is dead. O, Life!  O, death of death! Be of good heart; it will die in us also. What has taken place in our Head will take place in His members; death will die in us also.  But when? At the end of the world, at the resurrection of the dead, in which we believe and concerning which we do not doubt.

Augustine of Hippo, 5th century


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