Saturday, March 16 ::: No Longer

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“But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel, for they will soon come home.  For behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown.  And I will multiply people on you, the whole house of Israel, all of it. The cities shall be inhabited and the waste places rebuilt.  And I will multiply on you man and beast, and they shall multiply and be fruitful. And I will cause you to be inhabited as in your former times, and will do more good to you than ever before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.  I will let people walk on you, even my people Israel. And they shall possess you, and you shall be their inheritance, and you shall no longer bereave them of children.  Thus says the Lord God: Because they say to you, ‘You devour people, and you bereave your nation of children,’  therefore you shall no longer devour people and no longer bereave your nation of children, declares the Lord God.  And I will not let you hear anymore the reproach of the nations, and you shall no longer bear the disgrace of the peoples and no longer cause your nation to stumble, declares the Lord God.”

Ezekiel 36:8-15

sound  ::  Stubborn Love, The Lumineers (2012)

image  ::  Life by the Sea (in Evening Light), Emil Nolde (German, 1867-1956)

Life by the Sea (in Evening Light), Emil Nolde (German 1867-1956)Come and make all things new;
Build up this ruined earth;
Restore our faded Paradise,
Creation’s second birth.

Come, and begin Thy reign
Of everlasting peace;
Come, take the kingdom to Thyself,
Great King of Righteousness.

Horatius Bonar, 19th century

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