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afterlight (12) afterlight (13) afterlight (14) afterlight (15)May 27.2014

Day after Memorial Day

“(Rather) is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every ( enslaving ) yoke ? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house–when you see the naked, that you cover him, and that you hide not yourself from (the needs of ) your own flesh and blood ? Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily ; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God ) shall go before you ( conducting you to peace and prosperity ), and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then shall you call, and the Lord will answer ; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I am. If you take away from your midst yokes of oppression ( wherever you find them), the finger pointed in scorn (toward the oppressed or the godly), and every form of false, harsh, unjust, and wicked speaking, vs10– And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday. vs11. And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.  Isaiah 58:6-11.


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Isaiah 45

Isaiah 45.

verse 2&3.”I will go before you and level the mountains [ to make the crooked places straight ]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron. And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel. Who calls you by your name. vs11. ” Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker; Would you question Me about things to come concerning My children, and concerning the work of My hands [ would you ] command Me ? vs19.”[but I promised them a just reward ]. I declare things that are right. vs20. “Assemble yourselves and COME ; draw near together, you survivors of the nations ! vs22. ” Look to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth ! For I am God , and there is no other. vs23. I have sworn by Myself ; the word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness and shall not return, that unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear [ allegiance ]. vs24. Only in the Lord shall one say, I have righteousness (salvation and victory) and strength [ to achieve ]. To Him shall all come who were incensed against Him, and they shall be ashamed. vs 25.(end of chapter)– ” In the Lord shall ALL the offspring of Israel be justified (enjoy righteousness, salvation, and victory ) and shall glory.

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By Claudia TenElshof

age 10. April 30,2014

When the leaves are coming And the buds are popping A tulip is not noticed A tulip is not noticed But when adulthood shakes her dress And childhood is shed Then the tulip is noticed Then the tulip is noticed We are like the tulip Unimportant in childhood When we have not yet grown When we have not yet grown But when we are grown And have much to offer, Much to show Much to show Then we are important We are like the tulip

(wrote poem & gave to me moments before retiring to bed)..” You are important, valuable and have a voice right now Claudia. Enjoy where you are, being 10. You are where you are supposed to be , ten..enjoy every stage and season Claudia, don’t rush to grow up..” –“Ok mom.”