It's an old song, and the church has sung it many times; times prosperous, times impoverished, times of war, times of peace..."Lift up the trumpet and loud let it ring, Jesus is coming again..."
It's an old song, and some singers have gone silent; HMS Richards, his son, HMS Jr., and many others. Most, if not all, of the King's Heralds are silent.
It's an old song, and because it continues to grow older, there are those who are tired of waiting and have joined the world in mockingly saying..."All things continue as they were from the foundation of the world [2nd Peter].
As volcanos go, it's only a small one and yet clouds of destructive ash have grounded passenger jets, stranded passengers, and is grinding away at airline earnings at the rate of 200 million dollars a day. But all things continue as they were...
There has been a significant and noticeable spike in earthquake activity around the world. That's not news. But the scientists say that these things are to be expected and are merely another cycle. Perhaps through these things God is saying to the world, "I AM." To the Essayist, these events portend something far more attention getting than ... just another cycle...
It's an old song, but we need to keep singing. The world is saying, "Shut up! In recent hours a federal judge declared the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional because it addresses the nation, calling for an everybody-national-kind-of religious act. We can't have that! It's offensive. (There are states where there are no laws against zoophilia) [look it up].
We have two cherry trees and both are in full blossom. But where are the honey bees? Nobody seems to know. Something is killing them off. They are so small; who needs honey bees. I heard one apiarian [bee keeper] say that it takes several hundred [bee] trips to a watermellon blossom to bring the mellon to full fruition. Interesting.
So here we have a small volcano, small honey bees, and their presence and absence have the potential to antepenultimate, penultimate, or ultimate (decimate is too small; only ten percent) back yard gardens and a nations's food supply. (I am my own dictionary here trading a transitive verb (decimate) and posing adjectives as neologistic transitive verbs).
Less fruits...more expensive food...that would get attention. Online MSNBC has NBC national news commentator Brian Williams saying, "With everybody wondering what's going on with our planet these days..." as he introduces Tom Costello (Washington correspondent) who does a piece on the effects of volcano ash on jet engines. It's bad. Engines shut down. Very bad.
Let's take another look at the sequence; a small volcano, small particles of volcano ash, small honey bees, and the result: tens of thousands passengers stranded, airliners grounded, airfreight dependant commerce grinding to a halt, airlines losing 200 million dollars a day, nobody knows when the small volcano will stop, a huge neighboring volcano has a history of erupting next, and maybe we won't have many watermellons this year. Also bad.
Jesus says, "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid..."
Keep singing. Jesus is coming again. e.c. Link to Brian Williams.