Awesome Creatures, Awesome God

I’m not really a “horse person,” if you know what I mean, but I love to see a fast horse run. Or a graceful horse dance in dressage. Even in our day, when humans no longer rely on the horse as in past centuries, we’re still fascinated with them.

To watch a horse race all-out inspires awe.

Raw power, speed, and tenacity, with fluid rhythm and natural grace. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help standing in wonder.

I think the reason horses hold such fascination for humans is simple. They really are magnificent. Even God thinks so. Here is what the Creator says of this member of His creation:

Have  you given the horse strength? Have you clothed his neck with thunder?

Can you frighten him like a locust? His majestic snorting strikes terror.

He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; he gallops into the clash of arms.

He mocks at fear, and is not frightened; nor does he turn back from the sword.

The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and javelin.

He devours the distance with fierceness and rage; nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.

At the blast of the trumpet he says, ‘Aha!’ He smells the battle from afar, the thunder of captains and shouting.

-Job 39:19-25 (NKJV)

I read this and think, So that’s why I love to see a horse tear down the racetrack or perform an exquisite routine. Because the Lord made this animal amazing.

I love the last four chapters of the book of Job, when the Lord finally speaks and sets everyone straight as to Who has the authority. And why.

There’s no question about God’s authority when you consider His creation.

We can’t make a teensy little thing from absolute nothingness. But God made the stars; the snow; the horse; and (my favorite) Leviathan.

We meet Leviathan in chapter 41, and he’s such a cool creature I can’t help talking about him. He’s a water-monster, who is sometimes assumed to be a crocodile.

Friends, this ain’t no crocodile.

Leviathan laughs at javelins. Iron and bronze? He thinks they’re straw and rotten wood. Dare to harpoon him? You’ll never try such a battle again. He has a mouth full of terrible teeth. His heart is as hard as stone.

“His undersides are like sharp potsherds; he spreads pointed marks in the mire.” This beast has pointed scales all over him, even his undersides. You will recall that crocodiles have smooth bellies.

Ever wondered where the legends of fire-breathing dragons came from? “His sneezes flash forth light… Smoke goes out of his nostrils… His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth.”

The Lord says, “I will not keep silent about his limbs, his mighty power, or his graceful proportions.” The Lord is almost boasting of His Creation–and who has a better right to do so?

Of Leviathan, this awesome creature, God says,

No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against Me?

Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is mine.

-Job 41:10-11 (NKJV)

Friends, it is right that we should marvel at the awesome wonders God created in this world. And then bend our hearts to worship, not the creatures, but their infinitely more mighty Creator.

-Miss Darcy

P. S. By the way, I really hope God has Leviathans in heaven. I want to meet one of these creatures! (But not on earth, of course, even if Leviathan hadn’t gone extinct.)

Shield of Virtue, Sword of Truth

I’ll start by saying I love Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. The old animated film with the distinctly Disney music and distinctly Disney horses. It has some interesting spiritual depth if you look for it.

One of my favorite parts is the final battle. Right before it starts, the good fairies gift Prince Phillip with an enchanted Shield of Virtue and a Sword of Truth.

The Shield of Virtue is one amazing shield. From all appearances, it weighs next to nothing. It’s strong enough to take blows from swords and battle-axes without a single ding or scratch. It handles large falling rocks as if they’re pebbles rolling off its face. Quite the piece of armor.

And virtue is a shield–to protect you from the consequences of sin.

For example…

If you’re a teetotaler, you’ll never find yourself facing the consequences of drunkenness.

If you don’t steal, you’re less likely to end up in jail.

If you shun anger, you’re far less likely to need to repair broken relationships constantly.

If you’re humble, you’ll probably have stronger friendships because pride can’t keep you from admitting when you’re wrong.

If you follow God’s rules for marriage, you’re much less likely to find yourself a single parent.

And, one of my favorites, if you don’t commit sin, Satan has nothing to shame you for.

All God’s instructions are for a reason. If you choose virtue–that is, following God’s commands–it will protect you from sin and its consequences.

To get back to Prince Phillip’s battle, the witch Maleficent is determined that Phillip shall not rescue the princess. So she casts a spell of fierce briars around the castle where Princess Aurora sleeps. But with the Shield of Virtue to protect himself, he uses the Sword of Truth to hack through the hedge.

The Sword of Truth is a weapon any noble might covet. It’s straight, strong, two-edged, and deadly-sharp. The briars can’t hope to stop it.

And Truth is a sword.

Ephesians 6:17 bids us take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

In John 17:17, as Jesus prays to His Father, He says, “Your word is truth.” (emphasis mine)

So I don’t think it’s too far a stretch to say that the the Word of God, which we typically term the Holy Bible, is our Sword of Truth.

And God’s Word is certainly our best defense against Satan’s attacks.

When we’re tempted to explode in anger, we can be strengthened by this: “Put off all these: anger, wrath, malice…” and instead “put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.” (see Colossians 3:8, 12)

When we’re about to worry ourselves sick, we can remember to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

When we’re feeling proud, we can remember “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (see James 4:6), hopefully before we make a fool of ourselves.

When we’re tempted to sacrifice our bodies’ purity, we can remember to “Flee sexual immorality…. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (see 1 Corinthians 6:18, 20; emphasis mine)

If you look for the key to victory over your fight, I promise you’ll find it in the Word of God. Even subjects you think the Bible would never address are in there if you go hunting with God’s Spirit for a Guide.

Now I get to my favorite part. When Prince Phillip breaks through the briar hedge, Maleficent herself comes to fight him, saying, “Now you shall deal with me and all the powers of hell!”

And she changes herself into a dragon. A huge dragon whose fiery breath devours the ground in front of Phillip’s feet. Her mouth is big enough to hold the prince and several more, if she wanted. But Phillip doesn’t back down. He attacks whenever her snout comes near enough.

And the Sword of Truth pains the dragon, even through its stout scales. So she sets her hedge on fire and drives Prince Phillip up a cliff toward a precipice. He’s still defending himself with the Shield of Virtue, but she finally blasts a breath of fire so strong it tears the shield from his grip and hurls it over the cliff.

So the good fairies give the Sword of Truth a dose of extra power, and Phillip casts the weapon with all his strength into the dragon’s breast. (You didn’t know a great-sword could become a javelin, did you?)

My friends, that’s how strong the Sword of Truth is.

Even when the devil strips away your shield of virtue;

When you have fallen into Satan’s snares and he laughs as you’re helpless against “all the powers of hell”;

Or when you dabbled in Satan’s pleasures and now you’re covered in his filth, ashamed to be seen by your God;

The Truth can still conquer. It will set you free.

It doesn’t matter how low Satan drags you. Call on Jesus, then pick up the Scripture and let Christ help you whirl the Sword of Truth in Satan’s face.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

-Hebrews 4:12

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

-John 8:32

Satan can’t keep you down if Jesus is on your side. He’ll try, but we don’t have to let him.

When Phillip’s sword pierces the dragon, she cries out and topples over the cliff. Phillip peers over to see her dead at the bottom.

Unfortunately, the devil doesn’t die as easily as that. God has given him permission to wreak havoc for a long while yet. But Satan will flee.

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

-James 4:7

Unlike Phillip’s irretrievable shield, our Shields of Virtue can be restored to us by Jesus, the only Manufacturer of true Shields of Virtue, so to speak. Even if Satan somehow steals our Shield for a time, the Sword of Truth is still powerful. All we have to do is use it.

-Miss Darcy

P.S. Here’s the clip of Phillip’s fight from Sleeping Beauty if you’d like to see it.

When the Bad Guy Dies

Confession: Every once in a while, I like to read a western. You know, an old Louis L’Amour story with a good guy, a bad guy, and all their friends and enemies scheming and fighting over–something.

I’m not perfectly certain why I like them. I like that the good guy always wins over ominous odds. I like the excitement, I suppose. I like the characters’ capability to handle whatever situation confronts them. I like the beautiful, dangerous, wild land where the story unfolds. I like the code of honor, so to speak, that all the decent characters adhere to.

Anyway, I enjoy them. But, honestly, it’s a purely superficial enjoyment. Because, when I stop to analyze the story, there isn’t much that’s worth holding on to. Let me explain.

Many of the fights start over land. Or cattle. Or power.

And even the good guy is prepared to kill people–people with immortal souls–over land, or cattle, or power. None of which will be worth the powder in a cartridge when he meets his Maker. All the land he deeply loves, all the power he wields will mean nothing when he stands before God to give account of his deeds done in the flesh.

Now, generally, the good guy will eventually shift his goal. Instead of fighting for the land, he starts fighting because the bad guy is just plain wicked, often stealing something from someone who can’t defend himself–or herself. (Throw a bit of romance in; it helps the story immensely.)

So the good guy takes the side of justice, and law, and human kindness. Admirable. In fact, the Bible advocates it.

‘Thus says the LORD: “Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

-Jeremiah 22:3 (NKJV)

But. (You knew there was a ‘but’ coming, right?)

But the bad guy still has an immortal soul. A soul Jesus died to save. A soul the Lord loves.

In the end, he dies. (Once in a while, they let him depart in disgrace.) And, yes, the bad guy deserves to die. The good guy is decidedly in the right. By all human law, all human morality and decency, the bad guy deserves what’s coming to him.

But, in the eyes of the Lord, the good guy is just as sinful as the bad guy.

God doesn’t place degrees of wickedness on sin. The bad guy kills; the good guy cusses. Sin is sin compared to the holiness of God.

Now I’m not saying the bad guy shouldn’t pay for his crimes. I’m not even saying he shouldn’t die.

I’m saying that a Christian should never be casual about a person’s death.

Even if the person needs to die–even if it’s not a pointless death as regularly happens in westerns–his soul still plunges into eternity, unready to face the Lord. That should never be a nonchalant event. But in the western, it always is.

So what am I trying to say though this rambling?

I’m reminding myself that, with God, it’s all about souls.

Not land. Not money. Not power. Not even personal rights. It’s about souls surrendering to their Creator.

Is it really worth killing someone to stay on land I legitimately own? Well, many factors influence that question, but I dare to say: “Not always.” If I’m fighting for others, like my family, perhaps. If I’m fighting to stop someone who will only do worse if allowed to succeed at small crimes, perhaps. But if I’m fighting for only myself, maybe I need to give up.

Because what really matters is not what I want, or what I think is right. What matters is what is important to God–saving souls.

Of course, none of this is even relevant to our times. (I hope.) So why write a weblog post about it?

Good question.

Because, as innocent as entertainment may be, it will subtly influence my thinking. Whether I like it or not. Whether I realize it or not. I can’t keep putting this stuff in and expect to have no alteration in my thoughts. The brain doesn’t work that way.

I have only so much time for entertainment in life. I want the best entertainment–stuff I don’t have to filter too closely to make sure it’s not influencing me the wrong way.

That’s why at the top, I said, “Every once in a while.” Maybe it doesn’t hurt to breeze through an old western on a rainy afternoon.

But it pays to be aware.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

-1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)

-Miss Darcy

 

A Seventy-Year Captive

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time in America, you’ve probably heard someone quote Jeremiah 29:11. You may have even heard a sermon on it.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

-Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

What you may or may not have heard is the context of this promise. The LORD had finally brought judgment on the land of Judah for their rebellion against Him. But He sent, through Jeremiah, a comforting letter to the Jews who were exiles in the pagan land of Babylon. Here’s the verse which precedes the much-quoted one:

For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.

-Jeremiah 29:10 (NKJV)

The promised blessings come after the captivity.

So that may not be earth-shattering to you. But a couple years ago, after I heard a sermon on this topic, I got to thinking.

What if the seventy years could symbolically refer to our lives on this earth?

Consider this from the Psalms:

The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

-Psalm 90:10 (NKJV)

 Seventy years. That’s all we can really expect.

When Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden, they were bound in captivity to sin. They could no longer enjoy full communion with their Creator.

Now Christ can free us from the power and consequences of sin, but we still dwell in our physical bodies, unable to have full communion with our Creator.

We are captives. For seventy years. And at the end of that time…

I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.

-Jeremiah 29:14 (NKJV emphasis added)

Death in these physical bodies will deliver us from our captivity. We will be “brought back” to the place of perfect fellowship with our Creator.

Meanwhile, how shall we conduct ourselves in the land of our captivity?

Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit.

Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters–that you may be increased there, and not diminished.

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace.

-Jeremiah 29:5-7 (NKJV)

Build houses to dwell in (not to make a status statement).

Plant gardens so that you may eat of them (not grow rich by them).

Have children and encourage your children to have children (nothing wrong with increasing the population of Christians through raising godly offspring).

Pray for peace in the city where you are captive (for me that is Huntsville, and by extension, the whole state of Alabama and country of the United States).

And cling to the hope of your future.

Not some perfect life on this earth, but perfect restoration of your relationship with the LORD.

-Miss Darcy

P.S. I believe that the Bible’s books of prophecy are very deep. Sometimes a given passage may have two, or even more, applications. Jeremiah 29 may very well refer to seasons of trial in our lives, as well as our lives as a whole, as well as the plain-and-simple promise to the captive Jews in literal Babylon all those centuries ago. My main point is that the captivity often comes before the good things. I hope you enjoyed exploring with me.

Tangled Emotions

Whenever I hear anything about “following your heart,” I always think of this verse in Jeremiah:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

-Jeremiah 17:9 (NKJV)

I have proven this to be true. My thoughts and emotions both surprise and scandalize me sometimes. I find myself thinking, Where on earth did that come from?

Maybe it started with something I read or something I watched that got embedded without my conscious permission. Sometimes it might have come from nowhere on earth at all; it might have come from Satan. Either way, I want it out of my head. But getting something out and getting something in are two entirely different propositions. Once a thought has taken up residence, even just for an hour, it can be hard to convince your mind that the thought has absolutely no right to be there.

And how about emotions? Sometimes you can’t exactly put them into words. An emotion is sometimes a strong impression on your soul, and that is even harder to fight because you cannot pin it down with words.

I can’t tell you how many times I come before the Lord and say, “God, I don’t know what this is or where it came from. Take it away and cleanse my mind. I want to think Your thoughts and follow Your will.” Sometimes I pray Scripture, and sometimes I just pour out all my frustration about this crazy heart I can’t seem to control.

And God will give me the victory. But sometimes it takes a while. Why can’t it just disappear? Why can’t He erase the weight? Why does it have to return and try to worm back in?

I honestly don’t know. I’m pretty sure it must be because I haven’t fully surrendered it to Jesus, no matter how much I think I have. (It’s excessively annoying. I think I have something resolved, and here it pops up again, almost as if it never left. I mean, really!) Sometimes I’m so sure I released my thoughts to Jesus to cleanse, and later that day, or tomorrow or next week, I have to do it all over again.

But the victory when it comes is very sweet. Freedom from the bondage of my own wrong thoughts is exhilarating.

And then we have the truth that God gave us our emotions. He has emotions, after all, and we are made in His image. Not all emotions are bad, even anger. God says that sin angers Him, and that He hates it. [Just a note to be perfectly clear: God does not hate the sinner, but the sin itself.]

To eliminate our emotions would be to smother part of God’s image in us. Yet God never acts out of His emotions. They don’t control Him.

And that is a very fine line to maintain. God does it with no trouble, of course. His emotions are infinitely purer and higher than ours. It’s humans that have problems keeping our emotions from dictating our actions.

God created us with minds, bodies, and emotions all inextricably intertwined. We can’t really compartmentalize ourselves. Yet it is extremely difficult to learn the balance.

I know I haven’t. I pray and try to prepare for the next challenge. And when the challenge comes, I often fall (quite hard) on Jesus. Then He picks me up and washes me clean, and we have another try at it.

Quite frankly, it’s a bit tiring. I still haven’t learned this dance of balancing the emotions God gave me with the truth of His word. I still haven’t mastered the tactic of rejecting wrong thoughts immediately and keeping them at bay. I still haven’t perfected a complete surrender to Jesus Christ.

But I plan to get there. I have my whole life to keep trying, and I will not give up. Because I know Jesus won’t give up on me.

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

-Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

-Miss Darcy

P.S. I feel like this isn’t one of my best-thought-out, best-organized posts. I hope that, in spite of that, it rings true with you in some tiny way.

Called to Quiet

Thanks to my dad, my sisters and I have long studied koine Greek, the original language of the New Testament. Though I have not always been a great friend of koine Greek, I now love the depth behind the words and behind even the verb tenses of the language. So if I find a really sticky passage, I love to look it up in the original Greek.

But no, I’m not looking at a sticky passage today. Just two verses that convict me.

that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,

-1Thessalonians 4:11 NKJV (emphasis mine)

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

-1 Timothy 2:1-2 NKJV (emphasis mine)

A quiet life.

That’s an oddity in today’s culture. The world encourages us to dream big, to make a name for ourselves, to chase fame or wealth or whatever it is we desire. Nothing is too big for us. We can have it if we want it.

And, yes, I suppose we can. If you want to work for it and build your life around it, you might just reach your dream.

But God says we’re supposed to pursue “a quiet and peaceable life.” That seems like an awfully small dream. (Until you consider how crazy this world is. Finding quietness and peace may be a more elusive goal than we think. But I digress.)

The words (both a verb and an adjective, interrelated) which call us to quiet and peace mean more than mere silence. Yes, they include refraining from much speech. But they also mean stillness, and “keeping one’s seat.”

By implication, undisturbed and undisturbing.

God calls us to be quiet. To live our lives, doing our work, not sticking our noses into everyone else’s business. Not being disturbed by this insane world, and not going around disturbing others with our drama.

For me, this goes beyond activity.

I’m not one who longs for busyness and outside activities. Honestly, I like being home, minding my own business.

But my mind is a different story. It’s constantly thinking about the same things I hashed out yesterday. Coming up with new ways to look at a problem–as if God can’t handle things for me. Worrying over a thousand “what ifs.”

I tell my mind to “take a seat, and stop bustling about.” Give it two minutes (probably less), and it’s up and at it again.

But isn’t our Lord capable of handling everything? He calls us to quietness and peace, both in our outward lives and in our inner hearts. I should rest in His strength.

(I’m still working on that.)

And what about dreams? Well, I don’t believe that we should chase a big dream for its own sake. Maybe God gives us some our dreams, but if so, I think He will give a purpose behind them. A purpose that will bring Him glory and further His kingdom.

But His purposes might look small to us. We might not think them “big” enough for God. Yes, this is the God who hung more galaxies than we can see, made of more stars than we could hope to count, floating in a vast Space we could never hope to measure. But this is also the God who created snails and lets them make their slow, slimy way across the planet and calls them “good.” (see Genesis 1:25)

This is the God who calls us to a quiet life.

I’m not saying I know how my dreams are supposed to play out. (Because, believe me, I have dreams.) But I’m saying God knows. And He isn’t one to keep us in the dark when we search with our whole hearts.

-Miss Darcy

Why Independence?

On July Fourth, we celebrated Independence Day, the day when the world-changing Declaration of Independence was signed. But the Declaration did more than declare political independence.  Most of the document is devoted to explaining why the American Colonies decided to “dissolve the political bands” that connected them with Great Britain.

Mind you, much of the philosophy behind the Declaration doesn’t come straight out of the Bible, though the writer does appeal to God to justify this political move. The Declaration is full of Enlightenment thinking, which can be traced to John Locke way back in the 1600’s. Enlightenment philosophy pushed back against the “sovereign right of kings,” which had dominated thinking for so long.

The sovereign right of kings used the Bible to justify the king’s utter and absolute authority.  Enlightenment philosophy countered that the individual citizens of a country have certain rights as individuals, regardless of who is in power.

So, on to the reasoning Mr. Thomas Jefferson gave for seceding, as it were, from Great Britain. The second sentence in the document reads thus:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Are not they inspiring words?

We hold these truths

Wait right there. Notice that word truths.  Apparently early American thinking acknowledged absolute truth. In fact, Mr. Jefferson proffers truth as the basis for independence. My, but haven’t we come a long way since then?

to be self-evident,

And here begins a list of the truths which are the foundation of freedom.

that all men are created equal,

Now that one’s important. It actually took the United States a while to fully embrace that, as evidenced by slavery and segregation.

that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,

If the Creator doesn’t endow them, we certainly have no way of determining what they are, and the founders of America recognized this. After all, they believed they had a right to have a representative in government if they were to be taxed. The British Crown denied this right. If men are responsible for choosing rights, then the person with the most power is correct. Period. But if Someone who transcends human affairs chooses the rights, then a person has those rights, no matter what. (I’m not saying God did or didn’t assign the rights Mr. Jefferson claimed. I’m saying Mr. Jefferson knew how to make a solid argument. He appealed to higher authority–the Maker of humankind. He acknowledged that his own opinion wasn’t enough.)

that among these are Life,

Come to think of it, we have yet to embrace these Rights for all humans in this country. Because extremely small people can be murdered at the convenience of their mothers (or sometimes fathers or grandparents).

Liberty,

Here I will include two definitions of liberty from Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language:

Natural liberty, consists in the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature. It is a state or exemption from the control of others, and from positive laws and the institutions of social life. This liberty is abridged by the establishment of government.”

Civil liberty, is the liberty of men in a state of society, or natural liberty, so far only abridged and restrained, as is necessary and expedient for the safety and interest of the society, state or nation. A restraint of natural liberty, not necessary or expedient for the public, is tyranny or oppression. Civil liberty is an exemption from the arbitrary will of others, which exemption is secured by established laws, which restrain every man from injuring or controlling another. Hence the restraints of law are essential to civil liberty.

‘The liberty of one depends not so much on the removal of all restraint from him, as on the due restraint upon the liberty of others.’
Ames.

In this sentence, the latter word liberty denotes natural liberty.”

I’m guessing that the Declaration refers to civil liberty, but see what you think.

and the pursuit of Happiness.

Actually, I believe mankind has a greater purpose than just pursuing happiness. I also believe that Christians have a duty to do more than pursue happiness. But for the citizens of a civilized nation, upon whom we wish to impose no particular religion, I suppose it makes a fine enough summation of a person’s desires.

(I might add here that the pursuit of personal happiness could become detrimental to others if your happiness came at the expense of another person’s welfare. Which is why governments are established.)

Fascinating–is it not?–the depth behind these words. I could go on (of course! Writers can get excessively long-winded). But I won’t. Here is a link to the transcript of the Declaration of Independence if you care to read it in its entirety. ‘Tis worth reading once in a while, perhaps even aloud. 

Good to remember where we came from.

-Miss Darcy