In the Spirit of the Ides of February

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” Maureen Churabrutus-and-the-ghost-of-caesar-public-domain-wikiMost people know about the Ides of March, March 15, which was made infamous by the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC and continued in infamy by Shakespeare’s famous play, Julius Caesar, written some 1643 years later.

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However, did you know that February 15 also has special significance historically? February 15 was the date of an ancient ritual of purification, particularly washing with water, to purify people and their city from any evil spirits, which would allow the blessings of health and fertility to flourish as the citizens prepared for spring. februar_leandro_bassano-public-domainI don’t know about you, but I find all the dissension in America deeply disturbing, and I’m wondering if we might honor today as a day of personal purification coupled with earnest prayers for the healing of ourselves and our nation. It’s so easy to be critical of others…to make ourselves and our own values  into a gold standard for the way things should be. Can we instead humble ourselves and ask God to purify our hearts and straighten our thinking, so that we can see clearly and become a positive influence for good instead of adding to the cacophony of discord? There’s an old saying that “Charity starts at home,” and I think it’s just as true that “Purity starts with me.” Are we casting stones because we’re perfect and angry, or are we throwing mud because we’re frustrated that life is unfair and things aren’t going the way we think they should? Instead of adding to the problem, let’s pray that God will make us part of the solution by purifying our hearts and the hearts of our people. We can’t change others, but by God’s grace we can change ourselves. Then, I do believe God himself will rise up and move to work all things together for good…something no amount of fighting and anger will accomplish.mourning_mingrelians_pranishnikoff_1884“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.” (James 4:7-9)

2 responses to “In the Spirit of the Ides of February

  1. We are sounding together alike in harmony about all this!Indeed we agree that our FATHER’S answers,decisions,directions be done-arise & continue on earth as in the holy highest heavens!HIS will-wisdom-truth be done,not the will of the adversary,not the will of mankind!As I was urged to flush out with more water & reminded of how various people seek profits & advantage over other people,I continue asking,seeking,knocking for us all to remember we profit & progress through good words & good works for all our good!February also reminds me of the smoke of purification-offering ourselves as living sacrifices & the beautification as our sister Esther went through,then the fast that turned things upside down-as the Hebrew word associated with 2017-HOFEK-means upset,turn things upside down(=Acts 17:6!)
    We can continue as if working in secret,as HIS undercover ambush,to do just that!HalleluYah!We are co-laborers with our LORDGOD,with JESUS,with The Holy GHOST;the holy-elect-good angels to bring in the LOVE-flood!

    • I like your idea of a love-flood! May there be a tidal wave of good to overcome evil through us, the Church, learning to live unselfishly for the good of others.

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