Today is my 79th birthday. I told a well-wisher today that I feel like I'm 179.
A childhood friend responded to The Holy Grail - Kappa Alpha fraternity and da Vinci Code barely scratched the surface post:
"My dear friend. It has been a while since one of your postings touched me in such a wonderful way. I am glad we are both still around and still friends."
Out of the night that covers me,Black as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may beFor my unconquerable soul.In the fell clutch of circumstanceI have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of chanceMy head is bloody, but unbowed.Beyond this place of wrath and tearsLooms but the Horror of the shade,And yet the menace of the yearsFinds and shall find me unafraid.It matters not how strait the gate,How charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate,I am the captain of my soul.
Me to childhood friend:
Thanks. Alas, I’m a shanghaied, albeit willing, crew member on a sailing ship described in a poem that fell out of me once upon a time. I'll fetch it later.SHANGHAIEDA calling to serve carries its own wisdom,which legitimates both the calling and the servingso that the two are one.Only the one called to servecan know this wisdom,and for some who are calledthe knowing comes easily,while for others the knowing is a fiery baptism.Each calling is different,and while some callings can be declined,others cannot,and those whose calling is without repentanceknow they are in it for the duration of the calling,and while others may try to persuade them out of it,the calling for ones such as these always prevails;thus is it advised to all called for keepsthat they view their calling as a blessingeven when it seems at times to be a curse,and that they try to reconcile the loss of their captain statusand allow the Spirit of God to man the helm of their ship,and be glad and willing crew members thereon,knowing that all sailing ships of soulsneed a crew as well as a captainto maintain and navigate the ship throughseas of many tones, depths and flavors;so consider each league sailedas part of the overall journeygoing to where the captain deigns to goby using whatever winds and sea currents availableto navigate the ship to the experiencesthis ship and crew need to havein order to fulfill their calling and its wisdomrevealed by the journey of many leagues,many known only to the ship and its crew,all of whom come to know,some sooner than others,that once conscriptedthere is no safe jumping ship.(7 June 2004)
Jesus said in the Gospels, "For many are called but few are chosen."
Looks to me this art describes the many.
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