Chiamandoti

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Vi chiamo tutti
vi stringo le mani
bacio la terra sotto i tuoi piedi
e dico: offro la mia vita per la vostra
vi do la luce dei miei occhi
come regalo
e il calore del mio cuore.
la tragedia che vivo
è che il mio destino è lo stesso tuo destino.
Vi chiamo tutti
vi stringo le mani
non sono stato umiliato nel mio paese
e nemmeno mi sono ritratto dalla paura
rimango in piedi davanti ai miei oppressori
orfano, nudo, scalzo
ho portato il mio sangue sulle mani
e non ho abbassato le bandiere
ho preservato l’erba verde
sulle tombe dei miei antenati
Vi chiamo tutti
vi stringo le mani.

TAWFIQ ZIYAD

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All the Men of the Bible

Duration: 365 days

Eli [Ē’lī]—jehovah is high or my god. The high priest and judge of Israel of the family of Ithamar (1 Sam. 1-4; 14:3).

THE MAN WHO LACKED PARENTAL AUTHORITY

There are few Bible men in whose character we cannot find some great and glaring fault. There is usually a dead fly in the ointment, a rent in the garment, a spot on the whitest sheet. Eli was a good man whose life was pure. He loved and delighted in God’s service, but was faulty in one point. He failed to exercise the proper authority of a parent over his children.

Eli belonged to the tribe of Levi, and for years acted as a judge and as High Priest in Israel. He lived at Shiloh in a dwelling adjoining the Temple for the greater portion of his life. We know little about him until he was well advanced in age. The first mention of him is when Hannah came to pour out her heart.

Eli’s fault which brought sorrow upon his declining years was the conduct of his own two sons, Phinehas and Hophni, who, although lacking their father’s character and qualities, were yet put into the priest’s office. Their conduct disgraced their high calling and shocked the people so much that they “abhorred the offering of the Lord.” While Eli warned them of their shameful ways, he did not rebuke them with the severity their evil deeds merited. He should have exercised the stern authority of a father and rebuked them as a judge. Instead Eli only mildly reasoned with his sons saying: “Why do ye such things?” But the sons disregarded such a weak and useless protest for their hearts were cold and callous and so they no longer heeded their father’s feelings.

Although Eli had no power to change the hearts of his sons, he could have prevented their ministry before the Lord, but he “restrained them not.” He wanted to be kind to them but it was a false and mistaken kindness. A seasonable correction would have saved them from ruin. Eli had no need to be harsh and severe, only firm and decided in the matter of obedience. Eli was twice warned that judgment would overtake him and his sons, but such warning was lost upon him. He dearly loved his sons and could not take action against them.

What a pitiable spectacle Eli presents! An old man of ninety, almost blind, waited to hear the result of the grim battle between the Israelites and the Philistines. How he trembled for his nation, his sons and also for the Ark of God which would be dishonored if it fell into enemy hands! Then the messenger came with news of the slaughter of his sinful sons and of the taking of the Ark. As Eli heard mention of the latter he fell off his seat by the side of a gate and died of a broken neck, yes, and of a broken heart! As is often the case, children bring down their father’s gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

Devotional content drawn from All the Men of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer. Used with permission.

La pioggia non sa scrivere…ma

Cantiere poesia

Non sa scriver la pioggia

d’amor parole che vadan

dritte al cuore ma può

d’amor compor canzoni,

una nota per ogni fior

su cui cade qui nel mio

giardino tonalità varie

diverse, un do dal ciclamino,

un fa dal bucaneve, più re

da quelle rose, i sol ecco

dal tuberoso elianto, sul

geranio un la, i mi dalle mimose

dalle ortensie i dolci si:

che bella melodia per te

al tuo cuor donata amata mia!

Giuseppe Gianpaolo Casarini

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MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST

Is Your Mind Stayed on God? You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Isaiah 26:3 Is your mind stayed on God or is it starved? Starvation of the mind, caused by neglect, is one of the chief sources of exhaustion and weakness in a servant’s life. If you have never used your mind to place yourself before God, begin to do it now. There is no reason to wait for God to come to you. You must turn your thoughts and your eyes away from the face of idols and look to Him and be saved (see Isaiah 45:22). Your mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. You should seek to be “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:5). This will be one of the greatest assets of your faith when a time of trial comes, because then your faith and the Spirit of God will work together. When you have thoughts and ideas that are worthy of credit to God, learn to compare and associate them with all that happens in nature— the rising and the setting of the sun, the shining of the moon and the stars, and the changing of the seasons. You will begin to see that your thoughts are from God as well, and your mind will no longer be at the mercy of your impulsive thinking, but will always be used in service to God. “We have sinned with our fathers…[and]…did not remember…” (Psalm 106:6-7). Then prod your memory and wake up immediately. Don’t say to yourself, “But God is not talking to me right now.” He ought to be. Remember whose you are and whom you serve. Encourage yourself to remember, and your affection for God will increase tenfold. Your mind will no longer be starved, but will be quick and enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition Bible in One Year: Leviticus 11-12; Matthew 26:1-25