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A Little BIOLOGY in the Good Book:

1Ki 4.33 …he [Solomon] spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: 1Ki 10.27…the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones & cedars made he to be as the sycamore trees that are in the vale… 2Ki 19.30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, & bear fruit upward. Job 10.11Thou hast clothed me with skin & flesh, & hast fenced me with bones & sinews. Job 12.7…ask now the beasts, & they shall teach thee; & the fowls of the air, & they shall tell thee: Isa 17.10…therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, & shalt set it with strange slips: Isa 41.19…the cedar, the shittah tree…the myrtle…the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree…the pine…the box tree…7 trees – 1 vs Eze 31.5 …boughs were multiplied & his branches became long because of the multitude of waters Hos 1.8 Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, & bare a son.

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Bark – Bite

When the back of my hand came too close to a mature spruce tree the other day

I realized that “Its bark  IS  its bite.” 🙂 

– eab, 4/19/15

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Could one count the grains of sand,

One could hold in one’s hand,

Moist, mingled, multitudes of quartz;

Could one imagine the huge number,

Counting slumber to slumber,

That line just a few little ports;

Could one pretend to know,

Counting row after even row,

The final tally would be so very grand,

The mind would definitely bend,

Before one came near the end,

Of counting the moist, multitudes of sand.

– eab,  Apr. ‘78

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This afternoon it rained,

And the drops that settled dust,

As far as I could tell, fell alike;

On the righteous and the unjust.

The clouds let it down,

On the wise man and the clown.

A just God.          

– eab, Apr. ’68

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A divorce is ended

when the couple is “re-Paired.”

– eab,  9/23/11

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Fox grass bending under gentle, windy strokes,

Snow bank patches left on eastern side of slopes,

Early grass growing on the valley wall beyond,

Horizontal streaks set ablaze by the sun,

Unleafed apple trees file up the hill abreast.

A honey bee in strip’d array is out searching for the rest

A variegated heaven is peeking past the tail’s of mares,

As silhouetted birds claimed the world as theirs. 

– eab, Apr. ’71

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ON THIS DATE

Charles Wesley was married 4/8/1749, in a small parish church at Llanlleonfel, near Garth, Wales.  His bride was Sarah Gwynne, daughter of Marmaduke & Sarah (Evans) Gwynne. The minister for the ceremony was his brother, John, who had encouraged the wedding.  Sarah (also called Sally – perhaps to distinguish her from her mother) was born in Garth, Powyes, Wales in 1726 (month, day unknown).  She was musically inclined, in fact, performed before King George III.

While a young lady her father, a local magistrate, went on occasion to arrest Howell Harris, a Wesleyan minister.  As Marmaduke listened he liked what he heard, was converted to that view, & brought Harris home.  That was the beginning; years later he entertained two brothers & one of then returned in 1748 to propose.  Her mother had not welcomed Harris to her home but warmed to Charles, her new s-n-law.

Although Charles may not have witnessed a happy marriage as a boy he & Sarah had a good union.  They settled (same year as wed) at 4 Charles St., Bristol & remained there till 1771 (house is preserved as the “Charles Wesley House”).  God blessed them with eight children (only three lived to be adults – too common a happening back then).  She died 12/28/1818 (Charles died in 1788) & was buried beside Charles. 

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