If it had not been the Lord
who was on our side–
We have tried so hard
to maintain even this
uneasy peace in Israel.
We will not be like our fathers
who forgot the Lord
and were sent into Babylon
as captives and slaves,
even while we have waited
for almost 400 years
underneath the weight
of one empire after another.
Do good, O Lord,
to those who are good,
and to those
who are upright in their hearts!
We will not be condemned
by a rebel, by a madman,
by a peasant prophet from
The Lord is on our side
and we will maintain order
no matter what it takes.
We watched you, rabbi, from the walls.
We traveled from all over:
Syria, Ethiopia, Greece.
We heard about your God and we
were curious. We heard the stories
of how your people came up
from Egypt to this country,
we heard about the sacrifices,
so similar to ours and yet so different.
I was glad
when they said to me
let us go to the house
of the Lord
They would not let us in.
We can hardly blame them.
Years of oppression
combined with religious zeal
in hopes that that oppression
will do that to people.
have mercy on us
for we have had
more than enough
But we heard what you said:
“for all nations”
Have you opened up the gates
for us, rabbi?
Dare we even hope for that?
It is easy these days
To see all the destruction
That we invoke upon each other
It is as immediate as
Our hands and eyes and as
Distant as the other side of the world
It is hard these days
To mourn because we have accepted
The news that all this is normal
We have traded outcry for outrage,
Love for empty points of light,
Peace for the thrill of destruction
I am for peace
But when I speak
They are for war
Save us, we shout towards a God
Who is higher than the hills
Who lives beyond the sun and moon
And yet as near as the roads we walk on
Who holds our hands while we travel
And as we come back home
Our help comes from the Lord
Who will not let our feet slip
Or our world be destroyed by our folly
This week: A reiteration of this post–things you like to drink, and the occasions on which they are drunk.
- Before and during church: Coffee, with some almond milk (which they’ve just started putting out with the half and half, thank God) and a raw sugar.
- At three in the afternoon at work: A cold Diet Coke, or a HEB knockoff version thereof, or a cup of tea, depending on how prepared I am that day.
- Sunday afternoons, with a book: A cider straight out of the fridge.
- Summer evenings when it’s 9000 degrees outside: A gin and tonic with a lot of lime, or an Arnold Palmer, or a big glass of water, or a grapefruit Topo Chico.
- During parish: Whatever flavor LaCroix someone has brought for the evening.
- At a fancy cocktail bar: If they have sparkling wine, a French 75; otherwise, whatever the house specialty is.
- On road trips: The biggest cup of coffee to be had, or a medium Dr Pepper on ice, preferably from Bucee’s.
- At the movies: Diet Coke, but lately nothing.
- Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s: I make a variation on a dark and stormy that uses cranberry instead of lime, and I call it a merry and bright, haha.
- After trips to Target: I’ve had to curb this habit lately, but the Target brand blueberry kombucha is actually really good.
- Right before bed: I try to chug a glass of water with my vitamins.
- Wednesday mornings: I meet a friend at Starbucks for accountability and prayer, and I usually get a misto with soy milk. (Tastes like a latte and is $1.50 cheaper.)
- When I’m trying to eat better: Blueberry-banana-peanut butter smoothies. Sometimes with some spinach blended in if I have any.
This week: Hopefully we’re all out from under the shadow of this, but–13 things that you do whenever you’re sick.
1. Watch a lot of YouTube videos, because even watching a 30-minute-long show feels like too much.
2. Sleep. Like, a lot. Like, throw off my circadian rhythms entirely a lot.
3. Drink a lot of water, and also coffee even though I know you’re not really supposed to drink coffee when you’re sick, but whatever.
4. Refresh my social media feeds multiple times. (At some point I will probably get into a massive multiplayer Twitter thread and wake up to 300 notifications.)
5. Try to read and fail miserably.
6. Read *magazines.*
7. As soon as I can, I get out and get soup of some variety. Pho is my preference, but tortilla soup or any chickeny thing are also good choices.
8. I also end up making congee at some point and eating it with sesame oil and tamari and sriracha (well. no sriracha when I have stomach bugs, but for a cold, absolutely, because chilis are anti-inflammatory, or so I tell myself)
9. Eventually I catch up on all my podcasts, even if it’s only because I forgot to set the sleep timer in Overcast and they all played straight through while I slept.
10. I always have really intense dreams when I’m sick and then wake up and can’t remember anything about them except how intense they were.
11. If especially desperate, I end up doing a turmeric/apple cider vinegar/cayenne shot.
12. Either I’ll take a hot shower to loosen all the gunk in my chest or I’ll go days without showering and emerge feeling like Pig-Pen.
13. And I also end up lying in bed having some sort of existential crisis, but this is usually not different from when I’m well, if I’m being honest here.
This week: 13 things you need to get done before Monday. (This is mostly because I have a million things to get done before Monday. This topic does, however, have precedent here.
Clean out the fridge.
Clean the bathroom.
Take the trash out.
Put some of my stuff in the car.
7. Unpack. > trying to figure out places to put stuff
Go to see Black Panther with Dad.
9. Get all my Internet and stuff set up. > happening tomorrow
Art class with friends!
Go get groceries, OMG.
12. Get a shoe rack(?) > decided I don’t need one
Bring all my library books back.
This week: 13 podcasts you listen to.
1. ID10T (the podcast formerly known as Nerdist)
2. Bon Appetit Foodcast
3. Code Switch
4. All Songs Considered
5. Exploring My Strange Bible
7. KCRW’s Good Food
8. No Such Thing As A Fish
9. The Bible Project
10. Pass the Mic
11. The Simple Show
12. It’s Been a Minute
13. Pop Culture Happy Hour