August Rain

As I wrote five weeks ago, we are experiencing an uncharacteristic wet period. Here on the patch, we’ve had four inches of rain so far this month, and some parts of Oklahoma have gotten 11 inches or more. Add to that the fact that it’s been unseasonably cool, and overall, it’s been a very peculiar summer.

This Oklahoma rainfall map is a patchwork of rain and more rain. To me, it's very welcome, since it's so good for the land.
This Oklahoma rainfall map is a patchwork of rain and more rain. To me, it’s very welcome, since it’s so good for the land.

I’ve been struggling with the bitterness of politics in recent days, noting that our nation and its morally bankrupt leadership is nothing new. Leaders have known since antiquity to wash the people in fear and violence and gluttony to keep them in slavery.

To that end, Abby and I watched the excellent 2012 movie Lincoln yesterday. I am caught in the middle ground of being amazed that our nation once debated the morality of owning other human beings, and being completely unsurprised that a “Christian Nation,” as today’s alt-right likes to chime, still harbors an element which doesn’t understand right from wrong.

Leviticus 25:44-46
However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you.  You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land.  You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance.  You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.

The Bible, ladies and gentlemen.

It is with this between my ears that I work outside on these cool days, trying to keep up with a forest of grass in the yards and pastures, feeling angry with the people of our land, and so very happy with the trees and wildflowers and sunsets of that same land.

Rain clings to Abby's peace rose this morning.
Rain clings to Abby’s peace rose this morning.
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3 Comments

  1. I’m glad y’all are getting lots of rain. Enjoy.

    And I’m glad you’re thinking about (and writing about) the nonsense that is our incompetent national leadership, as well as the abhorrent ideas of white supremacists. Every voice added to the chorus of condemnation is helpful.

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