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The Wailing Wall


For a date night last November we saw the famed Agatha Christie mystery put again to film. For want of the perfect, soft-boiled egg to breakfast, The Orient Express features the detective Poirot, a brilliant eccentric, delaying a case of wrongful death at the Wailing Wall in the remains of the ancient Solomonic Temple of Jerusalem. (Watch the scene again here.)

A friend gave us an image of Jerusalem for our homecoming. A script appears beneath a vision of a gold dome. Like two front teeth, the Hebrew letter shin, means heart. It appears similar to the Arabic letter,  related via the Phoenicians to the language Jesus spoke, Aramaic (see chart here). What the difference, where the heart is there is home...

The bunny that lay soaked in the rain Sunday, stank Tuesday, now sinks into the ground. I look for the figure unconsciously, never equipped to make the phone call to 3-1-1 for disposal, or with enough bag to bury the corpse.

I know there is no perfect or natural death where gun violence is involved. However, the "stand your ground" Florida law permits Markeis McGlockton's killer to walk free. In a perfect world, conflict and forgiveness would glorify God. My reason for signing petition here

The Perfect God v. us.

We are earthen vessels (2 Cor 4.) "For it is God who commanded the light to outshine darkness" (2 Cor 4:6)

Petra is combing her hair with chicken grease, gotto go.


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