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Estranged

September 4, 2020

Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him. – 2 Samuel 14:14

May the LORD your God be with you. ‘”

The wise woman of Tekoa painted a portrait of God on the inner canvas of the king. If God devises ways for life, would the man after God’s own heart do the same?

In Biblical Names the meaning of the name Tekoa is: Trumpet, that is confirmed. Tekoa, a city south of Bethlehem, was renowned for its olive oil. In Torah, olive oil represents wisdom. Thus, Tekoa was also famous for smart people. The woman from Tekoa seized the moment to craft one of the most insightful word pictures ever expressed to the shepherd turned king.

Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him. – 2 Samuel 14:14

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“I had come from wondrous lands, from landscapes more enchanting than life, but only to myself did I ever mention these lands, and I said nothing about the landscapes which I saw in dreams. My feet stepped like theirs over the floorboards and the flagstones, but my heart was far away, even if it beat close by, false master of an estranged and exiled body.”
― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

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“A friendship has but one chief adversary and that is envy. It is sired by resentment with the potential consequence of unresolved estrangement.” She looked at the woman in conflict and said, “Do not envy her but imagine what it took for her to have what you resent her for. Would you want to embark upon her journey instead of your own to procure it? You notice her abundance but overlook her losses; do not envy her because she would rather have your friendship than your envy.” The woman looked at her and nodded in accord, “And how do you do that?” she asked. The woman sighed in reflective thought. “By changing the way you think.”
― Donna Lynn Hope

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Let us inhale and exhale God’s breath of LIFE.

4 September 2020, wishing you a blessed Friday.

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