Hope is the only good god remaining among mankind;
the others have left and gone to Olympus.
Trust, a mighty god has gone, Restraint has gone from men,
and the Graces, my friend, have abandoned the earth.
Men’s judicial oaths are no longer to be trusted, nor does anyone
revere the immortal gods; the race of pious men has perished and
men no longer recognize the rules of conduct or acts of piety.
Oh, how this speaks to the world today. Yet, it was written the 6th-century BC by a Greek elegiac poet Theognis of Megara. Only hope remained, “to promise each of us the good things that fled.” Whether one believes that Pandora’s Box released good or evil, what remains consistent is the Hope that was found at the bottom of it all.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. It can be a time of withdrawal into the vast cavern of memories that remain of those who have gone before us. Having had a brother that served in the Navy, and another who served as a Green Beret in the Army, I want to express my Gratitude to all of those who both served, as well as , their families in the greatest sacrifice of all. Your service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.
John 15: (KJV)
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
We honor all.
While many will simply view this weekend as a three-day ‘Holiday’ and a time to ‘kick off’ the Summer season, there will be many more with bitter-sweet thoughts and feelings. This evil that occurred in Manchester this week only heightens our awareness of the tragedies we embrace daily. Freedom is not free…not in this world. It costs the ultimate.
For two urns are set upon the floor of Zeus of gifts that he giveth, the one of ills, the other of blessings. To whomsoever Zeus, that hurleth the thunderbolt, giveth a mingled lot, that man meeteth now with evil, now with good; but to whomsoever he giveth but of the baneful, him he maketh to be reviled of man, and direful madness driveth him over the face of the sacred earth, and he wandereth honoured neither of gods nor mortals. (Homer’s Illiad)
We truly live in a fallen world. Hesiod tells us, “the earth and sea are full of evils”. The combination of both good and evil in this world has been recognized as far back as the tale of Cain and Abel. Those that attempt to deny such things live in an imaginary world of foolishness and denial. There shall never exist an Utopia in this world. However, we will continue to fight for that which is good, and not in vain. We shall be rewarded for such battles.
Only Hope was left within her unbreakable house,
she remained under the lip of the jar, and did not
fly away. Before [she could], Pandora replaced the
lid of the jar. This was the will of aegis-bearing
Zeus the Cloudgatherer. (Hesiod)
Even the ancients understood the value of Hope. Until the time of our Redemption, “evil contends with good.” Though we be heartbroken, though all our strength be drained, we shall:
1 Timothy 6: (KJV)
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
At the bottom of the jar/box lies Hope.
Isaiah 49: (VOICE)
23 Kings will tend the children of Zion, and their queens will nurse and nurture them.
These greats will humble themselves before you.
They will bow and lick the dust off your feet,
and in the course of it all, you will remember that I am the Eternal.
Whoever trusts in Me will never be put to shame.
(((HUGS))) Jude Gibbs, Author of ‘Gifts from the Ashes’ available at: Xulon Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and DeeperShopping. Additional international retailers: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/gifts-from-the-ashes,jude-gibbs-9781498496728 http://www.upliftvstore.com/product.asp?sku=9781498496728 Also, a Contributor on ‘The Mighty’: https://themighty.com/author/jude-gibbs/
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