and hope of deliverance


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Ephesians 6:10

When you say, “I can manage this problem by myself, Lord,” God says, “Okay, you do it then.” But when you say, “Help me, Lord! I need You. I cannot do this on my own,” God says, “Good, I have been waiting for you to say that. You cannot, but I can. Now, watch Me!” That is how God is—He loves it when you depend on Him.

You see, when you think that you are strong and don’t need God, He cannot help you. But when you need Him and look to Him, He will not leave you weak and helpless. He comes and becomes the strength of your life. He becomes the breakthrough that you need.

A church member with a smoking habit came to me one day and said, “Pastor Prince, please pray that God will help me. I want to stop my smoking habit.”

I told him simply, “You cannot, but God can.”

He replied, “Yes, I know that I can’t. But with God’s help, I will discipline myself and try my best to quit the habit.”

I told him, “No, you cannot, but God can.” I repeated this to him a few times until he realized that it was not his self-discipline or willpower that would help him overcome his smoking habit, but the power of God. He finally understood that true deliverance from this destructive habit would not come by his own strength, but by “[being] strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”.

When I saw him again a few weeks later, he said, “Pastor Prince, since that day, I didn’t even try to stop myself from smoking. But each time I lit up, I told God, ‘I cannot, but You can.’ Then one day, the craving was gone! Jesus has completely delivered me from my bondage to nicotine!” This man experienced true deliverance, not just an outward form of discipline and willpower.

So when you say, “I can do something about it,” you are still relying on your human strength. But when you say to God, “I cannot, but You can,” you have just tapped into the real source of your strength—Jesus. And as you rest in His strength, you will see His power manifesting in your life!

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Dream pt 3

Hi! Love your stories! I have a newt request if you fancy it? The reader is marrying a man she doesn’t love (arranged marriage or she doesn’t remember newt because she was oblivated) but newt is in love with her and she with him. He asks her not to go through with it and kisses her, they end up sleeping together then Newt asks her to come away with him and travel instead and she agrees

Part 1  Part 2

Tags- @danilovesstuff @i-ship-it-ironically

It’s a tad short so sorry but I hope you enjoy!

“Newt! What in the name of Deliverance Dane were you thinking!?” Tina whisper-yells at Newt. 

You wince at the sharpness in her tone. You didn’t blame her for being mad, and she probably could have lived the rest of her life without seeing you and Newt naked in the case. You knew what you did with Newt was wrong but, something about him seems so familiar.  

“Here honey” Queenie says holding out some spare clothes and a mug of cocoa in her hands. 

“Thank you Queenie” you mumble. You put on the clothes and sit back down on the bed. You can hear Newt and Tina arguing outside Newt’s shed. 

“Queenie, do you think what I did was a horrible thing?” you ask. 

“Well, you two did have a real special connection.” She says, “But, you are engaged” she continues. 

You put your face in your hands. 

“I know, I know” you murmur. You stand up and start walking towards the door. 

“Where are you going honey?” Queenie asks. 

“I’m going to walk around the case, maybe something will jog my memory” you answer. 

You slip by Newt and Tina who were still deep in conversation. You walked over to some tree, green stick creatures were on the tree. One perked up when it saw you and started crawling over to you. 

“Why hello there” you say to the little creature who was now on your hand. You stared at it for a while, making some light small talk. 

“Well you better go back to your tree little one” you tell it.

You move your hand towards the tree but the creature scampers up your arm and sits on your shoulder. 

“Oh alright. You can stay with me” you say. 

You hear chirping coming from across the tree. A nest lays parallel. You walk and peer into the nest. Little blue dragon beasts curled up like a spring were chirping at you. You cupped your hands and placed them down next to one of the creatures. It slithered into your hand and looks at you. You bring it closer to your face and smile while it keeps chirping at you. 

You wanted to pet it but something in the back of your mind said no. You didn’t know why but you listened to your head and set the little creature down. A shiny glint caught your eye. Curious, you walked over to discover what was causing the light. You were met with a chubby mole, platypus looking thing. You let out a tiny squeal, 

“Aren’t you just the cutest” you gush. 

You held out your hands and the creature jumped into your hands. You brought it to your chest and started scratching its belly. The beasts started pawing at the necklace chain you had. 

“Careful y/n, he may look adorable but he’s a little bugger” Newt says. 

You look up and see Newt leaning against the little guys habitat. 

“What is this thing?” you ask, still petting him. 

“He’s my Niffler. Nasty little pest” Newt replies. Newt holds out his hands for the niffler but the niffler just stares at him before turning back to you. 

“They really love you Y/n” Newt says. 

“I guess they do” you answer. You hear a tiny noise and look to your shoulder. The green creature sits happily. 

“You found my bowtruckles I see, Finn still remembers you” Newt observes. You give him a confused look. 

“Oh right, um before you lost your memory you made quite the impact on my creatures.” Newt says sadly. 

You stay silent, you wanted what you used to have with Newt but you just didn’t remember what that was. You could see he really cared for you. 

“I feel like I already know all of them” you admit, “This place, it’s like another home” Newt meets your gaze. 

“You know y/n, my animals could really use another parent” Newt confesses. 

“What?” you ask. 

“Come with me. We could go to England. They don’t have the same rules about muggles like here” Newt pleads. 

“W-what? Newt, My life is here. My things, my fiance for gods sake” you exclaim. 

“We can get your things, I-I need you y/n. You can’t tell me you didn’t feel anything last night. I am so in love with you. I won’t lose you again.” Newt says. 

You stand there in confusion. You didn’t have a job, your family didn’t live here but, Jason. You still had a life with him. 

“Newt, I love you I truly do but, I can’t just ditch my fiance the day before our wedding. I mean, I know he’s busy a lot but…I still love him too” you admit. Newt’s face fell, the tiny hope he had vanished. 

“You’re right, it was a stupid Idea anyway” he says sadly. 

He turns and starts to walk away. You felt torn. You could go home, get married to a man who doesn’t pay any attention to you or you could run away with a man you forgot about but you slept together and you felt some sort of connection. 

“Newt wait” You call out. He stops and turns around. 

“I-I’ll go with you” you say. 

Newt starts walking closer, “You will?” he asks. 

“Ill go to England with you” you repeat. 

A smile appears on his face, he runs to hug you but you stop him. 

“Newt! Niffler!” you say looking at the ball of fur in your arms. 

“Oh right sorry” Newt takes the niffler and puts him back in his burrow. He takes Finn off your shoulder and places him on his tree. 

“Now” Newt pulls you into a hug. 

“Oh how I love you y/n” he says. 

“I love you too Newt, I don’t need the past memories. I know now that I love you so much” you confess. 

Newt crashes his lips onto yours. You melted into his kiss and place your hands on the back of his neck. 

“But Newt, how are we supposed to get past MACUSA?” you ask. 

“We’ll find away, I promise” He reassures you. 

“I can’t believe I’m running away from my wedding with a wizard with a magical suitcase because it’s against magical law” you mumble to yourself. 

“Yeah but you love me” Newt jokes. He takes your hand and you start walking over to Tina and Queenie. 

“Are you ready to get yelled at by Tina?” you tease still holding on tight to Newt’s hand. 

“As long as I get to stay with you, I’ll take a million scoldings” Newt says dramatically. 

“How cliche” you say.

 Newt rolls his eyes and walks over to Tina. It might have been cliche but at this point, you could care less. You were together again and that’s all that mattered. 

This was so cringy I’m sorry. But this is the end of the Dream series. Hope yall liked it. 

Bible Outline for Beginners

So you’ve decided to tackle one of the most influential books in human history. Now, it seems daunting (and it is), but the thing to remember about the Bible is that it’s not actually one book. The Bible is made up of 73 books (66 if you’re reading a Protestant Bible) all written by different authors, during different time points in history, and for different reasons. The best way to really understand the content of the Bible is to keep in mind the context of the book you’re currently reading. It does nobody any good if you treat the Book of Psalms (largely poetic hymns to the God of Abraham) with the same air that you would Deuteronomy (which should be read as sermons delivered by Moses to the Israelites). So, to help you, I’m providing this lovely outline which divides the books of the Bible into nice digestible chunks

Books marked with an ** are part of the deuterocanonical books (those found in Catholic Bibles but not in Protestant Bibles).

The Old Testament

The Pentateuch: The first five books of the bible, called the Torah by the Jewish people. Included in these books are the stories of creation and of the nation of Israel. It also includes the law given to the Israelites by God.

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy

Historical Books: These books tell the story of the Israelites from their entry into the Promised Land until the Exile.

  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Ruth
  • 1 Samuel
  • 2 Samuel
  • 1 Kings
  • 2 Kings
  • 1 Chronicles
  • 2 Chronicles
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Tobit**
  • Judith**
  • Esther** (deuterocanonical additions)
  • 1 Maccabees**
  • 2 Maccabees**

Wisdom Literature: These books are Jewish reflections of faith and God’s relationship with humanity.

  • Job
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Song of Songs
  • Wisdom of Solomon**
  • Sirach**

Prophets: The writings of the people whom God inspired to counsel and confront people and kings.

  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Lamentations
  • Baruch**
  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel** (deuterocanonical additions)
  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi

Books of the New Testament of Jesus Christ

The Gospel Account:
Four portraits and collections of stories and sayings of Jesus of Nazareth

Synoptic Gospels:

  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke

Non-synoptic Gospel:

  • John

Acts of the Apostles: consisting of one book, Acts is the story of the early Christian Church after the Ascension of Jesus. This is not a complete history of apostolic Christianity.

Letters (Epistles): Letters written by early Christians that show the problems and concerns facing the early Church.

Pauline Epistles (attributed to St. Paul):

  • Romans
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Galatians
  • Ephesians
  • Philippians
  • Colossians
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians
  • 1Timothy
  • 2 Timothy
  • Titus
  • Philemon
  • Hebrews (author is anonymous)

Catholic Epistles:

  • James
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • Jude

Revelation (Apocalypse): A single book, addressed to people experiencing persecution and questioning the truth of their faith. Revelation offers hope that God’s deliverance will come as promised. Extensive use of symbols and images that early readers would have readily understood.

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A Transgender Haggadah

I realized last year that so much of the way you’re taught, as a Jewish child, that you’re supposed to relate to other Jews, the sense in which they’re “our people” applies to me not for other Jews but for other trans women. How this is what I mean when I say “people like me” and how it echoes the traditional Jewish idea. And how much of a similarity there is in the way that I connect to, and feel for, and grieve for trans women throughout history, for people like me, to the way we think about our history as the Jewish people on Passover.

It’s a time to reflect on our suffering and our perseverance, both past and present, personal and communal. A time to express gratefulness for deliverance from our past oppression, and hope for the release of our current oppression. Perhaps not just next year in Jerusalem, but next year in a postgender Trans utopia.

So, Passover is coming up in about three months now, and I had this idea for a project I’d like to complete by then: a kind of Transgender Haggadah, including all the traditional pieces of a Seder but changed and updated to correspond to our people, to girls like us, and to our global history as trans women. And I was thinking I wanted to do it like a zine, not just with my own writing but with submissions and contributions from other people. So this is me putting out the call for just that!

If you are a Jewish trans woman or nonbinary person and feel like you have something you would like to make or add to this, then please contact me and let me know, and maybe we can make something valuable together. If you’re not but know someone who might be interested, please reblog so that other people can see. I think this could be a really cool thing with your help. Thanks!

somehow-you-will  asked:

Hey, I loved the breakdown you did of the relationship between Moses and Rameses, so I was wondering what your thoughts were on Moses' relationship with Miriam and Aaron (and if you might be able to do a similar analysis)?

Thank you so much! I loved talking about Moses and Rameses II (and could frankly keep talking about them, oh my goodness), and I’d be really happy to talk about the relationship dynamics between Moses, Miriam, and Aaron. This sibling relationship is complex, emotional, and full of meaning and beauty.

Each sibling has a different role. Aaron is the cynic. Miriam is the inspirer. Moses is the doer. Not only that, but there’s a deep story in how they interact: they are able to build each other up, but only once they all place their faith and trust in God. At first, the family is split up; Aaron and Moses both try to silence Miriam for her faith and hope. Moses regards Miriam and Aaron as slaves. Aaron thinks that Moses and Miriam have crazy ideas. However, over time, this changes. Moses transitions from treating Seti I, Tuya, and Rameses II as his family… to treating Aaron and Miriam as his siblings. Aaron begins accepting Moses and acknowledging the power of God’s deliverance, while Miriam’s hopes become reality. By the end of the movie, the three siblings are radiant around one another, drawn together by the powerful experience of the Exodus.

Moses Leaves His Family

At the start of The Prince of Egypt, Moses’ mother Jochebed takes her three children and runs to the Nile River. She is fleeing Egyptian soldiers, who are slaughtering every Hebrew infant boy. Once she and her children are safely away, she places her baby Moses in a basket, places a lid over the boy, and sends him off to float on the Nile.

Now it’s important to note here that both Miriam and Aaron witness their mother sending the baby off in the basket. However, only Miriam follows the basket; Aaron does not trail after his baby brother, and consequently never sees Tuya pick the boy up. This is important. Miriam sees God answer prayers. Miriam sees Tuya adopt Moses, and consequently the little girl is filled with hope and optimism. Her baby brother is going to survive! Aaron, however, only sees Moses leaving, and he grows up without seeing God fulfill those promises. His most distinct memories of this event will be the Hebrew babies being killed.

Many other life experiences will shape the way Miriam and Aaron think and behave. This is just one event. However, it still seems to predict how Miriam and Aaron act as adults. The next time we see Miriam, she is a woman of faith, while Aaron wallows in skepticism and fear.

Moses Meets Miriam and Aaron

Moses grows up without knowing he was a Hebrew, never realizing that his blood siblings are actually two Hebrew slaves. For this reason, when he stumbles into Miriam and Aaron in the street, he does not recognize them. Miriam and Aaron would have remembered what happened to their baby brother, but since Moses was an infant, of course he doesn’t remember in turn.

Looking at this screencap, it’s painful to think that these are actually three siblings interacting.

Miriam, ever the hopeful, faithful optimist, presumes that Moses has arrived at their doorstep for a family reunion. The last time she saw Moses, she prayed that he would grow up to deliver her people (it’s also the first thing she says in the movie, and man it portrays her and sets her up so well). Now she believes her prayer has been answered. Moses has grown up, he’s meeting with the Hebrew slaves, he’s returning to his family… he has to be delivering them, right? 

The problem is… that’s not why Moses is here at all. In fact, even as Miriam is excitedly greeting Moses, he’s trying to look above her. He’s looking past her, trying to follow Zipporah, and doesn’t quite welcome Miriam’s interruption.

The result is that Miriam looks crazy.

Here is this tiny little slave girl trying to talk to the impressive, gold-wearing, straight-backed Prince of Egypt about deliverance and family. She’s claiming that this royal prince is born of slaves and a brother of slaves. It’s utterly delusional, and she doesn’t back down the entire time. She just keeps persisting, making her look almost insane.

Aaron’s reaction makes total sense here. He doesn’t live by hopes in nothing, but more grounded down on how earth actually is. He tries to shut down Miriam’s babbling before she instills the prince’s wrath and gets them punished. He yanks at her, pushes her away, tries to shut her up, makes excuses about what she’s saying, and begs for Moses not to listen to her words. Wide-eyed, bumbling, and frantic, he at one point even falls to his knees begging for mercy from Moses. Aaron treats Moses with the expectation this man is simply Egyptian royalty. Simply, Aaron’s being a smart bloke acting prudently according to matters as they are.

It’s a ridiculous, chaotic interaction. No one’s helping one another; each sibling is at odds from the other. Moses finds the two Hebrews offensive and stands over them threatening them. Aaron fears that Moses and Miriam will get him physically harmed and starts frantically yanking her out of the way. Miriam is trying to speak to Moses about faith and forgiveness but keeps getting shut down by both of them, eventually ending up kneeling on the ground, crying.

In a way, Aaron’s actions and Moses’ actions make the most sense. Moses has grown up in a societal structure where slaves talking like this are offensively out of line. Aaron is acting according to that social paradigm and trying to save his - and his sister’s - neck from an angry official. Miriam’s the one who is out of line, acting completely out of societal norms or expectations. She’s putting herself at risk for beliefs that seem ludicrous.

But she does one thing that hits home for Moses.

She starts to sing Jochebed’s lullaby.

And Moses recognizes it.  

I love this little visual moment, where Miriam and Jochebed are animated from the same angle, the same way, with the same expression, singing the same song. It’s a flashback to the moment Jochebed placed her son on the Nile.

Personally, I don’t think it’s the visual that makes Moses’ heart skip a beat. It’s the song that Miriam is singing. If you pay attention to the first time Moses hangs out with Rameses after the chariot race, you hear Moses whistling that very same lullaby. He knows the tune well enough that he can whistle it.

How did this happen? Well, the movie diverges a bit from the Old Testament, but if you want to supplement the Bible with this movie, then Exodus 2:7-10 is important. In that passage of the Bible, we learn that Jochebed was Moses’ nurse for the first few years of his life. In that time and region of the world, babies were weaned at a later age - toddlerhood. So Jochebed would have been nursing Moses for about three years before he lived in the palace permanently with Seti I, Tuya, and Rameses II. This means he would have had the chance to form memories about that early childhood lullaby. The average age of first memory is four years old, so it’s not entirely implausible that three year old Moses would have been able to retain this song.

When Miriam starts singing the song, Moses realizes with a jolt where it came from. He learned that lullaby from a Hebrew slave… his true mother.

And so he runs.

Moses Leaves Egypt

In the first interaction between Moses, Miriam, and Aaron, we see Aaron trying to stop Miriam and Moses refusing to listen to either of them.

But the next time Moses sees them, he actually pays attention to Miriam.

Miriam, yet again, is doing something crazy outside of societal regulations. She sees a Hebrew slave being whipped, and she’s shouting out for this to stop. As a slave, she has no authority telling an Egyptian slave driver to quit punishing another slave. But this woman, who acts by her heart rather than by worldly reason, cries out anyway.

Moses hears her. In fact, he ignores Rameses II in order to charge up and stop the whipping. 

“Stop it!” Miriam shouts. 
“There’s nothing we can do!” Aaron shouts, fearful that his sister is getting into trouble.
And then Moses, paralleling his sister, shouts out the same words she does… “Stop it!”

This is the first time we really see the trio at their work. Aaron is thinking about how the world currently, concretely works and operates. Miriam is thinking about ideals. And Moses charges out and does something about the problem. Moses is the one who combines the pain the world currently is in (what Aaron understands) with the ideals of what the world could be (what Miriam understands), and takes an action to change situations for the better.

For the first time, Moses defends the Hebrew people over the Egyptians. 

And he… to his horror… kills a man.

All the slaves stare at Moses with terror. It’s interesting to note, though, that while everyone else backs away, Miriam and Aaron don’t. They recognize that Moses was defending them. Miriam even tries to reach out and comfort Moses, but he doesn’t let her touch him. He runs.

The turmoil of who he is and who he is not has built into a climax inside him. Moses has been freaking out over the fact he’s not a blood born Prince of Egypt. Now he’s just murdered someone because of his mental turmoil. He can’t take it, especially since he throws an Egyptian down to his death in the same way he has seen the Pharaoh throw down babies to crocodiles in that despicable mural. And so, telling Rameses II that he’s not who his brother thinks he is, flees Egypt altogether.

Moses Returns to Egypt

When Moses returns to Egypt, Aaron’s no longer as timid as he was the first time they met. This time, Aaron speaks out affrontively, almost vindictively, at Moses. Because Moses is no longer the prince of Egypt, Aaron doesn’t have to be afraid of him. Angrily, he asks Moses how it feels when he’s struck to the ground.

I want to point this out: it’s not just that Aaron’s talking about the slaves as a whole and the fact Moses’ actions against Rameses II have backlashed against them. He’s also talking about something a bit more personal.

The last time they were together, Moses forced Aaron’s sister to the ground.

There’s a reason we always see Aaron with his hands and arms wrapped around Miriam’s shoulders. It’s to grab her to make sure she’s not going to do anything “crazy”… and it’s to protect her. Because he loves and cares about her. Aaron is out there, trying to watch out for her, trying to make excuses for her, trying to physically save her from harm… always.

So he’s going to be extremely spiteful at the man who’s struck his sister to the ground. And he wants to rub it in Moses’ face now that the opposite has happened.

The thing is, Miriam doesn’t have a problem with Moses’ old actions. She actually turns and scolds Aaron for his shameful words. You’ll notice that the look on Aaron’s face is shock. He didn’t expect this and feels chastised. He lets Miriam approach Moses. For, to Miriam, bygones are bygones, and the fact that Moses has doubled their workloads as slaves doesn’t anger her. Instead, she steps up to speak words of thankfulness, faith, and encouragement to her brother. 

Whereas Moses left her crying on her knees the last time they talked…

…this time Miriam kneels down with him.

Suddenly, Miriam doesn’t seem like the crazy one. Aaron now seems more like the one who’s out of touch. Miriam and Moses are able to bond in this moment, while Aaron stands there at the periphery.

This conversation is enough to encourage Moses to immediately speak to Rameses again. Moses turns the river to blood through God’s power and all the Hebrews see it. It gladdens Miriam. Aaron’s still in the dark, though. He complains that the Egyptian priests were able to turn water to blood, too, and that they’re still slaves. He’s still thinking about life in the moment rather than hoping to what’s ahead, what God can do.

We can see that Moses has adopted himself into the Hebrew people, now, rather than the Egyptians. He speaks words of encouragement and faith just like Miriam would. He points out to all the people that the Pharaoh might be able to take their lives, but they cannot take away their faith, and that God has good things in store for his people.

Moses and Aaron Connect

Moses and Aaron don’t actually connect emotionally until after the Exodus begins and the Hebrews are given their freedom.

Aaron has been so concerned with earthly matters, but it’s bogged him down and made him live without faith. Now, he smiles for the first time, leaving behind his old “home,” and journeying away from Egypt as a free man.

Aaron, while traveling behind Moses, reaches up and gently places his hand on his younger brother’s shoulder. He gives a small smile and says no words. Moses responds back with a similar smile and places his hand on top of Aaron’s. It’s a silent exchange, but it’s full of meaning. Aaron apologizes here for being doubtful, faithless, and rude towards Moses. Moses forgives him. At this point, they accept one another as brothers.

The body language completely metamorphoses between Moses, Miriam, and Aaron. At the start of the movie, you see only tension between Moses and his other siblings. But now, all three of them willingly stand together, and there’s not a single shot where they’re not together now.

Moses has transitioned from his Egyptian family to his Hebrew one.

And if that’s not cool enough, visually you can tell that he was always meant to be with the Hebrews. Rameses II and many of the Egyptians are garbed in blue and aqua. Moses, Miriam, and Aaron all wear primarily red. (There’s actually a movie-wide color symbolism of blue representing Egypt and red representing the Hebrews and God. But that’s another analysis in and of itself).

Aaron Demonstrates His Trust

The coolest moment between Moses and Aaron happens when Moses parts the Red Sea.

Aaron throughout the movie has been the one grounded on earth, on facts, on pessimism, on fear. He has done it to survive, and it’s arguably prudent. After the Exodus happens, though, everything changes. He understands the importance of faith and what it can do when you believe. Aaron smiles. Then he doesn’t quit smiling. And, once Moses parts the Red Sea, it’s Aaron who looks to Moses and decides to go first. He has come so far that he displays this great trust in Moses and enters the passageway between the waters.

Not only that, but when Moses is being pursued by the Egyptian army, Aaron screams out in worry for Moses. He wants to make sure that Moses makes it to safety.

And can we please talk about these hugs at the end of the movie? How amazing and wonderful they are?

How far we’ve come from the start of the movie where they were cringing and shouting at one another…

Aaron charges up behind Moses and squeezes him from behind. There’s great happiness and affection in that embrace. These are totally siblings. Totally.

Then Moses and Miriam hug. Moses stares at Miriam for a long time before they give each other a warm hug, and Moses just says two words: “Thank you.”

Those two words wrap up everything that has transpired between the three siblings throughout the entire movie.

He’s thanking her for believing him. For believing in God. For talking to him that one night they first met. Because of Miriam’s faith - that seeming “craziness” - he has been transformed as a man, learned to trust God himself, and delivered his true family out of Egypt. 

You know, I didn’t realize it during my first watch through, but the four rift episodes are one right after the other. The Deliverer, Gabrielle’s Hope, and the two Debts are literally right there. For them it’s just one deception, one betrayal, one lie right after the other. There’s really no chance to breathe or really talk about everything before the next thing happens. There’s just this underlining of hurt and mistrust there (because Gabrielle trusted Xena to protect her and she failed and then tried to kill her child on top of that, and Xena never trusted Gabrielle about Hope, and then Xena trusted Gabrielle to support her, to be waiting in Greece when she had fulfilled her debt, and instead Gabrielle betrayed her) that they never actually address. And it just builds and builds, and then there’s this uneasy peace for a few episodes before everything comes to a head. 

And I have to wonder if things would have been the same if those events had been spread out. If Xena and Gabrielle had had some time to heal after the events of Briton before the events of Chin begun, would the same choices have been made? Would the same anger and resentment have been there, or would it have faded a bit by then? Would the story still be the same, if all of the pain hadn’t happened at once?

The year is 20XX, a once fabled year that many players jested about, in which Fox is the only viable character, and all players are able to perform multishines in excess of 70. No one thought this day would come, but after Leffen gathered the 6 pieces of the holy hexagon for himself, he became an immortal man, and appointed himself ruler of the world. He became the sole dictator of the planet, and his first decree was that by law, everyone must play Fox, and anyone who disobeyed would be subjected to a swift jv.5 in the stadium, for the entire world to see.

Many players gave in to the dark side of Leffen’s rule, including the progenitor of 20XX himself, Hax$, who became Leffen’s fiercest Lieutenant. An army of Fox players, many top players from thousands of years ago, had defected to Leffen’s side just to survive. However, one player, a loose cannon named Mango, decided to rebel against the New World Order using a weapon that was forbidden to even think of in Leffen’s army.

One night, Mango escaped from the army barracks, and fled to the countryside to train in the arts of the Falco. He swore upon the grave of his fallen friend S2J: “Lmao someday I’ll be the FalcoMaster.”

Centuries after Mango went into hiding, a band of freedom fighters had formed, fed up with the oppression they were living in under Leffen’s rule. Their names were HungryBox, Wizzrobe, Armada, and PewPewU, with their leader being the eternal cyborg, Mew2King. None of these players were in support of the 20XX order, although one of their own, Armada, was tempted constantly by the dark side.

The band of freedom fighters were planning to make their assault on an upcoming major that Leffen and his army were about to claim. The tournament was called “AFox 20XX”, an event that had risen from the ashes of a fabled tournament in the ancient Smash community known as “Apex”. The tournament would be held in the ruins of a demolished parking garage, with Leffen’s pack of Foxes powering the CRTs and GameCubes being used for the event. It was here that the freedom fighters would take a stand.

For pools, the freedom fighters forced themselves to use Fox, enduring hand injuries but ultimately squeaking out into bracket. Notably, Armada performed exceptionally well, garnering perfect games in every set during his pools. His performance was almost frightening to his fellow freedom fighters. When it came time for bracket, Armada found himself facing Leffen’s feared Lieutenant, Hax$. The battle was horrifying to those watching the destruction. Women covered the eyes of their children, and even grown men turned their heads in fear. When the smoke cleared, Armada was victorious, but at a price. His soul was completely tainted by the influence of Fox. He turned on his fellow freedom fighters, swiftly jv.5 stocking the young PewPewU, ending his life. “There are no more hero kings, only Foxes…” growled Armada, eyes glowing red with rage.

The bracket continued on, and the situation looked more and more hopeless, as player after player was destroyed Leffen and his underlings. Despite the destruction, The remaining three freedom fighters had managed to make their way to top 8, with Leffen, Armada, Hax$, and Colbol taking the other seeds, but everyone had wondered who was in the 8th seed. Nevertheless, the bracket continued.

In Winners quarters, Armada was pitted against Leffen in a Fox ditto. The shines were swift, and the lasers were many, but Leffen just seemed invincible. After taking two straight games, Leffen stood up, raised his hands in the air, and commanded that everyone in the crowd bow to his might. Things were looking grim for the Swedish sniper. Knowing he could not defeat his superior, he forfeited the tournament, and ran off into the hills to find PPMD, where maybe he could meditate and find peace within himself.

The violence continued to roar through the ruins of what was now being called “The Strife Dome”, until winners finals was upon the few remaining players. Wizzrobe and HungryBox were both slaughtered by Leffen’s Lieutenants, but after a gruesome quarrel over who should be the victor in the match before, Leffend deemed both Hax$ and Colbol useless to his cause, and jv.5’d both of them at the same time. Everyone thought the immortal cyborg, Mew2King would be their only hope of deliverance from the terror of 20XX. As the two sat down and plugged in their controllers, a beam of light burst from the heavens, as a man wearing a blue tank top and a beard descended in an Arwing. He jumped out and removed his glasses.

“Lmao sorry I’m late to my match guys, am I DQ’d? Lol.”

Mew2King was astonished to see that the GOAT was still alive and well, but before he could ask him for assistance, Leffen attacked him, beginning the fight. Things were looking grim for the cyborg, as Leffen began landing perfect waveshines into up-smashes at every opportunity. After three games, Mew2King fell to the stage floor, barely functioning. Leffen stood up as the crowd reluctantly applauded for him. But while the applause began to slowly crescendo from the crowd, Mango plugged in his controller and challenged Leffen to battle. Moving the cursor over Falco, the audience gasped in shock while Leffen burst into maniacal laughter.

Then, it happened.

Mango burst into a frenzy, performing pillars that no mortal man had ever seen before, breaking Leffen’s shield everytime he pulled it up with perfect multishines, and ending Leffen’s final stock swiftly with a double down-air, with a loud shout from D1:

“This could be it! THIS IS IT!”

The crowd erupted with cries of victory, as the GOAT had returned once again to save them from their oppressive dictator. In the aftermath, Leffen looked at his hands, and saw them whither away like dust in the wind, followed by the rest of his body. His controller materialized into the aether, and the magnitude of the battle was enough to resurrect every fallen smasher that had been massacred during the tournament. Taking his trophy, Mango handed it to the reconstructed Mew2King and uttered the last words that man would ever hear from him before he retreated back into the mountains.

“Lmao, Leffen sucks.”

Thus, the new era dawned, an era known as 20XY.

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          fallen girl , do not make a SOUND. stay hidden, stay hidden ! false prophet approaches ! retribution to be paid , she knew, always knew —- crime after crime committed against new god. false god. not his , never his. she could NEVER be. watching , always watching. she saw him , his prophets —- she sees what they do. a corrupted REVERENCE , praise to be offered in the form of bloodshed & slaughter. his followers , these horrid monstrosities ; those who had promised their loyalty to the new god. all for him , everything for him. twisted smiles that sing broken hymns , that pray everyday for the hope of DELIVERANCE. him they must please , him they must give sacrifice. naught , but , their salvation , the one who will set them free ( lies , lies , lies ). his rule & his will , what must be followed without question. “love” , that was what they called it. known once / now unrecognizable. not it , not it , not it.

         she cannot bear it ! this atrocity , this horrific display ! and what for ? what for ? she sees no god here. only false faith , false religion. nothing of what she remembers , nothing of her god’s teachings; memories are faint , a dull flicker within her mind’s abyss —- a MONSTER she has become. no longer holy , no longer god’s child. an angel with broken wings. but , she holds on , she remembers —- something taught in days long past , never to be MISTAKEN for love of god. ‘naught , but , those who SLANDER his name , who ignore his spoken word ! sin that fell under the guise of dedication , who honor their lord with the SEVERING of flesh & bone.

       hands coated red , eyes emptied , those who hold their heads HIGH with superiority —- his ‘true’ followers , always said to know the mind of their SAVIOR; for sole purpose was to give what was wanted , to revel within GLORY & bask in the blessings bestowed by the almighty. so BLIND in their beliefs , compassion that truly bordered on the verge of FANATIC. all that she was taught against , that was NEVER to be taken for the way of god , any god —– even those who do not exist ( & oh , how her heart BREAKS for him ! her fault , ALL her fault ! she could not save him. none of them could ). & helpless , so helpless is the former angel as she watches ‘god’s prophets’ fall DEEPER into their own insanity , clinging onto SHATTERED hopes & broken remains; who continue to pray for a RELEASE from their agony. & such a shame that this is where their SIMILARITIES lie  differences remaining vast. still frightening she finds them , & yet , still she PITIES them ( they’re lost. just like her ).

       but , even her sympathy can carry LIMITS / fading as ‘little sheep’ are rounded for their blood to be spilled —- no more , no more ! can no longer STAND by ! does all that she can to ensure safety , to save others from SUFFERING the same fate that she has. all that she does , so hard that she TRIES. it’s a repeated cycle: rescue , withdraw , flee , remain hidden —- always a risk within vulnerability , she knew the consequence to come if she was caught for her disobedience. a thought SIMPLE enough to fill her heart with immediate terror , a possibility of RELIVING the same torment that she had been put through by the hand of her creator. not again , she wasn’t STRONG enough she never had been —- the price to be paid was incredibly clear , though , it was the fragments left of her will that managed to overcome her fear. still a part of her that couldn’t watch the TORTURE of the innocent , all that she had been , all that she is now ! & silent was she , hardly a breath taken as body is blended into the shadows , shrinking further & further. lips sealed / heart pounding; listening , listening he is here.


Fanny och Alexander (1982), Ingmar Bergman

“Where does all this water come from?” “It comes from a mountain whose peak is covered by a mighty cloud.” “What kind of cloud?” the youth asks. The old man answers, “Every man carries within him hopes, fears and longings. Every man shouts out his despair or bears it in his mind. Some pray to a particular God. Others address their cries to the void. This despair, this hope, this dream of deliverance, all these cries, all these tears, are gathered over thousands and thousands of years and condense into an unmeasurable cloud around a high mountain.“

Realm of Eternity: Part 14

(Read: Part I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | VIII | IX | X | XI | XII | XIII | XV )


Lysandra laid on her bed in her cabin, curled on her side with her arms banded around her waist. Her blonde hair cascaded over her forehead but she was too weary to push it away from where it tickled her nose. She was getting so tired of being stuck on this boat with little chance to get out and stretch her legs. Half the time she seriously considered just shifting into a bird and taking off through the sky for a while, but people here were so dependent on seeing Aelin around that she couldn’t risk disappearing. She dearly missed the sky.

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The mail is the one final hope for resurrecting a dead planet from its ashes, and the letter carriers are the brave soldiers of God in this righteous crusade. They are the defenders of the light of knowledge, free communication, and the exchange of ideas. They are the bold toters of all those little papery conduits of freedom, the white postmarked angels that whisper a message on their deliverance, a promise to the yearning: “There is hope yet.”

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our Strong Deliverer
You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won’t grow weary
—  “Everlasting God.” - Christ Tomlin

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 NASB)

HOW to submit to God and resist the devil? See the next verse.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8 NASB)

1. Draw near to God. Pray. Read the Bible, surrender your heart to the Lord Jesus, and make time to know Him more.
2. Cleanse your hands. Let go and forsake whatever brings you to sin and what causes division in your heart that is against God.
3. Purify your heart. Fix your eyes on the Lord Jesus before all and above all. Trust His Word, obey His teachings. Any area in your heart can be covered by His blood if you truly let Him be the Savior and Lord of your life. You’ll be amazed by the wonders of how real He works in our hearts.

God bless our weekend :)