God has a GREAT Imagination - Beetles

Written by Ron McCluskey


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It has been said that man's extremity is God's opportunity. That can clearly be seen inrepparttar 127015 many ways that God delivered people inrepparttar 127016 Bible. It is a good exercise to countrepparttar 127017 ways that God has saved people. Some examples include partingrepparttar 127018 Red Sea with wind, providing a big fish to swallow a drowning prophet, making 3 men fireproof and making a stone altar flammable. Is there anything that God cannot do? As an exercise today, make a list of allrepparttar 127019 things that God did to save His people. This is a great faith builder. When you have a problem, you can be sure that God has enough imagination and power to providerepparttar 127020 answer.

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Ron McCluskey is an emergency room physician and amateur naturalist. Growing up, he studied insects and birds. While he continues to enjoy studying these natural subjects, his interest has grown to include the rest of creation as well.

He has spent over a year doing volunteer work in tropical countries. While there he enjoyed seeing how God's creation gives ample evidence of His intimate knowledge and care for His nature.


Swimming Upstream

Written by Kathryn A. Graham


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But that isn't all that I am. I am also Homo sapiens, proud descendant of thousands of generations of hunter-gatherer tribesmen.

We need to remind ourselves that Wicca wasrepparttar religion of an extremely robust hunter-gatherer culture. Humans have been hunter-gathers for 99.9% of our history, and many ofrepparttar 127014 world's ills today can be traced to our efforts to change that.

As an animal lover, I have always abhorred hunting, but much of that feeling comes from being a city girl. The hunters I knew for most of my life, including one unlamented ex-husband, bought six or eight cases of beer every year, drove out to a deer lease where they got drunk out of their minds and shot uprepparttar 127015 woods, and a very, very few stayed sober enough to hit something besides each other and came home with a grisly trophy to hang onrepparttar 127016 wall. The vast majority didn't even know what venison tasted like, and would be honestly horrified atrepparttar 127017 idea of trying to cook it. City hunters, and their lack of respect for life, appalled me and they still do.

Hunting horrified me so much as a teenager that I even tried earnestly to become a vegetarian, and damned nearly killed myself with malnutrition inrepparttar 127018 process. I held a sneaking suspicion that vegetarianism wasrepparttar 127019 only truly decent way to live, and eating meat fromrepparttar 127020 supermarket was a dirty little secret addiction.

I don't have that luxury anymore. Wicca is about observation, and my body dropped some pretty major observations on me withrepparttar 127021 weight of a good-sized anvil about four years ago. Chief among them was that if I kept eating agricultural products namely sugars and starches I was going to die. Cut and dried. Eating meat was no longer a matter of choice.

Wicca is about observation. My only choice to restore my health was to accept some pretty unpalatable observations, beginning withrepparttar 127022 fact that I am a carnivore. And so are you, if you are Homo sapiens. You cannot escape it, and you have not evolved beyond it. The very worst thing that ever happened to your health wasrepparttar 127023 development of agriculture. Unless you were actually engaged inrepparttar 127024 back-breaking labors of planting and/or harvest, you became sedentary, because crops tie you to one place. And if you are honest enough to hold your diet to your beliefs, you almost certainly eat foods that range fromrepparttar 127025 merely very bad for you torepparttar 127026 outright poisonous. And no, I am not joking. Most legumes are quite dangerous if not handled properly, yet they are touted by medical science as beingrepparttar 127027 most "healthy" source of protein!

In addition, higher brain development requiresrepparttar 127028 longer chain proteins available only from a meat diet. ADHD was almost unknown to our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

You say you do eat meat? Really? Abhorring hunting while going torepparttar 127029 store to buy your steaks is just aboutrepparttar 127030 ultimate in self-deception.

I no longer haverepparttar 127031 luxury of self-deception.

I couldn't resolve this conflict for myself and achieve any personal comfort level at all until I moved torepparttar 127032 country and met a different kind of hunter repparttar 127033 hunter who hunts for meat, and prunesrepparttar 127034 cherished herd with care. A real hunter kills quickly and cleanly. His enjoys testing his abilities inrepparttar 127035 woods and pitting his intelligence against that of his prey, but he takes no pleasure in cruelty. Naturally, he enjoysrepparttar 127036 fruits ofrepparttar 127037 hunt, often feeding his family for weeks or months onrepparttar 127038 meat. If he takes a trophy, it is secondary in importance torepparttar 127039 meat unlessrepparttar 127040 prey was at least as dangerous as man.

Such a hunter often has more respect forrepparttar 127041 life he harvests than many who claim to have never harmed a housefly or a spider, and I count several such as my close and respected friends today.

Still doubtful? Are you Wiccan? Have you ever listened really listened torepparttar 127042 drums? Can you honestly tell me that your heart does not pound, that you cannot feelrepparttar 127043 rush of blood in your veins echoingrepparttar 127044 running ofrepparttar 127045 King Stag withrepparttar 127046 Horned Hunter close on his heels?

If you are a man, do you knowrepparttar 127047 wild joy of testing yourself againstrepparttar 127048 most difficult thing you can imagine and winning?

If you are a woman, have you never tastedrepparttar 127049 tenderness and violence of a man who wore his antlers with pride?

Have any of you, man or woman, held that big, heavy rifle in your hands and taken astonished pride in actually hitting that little bitty target that seemed so many miles away?

Whenrepparttar 127050 God stretches out His hand to you, do you join inrepparttar 127051 dance?

The God has as much place in our lives asrepparttar 127052 Goddess. The wild woods,repparttar 127053 rampant sexuality,repparttar 127054 playfulness andrepparttar 127055 courage are all woven into His dance. We dance with Him when we fly, when we skydive or scuba dive, when we race cars and boats and yes, when we hunt. If we leaverepparttar 127056 dance behind, we also leave behind that which makes us human. To do it, we must give up courage, and we must give up joy. If we do that, we might as well be dead.

Wicca is about attuning oneself torepparttar 127057 rhythms of nature. Wicca is about reaching way down deep in our genetic heritage and findingrepparttar 127058 courage to become what we truly are, what our loving Creators always meant for us to be. Wicca is about tastingrepparttar 127059 full measure of what life has to offer. There can be no compromise here. Anything less is swimming upstream against Nature, back-breaking, heartbreaking and ultimately doomed to failure.

My decision to tasterepparttar 127060 hunt was not an easy one, but it is made. I am eagerly waiting forrepparttar 127061 first freeze this year. Two of my most trusted friends have promised to take me on a wild pig hunt (I hate venison, and I love pork). I know I am a good shot, but I have never killed anything more sentient than a paper target. I honestly don't know if I will haverepparttar 127062 strength or courage to pull that trigger, which is why I am grateful for their backup as I do know that wild pig is very, very dangerous. But if I can work up my courage enough to do it, that pork will taste better than any other meat I have ever eaten. I will have earned it with my own skill and my own courage.

My mouth is already watering, just thinking about it.

What are you having for dinner tonight?

"When we get there we'll discover All ofrepparttar 127063 gifts we've been given to share Have been with us since life's beginning And we never noticed they were there We can balance atrepparttar 127064 brink of wisdom Never recognizing that we've arrived Loving spirits will live together We're all swimming torepparttar 127065 other side . . ."

From "Swimming torepparttar 127066 Other Side" by Pat Humphries 1992 Moving Forward Music May be heard onrepparttar 127067 Faerie Goddess CD, Elaine Silver vocals Used with permission.

At a tiny 5'1", Kathryn A. Graham is a licensed private investigator, pilot, aircraft mechanic and handgun instructor in Texas. Also a prolific author, she has written numerous articles, short stories and a science fiction novel. http://www.kathrynagraham.com/




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