Kings of the Earth: Wolfowitz and Joey the Clown

Written by Roger Wright

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Salvatore had a family too. He understood. He understood loyalty just like he understood thatrepparttar Grand Avenue Social Club didnít necessarily have to be located on Grand Avenue.

Wolfowitz hitsrepparttar 137038 button again. Harder this time. More annoyed at that damn country song. Some kind of hillbilly thing keeps wafting up through his window. Wolfowitz and Joeyrepparttar 137039 Clown hear:

When I was just a baby. My Mama told me son Always be a good boy Donít ever play with guns But I shot a man in Reno Just to watch him die, When I hear that whistle blowingí I hang my head and cry.

Wolfowitz decides to cleanrepparttar 137040 mess up himself. Reaches down to scoop up a handful of desk drawer junk and cuts himself onrepparttar 137041 business end of a staple remover atrepparttar 137042 exact same moment that Joeyrepparttar 137043 Clown draws blood onrepparttar 137044 concrete reaching for his coffee. Both men bringrepparttar 137045 middle fingers of their right hand up to their faces. Two middle fingers raised proudly atrepparttar 137046 world. Tiny pricks of blood atrepparttar 137047 tip of each. From behind those two fingers, one inrepparttar 137048 carpeted office ofrepparttar 137049 World Bank in Chicago, one on a stoop onrepparttar 137050 west side of Chicago; Johnny Cash sings:

I bet thereís rich folks eatin In a fancy dining car Theyíre probably drinkin coffee And smoking big cigars, But I know I had it comin, I know I canít be free, But those people keep a moving And thatís what tortures me.

Wolfowitz and Joeyrepparttar 137051 Clown both think. ďAh, no big deal.Ē Joey wipesrepparttar 137052 blood on his pants. Wolfowitz takes out an embroidered handkerchief, then throws it inrepparttar 137053 leather trash basket when heís done.

Wolfowitz has a busy day. Calendar is jammed. Somebody wants to get in to see him? They got to wait at least a month. Unless itís Mr. Rove or Don or one ofrepparttar 137054 boys. Joey? He might play some cards later on. Not so busy. Busy hiding in plain sight maybe. Wolfowitz knows he canít be holding meetings in this place with some damn country rock and roll song coming in throughrepparttar 137055 window. Wolfowitz gets up to shut his window atrepparttar 137056 exact same time Joey finishes thumbing thru his Sun Times looking for stories about himself. Joey now up on his feet too. He goes inside just as Wolfowitz shuts tight his window.

And what do you know? Both men now shut up inside. And they can STILL hear Johnny Cash sing:

Well if they freed me from this prison If this railroad car was mine Iíd guess Iíd move out over Farther downrepparttar 137057 line Far from Folsom Prison Thatís where I want to stay, And Iíd let that lonesome whistle Blow my blues away.

Blow my blues away.

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Written by Irvin L. Rozier

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We three had many a season of prayer. Sometimes it would be just Mike and me, and sometimes just Dan and me. Other times all three of us we come together to pray. None of us were perfect. Like Paul, we all can say, "The spirit is willing butrepparttar flesh is weak." However, God looks atrepparttar 136999 intent and purposes ofrepparttar 137000 heart.

I want to tell you about one example of prayer for each of my friends. Mike called one night. He was facing some really rough trials and had been struggling in prayer. He lived about seven miles from me and he wanted to meet me atrepparttar 137001 Huddle House to have a cup of coffee and fellowship. Before I leftrepparttar 137002 house,repparttar 137003 Lord spoke and said, "Take that Bible, that small one that contains bothrepparttar 137004 old and new testament, and bring it with you. I've got a word for Mike."

I met him a few minutes later, and as we drank our coffee, I said, "Mike,repparttar 137005 Lord has a word for you." I pulled out my Bible, opened it to II Kings 13.15, "And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows." As tears filled his eyes when I spoke these words, Mike said, "Before I left my house,repparttar 137006 Lord told me to put my bow and arrows in my truck. They are out there now." I said, "Let's go. We got to go out to a secluded place , pray, and replay exactly what Elisha and Joash did (II Kings 13.15-17). We did, and when that last arrow headed towardrepparttar 137007 sky, Mike shouted for joy asrepparttar 137008 Spirit of God moved on him and gave him assurance of victory!

I received a late night call about four years ago. It was Dan. he was inrepparttar 137009 hospital because of stomach problems. His bowels had burst. He was really in bad shape. As I went intorepparttar 137010 intensive care unit, where his family were gathered around him, he feebly greeted me and began to talk. He said, "Brother, I ain't gonna make it this time. I'm ready to go, and I told my wife I wanted you to say a few words at my funeral." I looked at him and said, "Dan, God ain't through with you yet, you still have a work to do," I put my hands on him and began to pray. I asked God to mend those places whererepparttar 137011 surgery had been done and to raise him up.

In about two days, he went home. Although he was weak,repparttar 137012 Lord began to slowly mend him. He had additional surgery later to removerepparttar 137013 bagrepparttar 137014 doctor's had placed there for his bodily functions. As I'm writing this, Brother Dan has fully recovered and is still working, praying and serving God.

Both Mike and Dan have prayed for me often. I appreciate them and may God richly recompense their labors for him.

James 5.16 "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervant prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

Author of My Walk with the Lord,, preacher, retired US Army

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