February 11th, 2020

mystical union with Christ is at the heart of the Christian faith

It is 2:23 PM Tuesday afternoon here in West Michigan. It is another cold gray day. It is not snowing yet. I expect the snow to fall anytime today or at least during the night time hours. I comfort myself realizing we are getting closer to the end of another Winter season. The seasons come and go, which is a blessing.

I have had a normal day thus far. It has been one of those days I feel like I am in a mental fog. I also keep falling asleep today.

Tonight Carol goes back to work, so she is sleeping this afternoon. It is a quiet day just walking around in a fog waiting for the day to come to a close.

I basically wrote in my paper diary and read 'Reformed Ethics' by Herman Bavinck till 12:20 PM. Carol left this morning for her Physical Therapy session and then to go grocery shopping. When she got home I was still sitting at our dining room table reading Herman Bavinck's 'Reformed Ethics'.

I left this afternoon for awhile to drive our to Bibles For Mexico to unload bags of old newspapers to be recycled. After unloading the old newspapers I went into the store to look at their used books. I only found one old used paperback today to add to our library, 'The Bird's Nest' horror fantasy by Shirley Jackson.

I suppose I will close to doze. I might read some William Perkins this afternoon. I got a ton of stuff to read. Existence keeps decaying.

I should mention that Caleb, Emily, Cora, and Ollie stopped by yesterday evening to get Ollie's crate. We gave Cora her birthday card that we forgot to give her at her birthday party last week. Josie was not with them, because she was still with Emily's parents. Emily's parent's drove down today for a visit and Josie was with them.

Carol & Cora
Carol & Cora
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in union with the Lamb

921 S.M. J. Kent
“Ye are all one in Christ.” Gal. 3. 28; Eph. 5. 30
1 In union with the Lamb,
From condemnation free,
The saints from everlasting were;
And shall for ever be.

2 In covenant from of old,
The sons of God they were;
The feeblest lamb in Jesus’ fold
Was blessed in Jesus there.

3 Its bonds shall never break,
Though earth’s old columns bow;
The strong, the tempted, and the weak,
Are one in Jesus now.

4 When storms or tempests rise,
Or sins your peace assail,
Your hope in Jesus never dies;
’Tis cast within the vail.

5 Here let the weary rest,
Who love the Saviour’s name;
Though with no sweet enjoyments blessed,
This covenant stands the same.
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Remedy

"Section 4
But the principal thing to be sought for in this temptation is the remedy thereof. Whereunto there are five things required, which are to be practiced as occasion shall be offered.

First, choice must be made of the most fit and present remedy, and that must be used in the first place. Now the most fit and present remedy is to bring the troubled party to the personal exercise of faith and repentance by and in himself. For this end, [first], he must examine his conscience most straightly and narrowly for all the sins of his heart and life. Second, he must humbly confess against himself all his known sins, and withal acknowledge the due condemnation that he thereby has deserved. Third, he must cry to heaven for mercy, entreating the Lord most instantly for pardon and for the restraint of His wrath due unto him for his sin. David, being in this distress, performed all these duties, as we may read in Psalm 6. And he says further of himself, that "whilst he concealed his sins, the hand of God was heavy upon him; but upon his earnest confession (and deprecation), he received mercy" (Ps. 32:3,5). And if we read the book of Job, we shall find that the principle scope thereof is this: namely, to show unto us that Job was thoroughly exercised with this temptation, and that in the end, having been rebuked both by his friends and by God Himself, his recovery was made by humbling himself, when he says, "Behold, I am vile." Again, "Now I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:6).

Some may here demand, "If it falls out that the person himself cannot perform any good duty by himself by reason of his distraction in soul and body, what then must be done?" Answer. If the party can but sigh and sob unto God for mercy and comfort, it is no doubt a work of God's Spirit, and a practice both of faith and repentance. "We know not," says Saint Paul, "what to pray as we ought (namely, in our distresses), but the Spirit itself maketh request for us, with sighs that cannot be expressed" (Rom. 8:26). And therein lies our comfort for us, with Moses at the Red Sea, being in great distress, and not knowing what to say or do, sighed and groaned inwardly in his soul unto the Lord for help and protection (Ex. 14:15). And his very desire was instead of a loud cry in the ears of the Lord." William Perkins 'The Works of William Perkins' Volume 8 pg. 172 The First Book of the Cases of Conscience
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The Sex in Literature Tag

Prompts:

1. What is a book you have read that comes close to crossing the line between Literature/ Adult Fiction and Pornography?
I think when sex is depicted in a work of literature it becomes pornographic when it has no purpose to incite lust or other base desires. When sex is portrayed in a work of literature it should come across as natural to the story or the work of literature either a poem or graphic novel.

2. What is a book you have read with a cringe worthy depiction or discussion of sex? The only work of literature I can think of when it comes to descriptions of sex that made me feel uncomfortable were the writings of Marquis de Sade.

3. What's the most overrated book, with a reputation for being sexy, that you have read? What came to my mind was the novel 'Lady's Chatterley's Love' by D. H. Lawrence

4. What is your favorite passage from a book about or describing sex or a sexual situation? I recently read a novel by Tom Robbins titled 'Another Roadside Attraction' that is a wonderful sexual situation.

5. What is a book you have recently read that you think handles descriptions/ discussions of sex well? All I can come with is the sex depicted in the novel 'Wolf' by Jim Harrison.

6. What are some books that contain positive and frank depictions of sexual relationships between LGBTQ+ characters? I am not familiar with Gay Lit. The last book I read that contained scenes of sexual relations between Gay characters was 'Mislaid' a novel by Nell Zink.

7. What do think is the best way of depicting sex in literature/ fiction? I think the best way of depicting sex or love making in a work of literature is make it come across as natural. Humans being have sex, it is what most of us experience as we live out our days. Sex is wonderful and mystical.

8. Tag some people who you think can handle it.

Below is a comment I wrote in a Booktuber's video devoted to this tag-

"I have found this tag interesting and do not know how I would answer these questions. The last thing I read under the description of sex in literature was a long story by Harold Brodkey titled 'Innocence' in his book 'Stories In An Almost Classical Mode'. I could list many novels that have sex scenes in them, some sparse and some graphic. The Bible is filled with sex. Think of the Song of Solomon found in the Old Testament . Think of the Romantic poets. The Beats. I am sure there is sex in the novels of Updike, Roth, and Bellows. I do not know about Gay Lit when it comes to sex. I do know Allen Ginsberg wrote some very graphic poems describing homosexual sex. I think of all the novels with the theme of love gained and love lost. I know there is sex in the novels of Joyce Carol Oates. How can one write a novel that takes place in time and space without somewhere there being love-sex? Or the longing for physical union with the other. Even the mystics of described union with God "Bridal mysticism". It is an interesting subject sex in literature. Always find your videos interesting."

The response to my comment was-
"thank you Jonny. One I forgot to mention was William Gass's "Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife", where the seductive wife directly addresses the reader as both woman and text, seducing the reader to want to read. It's rather good."
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