Cee’s Black & White, Fences Make Good Neighbors

Mending Wall

Robert Frost1874 – 1963

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
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Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs.  The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
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I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
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And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of outdoor game,
One on a side.  It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.'
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors?  Isn’t it
Where there are cows?  But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,

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That wants it down.'  I could say ‘Elves’ to him,
But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
He said it for himself.  I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father’s saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.'

When I saw Cee's Black & White Challenge FENCES & GATES  this week 
"The Mending Wall" came immediately to mind.

 

Mid Afternoon Meditation 3-14-19

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The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows,
    turned back on the day of battle;
10 they did not keep God’s covenant
    and refused to live by his law.
11 They forgot what he had done,
    the wonders he had shown them.
12 He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors
    in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea and led them through;
    he made the water stand up like a wall.
14 He guided them with the cloud by day
    and with light from the fire all night.
15 He split the rocks in the wilderness
    and gave them water as abundant as the seas;
16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag
    and made water flow down like rivers. Psalm 78: 9-16

How is God’s covenant with the church/ world different from the covenant He made with Israel?

Morning Direction From Scripture 3-13-19

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The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows,
    turned back on the day of battle;
10 they did not keep God’s covenant
    and refused to live by his law.
11 They forgot what he had done,
    the wonders he had shown them.
12 He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors
    in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea and led them through;
    he made the water stand up like a wall.
14 He guided them with the cloud by day
    and with light from the fire all night.
15 He split the rocks in the wilderness
    and gave them water as abundant as the seas;
16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag
    and made water flow down like rivers. Psalm 78: 9-16

What kind of things get you to turn back on God’s plans? What do you to stop yourself from turning back?

Share Your World 3-4 on 3-9-19

Melanie Shared Here World questions on March 4th but I am just getting to SHARE MY WORLD TODAY.

If you want to see how other people answered Melanie’s questions please click the link above and it will take you to a whole world worth of sharing.

Here are Melanie’s questions and my answers:

What’s the first thing you notice about a person?

The atmosphere they create around themselves, that is at least when I am not so self absorbed I fail to feel any atmosphere other than my own

What three habits do you feel would improve someone’s life?

Prayer. Meditation (biblical meditation) and study.

What takes up too much of your time?   Would you stop that if you could?

I still watch too much television. Now that said this is something I am working on though I am sure most people really close to me do not realize it yet.

Cookies (biscuits to those elsewhere), pastries, pie or cake?   If not, what does your sweet tooth crave? 

I love any desert, but especially those with cream in them.

Gratitude?  Are You Happy?  If so, why?  If not, why not?

I am very grateful for a wonderful afternoon with our Special Touch Family (ministry with the disabled).

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Special Touch Devotion

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Our team built this wall during our devotion on Nehemiah

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celebrating teamwork!

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My prayer partners for altar time.