Replanting Considerations, Predestined

Blended some sentiments from a couple of friends on a similar page, as follows (reproduced with permission of both):

We are a long way from good. We are morally bankrupt hypocrites who preach a corrupt gospel without even being aware that we are doing so. Somehow we became post-Christian, and didn’t notice were drifting because we took an axe and chopped ourselves off at the roots.

Unless we are replanted there is only one future: we will wither and die.
Was it we who chopped down the tree that bore no fruit? In the Bible it is The Lord, I think, metaphorically, who threatens to do so and the gardener who pleads for another year, promising to provide fertilizer.

And in another place, The Lord (metaphorically) says let the weeds grow with the grain. At the harvest, the weeds can be separated and burned.

Then there is the Calvinistic predestination and election. We form a society together but some are headed one way and some another way. It’s in Galatians where we’re not the judges but the penitents, because I suspect that the claiming to be the elect is the proof one is not.

On the other hand, we can’t claim be be elected, at least not on our own merits. Salvation comes through the grace of God as a free gift for all who accept it. It’s not a matter of claiming to be the elect, but acknowledgement of a Truth.

“For all who accept it” is the catch. These days. rejecting God is the dominant ideology. When God asks someone, after s/he passes, why she/he did not accept, they can argue they were just doing what everyone was doing – nothing personal.

I wonder what God will think? If it were me, I’d be tempted to reincarnate them, Hindu style, for a re-do.

On the other hand, it seems that predestination has largely been abandoned as a Christian doctrine, since people misunderstood it. It’s always there, however. A God who transcends space and time knows the end of all things. What is legitimate free will to us is a choice already known to God.

As Larry Norman used to say, “I’m not a pessimist, I’ve just been thinking”.

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Came across this earlier unpublished comment from Neil Remington Abramson that seems to continue to resonate:

Standing against the mores of one’s time and place is rarely a good idea. It’s the stuff of tragedy.

Now, how to apply…

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Give me, give me
A chance to be near you
I love you

Mike Smith (1943-2008), in 2003, shortly before his accident left him effectively a quadriplegic:



Nice solo instrumental cover by Pete Miserendino :

It’s right
That I should care
About you

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Lockdown Concentration

So the law firm building is locked down and the news and more news. One tries to focus, if only to defy something not yet known, or understood.

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Maybe saw it as it wasn’t


Wrote about my mother’s sister and supposed class rejection, resulting in her drinking herself to death, before the age of forty. Recently met with a family member who saw things quite differently. Family member’s view being that it wasn’t rejection by the class, but rejection by herself. She didn’t drink because of the rejection, but because she couldn’t accept that she was accepted.

Family member pointing out that, at her funeral, both her husband and father-in-law were inconsolable. So much so that her mother-in-law just left them there.

I knew my mother visited her sister in the hospital. Didn’t know that their mother would not visit.


Frame still off-centre.

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Audrey von Pillis

Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows (reproduced with permission):

Audrey von Pillis was my French tutor in Saskatoon, back when I was a kid in the 1960s.

She was the daughter of the Royal Architect of the King Carol I of Romania, before WWI, and grew up in a palace. After WWI, she married a successful businessman and lived in a mansion. He died and, after WWII, she immigrated to Canada and lived in a little house in Grosvenor Park, Saskatoon. Later, she retired to Toronto, where she lived in a studio apartment on Bloor. She died about 1972. Her life was caught up in a downward cycle from royalty to poverty, though she was as “civilized” as anyone I have known. She also left no internet imprint.

Mrs von P believed in Toynbee. She believed our civilization, like Ancient Rome, had already begun to descend into the barbarism that would cycle back to a higher crescendo long after all of us living were gone. And who’s to say, 40 years later, that her vision was inaccurate?

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God Himself is the judge of Tyrone, like He’s the judge of us. He was more than just a convict, more than just a man on the run. He was a person…of tremendous value. Ty was caught and paid a price on this earth. We look at people incarcerated and say they’ve been duly caught, tried, judged and condemned. All men have sinned and fallen short of God’s perfect ideal.

Reverend Rick Sheasby, Salvation Army, Belleville, at the funeral of Ty Conn, May 28, 1999, as reported by Kevin Hann“Escaped con ‘paid his price'”. Ottawa Sun, May 29, 1999: 7.

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