Category Archives: Bible/literary themes

Still. In the Moment. God. (Even in 2020)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila UPDATE December, 2020 This post, first offered in the summer of 2016, is a reminder again today to trust God when it seems the (political) Kraken, “battened” (fattened)  sufficiently on power and greed, has finally surfaced for … Continue reading

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The Words That Remain

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. ~ William Carlos Williams, excerpt from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower“   The Frustration

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But the Thing Is, Senator, GOD Owns Sunday

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I’ve been thinking more about a previous post where I explain why I think the picture of a recent Portland, Oregon, riot that reveals a Bible along with an American flag on a burn pile is so … Continue reading

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The Kraken Rising 2020? On Marxism vs Peaceful Protests and Who We Really War Against

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. (Luke 8:17, NIV) The Kraken In literature, mythology, and folklore, the “Kraken” is … Continue reading

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We Need a Little Christmas in July…Again…

Here’s my (annual) contribution. Every year when I re-post this it seems the world is more grief-filled, less hopeful. But the message in here is timeless–whether one is a believer, not, or not yet. Consider… From Russia with Hope: Christmas … Continue reading

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“The Kraken 2.0” (On Evil’s Proper End)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Kraken? These days when evil seems to be metastisizing like stage 4 cancer, fattening on power, insolence, and presumption, I am reminded of “The Kraken,” both the sea monster from Scandinavian folklore and Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem … Continue reading

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On the Power of Deception–Now, Then, & in Secret Chambers

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila (revised) Reflecting more on yesterday’s post, “On Who Fills the Void/the Rainbow Maker,” (a discussion of the power–and purpose–of insatiable need), what came to mind was this famous quote attributed to former CIA Director, William Casey: “We’ll … Continue reading

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On the Father, the Prodigal, and The Other Son (Mostly The Other Son)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Most people know the parable of the “Prodigal Son” whether through Bible studies or as an idiom . But here’s a recap from the NIV:

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“For the Workers Late in the Field”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Luke 10:2, NIV) Here is a different sort of take, … Continue reading

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Part 8: “Then they came (for my ancestors)”–Searching for the Mame-Loshn* in the Promised Land and in the Borderlands

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila *”Mother tongue” (Yiddish) The Mame-Loshn  When we recently found out that ancestors on both sides of our family were Jewish (Ashkenazi), one side of the family by DNA tests and documents, the other, by oral history, it … Continue reading

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