Note: if you like a challenge, take a first read without the code translation that follows at the end …
Tis a crime often repeated at All Saints Memorials crisscrossing the land … background checks and security procedures fail to prevent it … and few seem interested in doing the teaching, mentoring, training and taking the steps necessary to prevent it …
Baby snatching aka infant kidnapping occurs right under our noses virtually every day … and we do little or nothing … in fact, quite frequently we instead become co-conspirators in the crime … either apathetically or quite unintentionally … let me explain.
As boys and girls, men and women, arise out of the prenatal waters of rebirth, infants of Pneu Ma … the one who gives them life, nurtures them, sets them apart, transforms them, intercedes for them and leads them toward their destiny … they often hear the name of Pneu Ma for the last time right before they enter those waters … that precious name spoken over their rebirth … it is a name rarely spoken of actively again.
Many of these babes of rebirth, even though an answer to prayers and pursuit, are nevertheless left to fend for themselves by whatever devices and defenses they may choose … or not choose, a practice that for all intents and purposes results in basically throwing out the baby with the prenatal bath waters … and Pneu Ma mourns the loss of the children at the hands of the staff and patients of All Saints Memorial who apathetically stand by and watch.
Unfortunately, that is not the end of the story … according to many of the experts that monitor such things only about 20-25% (an optimistic estimate in my mind) of these infants actually endure to maturity … a mortality rate that would be considered extremely unacceptable in the natural world. Alas, I must add that believe it or not the rebirth of some is counterfeit … it’s not real. So those percentages could be deceiving.
The only real way that an infant survives and actually thrives is by being embraced into the communal life of family versus being pushed into personal independence as an individual. While independence may be aptly used when it comes to certain aspects of life, a baby needs the love and embrace of Father&Son, Pneu Ma and all of his or her siblings … acceptance and growth both come … or are intended to come … from one’s family and a healthy dependence upon the members of that family.
In the natural world, quite frequently birth certificates reveal fathers are unknown and their presence, support and investment in the child is virtually non-existent. But in this spiritual world, Father&Son are well known for whom they are and what they do while many of the staff and patients at each All Saints Memorial, oftentimes unwittingly, do all within their power to limit or outright eradicate the knowledge and influence of Pneu Ma on the reborn infants.
Each local hospital has their own Aunty Charisma … Aunty suffers from a severe case of PneuMaphobia … her lack of understanding of the true work of Pneu Ma in the children and the exaggerated behavior of the few causes her to irrationally stereotype and fear the influence of Pneu Ma on the children. She fears what she cannot grasp, see and control … she fears the divine wind that blows through Pneu Ma …
Cousins S Righteous and IM Religious place more emphasis on shaping themselves and shaping others apart from the influence and development of Pneu Ma. S Righteous believes he alone is the one who controls his behavior, his destiny and the mask others see … with his pride on full display his aim is to show Father&Son just how fortunate they are to have him. IM Religious, on the other hand, believes that following the rules and regs grounded in moral excellence, performance and patriotism collectively makes him and his cohorts the apple of Father&Son’s eyes … little knowing that apple is indeed just more forbidden fruit. The good fruit … the fruit that Father&Son desire … is the fruit that comes at the hands of Pneu Ma.
The actions of Aunty Charisma, S Righteous and IM Religious rather than pleasing Father&Son and Pneu Ma instead serve only to grieve and quench Pneu Ma … indeed they blaspheme the precious name of Pneu Ma … rather than expanding upon the life and love given the children by Father&Son through Pneu Ma … instead they bring death. Subsequently the All Saints Memorials rather than serving in their intended role as hospitals in many cases instead become hospices … rather than coming to a place that gives life, the love of Father&Son and Pneu Ma has been replaced with many things … that only lead to death.
The thing about Aunty Charisma, S Righteous and IM Religious is that oftentimes their actions and their behaviors are based on good intentions … but as a wise man once said … the road to hell is paved with the bricks of good intentions … they have become but goat and tares who look to add to their number … pawns in the claws of TG Deceiver … corrupting the sheep and strangling the wheat.
TG Deceiver on the other hand has no good intentions when it comes to Father&Son, Pneu Ma or the children … his mission is pure and simple to keep the children separated from those who can give life and love through rebirth … lying, deceiving and corrupting are all tactics used by TG Deceiver and his evil brood to keep the children from Pneu Ma and their reconciliation to Father&Son.
Fortunately there are a few such as D Cyples … who realize the importance of the love, nurture and power of Pneu Ma in their own lives and the lives of the newly reborn children of Father&Son. And they stand firmly by the waters of rebirth ready to embrace, protect and walk hand in hand with their siblings as Pneu Ma raises them … all of them … up toward maturity.
You see … apart from the joint work of Father&Son and Pneu Ma … the work of God … the babies will be unable to endure until the end, the seed will be trampled, withered and choked … they are unable to believe and be saved, in times of temptation they will fall away, they will not be brought into fruitful maturity. The words inspired through Pneu Ma so desperately needed for growth, maturity and endurance become but words they are unable to comprehend and understand with a natural mind.
The separation anxiety these children sense is real … the God-sized vacuum so to speak … must be filled with the indwelling presence of God … Father, Son and Holy Spirit … to seek to limit that indwelling presence … to break apart the triune God … to what one understands and feels comfortable with … is to choose the wide and broad way that leads to destruction and death … not the narrow gate and path that leads to eternal life. This is a choice they make not only for themselves but also for those who wander into their circle of influence.
Don’t be an Aunty Charisma, a S Righteous, a IM Religious … don’t be PneuMaphobic!
Don’t let the infants IN Christ be snatched away from the Light of Hope … only to once again be dispatched back into the depths of despair and darkness!
May we all, in faith, learn to embrace and respond to the work of Father&Son and Pneu Ma in our lives and the lives of others …
May all our churches be hospitals … not hospices …
May we truly be the family of God …
Be D Cyples!
God’s will be done!
Pneumatology – In Christian Theology refers to the study of the Holy Spirit
Pneuma is the Greek word for breath … and I am using Pneu Ma to refer to the Holy Spirit
All Saints Memorials is referring to churches as hospitals
The babies/infants/children are referring to new born-again believers
Father&Son – Father God and Jesus Christ
Aunty Charisma is a play on the word anti-charismatic
S Righteous … self righteousness advocates
IM Religious … religious advocates
TG Deceiver … The Great Deceiver … aka the devil
D Cyples … disciples of Christ Jesus
(Verses that inspired this post … Matthew 3:11, Mark 3:29, John 3:5-8, 6:63, 14:26, 16:5-11, Acts 9:31, Romans 5:5, 8:14, 8:26-27, 1 Corinthians 12:1-14, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Galatians 5:22-23, 5:25, Ephesians 4:30, 6:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:19, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, Titus 3:5, 2 Peter 1:21, Jude 1:20 and more)