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OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS ************************* 1) sansculotte sanz-kyoo-LOT (noun) : an extreme radical republican during the French Revolution. : any revolutionary with extremist views. From French, literally, without knee breeches. In the French Revolution, this was the aristocrats' term of contempt for the ill-clad volunteers of the Revolutionary army who rejected knee breeches as a symbol of the upper class and adopted pantaloons. As often happens with such epithets, the revolutionaries themselves adopted it as a term of pride. "Figaro for example is too delicate to bear the weight of a 'concept,' especially if it encourages the producer to illustrate the corruption of the period or to repre- sent the hero as a sansculotte manque who knows that his master's days are numbered." --Jonathan Miller; Doing Opera; The New York Review of Books; May 11, 2000. 2) scry skry (intransitive verb) : to predict the future by crystal-gazing Shortening of descry (discover), from Middle English descrien, from Old French descrier (to call or cry out), from dis- + crier (to cry out). "Also, the Reserve Bank will release its quarterly Statement on Monetary Policy, which the market will scry for clues on the timing of possible rate rises." --Stocks' 10th Day of Gold; The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia); Nov 8, 2004.
Human blood is 83% water. Human bones are 25% water. *** Water was the first word that Helen Keller learned. Water was the last word spoken by President Ulysses S. Grant.
I am of the mindset that Sunday afternoons are meant for wandering. Atleast for me it is a hallowed task. There seems nothing more Sabbath-likethan exploring for the sake of exploration, and I am content to do so bycar or on foot, in a busy mall or in my mind. On Sunday, the journey isnot the means but the end--and it changes my perspective completely.One Sunday on our way home from church something different caught myhusband's eye, though we were on a road we both use daily. It was a smallcemetery, contained by a fence that was deteriorating, and concealed by atiny forest spared by contractors. The cemetery was old; the grave stoneswere toppled or badly weathered, some dating as far back as the 1800's. The place seemed like it had been forgotten--or perhaps like someone washoping it would be forgotten. It was a lost plot of history hiddeninconspicuously between large hotels and office buildings. Scripture often speaks of the omnipresent character of God, and it is thisattribute that struck me as I walked among the stones of the hiddencemetery. "He is Lord of both the dead and the living," Paul writes inRomans 14:9. For God there is no forgotten grave or child lost; there isno place we can flee from his presence. Whether we are running from hisvoice or crying out from the depths, our frames are never hidden from theone who formed them. It was a striking contrast: I had driven past this cemetery a thousandtimes and never seen it. But God knew each one buried there by name. Yet as I walked away, I was seized by the thought that my oversight wasnot accidental. It was a plot of land that had been concealed on purpose,and then hidden by my own expectation of what belonged there. Contractor,consumer, or neighbor--we don't want to see cemeteries beside our hotelsor grave stones beside our office parking lots. The cemetery was "lost"because we had hidden it from ourselves. It was forgotten by our owndoing. I wonder how often I behaved similarly with life, drawing fences aroundquestions that haunt or convictions I don't want to see, hiding sin orsorrow until it is forgotten. How often are we the cause of our ownblindness or the hands that work to conceal the thing we need most to see? We are so easily misled by own distractions, lost by our ownintentions--while our truest thoughts are like hidden cemeteries in thegreat worlds we build for ourselves. For centuries, God has been calling us out of these hidden worlds and lostways. Since Eden, God has been positing the question to people hidingbehind trees: "Where are you?" (Genesis 3:9). As with Adam, it is not forGod's sake that God inquires--it is you and I who need to be asked. TheFather knows precisely where we are, and yet He seeks the lost, longing togather them unto Himself like a hen gathers her chicks. To those who arehiding from themselves and from Him, He calls them to love with all theirheart, soul, and mind. To those who have forgotten, He urges them toremember. To those who do not see, He moves them to sight. And to thosewho are lost, the Father sends the Son to save. "For the Son of Man wassent to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10). Our inability to flee from the presence of God is not a statement about usbut a promise about his faithfulness. "'Am I only a God nearby,' declaresthe LORD, 'and not a God far away? Can anyone hide in secret places sothat I cannot see him?' declares the LORD. 'Do not I fill heaven andearth?'" (Jeremiah 23:23-24). However disoriented or distanced from theFather we have become, it is not far for the one who longs to save. However lost we have managed to make ourselves, the Son has already foundus. However thorough our attempts to hide or great the distance we haverun, it is nothing to the one who never lets us out of his sight. Beingfound is only a matter of turning around. Jill Carattini is managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at RaviZacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.------------------------------ Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)"A Slice of Infinity" is aimed at reaching into the culture with words ofchallenge, words of truth, and words of hope. If you know of others whowould enjoy receiving "A Slice of Infinity" in their email box each day,tell them they can sign up on our website athttp://www.rzim.org/slice/slice.php. If they do not have access to theWorld Wide Web, please call 1-877-88SLICE (1-877-887-5423).
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day. Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day. Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Then God said, "Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens." So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." So the evening and the morning were the fifth day. Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind"; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food"; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.Genesis 1 - From The Bible
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