A Vapor or a Mist
The Letter of James’ answer to the question of who and what we are is unexpected by those trained to believe one’s life is more than a vapor that vanishes away. Other translations render ‘vapor’ (ατμις) as a mist or smoke that vanishes or disappears. The NT Greek word ἀφανίζω,v can be translated as vanished, snatched out of sight, extinguished, destroyed, consumed, or deprived of luster.
When the luster fades
When a megalomaniacal public figure’s media echo falls faint, the spotlight dims, and the luster fades, an ingrained, well-practiced defense mechanism takes over: When a critic attacks, project onto the critic what you yourself are and fear becoming — an irrelevant psycho.
What you are, and fear you are becoming
Former White House Chief of Staff, retired US. Marine Corps General John Kelly, claims that his boss, the former president, tried to use the FBI, the IRS, and other federal agencies as weapons against perceived enemies, former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, among them.
The former president’s spokesperson refuted Kelly’s claim with the defense mechanism and tone to which the world has grown accustomed:
A Letter to the Editor
Sharon Decker’s letter to the editor of the Star Tribune (Nov. 17, 2022) poses vexing questions.
Lord, let me know my endPsalm 39:4-6 NRSVE
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. Selah
Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
they heap up and do not know who will gather.
Gordon C. Stewart, public theologian, author, Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness (2017 Wipf and Stock), Brooklyn Park, MN, Nov. 30, 2022.
I believe we have said the same thing?
But while we have His breath making us a living soul it’s good to smile ,move and I guess accept that the world is what is!!!
I do love a smile, others’ or my own, and need to be reminded often, Eeyor soul that I am -:). Thank you for the reminder to look on the bright side of life. There are lots of smiles these days that make God frown. “Woe is me,” says Isaiah in then temple, “for I am a man of unclean lips!” Isaiah is then commissioned to go out and live a prophetic life — a life that draws from the knowledge of God and ourselves. In short, when God frowns, the appropriate response is to contribute to the work that turns the frown into a smile. Just my thoughts. Thanks for returning to Views from the Edge. I’m always surprised that people do. And thank you for taking the time to share your reflection.
Yes , l guess He has to turn His own frown to a smile through Jesus and I have to choose help from them both to make a difference. That was complicated but it is really simple. “Abide in Me.”
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I just sent you a long reply, but it has vanished!
Ah, that sometimes happens. Don’t do it again. It may come up in a little while. Thank you.