|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Tanach:
2_Kings 23: 31 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
2_Kings 23: 32 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.
2_Kings 23: 33 And Pharaoh-necoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the land to a fine of a hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold.
2_Kings 23: 34 And Pharaoh-necoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the room of Josiah his father, and changed his name to Jehoiakim; but he took Jehoahaz away; and he came to Egypt, and died there.
2_Kings 23: 35 And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh; he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give it unto Pharaoh-necoh.
2_Kings 23: 36 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Zebudah the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.
2_Kings 23: 37 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.
2_Kings 24: 1 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years; then he turned and rebelled against him.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
elements, by wild beasts, and by the death that ever awaiteth
him. So Man cannot be a god, but only the work of God. Great
then is the error that the Chaldeans have erred in following
their own lusts; for they worship corruptible elements and dead
images, neither do they perceive that they are making gods of
"Now come we to the Greeks that we may see whether they have any
understanding concerning God. The Greeks, then, professing
themselves to be wise, fell into greater folly than the
Chaldeans, alleging the existence of many gods, some male, others
female, creators of all passions and sins of every kind.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Glasses by Henry James:
encouraged to count on better things, that one's dear old friend
had gone blind? Before the answer to this question dropped upon
me--and the moving moments, though few, seemed many--I heard, with
the sound of voices, the click of the attendant's key on the other
side of the door. Poor Flora heard also and on hearing, still with
her hand on my arm, brightened again as I had a minute since seen
her brighten across the house: she had the sense of the return of
the person she had taken me for--the person with the right pair of
lips, as to whom I was for that matter much more in the dark than
she. I gasped, but my word had come: if she had lost her sight it
was in this very loss that she had found again her beauty. I