Prophetic: Toward a New Nobility?

I wondered aloud in passing to Ann, in the other room reading this morning, if given the end of the Bush Regime so close at hand, we might dare look toward a return to our former good name among the nations, to be a country once more with virtues to aspire to. She read back from Isaiah open, it turns out, to this very passage:

Isaiah 32: The Kingdom of Righteousness

1 See, a king will reign in righteousness
and rulers will rule with justice. 2 Each man will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.

3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen.

4 The mind of the rash will know and understand,
and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.

5 No longer will the fool be called noble
nor the scoundrel be highly respected.

6 For the fool speaks folly,
his mind is busy with evil:
He practices ungodliness
and spreads error concerning the LORD;
the hungry he leaves empty
and from the thirsty he withholds water.

7 The scoundrel’s methods are wicked,
he makes up evil schemes
to destroy the poor with lies,
even when the plea of the needy is just.

8 But the noble man makes noble plans,
and by noble deeds he stands.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. There are those who look to prophecy and others who would call it synchronicity. Whatever it was – it is to be pondered and appreciated. Add to the mix a portion of a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote back in 1798. It’s appropriate as we approach Halloween and Election Day just several days later. Jefferson said, “A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to it’s true principles.”
    I’ve been patient and have done everything I could to make it happen for eight years — hope 2008 is the one.

  2. It is about sight isn’t, or perhaps insight. Let’s hope and pray for those who have been blind the last eight years, or really the last 28 or so, will see.

  3. The attitude of most ‘outsiders’ towards the USA is based either on fear of the foreign policies of your country and where it will lead next, given the huge impact you have on the rest of the world, and envy that your country is so wealthy and powerful. Such power and wealth brings responsibilities that seem, sadly, to be ignored by the current administration.
    Europe is currently debating why the Nobel prize for literature has never gone to an American and I wonder about that too, given the huge volume of good writing that comes from your shores.. .