With Christmas so near, I wanted to get into a religious thing that’s been in the back of my head for a little over a month now. Specifically:
That might sound alarming, but it’s going to turn out wholesome, I promise.
So, there’s this story in the Bible about a dude whose possessed by a ton of demons named Legion. Jesus was traveling and came across this guy, tortured by the demons and suffering. It’s a strange story, especially from the perspective of someone who hasn’t spent a lot of time involved with Christianity. These demons meet Jesus and then say something particularly confusing to me for a while.
The demons begged him, saying “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.”
Which, if you’ve watched any movie about demonic possession, you’d find that a surprising way to react. Namely, demons don’t bow down to anyone, right? Well, in this case, we are talking about the Son of God. So they kind of have to. It’s been peculiar that these demons requested entry into the pigs. I think it’s a question I might have to hold onto until I pass through the pearly gates.
This story, more than anything else, makes me ponder two things.
First, I’ve often wondered about the idea that the savior I believe in has the power to cast demons into pigs with a single word, and they must obey him. These things that we make out to be paragons of fear in our world that are surrounded by sinister mystery and a morbid curiosity because of their evil power are still so weak that they just get launched into pigs when the Son of God speaks. I love that I am cared for by a Savior whose power is that great, and more. It’s been particularly inspiring to know that the demons in my own life can be cast into pigs too if only I lean on Christ.
Second, I considered for the first time what the owner of the pigs felt as he watched his herd pile off of a cliff and plummet down into the water below. I can imagine that while the man whose spirit was just freed of that terrible torment felt blessed and proclaimed the miracle to the world, the pig farmer was likely upset. Animals are difficult to raise, and when you lose your entire herd it can be a huge hit to your wallet and your expectations of living. We don’t hear about that farmer at all in the Bible, but I have been thinking about him a lot.
That day, I’m sure was one of his worst. He awoke that morning to find his herd gone, and the Savior had penned that disaster just for him. I would be furious.
I have been furious, before.
It’s fairly common to be mad at God for the things that happen to us. Sometimes the terrible moments don’t feel like terrible moments that will pass quickly. Sometimes they feel like curses that we will never be rid of. It’s in those moments that I’ve had to consider our pig farmer because one thing is abundantly clear through reading the bible.
Your word is a lamp unto my feet, a light on my path.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your path straight.
The Lord works out everything to its proper end—Even the wicked for a day of disaster.
And one of my personal favorites:
“For I know the plans I have for you.” Declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God is always taking care of us, it’s been made abundantly clear in the Bible. He cares for his children, and despite that herd of pigs you just watched go overboard, He still has a plan. The loss of those pigs was only the beginning.
I have a hard time remembering that when I’ve just watched my herd go skydiving without backup, and I tend to lean into anger. Not into Joy. This Christmas season, religious or not, I hope you lean into the joy and know…
All things will work out. God has a plan in place for each of us, and even though we don’t know what it is, every bad thing you’ve just been through is a part of it. I promise.
Don’t lose hope.
It’s the beginning of the best season of the year.
Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read with me, if religion isn’t your thing, I write about a lot of other things too, This month has been fantastic, and I am close to having the most viewed month of Gravity, My Enemy on WordPress EVER. That’s super cool, and it’s all because of you. Thank you. I hope that as we grow and continue, that this blog only gets better and better for you. Since we’re so close anyway, please consider sharing this with your friends, or perhaps one of my other posts? I’ll leave them down below to make it extra easy for you.
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Recently I’ve begun the process of upgrading Gravity, My Enemy for the future, and as I’ve explained it so far I’d imagine that means relatively nothing to you so allow me to explain.
I’m doing a handful of things with the blog in the coming months, using a conceptual teaser I’ve developed called Firesoul. I’ve listed the upcoming changes below for clarity and for understanding.
- I will begin releasing new content on the blog, under a new tag. “Loremasters” content will be exclusively short stories and concept pieces I have been and will be working on in the future, to give you an in-universe look at some of the other aspects of my writing.
- I will be making the blog a bit more user-friendly. Meaning that ideally, fewer clicks for you to see the content that I’m releasing and a simpler way to view said content.
- I’m cleaning up my backlog quite a bit, and adjusting how you find old content. Searching for the tags of the previous movements, you’ll now be able to find all of the blog posts from that year. (i.e. if you search “Noose Ends” in the future, all of the poems and related blog posts will show up for you, hassle-free.)
- I’m changing the style and the content of the main blog to make it more time friendly. I am a long winded person by nature, and that is clear in my blog posts. I have found a style through the years of writing that is specific to me, but at times that long-winded style should be reserved for more important and pressing matters. (Like explaining why I am no longer releasing long-winded blog posts. Now, having used the term long-winded far more times than necessary, I’ll explain that the blog posts will be shorter on average than they used to. Meaning that you will not have to delegate as much time to read. This change comes coupled with the next change.
- My blog topics tend to vary dramatically, as such, it’s hard to pin down what I will be talking about each week. I’ve always hated the concept of gimmicky clickbait titles, but I’ve had to give in to some degree. Now, on the title of the blog post itself, I will be posting a small synopsis of what the blog post itself is about. (ex. Our 150 (What do I do about all these friend requests?) This will serve as a method for definitively distinguishing the blog posts from the poetry + from the Loremasters content I am preparing to release.
- I am also adjusting the content release schedule. For the last 8 months or so, you could find a calendar on my website detailing all of my blog posts and poetry and their release dates. For the time being, I’ve disabled this feature because, to be honest, it was unnecessary to do. I would spend a good thirty minutes every week scheduling the images on the calendar because I’m a neat freak and want things to look as nice as possible, but those thirty minutes could have been better spent editing or reviewing the things I’ve written.
- I am going to be including a (much shorter) post-text to the blog posts after this campaign ends, for now, it will be included at the bottom for those interested in what the Firesoul is all about. In essence, I want to use this blog as a method of communication. I am great at standing on a soapbox and talking to you about all these things I think I know, but I want to hear the other side as well.
- I will be posing some questions after each blog post, just to see what my readership feels like in regards to what I’ve stated. This will not likely happen on every post, but a fair share of them (specifically ones I would love to talk with you about) will include these questions.
- There will be a handful of other, smaller changes to the blog. All of them meant to assist you, the reader in navigating the site and having more to engage with regarding Gravity, My Enemy as a whole.
- Bonus: I’ll be linking the URL for the compilation volumes on the blog pages itself, and soon all of the books will be made quite a bit cheaper than they are right now.
One (two) more thing(s):
Thank you for reading all of that, and if you’ve come this far I want to let you know that after the Firesoul campaign has finished, I’ll be giving away a few things. Namely:
I’ll have more information about the giveaway as December draws nearer but until then…
Firesoul is more than just a thematic teaser for the blog, it is also an incredibly important object in my written universe. As the center harness for all forms of fire magic. It is the generator that gives fire wielders the ability to wield. This teaser comes with a large release and the start of a big writing project I will hopefully be undertaking as the four souls come to completion. Because I don’t like baiting people for unknown lengths of time, each of the four souls will be revealing lore from my universe through pages uploaded to my website. The first of them, regarding fire itself, will be released upon the launch of the Firesoul campaign. Make sure to check my website/social media regularly for information regarding the changes.
Life is not meant to be awful.
Categories: Umbral Dawning