The Disappearing Railroad Blues

City of New Orleans at Kankakee, Illinois
The Illinois Central’s City of New Orleans at Kankakee, Illinois, August 1964. Photo by Lawrence and David Barera, via Flickr.com.

Our finite human nature often has difficulty appreciating the past and the future while simultaneously living in the present. Old and new tend to clash, with one or the other taking primacy of place. Which we choose depends on our age and point of view. But we serve an Eternal God Who exists outside of time. Is there some way, as His disciples, that we can reconcile old and new in our daily lives?

Isaiah 65:17-19; Matthew 13:52; Luke 5:36-39; Revelation 21:1-4

Click here to listen to the podcast: The Disappearing Railroad Blues

Music: “The City of New Orleans,” Steve Goodman, performed by Arlo Guthrie, Hobo’s Lullaby, Reprise Records, 1972. The full song can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF1lqEQFVUo.

Happy Mules

20 mule Borax team, Mojave, California Valley line, ca. 1880. Photograph shows teams of eighteen mules and two horses attached to large wagons in the desert; two pale horses, positioned closest to the wagon, wear coverings over faces. (Albertype Co., Copyright Claimant (Library of Congress #2013647267).

God has been revealing Himself for thousands of years. You might think we would all be on the same page by now, with the same understanding and interpretation of scripture. That’s not what we see. There are thousands of unique expressions of faith in the Almighty from the Christian and Jewish sides of the family. Is there some clue in nature that might help us understand why?

Deuteronomy 22:10; Luke 5:36-39; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

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https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-xitdg-e959a7


Music: “Hoe Down – Rodeo,” by Aaron Copland, performed by Phillip Ellis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man, Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring, Masterworks 2009.

Referenced article: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, “Animal Welfare: Ki Tetzei (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19),” Aish.com (https://www.aish.com/tp/i/sacks/559748591.html).