The Write Place- Curtis Bruce Kessler

June 8, 2010

A Little Star-dust Caught

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“A Little Star-dust Caught”

My wife and I had the opportunity to go to Hawaii for our vacation. We were blessed and rewarded with memories that will last a lifetime. One special day will always be impressed upon my heart and I would like to share that with you.

We decided to climb the 150,000 year old extinct volcano known as Diamondhead. Everything we read about this trip warned us of the difficulty of the climb, the time to make the climb up and down, to bring an ample supply of water, and to wear the right shoes/clothing for this arduous hike. Indeed the trip to the top began easy enough but increased with difficulty with every turn. There were steep climbs, dark tunnels to pass through, even steeper stair-steps. At one point we considered calling it quits but the goal was firmly planted in our hearts and we persevered. The view from the top of Diamondhead was magnificent and worth whatever the cost. The deep blue sea was so clear you could see right through to the very depth of the ocean. You could see the coral beneath, the sand, the lovely way the waves rolled gently to land as if they were tenderly caressing the shore. The grandeur of nature was being displayed right before our eyes. It seemed too beautiful to be true, yet, there we were in awe. I couldn’t help but be stirred and moved for clearly, as Henry David Thoreau penned in Walden, or Life in the Woods, “It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”
I was indeed touched by this divine masterpiece and as I looked into the vast deep blue sea my soul was stirred with the wonderful Biblical picture in Revelations 22:1 of the “pure river of water of life, clear as crystal proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” In this beautiful place there is “no night there, no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying” but only “the Light of the Lamb.” Rev.21:4, 21:23. “A little star-dust caught” describes well my epiphany on Diamondhead. I long for the days to see my friends who have moved on to the crystal waters of Heaven and then finally be able to say “Hello, I love you” to my dad again.
My wife and I will pursue our divine destiny with the same diligence and determination exercised in climbing Diamondhead. Nothing or no one will interfere with reaching our goal of Heaven. Will you? Life is sometimes easy but difficulty is always around the corner. Are you prepared for such difficulties and have you put on the right attire for this divine journey? Only through the Risen Savior can this be possible or even a reality.

Titus 3:7 “that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

God bless,
Bruce Kessler

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Experiencing Spiritual Recrudescence

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Spiritual Recrudescence

In Hawaii, on the mosaic at Punch Bowl in Oahu, you will find the entire history of WW2 in beautiful detail. As I read and re-discovered my great appreciation of the sacrifice and cost of untold lives to bring home victory, I noticed this one particular quote “The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character.” I instantly realized that here was a phrase that by today’s standard would be rebuked, ridiculed, and there would be an attempt to re-phrase the language in order to be less offensive.

But this phrase does speak to a very serious issue. General Douglas MacArthur quoted the above phrase during the surrender of Japan. Here is the full quote, “Military alliance, balances of power, the League of Nations—all in turn have failed. We have had our last chance. If we do not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically, is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advance in science, art, literature, and all material and cultural developments of the past two thousand years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save flesh.”

“Wars and factions and fighting have no other source than the body and its lusts. For it is for the getting of wealth that all our wars arise, and we are compelled to get wealth because of our body, to whose service we are slaves.” PLATO

The underlying problem with war, with any conflict whether personal or national, with abuse, neglect, and with sin is the heart within us all and that demands a theological and spiritual resolution. “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?”
(James 4:1)

R. V. G. Tasker has said, “Human nature is indeed in the grip of an overwhelming army of occupation. Its natural aim, it can truthfully be said, is pleasure; and when we consider the amount of time, energy, money, interest and enthusiasm that men and women give to the satisfaction of this aim we can appreciate the accuracy of James’ diagnosis; and Christians can use it as a reliable yardstick by which to measure the sincerity of their religion. Is God or pleasure the dominant concern of their life?”

There can be only one solution to the desires of the flesh and a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character- Jesus Christ and His Spirit. Romans 7:24-25 “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” Romans 8:6 “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”

Bruce Kessler

P.S. Definition for recrudescence per dictionary.com is: breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence.

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