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The Fly & The Chandelier

“You could ruin any good thing” or “He breaks everything he puts his hands on” are just a couple of the sayings that come to mind thinking about great or beautiful objects or places.

For example, I have two beautiful miniature chandeliers in my cupola. I love their style, grace and size. They are a throwback to another era and they do justice to this old house. I spend a lot of time up here. I’m writing this from my Lazy Boy just below them even now.

However, I am having a hard time enjoying the light they shed on this writer because it feels like Pharaoh has disobeyed God again and I’m in Egypt: “Flies, flies, flies!” I cry. Yes, at least one fly is incessantly buzzing into the fixture and I can’t swat him without breaking the crystal beads.

It made me think of the Garden of Eden, Camelot and America combined.

In the case of The Garden, the slithering snake snuck past the ticket-taker and we all know the rest of that story.

In Camelot, the benevolent King Arthur sets up a utopian reign and it gets all discombobulated.

In America, life is so attractive here that we draw people who want we have, but not what we stand for and for others, not what they’ve earned. Thomas Jefferson said, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” We are now drawing terrorists, drug cartels and others who could “ruin any good thing.” The thing is, if you carelessly swat at them, you could definitely break some serious crystal as there are a lot of visitors and immigrants who buy into America’s great ideals.

My conclusion is that Satan is behind the destruction of any good thing and it behooves all of us to be aware of his “buzzing” around our families, marriages, kids, circles of friends, churches, synagogues, schools, institutions, etc.

It’s insidious that the devil, like flies, is so attracted to the light.

Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.” St. Peter, from his writings in 1 Peter 5:8


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