In majestic language, Moses breaks into song, investing his final testament to the Israelites with all the power and passion at his command. Listen, you heavens, and I will speak; Hear, you earth, the words of my mouth. Let my teaching fall like rain And my words descend like dew, Like showers on new grass, Like abundant rain on tender plants. But this is a mere prelude to the core message Moses wants to convey. The way Moses puts it is this:. He is the Rock, His works are perfect, And all His ways are just.
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The thought being of course that the passage of time will rectify whatever ills one may be facing. With enough hours, the sting of pain diminishes. As days go by, scars fade. It makes it seem as if healing is this passive thing. You can do nothing and healing will take place. Anyone with a working knowledge of biology knows this to be false. Your body actually puts in a lot of work to make you whole after an injury.
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Obama so loved the quote that he had it woven into a rug in the Oval Office. It became a favorite of op-ed writers and well-meaning liberals , who used it to remind their audiences of the long road ahead for those committed to progressive politics. Often, Obama used it to temper the hope his presidency inspired, to remind those who had placed their faith in his message of change that it would not be one singular moment, such as the election of the first black president, that would usher in a new and just society. We say it to ourselves now because we need to believe, even as all visible signs of progress are eroded, that the world we seek lies waiting for us, just on the other side of this hellscape. It is not going to show up tomorrow, but knowing that it will show up someday should help fortify us for the fight ahead.