|The brandished sword of GOD before them blazed|
|Fierce as a comet ; which with torrid heat,|
|And vapour as the Libyan air adust,|
|Began to parch that temperate clime : whereat|
|In either hand th’ hast’ning angel caught|
|Our ling’ring parents, and to the eastern gate|
|Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast|
|To the subjected plain ; then disappeared.|
|They looking back all th’ eastern side beheld|
|Of Paradise, so late their happy seat,|
|Waved over by that flaming brand ; the gate|
|With dreadful faces thronged and fiery arms :|
|Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon ;|
|The world was all before them, where to choose|
|Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.|
|They, hand in hand, with wand’ring steps and slow,|
|Through Eden took their solitary way.|
We thinke that Paradise and Calvarie,
Christ's Crosse, and Adam's tree,
stood in one place;
Looke Lord, and finde both Adams met in me.
As the first Adams sweat surrounds my face,
May the last Adam's blood my soule embrace.
John Donne, Hymne to GOD my GOD, in my sicknesse
The average North American uses five time as much grain per person yearly as does one of the two billion persons living in poor countries. We use about 2000 pounds each. All but 150 pounds of this we consume indirectly in meat, eggs and alcoholic beverages. But the poor Asian eats less than 400 pounds a year, most of it directly as rice or wheat. It may surprise us to realize that in Europe, where many of us have our roots and where people generally enjoy an adequate diet, each person consumes about 1000 pounds of grain a year, half of what a North American eats.
Doris Janzen Longacre
When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting.