October 28th 2020

Hi,
How are you all coping with lockdown? I hope you are all still safe and well and coping with the conditions.
I was SO proud of our group on Thursday for the governor’s visit! So proud of how everybody worked together…the posters that were made, putting out chairs, drums, pouring water, hanging the posters up to set everything up. I was so proud of the banter and the support of each other, the way you spoke out for the group, each other, your rights…that was done so gracefully. Thank you so much for the kind words for me as well….I’m fairly tough and don’t do crying and stuff ( ) but you all actually nearly made me cry with your kindness.
I was also so proud of how we all worked together to get me home on time, the care you put into clearing up….again, everyone working together to get the posters down, the chairs away, the rubbish gathered up, the food divided, the tables put away. I loved that none of you had an ego about which job you took, we just all worked together to get everything done.

All in all, you proved yet again (as always!) that you are the best group of men in Berwyn! Thank you all for making it all work!!!


Anyway, all of this is a bit emotional….back to safely talking about my animals
Lenny has been a Liability again this week.
We have had the case of the disappearing cat biscuits!
We have a big bin with a lid that we empty the sack of cat biscuits into (we have A LOT of cats!) that we keep in the utility room.
We kept finding the door open, the lid off the bin and lots of the biscuits gone. We noticed that Lenny was putting on weight.
We didn’t link these two facts together.
This week my son and I watched as Lenny stood on his back legs, opened the door, wriggled the bin lid open with his nose and started chomping like he’d been starved for a year….not surprising that he’s no longer Lenny the Lightweight. Not surprising with the rate he can munch cat biscuits that
he’s turned into Lenny the Lump!

It is throwing down with rain here, a really dark, miserable looking day. I’ve got the fire lit, the aromatherapy burner burning with oils, fairy lights on, coffee in the pot, a lump of a Lenny curled up on my lap….happy things. If it’s going to be wet and miserable, I’m going to do the things that make the most of the season!
I was supposed to be going to a rock gig tonight. Obviously that’s not happening but they’ve managed to put some sort of gig online as a live broadcast. It’ll be interesting to see what it’s like….me & Lenny pretending there is a mosh pit in my front room. At least the toilets will be cleaner at this gig than at most rock gigs!
We managed to get my daughter settled and didn’t have to take her to hospital. Last week her stomach had paralysed, which happens a lot. The big risk then is that she very easily becomes dehydrated (at 19 years old she weighs 32kg so hasn’t got much resistance) and then she can lose consciousness. If we can get enough fluid into the tube that goes into her bowel and drain her stomach through the tube that goes into her stomach, even if she’s very sick, we can keep her conscious and it’s just a case of waiting for it to pass. It was a close call but we managed to keep her out of hospital….technical, a bit uck, but it worked!

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Kebra Negast

How King SOLOMON held intercourse with his son

And JOAS (BENAIAH), the son of YÔDÂḤÊ, went out and brought BAYNA LEḤKEM inside. And when King SOLOMON saw him he rose up, and moved forward to welcome him, and he loosed the band of his apparel from his shoulder, and he embraced him, with his hands [resting] on his breast, and he kissed his mouth, and forehead, and eyes, and he said unto him, “Behold, my father DAVID hath renewed his youth and hath risen from the dead.” And SOLOMON the King turned round to those who had announced the arrival of the young man, and he said unto them, “Ye said unto me, ‘He resembleth thee,’ but this is not my stature, but the stature of DAVID my father in the days of his early manhood, and he is handsomer than I am.” And SOLOMON the King rose up straightway, and he went into his chamber, and he arrayed the young man in apparel made of cloth embroidered with gold, and a belt of gold, and he set a crown upon his head, and a ring upon his finger. And having arrayed him in glorious apparel which bewitched the eyes, he seated him upon his throne, that he might be equal in rank to himself. And he said unto the nobles and officers of ISRAEL, “O ye who treat me with contumely among yourselves and say that I have no son, look ye, this is my son, the fruit that hath gone forth from my body, whom God, the Lord of ISRAEL, hath given me, when I expected it not.”
And his nobles answered and said unto him, “Blessed be the mother who hath brought forth this young man, and blessed be the day wherein thou hadst union with the mother of this young man. For there hath risen upon us from the root of JESSE a shining man who shall be king of the posterity of our posterity of his seed. Concerning his father none shall ask questions, and none shall say, ‘Whence is his coming?’ Verily he is an ISRAELITE of the seed of DAVID, fashioned perfectly in the likeness of his father’s form and appearance; we are his servants, and he shall be our king.” And they brought unto him gifts, each according to his greatness. And the young man took that ring which his mother had given him when they were alone together, and he said unto his father, “Take this ring, and remember the word which thou didst speak unto the Queen, and give unto us a portion of the fringe of the covering of the Tabernacle of the Law of God, so that we may worship it all our days, and all those who are subject unto us, and those who are in the kingdom of the Queen.” And the King answered and said unto him, “Why givest thou me the ring as a sign? Without thy giving me a sign I discovered the likeness of thy form to myself, for thou art indeed my son.”
And the merchant TÂMRÎN spake again unto King SOLOMON, saying, “Hearken, O King, unto the message which thy handmaiden, the Queen my mistress, sent by me: ‘Take this young man, anoint him, consecrate him, and bless him, and make him king over our country, and give him the command that a woman shall never again reign [in this country], and send him back in peace. And peace be with the might of thy kingdom, and with thy brilliant wisdom. As for me, I never wished that he should come where thou art, but he urged me exceedingly that he should be allowed to come to thee. And besides, I was afraid for him lest he should fall sick on the journey, either through thirst for water, or the heat of the sun, and I should bring my grey hairs down to the grave with sorrow. Then I put my trust in the holy, heavenly ZION, the Tabernacle of the Law of God, that thou wilt not withhold it in thy wisdom. For thy nobles cannot return to their houses and look upon their children, by reason of the abundance of wisdom and food which thou givest them, according to their desire, and they say, The table of SOLOMON is better for us than enjoying and gratifying ourselves in our own houses. And because of this I, through my fear, sought protection so that thou mightest not stablish him with thee, but mightest send him [back] to me in peace, without sickness and suffering, in love and in peace, that my heart might rejoice at having encountered thee.'”
And the King answered and said unto him, “Besides travailing with him and suckling him, what else hath a woman to do with a son? A daughter belongeth to the mother, and a boy to the father. God cursed EVE, saying, ‘Bring forth children in anguish1 and with sorrow of heart, and [after] thy bringing forth shall take place thy return to thy husband’; with an oath He said, ‘Bring forth,’ and having sworn, thy return to thy husband [shall follow]. As for this my son, I will not give him to the Queen, but I will make him king over ISRAEL. For this is my firstborn, the first of my race whom God hath given me.”
And then SOLOMON sent unto the young man evening and morning dainty meats, and apparel of honour, and gold and silver. And he said unto him, “It is better for thee to dwell here in our country with us, where the House of God is, and where the Tabernacle of the Law of God is, and where God dwelleth.” And the young man his son sent a message unto him, saying, “Gold, and silver, and [rich] apparel are not wanting in our country. But I came hither in order to hear thy wisdom, and to see thy face, and to salute thee, and to pay homage to thy kingdom, and to make obeisance to thee, and then [I intended thee] to send me away to my mother and to my own country. For no man hateth the place where he was born, and everyone loveth the things of his native country. And though thou givest me dainty meats I do not love them, and they are not suitable for my body, but the meats whereby I grow and become strong are those that are gratifying to me. And although [thy] country pleaseth me even as doth a garden, yet is not my heart gratified therewith; the mountains of the land of my mother where I was born are far better in my sight. And as for the Tabernacle of the God of ISRAEL, if I adore it where I am, it will give me glory, and I shall look upon the House of God which thou hast builded, and I will make offering and make supplication to it there. And as for ZION, the Tabernacle of the Law of God, give me [a portion of] the fringe of the covering thereof, and I will worship it with my mother and with all those who are subject to my sovereignty. For my Lady the Queen hath already rooted out all those who served idols, and those who worshipped strange objects, and stones and trees, and she hath rooted them out and hath brought them to ZION, the Tabernacle of the Law of God. For she had heard from thee and had learned, and she did according to thy word, and we worship God.” And the King was not able to make his son consent to remain [in JERUSALEM] with all [his persuadings]

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Reasoning

Command:

Isaiah 43 v3,15
3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy
ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.15 I am the LORD, Negus Tafari, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

Will:

Psalm 47 v1-9

1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.
3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.
4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah. 5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises unto our King, Negus Tafari, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing ye praises with understanding.
8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
9 The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.

Desire:

Amos 9 v11
11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

Wish:

Zechariah 12 v7-8
7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

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Proverbs 3

This is about how to be a good dad!
I know many of you are dads.
This is written by Solomon, the Solomon we have been reading about in the Kebra Negast, for his son Rehoboam. This was not the son of the Queen of Sheba that we have been reading about, but the one who succeeded to the throne.
Solomon was the king of the United Kingdom of Israel, renowned in his early reign as a wealthy, powerful and wise leader.
Solomon gives his son in this psalm the benefits of his best knowledge. The psalm is a set of instructions to get the best out of life and relationships with God and man, to achieve peace, happiness and a well-rounded life…..what better instruction could a father give his child?!

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My son, do not forget my teaching
but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a] 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine. 11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.[b] 13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.
21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion; 22 they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

26 for the Lord will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
“Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you.
29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.
30 Do not accuse anyone for no reason— when they have done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the violent
or choose any of their ways.
32 For the Lord detests the perverse
but takes the upright into his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34 He mocks proud mockers
but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
35 The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.

Verse 5 stands out to me as the most important verse….
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

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Prayer

Thank you Jah.
You have given me the greatest gift any human could ever have…life. I am in awe of your love and your power every day.
Thanks and praises unto The Most High, Jah Rastafari.

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I’ve just got back in from a walk in the fields with Pete, my husband, and his dog Anya. We dodged the worst of the rain and dashed out while it wasn’t too wet, although the fields are water-logged and squelchy already. It’s the first day which has been properly cold so far this year, we could really have done with wearing gloves and hats. It’s 7*c today but the windchill makes it feel a lot colder.
By the time we got back, my yard boots were soaked through, my face was all pink with cold and I was covered in mud from playing games with Anya. She had to come straight in and have a shower because she was really grubby and I had to have a change into clean clothes and wash the mud off my face…her nickname isn’t Boiiing for nothing!
We’ve come back in to light the fire and I’ve got a big pan of vegetable and bean soup cooking slowly on the stove, ready for anyone who comes in cold and hungry to help themselves to. I’ve got a ‘spare teenager’ moved in with us this week and my son and he have been cleaning out the front porch, splitting logs and helping me get the outside cat boxes washed out and the new bedding put in, ready for winter.
The gig the other night was amazing…obviously not as good as going to the real thing, but we’ve gone to a few virtual ‘gigs’ through lockdown and it’s been a bit like listening to a busker sat in their own lounge. This sounded like a proper rock gig, especially with my new bionic ears! It was 3 hours long and was so good!
Last Thursday, when I walked you all back to your wings I hope you all realised that my prayers went in with you. So usually you know the first bit of how I leave Berwyn…I go and pick up my bags and coat, divide the sweets out and then we all head out to the various wings…loudly, laughing, joking, shouting…sometimes singing, fist bumps, goodbyes til next week…checking everyone is going to be okay. I drop off at the last door, say goodbye to the last of you. Then I walk away, turn right and head towards the gate and I ALWAYS pray for each of you in turn by name, asking God to look after you, that the week won’t feel too long til the next time we meet, that you will be safe and well. I don’t feel like you are safely ‘dropped off’ to your wings til I’ve done that…it takes me right to end of the walk to pray for each of you in turn.
Last week that had a bit more urgency, leaving you all to face lockdown. I’m so glad we managed that celebration, that you had that to remember and I hope carry you through some of the lockdown time. Last time it seemed like we blindly went into lockdown, not realising how big it was going to be. This time I think it feels more scary because we know how long it was last time. This letter comes to you with my prayers, just as much as when I am in Berwyn. I hope you all know that!

Blessings,

Elizabeth

October 22nd 2020

Hi,
I’m sat in the kitchen with Dilys and both of us are wishing I’d lit the fire already.
I’ve just got back from a night time walk with Anya and Pete. The sky was so clear and the sky was amazing. It’s the Orionids meteor shower and I managed to see two meteors, even if they were undramatic ones.
Pete had set off with Anya to do a long walk but I was sorting out my childrens’ dinner, so I set out to meet him for the last mile once that was done. It was so dark we both had torches. I could see Pete’s torch from quite a distance and obviously Anya could see me….she was so excited to meet one of her family on a walk, she was squealing and boinging, her tail almost wagged off her back-end and it didn’t stop wagging all the way home.
Every time I go for a walk, it’s in a swirl of golden, bronze, copper leaves. The dogs chase the leaves as they fall and bark at the squirrels running up the trees…..’One of these days,’ they bark, ‘I’ll get you!’….it hasn’t happened yet!
I love autumn, it’s my favourite season, but it always comes with a concern as well….how bad is the winter going to be?
Will we have enough fodder for the animals? Will we have damage to the barns from ice, snow, gales? Will we be able to get my daughter to hospital if she’s very ill, despite snow, ice, gales? Winter is a slog…it’s really hard work. Mud everywhere, frozen water pipes mean that we can have to drag 240 litres of water per day from the house, over muddy ice to the yard…quite a trek….then keep it defrosted throughout the day so the animals can drink. Filling animal feed up more often, mucking the animals out, washing and drying all the muddy washing, bringing in the fuel for the fires, dealing with skin that’s cracked from the weather, washing the mud off the floor constantly….winter is not a glamorous lifestyle!
But then there’s the good times too….the quiet stillness of the snow, cuddling up to a warm pony and their breath is like dragon’s breathe in the air, sledging, home made soup, measuring how deep the snow is, the fire in the kitchen that stays in for a week at a time, night time November meteor shower drives with the children & coming home to hot chocolate round the kitchen table
Dilys, my sausage dog, loves the snow. Lots of short-legged dogs don’t like it but our back garden has a bit of a slope and she likes to slide on her tummy down it, then run back up and slide down again. When the snow is falling, she races round barking at the snowflakes and tries to catch them….here she is, dachshund through the snow….😊

This week I have been planting bulbs for next spring…snowdrops, daffodils, tulips, crocuses. It’s going to look beautiful, as long as the little mice and shrews that live in the fields don’t eat them. I’ve been taking off the dead flowers, cutting back and tying up the roses, cutting back the herbs and picking the tomatoes. My mum and dad have lots of apple trees so they have brought sacks of apples over for the
ponies…happy ponies!
My son has been practicing his jam-tart-making….I think you will see the benefit of the practice at our party 😊

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Kebra Negast

  1. How King SOLOMON sent to his son the commander of his army

And SOLOMON the King sent the commander of his army, on whose hand he was wont to lean, with gifts and meat and drink to entertain that traveller. And the commander set out with a great number of wagons, and he came to BAYNA LEḤKEM, and embraced him, and gave him everything that SOLOMON the King had sent unto him. And he said unto him, “Make haste and come with me, for the heart of the King is burnt up as with fire with the love of thee. Peradventure he will find out for himself whether thou art his own son or his brother; for in thine appearance and in thy conversation (or, manner) thou art in no way different from him. And now, rise up quickly, for my lord the King said unto me, ‘Haste and bring him hither to me in honour, and comfort, and with suitable service, and in joy and gladness.'” And the young man answered and said unto him, “I thank God, the Lord of ISRAEL, that I have found grace with my lord the King without having seen his face; his word hath rejoiced me. And now I will put my trust in the Lord of ISRAEL that He will show me the King, and will bring me back safely to my mother the Queen, and to my country ETHIOPIA.”
And JOAS (?), the son of YÔDÂḤÊ,1 the commander of the army of King SOLOMON, answered and said unto BAYNA LEḤKEM, “My lord, this is a very small matter, and thou wilt find far greater joy and pleasure with my lord the King. And as concerning what thou sayest, ‘my mother’ and ‘my country’, SOLOMON the King is better than thy mother, and this our country is better than thy country. And as for thy country, we have heard that it is a land of cold and cloud, and p. 44 a country of glare and burning heat, and a region of snow and ice. And when the sons of NOAH, SHEM, and HAM, and JAPHET, divided the world among them, they looked on thy country with wisdom and saw that, although it was spacious and broad, it was a land of whirlwind and burning heat, and [therefore] gave it to CANAAN, the son of HAM, as a portion for himself and his seed for ever. But the land that is ours is the land of inheritance (i.e., the promised land), which God hath given unto us according to the oath that He swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey, where sustenance is [ours] without anxiety, a land that yieldeth fruit of every kind in its season without exhausting labour, a land which God keepeth watch over continually from one year to the beginning of the revolution of the next. All this is thine, and we are thine, and we will be thine heirs, and thou shalt dwell in our country, for thou art the seed of DAVID, the lord of my lord, and unto thee belongeth this throne of ISRAEL.”
And the headmen of the merchant TÂMRÎN answered and said unto BENAIAH, “Our country is the better. The air (i.e., climate) of our country is good, for it is without burning heat and fire, and the water of our country is good, and sweet, and floweth in rivers, moreover the tops of our mountains run with water. And we do not do as ye do in your country, that is to say, dig very deep wells [in search of] water, and we do not die through the heat of the sun; but even at noonday we hunt wild animals, namely, the wild buffaloes, and gazelles, and birds, and small animals. And in the winter God taketh heed unto us from [one] year to the beginning of the course of the next. And in the springtime the people eat what they have trodden with the foot as [in] the land of EGYPT, and as for our trees they produce good crops of fruit, and the wheat, and the barley, and all our fruits, and cattle are good and wonderful. But there is one thing that ye have wherein ye are better than we are, namely wisdom, and because of it we are journeying to you.”
And JOAS (read BENAIAH), the commander of the army of King SOLOMON, answered [saying], “What is better than wisdom? For wisdom hath founded the earth, and made strong the heavens, and fettered the waves of the sea so that it might not cover the earth. However, rise up and let us go to my lord, for his heart is greatly moved by love for thee, and he hath sent me to bring thee [to him] with all the speed possible.”
And the son of the Queen rose up, and arrayed JOAS (BENAIAH), the son of YÔDÂḤÊ, and the fifty men who were in his retinue, in gorgeous raiment, and they rose up to go to JERUSALEM to SOLOMON the King. And when they came nigh unto the place where the horses were exercised and trained, JOAS (BENAIAH), the son of YÔDÂḤÊ, went on in front, and came to the place where SOLOMON was, and he told him that [the son of the Queen] was well-favoured in his appearance, and that his voice was pleasant, and that he resembled him in form, and that his whole bearing was exceedingly noble. And the King said unto him, “Where is he? Did I not send thee forth to bring him as quickly as possible?” And JOAS (BENAIAH) said unto him, “He is here, I will bring him quickly.” And JOAS (BENAIAH) went and said unto the young man, “Rise up, O my master, and come” and making BAYNA LEḤKEM to go quickly he brought him to the King’s Gate. And when all the soldiers saw him they made obeisance unto him, and they said, “Behold, King SOLOMON hath gone forth from his abode.” And when the men who were inside came forth, they marvelled, and they went back to their places, and again they saw the King upon his throne; and wondering they went forth again and looked at the young man, and they were incapable of speaking and of saying anything. And when JOAS (BENAIAH), the son of YÔDÂḤÊ, came in again to announce to the King the arrival of the young man, there was none standing before the King, but all ISRAEL had thronged outside to see him

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Reasoning
Command:
Isaiah 60 v12, 14

12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Will:

Psalm 56 v10-12
10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, will I praise his word.11 In God, Emperor Haile Selassie I, have I put my trust: I will not be afraid
what man can do unto me.12 Thy vows are upon me, O God, Emperor Haile Selassie I: I will render praises unto thee.

Desire:

Zechariah 14 v16-17
16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of al the nations
which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, Emperor Haile Selassie I, and to keep the feast of
tabernacles. 17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, Emperor Haile Selassie I, even upon them be no rain.

Wish:

Malachi 3 v17-18
17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, Emperor Haile Selassie I, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

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Courage Prayer

I will praise thee, O LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in thee; I will sing praise to thy name, Emperor Haile Selassie I, O thou most High.
When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.
For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.
Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.
O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end; and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.
But the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, shall endure for ever; he hath prepared his throne for judgment.
And He shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
The LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
And they that know thy name, Emperor Haile Selassie I, will put their trust in thee; for thou, LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, has not forsaken them that seek thee.
LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. For from the rising of the Sun (Friday morning) even unto the going down of the same (Sunday evening), my name, Emperor Haile Selassie I, shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, Emperor Haile Selassie I, and a pure offering; for my name, Emperor Haile Selassie I, shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
Blessed be JAH, Rastafari, Emperor Haile Selassie I Liveth!

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RASTAFARI LETTER FROM THE MISSION TO AFRICA (part 2)

This is the second part of the blog by Robbie Shillom that I printed last week as….


“In April 1961, Rastafari members of the Mission to Africa passed through London.
In Notting Hill, on the day of leaving for Ethiopia, the Brethren wrote two letters, which I reproduce here:”


The Rt. Hon. Harold Macmillan
Prime Minister of Great Britain and United Kingdom Chief Administrator of the British Empire
Greetings in Love and peace from we Rastafarian Brethren of Jamaica, passing through your country.
We pay Homage to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, descendant of the Great Queen Victoria who freed the Blackman in the Western Hemisphere from chattel slavery, and handed down the King James authorized version of the Bible, to civilize and to christianize us.
After a careful and detailed study of the Bible, and with our love for it, increasing daily, with the passage of time, we say let the words of God be true and all men be liars.
For 30 yrs. we have meditated, and closely followed the Bible scriptural passages, ever since 1930 when the whole world observed the Coronation of Prince Regent Dejatchmatch Rastafari Makonen, as Emperor Haile Selassie I King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God, Keeper of the faith of the Dynasty of Judah, 225th in line of the Solomonian Dynasty founded by King Solomon and Queen Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, DAVIT (David well beloved of God Lekena Denghel ( incence of the virgin).
Out of the study and Love of the Biblical texts, and scriptural passages, and the History of Man, we have derived a true concept based upon the DIVINITY of the Character of Emperor Haile Selassie I whom we Rastafari Brethren know to be the Living God, The Returned Messiah, the Ancient of Days.
Acts of apos. c2 v29-32 states that of the fruit of David’s loins according to the flesh, God shall raise up Christ to sit on His throne.
We Believe in abstention from cutting of the hair or marring the corners of thy Beard. Lev. 21 v 5-6 Num6 v6. ps.133. We also know, Sir, that the Creation of Herbs (ganja) is for the service of man, and for the healing of the Nations. Almight God intended it so. Gen ch.1 v11-12 Ps.104 Rev.22
We know, sir, that every fig must return to its own vine and fig tree. Isiah 43 v 5-7 states – fear not for I am with thee, I will bring thy seed from the East, and gather thee from the West, I will say to the North give up and to the South keep not back, bring my sons from far, and my Daughters from the ends of the earth.
This is interpreted Hon. Sir, as Repatriation for us slave sons, whose ancestors were carried away captives – fulfilling the scriptures Ps. 137 v3. Therefore, sir, Repatriation is our Ancestral and antecedent borders are inevitable.
Chartered Proof
The U.N.O. charter on Human Rights states – that any displaced peoples, be repatriated to their respective borders should this be their desire (re. case Israeli). Therefore we the descendants of Ethiopian (African) slaves who were forcibly brought to this Western Hemisphere, do desire Repatriation to our Ancestral and antecedent borders Heb. ch.11 v 15,16 v.22
Fulfillment of Prophesy
In 1935 we saw the Italy aggression of Benito Mussolini against Ethiopia, while other European powers stood idle by, although Italy was condemned by the League of Nations.
The Emperor Haile Selassie I then appeared before the League of Nations and said “that God and History would remember their Judgments if they did not acknowledge these accomplished facts.” The Emperor said “you have struck the match in Ethiopia but it shall burn Europe”. These prophetic words come true in 1939. Hitler started a World War II.
In 1941 the Emperor re-entered Ethiopia, with the aid of Great Britain. Thus the scriptures fulfilled, They shall wage war with the lamb, and the lamb shall overcome them for He is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Rev.17
The above lines are a narrative of basic Rastafarian Principles and meditation.
History of Rases in Jamaica
Even before Hon. Marcus Garvey came on the scene there were Back-To-Africa movements going on in Jamaica (re. Bedward and Gordon).
In 1930 with the Coronation of Haile Selassie I the Rastafarian movements became active, depicting the Emperor as the Returned Messiah, and speaking of repatriation back-to-Africa.
We have been duly discriminated against, and prosecuted falsely because of our conceptions.
In 1959 a man named the Rev. Claudius Henry, who although of Jamaican birth was an American citizen came from America and started the African Reform Church.
He was subsequently arrested and charged for treason. His son Ronald also an American citizen by birth, and his friends came to Jamaica, armed, clashed with security forces, and was apprehended, but not before killing two pursuing British Hampshire Soldiers. They were subsequently hanged.
The News Headlines flashed discriminating remarks against we Rastafarians, although we knew none of the Henrys, neither did they know the Rases, they were not Rastafarians, yet we got the blame, although they received the punishments.
The U.C.W.I. then sent an investigation team to tour the Rases community, and a book of Research and recommendations was published by them, on the Rastafari movement in Jamaica.
The Premier of Jamaica, the Hon N.W. Manley Q.C. agreed in principle to the U.C.W.I. recommendation, he called in various delegations of Rases (of which we the Rases of Eastern and Central Kgn. were included) for interviews, and negotiated a fact finding Back-to-Africa mission of which we are delegates. We the Rases of Eastern and Central Kgn. gave to the premier our agenda (enclosed with this letter) on the 10th Mar. 1961 workers employed by the West-Indies Home contractors at Harbour View Housing Project Kgn. Jam. threatened strike action, because of the unfair dismissal of a worker, of the 600 workers 250 were Rases and sympathizers, all 200 were dismissed proving discrimination against we the Rases unnecessarily.
These incidents strengthen our faith in Rastafari movements, assuring us of no Justice in this Western Hemisphere, for our Love we are rewarded with hatred, and fought against without a cause, but we give ourselves unto prayers.
And let us not be weary in well doing Hon. Sir for in due season we shall reap if we faint not, as we have therefore opportunity let us do good unto all men especially unto them that are of the household of faith.
We would write to you more but we do desire a personal interview to meet you face to face to impart unto you some more spiritual gifts. Our peace we leave with thee, not as the world giveth thee.
We Remain faithfully
Filmore Alvaranga & Douglas Mack,
Rases of East & Cen. Kg.
Delegates on the Back to Africa Mission
for I am a Great King and my Name is Dreadful amongst the Heathens. Mal 1.v14 Selah

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I went to the Wednesday service at the church I go to and this was the psalm of the day…..So here it is, this is why it isn’t worth worrying about winter. God has it all in his power…when snow and ice cover the land…“He sends his word and melts them” (v. 18). I mustn’t worry about the harvest, the hay, the winter food for the animals because God has it in his hands…”he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle” (v. 8-9).
What the heck was I worrying about?

Psalm 147

1 Praise the Lord.[a]
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him! 2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
6 The Lord sustains the humble
but casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.
8 He covers the sky with clouds;

he supplies the earth with rain
and makes grass grow on the hills. 9 He provides food for the cattle
and for the young ravens when they call.
10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; 11 the Lord delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love. 12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
praise your God, Zion.
13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your people within you. 14 He grants peace to your borders
and satisfies you with the finest of wheat. 15 He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. 19 He has revealed his word to Jacob,
his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;
they do not know his laws.[b] Praise the Lord.

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Today was the last service at the church I go to before lockdown. Tomorrow is the last time we can meet together before lockdown, before everything closes down again. I took this photo of the church I go to as I left the service today…

It was stood, timeless and strong, regardless of viruses, lockdown, politics, weather, the changing seasons. It will be there when lockdown ends. Jah will be there through all of this and on…and on, infinitely.
The prayer I want to say today is a personal one, not a prewritten one….one from me. So you’ll have to excuse the words if they are not perfectly put, but they are for all of you…all of you that attend our group….
Father
Thank you for our group….
All of it.
Every person that attends, sometimes or always.
Thank you for the personalities and the interests and the humour and the skills and the music and the noise and the sharing and the support that turn up to the group when we meet.
Thank you for our families.
My prayer asks that you look after each of these people, take care of them, look after their health, physical and mental, and keep them strong until we can meet again.
Blessings.

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I will continue to pray for you all and to send you these letters….you all still can’t dodge them 😊
By the way, I’ve now set it up as a blog…so you can still hear about Lenny the Liability’s antics when you leave Berwyn, but if you want, you can share the web address with your family or with the next place you go to, so you still have access to Rastafari resources….it’s called lockdownletter.com (without an ‘s’ on letters…that was already taken).
Right, I am off to bake!
Blessings,
Elizabeth
😊

October 8th 2020

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!

(Psalm 66)

Hi,

It’s evening, I’ve just got home and lit the fires. There is an autumnal nip to the air and I’m warming my cold feet in front of the fire. I think that this week might be the one that I have to dig out the fluffy socks, ready for winter.

The fields are starting to hold the water and the horses are being brought in from the fields onto the yard for the night. It’s time to get the field hedges cut before the winter, the shavings for the animal bedding ordered, the yard lights fixed, the electric fences repaired. I have cat kennels that I have bought the yard cats for the winter…they are very spoiled!….and I always order new bedding for them at this time of the year, so I need to get that done. There’s lots of sorting out and preparation to happen in the winter.

Last weekend I took my teenage son away for the weekend to a seaside town. It was his turn to have some time out, just for the two of us. Lenny the Liability was left in charge of the rest of the family (what could possibly go wrong?!).

We stayed in a little 2 bedroom cottage that was almost on to the seafront. If you sneezed hard on the front doorstep you could just about land in the sea. We went shopping for supplies on the Friday….he and I both drink waaaay too much coffee….so milk, coffee, sandwich stuff, a pack of biscuits, and then we settled down for the weekend.

We unpacked and went straight down to the sea front….my son said, ‘wouldn’t Lenny like it here!’ He would have done, it’s true, but it was a small seaside town to contain as big a liability as Lenny…..small children on the beach, barbecues, picnics, ice creams…I was secretly glad that I was not responsible for the stampeding staffy creating chaos.

It was beautiful weather. We spent a long time exploring and because we were away by the sea, my son asked for fish and chips for tea. We took them home to eat and my son said that Lenny loves fish (yes, I bet he does!). Then he told me that since he got Lenny they haven’t spent a night apart. Then he showed me lots of photos of Lenny. Then he called home to talk to Lenny….three times! Then he said that he wasn’t sure he would be able to sleep without Lenny.

When we had brought Lenny home I bought him a beautiful deep fluffy dog bed with lots of soft warm blankets. I told my son that if Lenny was going to share his bedroom, he would need to sleep in the basket and not on his bed. ‘Absolutely!’ said my son.

I find it quite strange that for a dog bed that is slept in every night, it stays remarkably clean. My son’s bed, on the other hand, has quite a lot of dog hair for a bed that is not slept in by a staffy. I pointed out that there would be no problem at all for him getting to sleep because he wouldn’t be missing a staffy in his bed that never slept in his bed, would he?? My son looked a bit uncomfortable.

That night, my son came downstairs about eight times to tell me he couldn’t sleep without Lenny. He didn’t settle at all. Apparently at home, nor did Lenny.

The rest of the holiday went almost the same….my son did have a lovely time on the beach, walking, exploring, drinking coffee, but in between he missed Lenny awfully, and Lenny missed him too.

On the way home we stopped at a big pet shop and my son bought Lenny toys and treats so Lenny wouldn’t be cross with him for going away. He decided that he loved going away but it would be so much better if he was allowed to bring his Liability!

Kebra Negast

33. How the King of ETHIOPIA travelled

And the Queen called TÂMRÎN, the chief of her caravan men and merchants, and she said unto him, “Get ready for thy journey and take this young man with thee, for he importuneth me by night and by day. And thou shalt take him to the King and shalt bring him back hither in safety, if God, the Lord of ISRAEL, pleaseth.” And she prepared a retinue suitable to their wealth and honourable condition, and made ready all the goods that were necessary for the journey, and for presenting as gifts to the King, and all that would be necessary for ease and comfort by the way. And she made ready everything for sending him away, and she gave to the officers who were to accompany him such moneys as they would need for him and for themselves on the journey. And she commanded them that they were not to leave him there, but only to take him to the King, and then to bring him back again to her, when he should assume the sovereignty over her land.

Now there was a law in the country of ETHIOPIA that [only] a woman should reign, and that she must be a virgin who had never known man, but the Queen said [unto SOLOMON], “Henceforward a man who is of thy seed shall reign, and a woman shall nevermore reign; only seed of thine shall reign and his seed after him from generation to generation. And this thou shalt inscribe in the letters of the rolls in the Book of their Prophets in brass, and thou shalt lay it in the House of God, which shall be built as a memorial and as a prophecy for the last days. And the people shall not worship the sun and the magnificence of the heavens, or the mountains and the forests, or the stones and the trees of the wilderness, or the abysses and that which is in the waters, or graven images and figures of gold, or the feathered fowl which fly; and they shall not make use of them in divining, and they shall not pay adoration unto them. And this law shall abide for ever. And if there be anyone who shall transgress this law, thy seed shall judge him for ever. Only give us the fringes of the covering of the holy heavenly ZION, the Tabernacle of the Law of God, which we would embrace (or, greet). Peace be to the strength of thy kingdom and to thy brilliant wisdom, which God, the Lord of ISRAEL our Creator, hath given unto thee.”

And the Queen took the young man aside and when he was alone with her she gave him that symbol which SOLOMON had given her, that is to say, the ring on his finger, so that he might know his son, and might remember her word and her covenant which she had made [with him], that she would worship God all the days of her life, she and those who were under her dominion, with all [the power] which God had given her. And then the Queen sent him away in peace.

And the young man [and his retinue] made straight their way and they journeyed on and came into the country of the neighbourhood of GÂZÂ. Now this is the GÂZÂ which SOLOMON the King gave to the Queen of ETHIOPIA. And in the Acts of the Apostles LUKE the Evangelist wrote, saying, “He was the governor of the whole country of GÂZÂ, an eunuch of Queen HENDAKÊ, who had believed on the word of LUKE the Apostle.”

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Reasoning

Command:

1 John 4 v6 & 13-14

6  We are of God, Emperor Haile Selassie I: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.  Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 13  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given

us of his Spirit.14  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to the Saviour of the world.

Will:

Proverbs 22 v17, 19, 21

17  Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. 19  That thy trust may be in the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, I have made know to thee this day, even to thee.21  That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?

Desire:

1 Peter 3 v15

15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Wish:

3 John 1v3-5, 11

3  For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.4  I have no greater joy than to hear that my

children walk in truth.5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doesth evil hath not seen God.

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The Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie & Empress Menen

To honor the coronation of Emperor Haile Sellassie I and Empress Menen of November 2, 1930, the following excerpt from the book “The Biography of Empress Menen, The Mother of the Ethiopian Nation” is offered here….

The preparations for the coronation ceremony of Emperor Haile Sellassie I and Empress Menen Asfaw were quite elaborate. According to the National Geographic Magazine of June 1931, several streets in the capital were asphalted for the occasion, electric lights were installed, and eucalyptus fences were constructed to hide round “tukul” huts. Arches were erected along the route that the Emperor and Empress were to take, and flags and bunting were strung up for the celebration.

The police and Imperial Bodyguard were transformed with new khaki uniforms. A triangular coronation monument was erected to commemorate Emperor Haile Sellassie I, whose name translated means Power of the Trinity. The upcoming grand coronation would have provided an opportunity for many relatives of both Menen and Tafari to journey to Addis Ababa. This would have been a busy time for the imminent Empress, as she ensured that her visitors were comfortably accommodated. There were several photographs of the immediate and extended family taken at this time by Armenian court photographers, Haigaz and Tony Boyadjians.

To provide seating for 700 guests, a large auditorium was constructed on the western side of St. George’s Church. Inside, two thrones were placed one third of the way into the hall and some distance apart. His Majesty’s throne was decorated in red and gold, while Her Majesty’s was decorated in blue and gold. For seven days and nights prior to the coronation ceremony, forty-nine bishops and priests in groups of seven chanted the nine Psalms of David at seven stations around St. George‘s Church.

On Tikimt 22, 1923 (November 1, 1930), the day before his coronation, Ras Tafari, in a lengthy speech, paid tribute to the deceased Emperor Menelik II. In the circle in front of St. George’s Church, the visiting Duke of Gloucester of Britain unveiled a gilded statue of Emperor Menelik II riding a horse. On that same day, at midnight, the future Emperor, Empress, family members and nobles attended a church service at St. George‘s for devotional prayer. On the following morning, Tikimt 23, 1923 (November 2, 1930), at 7:00 AM the foreign guests arrived, many accompanied by Ethiopian nobility, and were seated in the church.

Coronation of Emperor Haile Sellassie I

At 7:30 AM on Tikimt 23, 1923 (November 2, 1930), Their Majesties, dressed in white silken communion robes, emerged from the church behind the incense bearers. Once the Emperor was seated on his throne in the temporary auditorium, the silence was broken by His Holiness Abuna Kyrilos, who proclaimed, “Ye princes and ministers, ye nobles and chiefs of the army, ye soldiers and people of Ethiopia, and ye doctors and chiefs of the clergy, ye professors and priests, look ye upon our Emperor Haile Sellassie the First, descended from the dynasty of Menelik the First, who was born of Solomon and of the Queen of Sheba, a dynasty perpetuated without interruption from that time to King Sehale Sellassie and to our times.”

The Emperor then gave his sacred vow to uphold the Orthodox religion, to uphold and administer the laws of the land for the betterment of the Ethiopian people, to maintain the integrity of Ethiopia, and to found schools for developing the spiritual and material welfare of his subjects. In a ceremony lasting five hours, Emperor Haile Sellassie I was covered in gold-embroidered scarlet vestments, and was then presented with a gold sword studded with precious stones and an imperial scepter made of gold and ivory. In addition, a golden globe of the world, a diamond-encrusted ring, and two traditional lances filigreed in gold were bestowed upon His Majesty. With each of these presentations, an anointment of sacred oil was made to the imperial head, brow, and shoulders. The magnificent crown, made of gold and encrusted with diamonds and emeralds, was then placed upon his head and Abuna Kyrilos proclaimed, “That God may make this crown a crown of sanctity and glory. That by the grace and the blessing, which we have given you, may you have an unshaken faith and a pure heart, in order that you may inherit the crown eternal. So be it.”

Coronation of Empress Menen

The new Emperor’s fourteen-year-old son Asfa Wossen then bowed down before his father, pledging his support, as he became the Crown Prince. The Emperor’s second son, six-year-old Prince Mekonnen then paid his respects to his father. The national anthem was played while 101 cannons roared and thousands of loyal subjects surrounding the church cheered in admiration.

After the ceremony for the Emperor, the Empress entered with her attendants to take her throne. Perhaps her attendants were her daughters, seventeen-year-oldTenagne Work and thirteen-year-old Zenebework. The following reading from thePsalms of David (Psalms 45:9-11) was made as a prayer.“Kings’ daughters were among thy honorable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir. Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; so shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.”

The Empress was presented with a ring encrusted with diamonds, and then the red and gold coronation robes were placed upon her. The new Emperor received the Empress’s crown from the Archbishop and spoke the following words about his Empress, “As I, with the will of God, have received this crown from your Holiness, I request the Empress to receive this crown and partake in the honor with me. Therefore, I request your Holiness to put the crown on Empress Menen.”

Abuna Kyrilos took the crown from the Emperor and placed it on the Empress’s head as he made a prayer that the crown be one of knowledge and wisdom, sympathy and goodness. In accordance with this prayer, Empress Menen used her crown to serve the people and to help the poor. After receiving her crown, the Empress went to bow before the Emperor and returned to sit on her throne. Again the anthem was played, the cannons roared and the multitude of women outside the church ululated in appreciation for Empress Menen.

The newly crowned Emperor and Empress then took a grand tour around the inside of St. George’s Church, escorted by bishops and priests, their children, high dignitaries, assistants and others all carrying palm branches and chanting, “Blessed be the King of Israel.” After this, Their Majesties removed their crowns and royal vestments to attend mass inside St. George’s Church in their traditional white silken clothing. Later they donned their regal robes and crowns once more in order to present themselves to the waiting multitude outside before entering a coach drawn by six bay horses, which conveyed them to the Imperial Palace for a state dinner.

On that day, silver medallions bearing the likeness of the new Emperor and Empress were presented to their honorary guests. In attendance were the Duke of Gloucester as envoy of the King of England, the Prince of Udine representing Italy, Marshal Franchet d’Esperey of France, and emissaries from Belgium, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Turkey and the United States. European nobles and ministers present on the occasion expressed their appreciation for the loveliness of Empress Menen. It is interesting to note that the thirty-nine-year-old Empress was more than five months pregnant with her last son when the lengthy coronation events took place.

(Article from Rastaites website)

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Psalm 95

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.

10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:

11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

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A couple of weeks ago, one of the men who happened to be in chaplaincy and needed escorting back to their house, came with our group as I walked you all back to your houses. As I left him inside the door of the house he said, ‘Miss, you need ear plugs!’….I think he found you all a bit loud! 😊

It’s one of the things that we have often talked about….how loud, expressive, involved you all are as a group. I now have why that’s a good thing….

I was looking at the first couple of lines of psalm 95 where it talks about ‘singing’ and ‘making a joyful noise’…well, I don’t know about you but I don’t imagine a whisper as that ‘joyful noise’. I’m thinking of it more like the amount of noise made when I tell you that it’s like walking back a load of football hooligans to the wing 😊

I looked for a commentary on psalm 95 and found this line…

‘Loudness of voice (in the bible) was regarded as indicating earnestness of heart’

in a website called ‘studylight’…..yes! I’m onto something here!

I carried on digging…

Psalm 89:15: “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.”

Psalm 27:6: “Then my head will be exalted

above the enemies who surround me;

at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;

I will sing and make music to the Lord.”

In the same psalm, psalm 32, there is first ‘When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long’ (v 3) (so quiet can be a bad thing) and then ‘Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart’ (v 11).

Psalm 66:1-2 says:

“Shout for joy to God, all the earth!

    Sing the glory of his name;

    make his praise glorious.

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!”

There are loads more as well.

So here it is. All of this scripture points to why it’s good to be loud in your meetings.

I’m off to buy earplugs! 😊

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A Jah Jah (Rita Marley)

Oooo Jah Jah

Jah Jah Jah Jah Jah

Forces will fight, they’ll be defeated

Black man unite, too long separated

Walk in Jah light and do Jah will now

Jah shining light, prophecy fulfilled, yeah

To each his own, to each his own

To everything, there is a season

Rastafari knows everything, I friend

A Jah, ooh yes, a Jah Jah

Yes the higher man knows everything, I friend

A Jah, ooh yes, a Jah Jah

Evil eyes evil eyes and trade I

Oh bad looks, bad looks

Don’t mean you hate I

But slippery road a slippery road

Can’t throw I down now

But heavy load, mmm, heavy load

I’m Zion bound

Oh Waterloo, oh Waterloo

Everybody got to meet their Waterloo

If you didn’t want it

Well you better did too

All for your brother yes

And one for you

If you said Jah trod,

Well you better say it too

All for the sister, yes and one for you

Hey you are evil eyes, mmm, evil eyes

And trade I oh bad vibes, bad vibes

Don’t mean you hate I

Slippery road a slippery road

Can’t throw I down now

But heavy load, mmm, heavy load

I’m Zion bound

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Two weeks ago I told you about Claude the ginger cat who follows my husband on walks in hope of being given sausages….this week I had taken my daughter to a hospital appointment when I had a very funny text message from my husband!….

How embarrassing for a fat ginger cat.

This week’s excitement has been…….the moving of the muck heap! Yes, I did warn you my life was way beyond glamorous!

A local contractor turned up with a digger and a tractor with a dumper trailer. The whole of the muck heap, which is behind the stables, and is where the contents of the animal sheds is put throughout the year, is transferred down to the 10 acre field so that it can be spread over the fields to improve the hay crop for next year.

I’m so pleased to get it done, one of the big things done in prep for the winter. And we got it done just in time because the rain this week has made the fields difficult for a tractor to drive on.

Now that’s done, I need to get on and order the shavings for the animal bedding, get the lights fixed, sort out the water butts that collect the rainwater for the yard, insulate the water pipes, disinfect all the feed buckets and hay nets……and on and on and on!!

For now though, the most important thing for me to do is to dig out my warm socks for my cold feet and probably to buy some ear plugs 😊

Blessings,

Elizabeth

October 15th 2020

Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation.

(Psalm 85:7)

Hi,

Today I am sorry, I am probably going to have to take everything I said in last week’s letter back!

On Friday I made an appointment that my family have been nagging me to do for ages….I made an appointment for a hearing test 😐

I’ve been avoiding this for months….no, years….actually, probably decades. I failed a hearing test the same day as I chose my wedding dress and I’ve been married 24 years this year…so yes, decades.

Well, I went and had my ears tested, failed dramatically and now need hearing aids. It does explain a lot….why I have to lip read, why I am really struggling now everyone is wearing face masks, why I think my teenagers are really polite and aren’t talking behind my back 😊 and why I don’t think Berwyn’s Rastafari Groundation group is too loud!!

But I am NOT happy about this! Not happy at all! I didn’t want hearing aids til I was at least 80 years old and now I am picking them up on Tuesday.

My spare teenagers and I have developed a ‘How to Know If You Are A Grown-Up’ test.

I had taken them to the shop one Friday after school to buy a ‘survived another week in school’ treat. They are allowed £1 each and there is always one of them that makes the poor shopkeeper count out 100 penny sweets.

One of the boys had bought a chocolate bar. He offered me a bite of it and was really shocked when I said no. He asked whether I liked chocolate and couldn’t understand it when I said I had to be in the mood for chocolate…..and then I realised I had passed one of my own milestones….

When I was about 12 years old and I was at guide camp (it’s what counts as fun on a remote Welsh hillside) me and my friends were sat up in our sleeping bags at about 6.30 in the morning eating chocolate when the guide leaders came in. They couldn’t believe that we were eating chocolate at that time of the morning, discussed between themselves how they couldn’t imagine eating chocolate before lunch…..and I decided then that that must be what being a grown up was like. I would know that I was grown up if there was a time of the day when I thought that I couldn’t possibly eat chocolate.

So, I told this to my spare teenagers and we set about thinking of a list of all the things that grown ups don’t do….

Grown ups don’t cover their food in ketchup.

Grown ups don’t drink fizzy drinks and if they do, they definitely don’t blow bubbles in them with their straw (my son who was 6 at the time, and I nearly got thrown out of a cafe because one of us, I’m not saying which one of us 😳, was blowing bubbles in their drink)

Grown ups wear matching pairs of socks.

Grown ups know where they are going, on the map and in life.

And this one is mine….I will know I’m grown up when I remember to open the bathroom door before I switch the light off!…..I know, it’s just me probably, but the amount of times I’ve been left stumbling around the bathroom, in the dark, trying to find the door handle…..yes, it is just me, isn’t it?!

Anyway, the problem I have now is that I still can’t remember the bathroom light/door handle thing…but now I’m going to end up with a set of hearing aids that make me look 80 years old. Aaaaand! I’m going to suddenly realise that you all are WAY too loud and then the last newsletter’s justification as to why it’s a good thing to be loud is going to be just plain wrong…..all in all, not a good week 😊

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Kebra Negast

34. How the young man arrived in his mother’s country

And when the young man arrived in his mother’s country he rejoiced there in the honour [which he received], and in the gifts [that were made] to him. And when the people saw him they thought him to be the perfect likeness of SOLOMON the King. And they made obeisance to him, and they said unto him, “Hail, the royal father liveth!” And they brought unto him gifts and offerings, fatted cattle and food, as to their king. And [the people of] the whole country of GÂZÂ, as far as the border of JUDAH, were stirred up and they said, “This is King SOLOMON.” And there were some who said, “The King is in JERUSALEM building his house”-now he had finished building the House of God-and others said, “This is SOLOMON the King, the son of DAVID.” And they were perplexed, and they disputed with one another, and they sent off spies mounted on horses, who were to seek out King SOLOMON and to find out if he were actually in JERUSALEM, or if he were with them [in GÂZÂ]. And the spies came to the watchmen of the city of JERUSALEM, and they found King SOLOMON there, and they made obeisance to him, and they said unto him, “Hail, may the royal father live! [Our] country is disturbed because there hath come into it a merchant who resembleth thee in form and appearance, without the smallest alteration or variation. He resembleth thee in noble carriage and in splendid form, and in stature and in goodly appearance; he lacketh nothing in respect of these and is in no way different from thyself. His eyes are gladsome, like unto those of a man who hath drunk wine, his legs are graceful and slender, and the tower of his neck is like unto the tower of DAVID thy father. He is like unto thee exactly in every respect, and every member of his whole body is like unto thine.”

And King SOLOMON answered and said unto them, “Where is it then that he wisheth to go?” And they answered and said unto him, “We have not enquired of him, for he is awesome like thyself. But his own people, when we asked them, ‘Whence have ye come and whither do ye go?’ said, ‘We have come from the dominions of HENDAKÊ (CANDACE) and ETHIOPIA, and we are going to the country of JUDAH to King SOLOMON.'” And when King SOLOMON heard this his heart was perturbed and he was glad in his soul, for in those days he had no children, except a boy who was seven years old and whose name was ÎYÔRBE‛ÂM (REHOBOAM). It happened to SOLOMON even as Paul stateth, saying, “God hath made foolishness the wisdom of this world,”1 for SOLOMON had made a plan in his wisdom and said, “By one thousand women I shall beget one thousand men children, and I shall inherit the countries of the enemy, and I will overthrow [their] idols.” But [God] only gave him three children. His eldest son was the King of ETHIOPIA, the son of the Queen of ETHIOPIA, and was the firstborn of whom [God] spake prophetically, “God sware unto DAVID in righteousness, and repented not, ‘Of the fruit of thy body will I make to sit upon thy throne.'”2 And God gave unto DAVID His servant grace before Him, and granted unto him that there should sit upon the throne of Godhead One of his seed in the flesh, from the Virgin, and should judge the living and the dead, and reward every man according to his work, One to whom praise is meet, our Lord JESUS CHRIST, for ever and ever, Amen. And He gave him one on the earth who should become king over the Tabernacle of the Law of the holy, heavenly ZION, that is to say, the King of ETHIOPIA. And as for those who reigned, who were not [of] ISRAEL, that was due to the transgression of the law and the commandment, whereat God was not pleased

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Reasoning

Command:

Isaiah 51 v4 & 7

4  Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation:  for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgement to rest for a light of the people. 7  Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

Will:

Psalm 37 v23, 25, 37, 39-40

23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,

nor his seed begging bread.

37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40 And the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

Desire:

Malachi 3 v 6 & 16

6  For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

16  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD

hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name, Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Wish:

Lamentation 3 v21-22, 26

21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I.

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Rastalogical Conception Dealing with Temple Worship

Ethio-Africa has given the world three major religions: Judeo-Christianity, Islam, 

and Traditional Worship.  Rastafarians have chosen Traditional Worship, where 

the King represents the visible representation of God.  The devotees of this 

conception; such as, Rastafarians, recognize the divinity of Emperor Haile 

Ethiopic tradition, the kings from the lineage of King David are associated with 

the Messianic conception of anointing the king, which is compatible of Samuel 

anointing Saul in ‘1 Samuel 10 v1 & 6 v9-10’, and in 16 v13, when Samuel 

anointed David.  This act establishes the ‘Hereditary Divine Kingship of God on 

Earth’.  These divine kingships were proclaimed by the temple from the days of 

King Solomon.

After Moses fled Egypt, Rastalogy acknowledge him living in Ethiopia for 40 

years; where he acquainted himself with the rituals and Temple Worship of the 

traditional Ethiopian faith.  During the reign of King Kikanus, Moses joined his 

army and soon became highly favored with him.  After the death of King Kikanus, 

Moses was appointed King of Ethiopia by Queen Adonith because King Kikanus 

son was too young to reign.  In the reign of Moses in Ethiopia, he exercised justice 

and righteousness.  When King Kikanus son became of age, Moses stepped down 

as king.  After Moses descended the throne in Ethiopia, he decided to travel 

towards Midian where he met Ruel (Jethro) and married his daughter Ziporah; 

whom were Ethiopians as well.

In the house of Jethro, Moses gained more experience in Temple Worship.  This 

knowledge and exposure enlightened Moses to the point where his mission was 

clear and understood.  Moses was then commissioned by Yahweh ‘the I AM that I 

AM’ to liberate the Hebrew people from Pharoah’s imperialism.

The retrospection of Moses’ history in Ethiopia, is to demonstrate to Rastafarians 

and people who are in search, that Ethiopia had Temple Worship long before the 

children of Israel received their laws.  Today, The Church of Haile Selassie I 

continues the ancient tradition of our Ethiopic ancestors in fulfillment of Micah 4 

v1-2, “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of 

the Lord (Temple) shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be 

exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.  And many nations shall 

come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the 

house (Temple) of the God of Israel; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will 

walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion (Ethiopia), and the word of the 

Lord from Jerusalem (Axum).

Without Temple Worship, Rastafarians would not be able to survive the 

onslaught of the twenty-first century.  Temple Worship is essential for ensuring 

the continuity of our ‘faith’.  The Temple establishes the path where we can 

venerate Emperor Haile Selassie I as the God of the ages.  Temple Worship 

legitimizes the sacred sanctity of Emperor Haile Selassie I.  The presence of the 

Church is not to convert members of the community, but to correct the abuse and 

errors of the mythological conception surrounding Emperor Haile Selassie I and 

to incorporate his ‘utterance’; which in the last days represents the ‘Comforter’ 

identified in the scriptures.

The exaltation of Ras Tafari Makonnen on November 2nd 1930 was ordained in 

the church of St. George in Addis Ababa; thus, fulfilling Revelation 5 v5, “And one 

of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the 

Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals 

thereof.”  For Rastafarians to reject the Church today would be an insult to the 

coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I, for His Majesty’s elevation was done in a 

church and not haphazardly in the bushes of Ethiopia.  Rastafarians must 

remember, it was Emperor Menelik, son of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba of 

Ethiopia, who established Temple Worship at Axum; which is the ancient capitol 

of Ethiopia, today recognized as the new Jerusalem.

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Psalm 85

Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.

2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.

4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?

6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

7 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.

8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

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RASTAFARI LETTER FROM THE MISSION TO AFRICA

This piece is from a Rastafari blog, written by a man called Robbie Shilliam, who is a Rastafari political science professor in the University of Sussex, Baltimore. His blog is fascinating, very knowledgeable and well-written. I’ve printed the first of the two letters he refers to this time and will print the second one next week….

“In April 1961, Rastafari members of the Mission to Africa passed through London.

In Notting Hill, on the day of leaving for Ethiopia, the Brethren wrote two letters, which I reproduce here:

“With all thy getting get understanding”

Vox Populi Vox Dei, I.N.R.I.

The Just shall live by his faith”

The Rastafari Brethren of Jamaica

Apostles of the Negus

32 Adastra Rd

Kgn.2 Jam. W.I.

H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II

Clarence House

London England

Her Royal Highness,

Peace and Love be unto thee, from we Rastafari Brethren passing through your boundaries.

We know your Highness of your ancestors Queen Elizabeth I, who gave John Hawkins a Royal Charter to develop his West India Trading Company through slavery, and her gracious majesty Queen Victoria, of whom you are a descendent, freed the Black People of this Western Hemisphere (brought here through slavery) from Chattel slavery.

We Rastafarian Brethren of Jamaica do earnestly and sincerely desire your Royal Highness, to follow in the footsteps of so illustrious an ancestor as he Great Queen Victoria (who freed the Blackman of this western hemisphere from chains), and free all Black People within your Commonwealth, from political, economical, and Religious slavery to which we are subjected in this present time.

We humbly thank the late King James of England, for handing down his authorized translated version of the Bible to Christianize and to civilize us.

From the love and study of the Bible, the history of man and the earth, as much as our mental faculties can exercise, Since Almighty God has placed no limitation upon man’s mental capacities! We have derived a true conception based upon the Divnitiy of character of Emperor Haile Selassie I, whom we Rastafari Brethren depict as the Living God, the Returned messiah, the Ancient of Days.

We know through the bible scriptural passages that Repatriation for we Black people to our ancestral borders are inevitable.

Biblical Proof of Rastafarian Conceptions

(1)Acts of Apos. chap 2. ver. 29-32 states: That of the fruits of David’s loins according to the flesh, God shall raise up Christ to sit on His throne.

Rev. chap 5 ver -5 “Weep Not! Behold! The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root and the Offspring of David Hath Prevailed”.

Rev. 17 Ver 14 “He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

(2) Isiah ch.43 ver 5-7 “Fear not for I am with thee, I will bring thy seed from the East, and gather thee from the West, I will say unto the North give up, and to the South keep not back. Bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the arth.

Heb chap 11 ver -15 “And truly if they had been mindful of that country, from whence they came out, they might have opportunity to have returned.”

It is WRITTEN: Let the words of God be true and all men be liars

Historical Corroborations

1930: Prince Regent Dejatchmatch Rastafari Makonen of Ethiopia and Sheba was crowned as the King of Kings and Lords of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Davit (David well beloved of God).

17th century: There was mass slave trading by the European colonial powers, Portugal, Spain, Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, and others, who forcibly expatriated Black people from our ancestral Birthplace.

Charter of Human Rights

The U.N.O. Charter on Human Rights states: That any displaced people be repatriated to their respective borders should this be their desire. Therefore we the Descendants of Ethiopian (African) slaves, who were forcibly brought to this Western Hemisphere, do desire Repatriation to our ancestral and antecedents borders.

Motto of Rastafari Brethren

1) Passive resistance non violence. “I came not to destroy but to fulfill”.

2) Abstention from cutting the Hair, or marring the corners of Thy Beard Psm. 133

3) We know that Herbs (Ganja) was created for the service of Man, and grass for the cattle and animals, also for the Healing of the Nations. Gen.1

These conceptions your Highness, are basic Rastafari Principles and meditation, of which it was necessary to inform you.

We would write to you more but we do desire to meet you face to face ,to impart unto you, some spiritual gifts. May this letter please Thee your Highness. Our Peace we leave with tee not as this world giveth thee.

Faithfully

The Rastafari Brethren of Jamaica

32 Adastra Rd Kg. Jam, W.I.

14/April 1961”

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Praises – Jah Cure

[Chorus]

Praises be to my king

There’s no other like Him

Praises be to my king

Glory be His name

[Verse 1]

Every day just what they say

“Better must come one day”

In the Father we hope and pray

The sun keep shining all the way

The fearing of my king, is the beginning

Of wisdom, knowledge and overstanding

The beauty to behold of

Mother earth’s creation

The rain keep rain and the sun keep shining through

How beautiful the earth is I know that Jah it’s you

[Chorus]

[Bridge]

You can say what you really wanna say

Do what you really wanna do

And no matter I’ll keep on loving you

So many yutes ‘ave been gone astray

Yutes ‘ave been gone away

I see them going on the wrong way

[Verse 2]

Thank you Jah for guiding me

Showing me a brighter way

Songs of praise I sing to thee

Never too much

I keep on holding on

Never get weary

Jah never leave us alone on this a’ journey

Why woy, why woy woy

[Chorus]

[Verse 1 repeat]

[Outro]

Praises be to my king

There’s no other like Him

Praises be to my king

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Prayer/Give Thanks

This is a prayer of thanksgiving from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church….

Alleluia! O eternal God, Alfa Omega,

you are great in your design, mighty in your work,

wise in your counsel, and strong in your power.

You exist in all, O king of peace.

Be with us at this hour and dwell among us;

purify our heart, and sanctify our soul, body, and spirit.

Wash us from all sins which we have done wittingly, or unwittingly.

Kirialayson: Κύριε συγχώρησε μου.

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I found this a couple of days ago and thought it described my life a bit too accurately!….

I have my hearing aids….it’s like having bionic ears! I can receive calls on my mobile phone with them, which is weird, but more importantly, I can hear! I can hear all the different ranges in the music I listen to, I don’t have to lip read. I had forgotten that lights and fridges and kettles make a sound. It’s really exciting to be able to hear, but really tiring too because I’m not used to so much sound in my life and I have to work out where is all coming from. I haven’t quite worked out how loud or quiet I should speak, so you are going to have to forgive me for all the hearing mistakes I make during the meeting!

Yesterday there was the first frost on the grass and a real nip to the air. It’s nearly time for the last cut of the lawns. Already, all the animals are in from the fields…it’s way too muddy for them to be out there now. It’s properly autumn now and my son is spending his time sweeping up leaves and having bonfires. I still haven’t ordered Mr Roberts and Claude’s new winter blankets…I must do that when I finish writing this letter to you all! In the next couple of weeks, I need to make my Christmas puddings and mincemeat for baking the mince pies. I love getting that all made and ready for the winter.

On our hill, we don’t really have ‘next door neighbours’ because everyone lives such a distance from each other, but we have a tradition that we give each other home made Christmas presents….so I make a jar of mincemeat for each house, another house makes damson gin with the damsons off their tree, another house makes the most amazing blackcurrant jam from their garden, someone else makes home made fudge (oh my goodness! It is awesome!) and so on. It’s lovely because it’s really inexpensive….mostly produce out of our gardens…but so nice to share in each other’s harvest…so this week, I need to get started on my Christmas cooking. In the midst of a mud-filled slog of a time of year, when it’s difficult to look after the animals, hard work to get out onto the roads, the house is deep in mud from all the wellyboots and the dogs’ paws and I have tonnes of muddy clothes and dog towels to wash, I really look forward to the traditions we have for the better parts of winter!

This evening’s letter writing companion is Anya, who is greedy when it comes to sofa-sharing….

Right, I must get this letter finished and go to get the outside cats’ bedding ordered!

Blessings,

Elizabeth

October 1st 2020

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
(Psalm 62:5-6)

Hi,

When you next see me on Thursday, I might have developed a weird shudder…maybe more like a permanent twitch! 😊….

Last week I told you we had started clearing out the bedroom to decorate it…..so, on Thursday night the room was in so much of a mess, I moved all my things into the spare room to sleep.

Archie, my grey cat, always sleeps on my bed.

Before him we didn’t let the cats in our room, they had perfectly good cat baskets. There are two problems with this now…..Archie follows me everywhere and Archie is clever!

We have thumb latches on our bedroom doors and he has taught himself how to leap at the latch, pull the thumb lever down and then kick back at the wall……tada!!! Door is open!

If I put something in front of the door to block him, he spends the WHOLE night throwing himself at the latch….a flabby cat, repeatedly, heavily, thumping against the door, rattling the latch…it’s less disruptive to just let him in. Except that he likes to be cuddled as close to me as he possibly can.

To start with, he thought he was as close to me as he could get when he cuddled up in my arms….just about okay, except in hot weather. Now he has other ideas…he thinks it is best to curl round my head so that I wear him like a hat, paws round my ears, whiskers up my nose. A bit too much!

So we spend the night with me prising him off my head, putting him down the foot of the bed, going to sleep, waking close to suffocating and then I prise him off my head again.

Every so often I get really fed up with him and I put him outside the bedroom door, put something heavy in front of it and stuff my pillow as tightly over my head as I can to block out the sound of a rather fat grey cat alternatively throwing himself at my door and warming up his vocal chords so he can practice his opera singing.I moved into the spare room out of the way of the decorating.

Archie walked backwards and forwards with me as I carried through the sheets, the pillows, the duvet, my alarm clock, my phone charger, my bedside light….so many trips back and to. He followed me for every single one.

He sat on the bed. I took him off to put the sheet on. He hid under the sheet. I took him off. I put the first pillow on. I took him off that pillow to put the next pillow on. He pounced, the flying flabby, onto that pillow. I put the other side pillow on. He sat on that pillow. I took him off and put the next pillow on. He raced round the bed with his tail all fluffed up. I took him off and put the duvet on. He leapt on that and raced round til he realised that game was over and lay down exhausted to wash his whiskers and sleep off the excitement.

The rest of the day I got on with everything else but if I went anywhere near the stairs to go up to the bedroom, Archie would turn up, purring loudly, and run up and down the stairs to the spare room.

When I finally went to bed that night he marched in front of me, purring like a motorbike. I got ready for bed. Archie purred louder. I got into bed….oh my goodness, it was like having a pneumatic drill on my head! And he kept it up til morning!

At about 4am I did say to Pete that I was sure that any minute now he was going to run out of purr…how can one flabby but small cat contain THAT MUCH PURR!

He purred so much that he kept on choking on his purr-dribble (gross, I know!!) and then he would stop purring, just to cough, and then start up again, just as loud.

He finally cuddled up round my head at about 4.30am…but he purred just as much. Every last braincell that I own has a repetitive strain injury from being rattled so hard and my ears rang the whole of the next day.

And then last night he thought it was just as exciting and we had the whole performance again, but this time he wailed at the top of the stairs, full-on opera singing diva, from about 8pm in the evening.

Anyone want a slightly chubby grey cat….free to good home?….any home? Any one?

So, this letter will be whispered so it doesn’t rattle my head too much….

Kebra Negast:

32. How the Queen brought forth and came to her own Country
And the Queen departed and came into the country of BÂLÂ ZADÎSÂRĔYÂ nine months and five days after she had separated from King SOLOMON. And the pains of childbirth laid hold upon her, and she brought forth a man child, and she gave it to the nurse with great pride and delight. And she tarried until the days of her purification were ended, and then she came to her own country with great pomp and ceremony. And her officers who had remained there brought gifts to their mistress, and made obeisance to her, and did homage to her, and all the borders of the country rejoiced at her coming. Those who were nobles among them she arrayed in splendid apparel, and to some she gave gold and silver, and hyacinthine and purple robes; and she gave them all manner of things that could be desired. And she ordered her kingdom aright, and none disobeyed her command; for she loved wisdom and God strengthened her kingdom.
And the child grew and she called his name BAYNA-LEḤKEM. And the child reached the age of twelve years, and he asked his friends among the boys who were being educated with him, and said unto them, “Who is my father?” And they said unto him, “SOLOMON the King.” And he went to the Queen his mother, and said unto her, “O Queen, make me to know who is my father.” And the Queen spake unto him angrily, wishing to frighten him so that he might not desire to go [to his father] saying, “Why dost thou ask me about thy father? I am thy father and thy mother; seek not to know any more.” And the boy went forth from her presence, and sat down. And a second time, and a third time he asked her, and he importuned her to tell him. One day, however, she told him, saying, “His country is far away, and the road thither is very difficult; wouldst thou not rather be here?” And the youth BAYNA-LEḤKEM was handsome, and his whole body and his members, and the bearing of his shoulders resembled those of King SOLOMON his father, and his eyes, and his legs, and his whole gait resembled those of SOLOMON the King. And when he was two and twenty years old he was skilled in the whole art of war and of horsemanship, and in the hunting and trapping of wild beasts, and in everything that young men are wont to learn. And he said unto the Queen, “I will go and look upon the face of my father, and I will come back here by the Will of God, the Lord of ISRAEL.”

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Reasoning

Command:

Isaiah 60 v1 & 221 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory off the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, is risen upon thee.22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, hasten it in his time.

Will:

Job 5 v7-87 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.8 I would seek unto God, Emperor Haile Selassie I, and unto God, Emperor Haile Selassie I, would I commit my cause:

Desire:

Jeremiah 31 v33-3433 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man hisbrother, saying, Know the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest Hi of them, saith the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Wish:

Ezekiel 11 v19-2019 And I, Emperor Haile Selassie I, will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I, Emperor Haile Selassie I, will be their God.

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Bible Verse

After the discussion about prayer and giving thanks, I found this verse in Philippians and thought it was an interesting reflection of what we had talked about. This is Philippians 4:11-13….

…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

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Psalm

Here we go with another lockdown….great! So here is psalm 62. It’s a psalm of David and it is one of comfort and hope, definitely one we need as the next wave of Covid begins to wash over the country. I am hoping that you can….

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge

(v. 8)This psalm refers to the hardships David has suffered, but also how God has given him strength to deal with all the bad stuff that has happened….I pray that you can too.

Psalm 62

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.3 How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

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Words of H.I.M. Haile Selassie l

From a speech made on September 23rd. 1963.

It is education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and improvement of his life. The key for the betterment and completeness of modern living is education.But, “Man cannot live by bread alone.” Man, after all, is also composed of intellect and soul. Therefore, education in general, and higher education in particular, must aim to provide, beyond the physical, food for the intellect and soul. That education which ignores man’s intrinsic nature, and neglects his intellect and reasoning power cannot be considered true education…. The true leader is one who realizes by faith that he is aninstrument in the hands of God, and dedicates himself to be aguide and inspirer of the nobler sentiments and aspirations ofthe people. He will kindle interest, teach, aid, correct andinspire. Those whom he leads will co-operate with him inmaintaining discipline for the good of the group. He will instructhis followers in the goals towards which to strive, and create inthem a sense of mutual effort for attaining the goal. ……May the Almighty God be with you in the fulfillment of your duties.

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Prayer

I give thanks for you waking me up on this autumn day, Jah.I thank You for protection, not only over myself, but for my loved ones as well.I give thanks for health, strength, grace, forgiveness, peace, joy and for never failing me, Jah.

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Last night I drove home from a friend’s house late at night and had to stop for a badger who was wandering slowly across the road. He was a big badger, not one of this year’s young. I’ve seen one, probably the same one, just on that bit of road before.

I wish I had managed to get a photo of him for you because he was very handsome.

The journey home takes me down a beautiful piece of road where the banks of earth rise up either side and the trees meet in the middle to make a tunnel over the top. There was a bright moon so I could see for the first time this year the fallen leaves have started to litter the roads and it was down to 6*c….it’s the start of autumn!

The trees in my woodland are stunning….all shades of yellow, orange, red, brown.

Today, one of the less good bits of autumn started….the constant drying of wet, muddy dogs. Five dogs + many trips outside = lots of muddy paw prints 🐾 🐾🐾🐾🐾 and soggy towels!

On Thursday night there will be a full moon, the Hunter’s Moon. I found this piece in the Telegraph online about it…

“October: Hunter’s Moon

As people planned ahead for the cold months ahead, October’s full moon came to signify the ideal time for hunting game, which were becoming fatter from eating falling grains. This full moon is also known as the Travel Moon and the Dying Grass Moon.”

Its on the 1st October which means that on the 31st October there will be a second full moon in the month, a ‘blue moon’ (you know, like in the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’) because it doesn’t happen very often at all.

Most years have 12 full moons in them but years with a blue moon have 13. I don’t know why it’s called ‘blue’…I will have to find out!

The Draconid meteor shower will start ramping up this week, with the peak being on the 8th. It’s one of my children and my best things to do, meteor hunting! We get dinner eaten early, the house tidied up, the fire banked up so it’s warm when we get home, and then the 3 children, me and ALL the dogs get into the car and drive to where there is least light pollution and see if we can see any meteors.

The Draconids aren’t the most showy, there are only up to 10 meteors per hour, but they are usually bright and the really good thing is that instead of being at 3am or some unmanageable time, they are in the early evening just after it’s gone dark.

I know you all have a lot of light pollution around there but these meteors are usually bright enough that it’s worth looking out your window.
It’s getting late, the fire has died down and I think it’s time to go to get my head drilled by a cat! 😊
Blessings,

Elizabeth

September 23rd 2020

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”(Ps 91:2)
Hi,
I learned something new last week….something really big. I guess I think that I’m a positive person…I’m definitely a ‘glass half full’ sort of person, rather than ‘half empty’.I find happiness in creation, the land around me, the animals and birds, the plants, the animals. I love the different seasons (although I’m a bit suspicious of too much sun…but then I am Welsh so..!).I love the people around me. I love happy noise, music, chat, discussions, my friends, family, spare teenagers.I love the quiet around me, to sit quietly with Dilys and listen to the breeze through the trees, the birds, voles and mice in the undergrowth, the stream singing gently to itself.I love where I live. I love God.Last week I put a short prayer into the letter…


Generous God, for all that sustains us;air to breath, warmth and light,food to eat, water to drink,we offer our thanks and praise.


It was one that I had found in a book of ancient prayers. Those who have read these letters from the beginning know that I often use old Celtic prayers to pray on my own, I love the psalms of thanksgiving….but I hadn’t spotted the difference between the prayers I am drawn to and the prayers that this group as Rastafari use. I had never noticed that as Rastafari your prayer times are to ‘give thanks’. This week it was pointed out to me that the difference between Rastafari prayers and many Christian prayers are that Rastafari give thanks and Christian prayers are to ask. It was pointed out how like a Rastafari prayer the one in last week’s letter was.It’s changed the way I pray. As I enjoy all those things that I love, I have been thanking God for them and as I pray for the whole of your group, I have been thanking God (as well as for the group generally) for what I have learned from you!


This week Claude, one of the ginger back door cats, has mostly been very thankful for….sausages!My husband Pete takes his dog Anya out for 2 long walks a day….otherwise we would never cope with her. She is so full-on! Waaay too much energy. He walks her about 8 miles a day and does loads of extra training with her, just to take some of the energy out of her. He clips a dog treat pouch to his belt to train her to come back to him, to walk to heel, to stop at a distance and when he trains her to do those things he has to use treats she really likes….sausages!Claude, who isn’t quite as stupid as he makes out, has realised Pete carries a pouch with lots of sausages in it and can do the most beautiful ‘walk to heel’ I’ve ever seen a cat do. Then when they get to the fields, he runs ahead of Pete, jumps up a fence post and balances, staring at Pete til he gives him a sausage. Then, he jumps off the fence post, runs to the next one and it starts all again. Here he is, waiting for his treat…

I am feeling thankful this week….that I have survived the first week of my degree course. I’m also feeling a bit worried that I have to keep on going!I managed to read what I was supposed to read (notice I don’t claim to have understood it 😊). I took part in a tutorial and didn’t disgrace myself by sounding too stupid….all in all a good week. Now, I have to keep doing this…week after week….for six years!!!I’ve also started a big project….I’m re-decorating one of the rooms in my house.We are slowly doing up the house we live in. It was last decorated by the people we bought the house from, in the 1980’s….it’s quite grim! So much peach coloured paint, brown tiles, lilac flowered wallpaper, ginger floor tiles, artex ceilings, woodchip wallpaper.We have decorated the children’s rooms but never ours, so now it’s our turn. I’m going to paint it so dark blue it’s almost black, sand down and polish the floorboards, buy new curtains (not family pass-ons!) and maybe even buy some new chest of drawers (again, instead of the strange combination of old, tatty, mismatched furniture we’ve been passed on). I’m really excited to see what it’s going to look like with new furniture and the room not painted peach.Let’s get on with this…..
Kebra Negast 

31. Concerning the sign which SOLOMON gave the Queen

And the Queen rejoiced, and she went forth in order to depart, and the King set her on her way with great pomp and ceremony. And SOLOMON took her aside so that they might be alone together, and he took off the ring that was upon his little finger, and he gave it to the Queen, and said unto her, “Take [this] so that thou mayest not forget me. And if it happen that I obtain seed from thee, this ring shall be unto it a sign; and if it be a man child he shall come to me; and the peace of God be with thee! Whilst I was sleeping with thee I saw many visions in a dream, [and it seemed] as if a sun had risen upon ISRAEL, but it snatched itself away and flew off and lighted up the country of ETHIOPIA; peradventure that country shall be blessed through thee; God knoweth. And as for thee, observe what I have told thee, so that thou mayest worship God with all thy heart and perform His Will. For He punisheth those who are arrogant, and He showeth compassion upon those who are humble, and He removeth the thrones of the mighty, and He maketh to be honoured those who are needy. For death and life are from Him, and riches and poverty are bestowed by His Will. For everything is His, and none can oppose His command and His judgment in the heavens, or in the earth, or in the sea, or in the abysses. And may God be with thee! Go in peace.” And they separated from each other

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Reasoning (From H.I.M. Church)

Command:

Deuteronomy 29 v10-1210  Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; Emperor Haile Selassie I, your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel,11  Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawers of thy water:12  That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the LORD thy God, Emperor Haile Selassie I, and into his oath, which the LORD thy God, Emperor Haile Selassie I, maketh with thee this day:

Will:

Psalm 92 v1313  Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God, Emperor Haile Selassie I.Desire:Isaiah 66 v22-2322  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, Emperor Haile Selassie I, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your nameremain.23  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, Emperor Haile Selassie I, saith the LORD.

Desire:

Isaiah 66 v22-2322  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, Emperor Haile Selassie I, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your nameremain.23  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, Emperor Haile Selassie I, saith the LORD.

Wish:

Joel 2 v15-1715  Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:16  Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.17  Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, weep between the porch and the alter, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
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(From H.I.M. Church website)*
On this day… September 27, 1916 Dejazmatch Tafari Makonnen elevated to Crown Prince Ras Tafari and Regent Plenipotentiary
On the 27th September 1916 (17th Mäskäräm 1909) Archbishop Abuna Mattewos, Etchäge Waldä Giyorgis with the priests and the nobles with the army appointed Dejazmatch Tafari Makonnen; Ras Crown Prince and Regent Plenipotentiary of theImperial Ethiopian Empire.Source: The Church of Haile Selassie Inc. Ourselves, by virtue of Our descent from the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, ever since We accepted intrust, in 1909 (1916), first the regency of the Ethiopian realm and later the Imperial dignity, right up to the present, We have set out to the best of Our ability to improve, gradually, internal administration by introducing into the country western modes of civilization through which Our people may attain a higher level; hence Our conscience does not rebuke Us. The Autobiography of Emperor Haile Sellassie I(volume 1)
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Psalm

መዝሙረ ዳዊት 91Psalm 91
1 በልዑል መጠጊያ የሚኖር ሁሉን በሚችል አምላክ ጥላውስጥ ያድራል።1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 እግዚአብሔርን፦ አንተ መታመኛዬ ነህ እለዋለሁ አምላኬናመሸሸጊያዬ ነው፥ በእርሱም እታመናለሁ።2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 እርሱ ከአዳኝ ወጥመድ ከሚያስደነግጥም ነገር ያድንሃልና።3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 በላባዎቹ ይጋርድሃል፥ በክንፎቹም በታች ትተማመናለህእውነት እንደ ጋሻ ይከብብሃል።4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 ከሌሊት ግርማ፥ በቀን ከሚበርር ፍላጻ፥5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 በጨለማ ከሚሄድ ክፉ ነገር፥ ከአደጋና ከቀትር ጋኔንአትፈራም።6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 በአጠገብህ ሺህ በቀኝህም አሥር ሺህ ይወድቃሉ ወደ አንተግን አይቀርብም።7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 በዓይኖችህ ብቻ ትመለከታለህ፥ የኃጥኣንንም ብድራትታያለህ።8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 አቤቱ፥ አንተ ተስፋዬ ነህና ልዑልን መጠጊያህ አደረግህ።9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 ክፉ ነገር ወደ አንተ አይቀርብም፥ መቅሠፍትም ወደ ቤትህአይገባም።10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 በመንገድህ ሁሉ ይጠብቁህ ዘንድ መላእክቱን ስለ አንተያዝዛቸዋልና11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 እግርህም በድንጋይ እንዳትሰናከል በእጆቻቸው ያነሡሃል።12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 በተኵላና በእባብ ላይ ትጫማለህ አንበሳውንና ዘንዶውንትረግጣለህ።13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 በእኔ ተማምኖአልና አስጥለዋለሁ ስሜንም አውቆአልናእጋርደዋለሁ።14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 ይጠራኛል እመልስለትማለሁ፥ በመከራውም ጊዜ ከእርሱጋራ እሆናለሁ አድነዋለሁ አከብረውማለሁ።15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 ረጅምን ዕድሜ አጠግበዋለሁ፥ ማዳኔንም አሳየዋለሁ።16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation


(From Rastafari-Groundation website)

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Song:

Jahmiel- Jah over Everything 


Intro]
YeahMost HighHey

Through the sad times and bad times, oh Jah
You never leave I alone, yeah (yeah)

NeverFather
[Verse 1]
Me see weh dem a try
But dem could a never get me a out, oh Jah,

You’re too powerful

And a you a watch over me
So all the trap dem a set,

you remove every obstacles
The devil waan be against I’Cause him couldn’t tempt I,

You keep me head high

Jah a you answer me cry

Dem cyaan conquer the I
[Chorus]

Cah You deh deh fi me

Jah, You deh deh fi me
You deh deh fi meJah,

You deh deh fi me
When I had no shoulder to lean on, me keep strong
Cah You deh deh fi me (deh deh fi me)

Jah, you deh deh fi me (yeah)

Oh oh, oh, oh oh, ohOh oh, oh, oh oh, ohYeah
[Verse 2]

Me Jah never sleep and Jah Jah, You never late
And if a never fi You, me could a never be great
Me see dem a pray fi see me carried away
A nuff mek bad talk and now dem sorry fi say itJah,

You put me ‘pon higher ground
Fi see everything around, me tell me how dem a go stop me now
Dem think we done, but tell dem not fi now
Yeah, me learn from the bad, but now me ready and me on the go
So when dem think me soul shattered
Jah, You build mine up
Glory be to the Most High,

You fill my cup (my cup)
Outro]

Deh yah a think ’bout me past
Jah, me come a far way
You deh deh fi me, so me can deh deh fi others and me family, yeah
Deh deh fi meJah,

You deh deh fi me, never figet,

You deh deh fi me
Through the sad times and bad times, yeahJah…

deh deh fi me
Oh oh, oh, oh oh, oh (you deh deh fi me)Oh oh, oh, oh oh, oh

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Prayer/ Give thanks

This time I have found a beautiful Jewish Thanksgiving Prayer by Rabbi Naomi Levy…

For the laughter of our children,

For my own life breath,

For the abundance of food on our table,

For the ones who prepared it.

For the roof over our heads,

The clothes on our backs,

For our health,

And our wealth of blessings,

For this opportunity to celebrate with friends,

For the freedom to pray these words
Without fear,

In any language,

In any faith,In this great country,

Whose landscape is as vast and beautiful as her inhabitants.

Thank You, God, for giving us all these.

Amen.


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This letter has taken so much longer to write than it should have….every time I walk past my room I’m doing a bit more scraping of the wallpaper. The children are just as bad….it’s addictive!All the swallows have gone now, even the younger ones from the hay barn. The berries are ripening on the mountain ash and hawthorn trees, there are blackberries and sloes in the hedgerows. Pete’s dog, Anya, is learning about blackberries….she has learned to very carefully avoid the prickles and pick the berries with her teeth. She loves them!

I have a feeling that we are going to go back into lockdown. The cases are rising and they seem to be out of control. We shall see. I won’t be able to carry on coming into Berwyn if the cases continue to rise because of the risk to my daughter. 
I will continue to write to you all if it does happen and in the meantime, I will hope it doesn’t come to that!

Blessings,

September 16th 2020

Hi,

It’s been a week of changes in our house this week…..my son and middle daughter have gone back to school, my middle daughter is starting to look at universities for next year, my eldest daughter is out of hospital at the moment and looking at sign language courses, she wants to train to be a Makaton tutor, and I’ve started my degree.

Oh my goodness, I’m a student again! I started a university course this week and I’m currently feeling like the most stupid person in the world….seriously, all these people who know scarily long words, that talk like they’ve swallowed an entire encyclopaedia. What was I thinking of, applying for this? I can’t write essays if they aren’t about Lenny.

Lenny has been a Liability this week. He is missing my son when he is in school. First he wants to lie on my son’s bed cos it smells of him. Then he wants to come downstairs to check if he’s there. Then he wants to go out the back door to wait at the gate, where he comes in when he gets home….but my son leaves through the front door so he wants to be there….but then his bed smells of him, so he probably ought to go back up there. Lenny is spending the day the wrong side of a door….all the doors.

There is change happening outside too….it’s changing to autumn. The days are quickly getting shorter, the leaves are beginning to change and drop and the swallows have gathered together, ready to leave for the winter. The first lot have already left and I think that includes our swallow babies from by the front door. There are a small number from the barns who hatched late and are still here, but all the rest are gone. The swallows from this area migrate to Senagal, which is where one of my husband’s best friends is from. He keeps on inviting us to go to stay, one of these days we will make it there, but it seems so far away and incredible that those tiny wings on the swallows can make it that far. I will include a piece from the RSPB site about migration at the end just to show you how amazing swallows are.

This weekend my middle daughter and I went to stay in Manchester. It was part of her 18th birthday present. We mostly went to Afflecks Palace, the big warehouse of alternative & weirdness…alternative clothes, piercings, vinyl records, guitars, fossils, coffee shops, leather jackets, wigs in rainbow colours (SO tempted!!), more body jewellery….it’s a huge shrine to alternativeness. My daughter loves it. 

In the evening we walked back through the park and there a group of Rastamen with drums…..nowhere near as good as you lot sound!! They were singing No Night In Zion and you all could have taught them how to!

My son starts his first day of his construction course tomorrow…he’s really excited about it. He’s got his work boots, his safety kit…..what could possibly go wrong?….did I mention he was dyspraxic & falls down, off, over, up everything?! We think that he manages to walk down the stairs 20% of the day….the rest of the time he lands in a heap at the bottom of the stairs, not having a clue how he got there. He’s very practical….he’s never crashed the quad, he usually knows how to fix stuff, he drives our car down the fields, can reverse the horse trailer, but I’m regularly in casualty with him because he’s broken himself coming off his bike, falling out of a tree, off a hay bale….so we will see if he survives the construction course with all his limbs where they should be!

Right, here goes…..

Kebra Negast 

30. Concerning how King SOLOMON swore to the Queen
And SOLOMON answered and said unto her, “I swear unto thee that I will not take thee by force, but thou must swear unto me that thou wilt not take by force anything that is in my house.” And the Queen laughed and said unto him, “Being a wise man why dost thou speak as a fool? Shall I steal anything, or shall I carry out of the house of the King that which the King hath not given to me? Do not imagine that I have come hither through love of riches. Moreover, my own kingdom is as wealthy as thine, and there is nothing which I wish for that I lack. Assuredly I have only come in quest of thy wisdom.” And he said unto her, “If thou wouldst make me swear, swear thou to me, for a swearing is meet for both [of us], so that neither of us may be unjustly treated. And if thou wilt not make me swear I will not make thee swear.” And she said unto him, “Swear to me that thou wilt not take me by force, and I on my part will swear not to take by force thy possessions” and he swore to her and made her swear.
And the King went up on his bed on the one side [of the chamber], and the servants made ready for her a bed on the other side. And SOLOMON said unto a young manservant, “Wash out the bowl and set in it a vessel of water whilst the Queen is looking on, and shut the doors and go and sleep.” And SOLOMON spake to the servant in another tongue which the Queen did not understand, and he did as the King commanded, and went and slept. And the King had not as yet fallen asleep, but he only pretended to be asleep, and he was watching the Queen intently. Now the house of SOLOMON the King was illumined as by day, for in his wisdom he had made shining pearls which were like unto the sun, and moon, and stars [and had set them] in the roof of his house.
And the Queen slept a little. And when she woke up her mouth was dry with thirst, for the food which SOLOMON had given her in his wisdom had made her thirsty, and she was very thirsty indeed, and her mouth was dry; and she moved her lips and sucked with her mouth and found no moisture. And she determined to drink the water which she had seen, and she looked at King SOLOMON and watched him carefully, and she thought that he was sleeping a sound sleep. But he was not asleep, and he was waiting until she should rise up to steal the water to [quench] her thirst. And she rose up and, making no sound with her feet, she went to the water in the bowl and lifted up the jar to drink the water. And SOLOMON seized her hand before she could drink the water, and said unto her, “Why hast thou broken the oath that thou hast sworn that thou wouldst not take by force anything that is in my house?” And she answered and said unto him in fear, “Is the oath broken by my drinking water?” And the King said unto her, “Is there anything that thou hast seen under the heavens that is better than water?” And the Queen said, “I have sinned against myself, and thou art free from [thy] oath. But let me drink water for my thirst.” Then SOLOMON said unto her, “Am I perchance free from the oath which thou hast made me swear?” And the Queen said, “Be free from thy oath, only let me drink water.” And he permitted her to drink water, and after she had drunk water he worked his will with her and they slept together.
And after he slept there appeared unto King SOLOMON [in a dream] a brilliant sun, and it came down from heaven and shed exceedingly great splendour over ISRAEL. And when it had tarried there for a time it suddenly withdrew itself, and it flew away to the country of ETHIOPIA, and it shone there with exceedingly great brightness for ever, for it willed to dwell there. And [the King said], “I waited [to see] if it would come back to ISRAEL, but it did not return. And again while I waited a light rose up in the heavens, and a Sun came down from them in the country of JUDAH, and it sent forth light which was very much stronger than before.” And1 ISRAEL, because of the flame of that Sun entreated that Sun evilly and would not walk in the light thereof. And that Sun paid no heed to ISRAEL, and the ISRAELITES hated Him, and it became impossible that peace should exist between them and the Sun. And they lifted up their hands against Him with staves and knives, and they wished to extinguish that Sun. And they cast darkness upon the whole world with earthquake and thick darkness, and they imagined that that Sun would never more rise upon them. And they destroyed His light and cast themselves upon Him and they set a guard over His tomb wherein they had cast Him. And He came forth where they did not look for Him, and illumined the whole world, more especially the First Sea and the Last Sea, ETHIOPIA and RÔM. And He paid no heed whatsoever to ISRAEL, and He ascended His former throne.
And when SOLOMON the King saw this vision in his sleep, his soul became disturbed, and his understanding was snatched away as by [a flash of] lightning, and he woke up with an agitated mind. And moreover, SOLOMON marvelled concerning the Queen, for she was vigorous in strength, and beautiful of form, and she was undefiled in her virginity; and she had reigned for six years in her own country, and, notwithstanding her gracious attraction and her splendid form, had preserved her body pure. And the Queen said unto SOLOMON, “Dismiss me, and let me depart to my own country.” And he went into his house and gave unto her whatsoever she wished for of splendid things and riches, and beautiful apparel which bewitched the eyes, and everything on which great store was set in the country of ETHIOPIA, and camels and wagons, six thousand in number, which were laden with beautiful things of the most desirable kind, and wagons wherein loads were carried over the desert, and a vessel wherein one could travel over the sea, and a vessel wherein one could traverse the air (or winds), which SOLOMON had made by the wisdom that God had given unto him

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Reasoning

Command:

Hosea 14 v1-2

O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; Emperor Haile Selassie I,  for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.2  Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: Emperor Haile Selassie I, Take away all inquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

Will:

Psalm 17 v1-2, 6

Hear the right, O LORD, Emperor Haile Selassie I, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer.Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the thing that are equal.I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God, Emperor Haile Selassie I: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

Desire:

Jude 1 v 20, 22, 24-25

20  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.22  And of some have compassion, making a difference:24  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present your faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,25  To the only wise God our Saviour, Emperor Haile Selassie I, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever.  Amen.

Wish:

John 15 v3-5

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no 

more can ye, except ye abide in me.5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye 

can do nothing.

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Wise Words from His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie l

(From H.I.M. Church)

This conception of education is equally important for us in Ethiopia, where only education can lead the way to higher standards of living for all people.  It is in expectation of a rich return that the Ethiopian Government has spent freely to send you abroad, hoping that upon your return you will make a generous contribution to the betterment of your country.
…thought which I would like you to keep always before you.  In a world which becomes smaller and smaller as communication improves, nations must live as neighbours with other nations.  Just as your impressions of an American are formed from the individual Americans you meet, so a foreigner’s ideas about Ethiopia depend upon the Ethiopians he encounters and knows.
Each of you is an Ambassador-at-large of your country.  If you are kind and tolerant and courteous you make people think well of us — if you are arrogant and proud and unfriendly you discredit us in the eyes of others.  It is my earnest hope that you may be at all times worthy representatives of Ethiopia.
Haile Selassie the First – September 2, 1950

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Psalm:

This psalm is so short that if you sneeze, you will miss it!…and it’s not even the shortest in the bible. 

It’s a psalm written by King David and is one of 15 that are called Songs of Ascent and it is thought that they were sung by pilgrims as they walked up to Jerusalem for pilgrim festivals.

It is a very personal song, full of David’s humility, trust and hope. The more I read it, the more it means to me…

Psalm 131

1 My heart is not proud, Lord,

    my eyes are not haughty;

I do not concern myself with great matters

    or things too wonderful for me.

2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,

    I am like a weaned child with its mother;

    like a weaned child I am content.

3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord

    both now and forevermore.

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Music

This week how can I not put in a Toots Hibbert song in honour of the man who gave reggae it’s name?!

Toots and the Maytals: It Was Written Down

It was written down there, by those prophets.

It was written down there, on the ground.

It was written down there, by those prophets.

It was written down there, on the ground.

One love, one heart.

One eternity, one joy.

Come sing a song with me and do your harmony.

Go sing a song with me and do your harmony.

My father sent me, to warn the nation,

It was written down there from Creation.

My father sent me, to warn the nation,

It was written down there from Creation.

One love, one heart.

One eternity, one joy.

Come sing a song with me and do your harmony.

Go sing a song with me and do your harmony, yeah!

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In the fading of the summer sun, 

the shortening of days, cooling breeze, 

swallows’ flight and moonlight rays 

We see the Creator’s hand.

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Prayer

Generous God, for all that sustains us;

air to breath, warmth and light,

food to eat, water to drink,

we offer our thanks and praise.

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Here is the piece I found about swallows and their migration…

The journey swallows make

European swallows spend the winter in Africa south of the Sahara, in Arabia and in the Indian sub-continent. 

British swallows spend their winter in South Africa – they travel through western France, across the Pyrenees, down eastern Spain into Morocco and across the Sahara. Some birds follow the west coast of Africa avoiding the Sahara. Other European swallows travel further east and down the Nile Valley. Swallows put on little weight before migrating. 

They migrate by day at low altitudes and find food on the way. Despite accumulating some fat reserves before crossing large areas such as the Sahara Desert, they are vulnerable to starvation during these crossings. Migration is a hazardous time and many birds die from starvation, exhaustion and in storms.

Migrating swallows cover 200 miles a day, mainly during daylight, at speeds of 17-22 miles per hour. The maximum flight speed is 35 mph. 

In their wintering areas swallows feed in small flocks, which join together to form roosting flocks of thousands of birds. Swallows arrive in the UK in April and May, returning to their wintering grounds in September and October.

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My son survived his first day on the construction course…all legs and arms still there and he built a wall, with no trips to casualty!

I took a photo of the planters that I planted up on my birthday….yes, back to the subject of my garden, I know!…but look at these!….

They have all bedded in now and look even better.

I’m only putting this picture up to distract myself from my college course….I am supposed to have read a book that is about 10 centimetres thick, I’ve only read about 10 words and most of those I didn’t understand. I have to write a 6000 word essay (actually this time, not an exaggeration). I don’t think I know 6000 words, and if I do, I don’t think I can put them all together…..not that I’m panicking at all! 

It’s late at night now, the fire is dying down and I really probably ought to have read some more of the text book than write to all of you. It’s really misty outside and I can hear the owls shouting again. Well, here goes, I’m going to try to get stuck into reading and if my brain is frazzled and my eyes are spinning next time I’m in Berwyn, you’ll know what went wrong 😊

Blessings,

Elizabeth