water water everywhere

May 27, 2013



This old town is filled with sin

It will swallow you in

If you’ve got some money to burn

Take it home right away

You’ve got three years to pay

But Satan is waiting his turn

The scientists say

It will all wash away

But we don’t believe anymore

Cause we’ve got our recruits

And our green mohair suits

So please show your I. D. at the door

This old earthquake’s gonna leave me in the poor house

It seems like this whole town’s insane

On the thirty-first floor a gold plated door

Won’t keep out the Lord’s burning rain.


A friend came around

Tried to clean up this town

His ideas made some people mad

But he trusted his crowd

So he spoke right out loud

And they lost the best friend they had

This old earthquake’s gonna leave me in the poor house

It seems like this whole town’s insane

On the thirty-first floor a gold plated door

Won’t keep out the Lord’s burning rain.


Note:  CREATIVE LOAFING reporter Scott Henry in a May 2010 diatribe against the Community at Peachtree Pine wrote, “Jim Beaty wrote portentously that the shelter’s enemies may feel the vengeance of God’s burning rain.”  Friends, enemies and neighbors were amused by my “God’s burning rain.”  That was May 2010.  Scott Henry no longer writes mellifluous prose for the tired CREATIVE LOAFING.  Much of the laughter has subsided.  “Tortious Interference” and “Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations” are terms being discussed on thirty-first floors and in other low places.  Listen for those who are under running laughter.


James Wilson Beaty

Jeremiah 22:16

May 16, 2013

David said to Saul, “Let no man lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”
But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with the sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome. And he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the enemies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword…. David took the Philistine’s head to Jerusalem.

Note: The odds that David would slay Goliath were less than a 100 to 1. The only two beings in the universe who picked the shepherd to win were David and the God of Abraham, Issac, Jacob , Rahab, Rebecca and Rachel.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22:16
May 7, 2013