Be At

An investigation of the least category of the Accords paradigm, and principally its particular of Blessing

Lamentation & Transition - craving (restoration of) blessing - time's run out: common theme of laments

The Accords:


  purpose, standing, righteousness, testament


  relationship, promise, security, oath/ bond/ pledge


  rule(s) (guideline)/ measure, decree, (en-) act (-ment), commandment


  charge/ bidding, commission, order/ enjoin, task/ burden

Rule (guidance)

  reign considers both the regent's oversight (enforcement), and the corresponding subjects' adherence (assumption)

  boon & bane thus imputed as blessing & cursing

  Sign (-al) new kingdom product= distributed and/ or collective "manifold wisdom" (Eph 3: 10) - as in tongues of flame at Pentecost

by Sting (from Soul Cages album)
"All This Time"
I looked out across/ The river today
I saw a city in the fog/ And an old church tower/ Where the seagulls play
Saw the sad shire horses/ Walking home in the sodium light
Saw two priests on the ferry/ October geese on a cold winter's night

And all this time/ The river flowed/ Endlessly/ To the sea

Two priests came round/ Our house tonight
One young, one old/ To offer prayers for the dying/ To serve the final rite
One to learn, one to teach/ Which way the cold wind blows
Fussing and flapping in priestly black/ Like a murder of crows

And all this time/ The river flowed/ Endlessly/ To the sea
If I had my way/ I'd take a boat from the river
And I'd bury the old man/ I'd bury him at sea

Blessed are the poor/ For they shall inherit the earth
Better to be poor/ Than a fat man in the eye of a needle
As these words are spoken/ I swear I hear the old man laughing
'What good is a used up world/ And how could it be worth having?'

And all this time/ The river flowed/ Endlessly/ Like a silent tear
And all this time the river flowed
Father, if Jesus exists/ Then how come he never lived here?
(yeah, yeah, yeaheahah, ..)

The teachers told us/ Romans built this place
Built a wall and a temple/ At an edge of the empire/ Garrison town
They lived and they died/ They prayed to their gods/ But the stone gods did not make a sound
And their empire crumbled/ 'Til all that was left/ Were the stones the workmen found

And all this time/ The river flowed/ In the falling light of a northern sun
If I had my way/ I'd take a boat from the river
Men go crazy in congregations/ They only get better one by one
(one by one, one by one by one, ..)

`Brief: song's (proposed subject of ritual; vs) instances of needed blessing cited - most pointedly the desire of a son to provide, but more significantly, to 'be a' blessing to his father somehow, when it is always so apparent that he's a burden in many ways

`provenance characteristic of blessing

(Father?), if Jesus exists, then how come he never lived here - sounds like the old messianic complaint to do something about the Romans

searching to find where God enters the equation (helps) - James Stewart as pa (Charlie) Anderson in Shenandoah: "Lord, we cleared this land, we plowed it, sowed it and harvested. We cooked the harvest. It wouldn't be here - we wouldn't be eating it if we hadn't done it all ourselves. We worked dogbone hard for every crumb and morsel, but we thank you just the same anyway for this food we're about to eat. Amen."

`Brief: 'Be At' ?= 'be with', physician heal thyself