|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass:
leaning toward liberty, was overwhelmingly defeated, some say
But here is a still more important fact, illustrating the designs
of the slave power. It is a fact full of meaning, that no sooner
did the democratic slavery party come into power, than a system
of legislation was presented to the legislatures of the northern
states, designed to put the states in harmony with the fugitive
slave law, and the malignant bearing of the national government
toward the colored inhabitants of the country. This whole
movement on the part of the states, bears the evidence of having
one origin, emanating from one head, and urged forward by one
My Bondage and My Freedom
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton:
that stirring moment of her life. From that day forward, however,
she began to take a certain tranquil pleasure in thinking of Mr.
Ramy's small shop, not unlike her own in its countrified obscurity,
though the layer of dust which covered its counter and shelves made
the comparison only superficially acceptable. Still, she did not
judge the state of the shop severely, for Mr. Ramy had told her
that he was alone in the world, and lone men, she was aware, did
not know how to deal with dust. It gave her a good deal of
occupation to wonder why he had never married, or if, on the other
hand, he were a widower, and had lost all his dear little children;
and she scarcely knew which alternative seemed to make him the more
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Psalms 69: 28 (69:29) Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
Psalms 69: 29 (69:30) But I am afflicted and in pain; let Thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.
Psalms 69: 30 (69:31) I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Psalms 69: 31 (69:32) And it shall please the LORD better than a bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
Psalms 69: 32 (69:33) The humble shall see it, and be glad; ye that seek after God, let your heart revive.
Psalms 69: 33 (69:34) For the LORD hearkeneth unto the needy, and despiseth not His prisoners.
Psalms 69: 34 (69:35) Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.
Psalms 69: 35 (69:36) For God will save Zion, and build the cities of Judah; and they shall abide there, and have it in possession.
Psalms 69: 36 (69:37) The seed also of His servants shall inherit it; and they that love His name shall dwell therein.
Psalms 70: 1 For the Leader. A Psalm of David; to make memorial. O God, to deliver me, O LORD, to help me, make haste.
Psalms 70: 2 Let them be ashamed and abashed that seek after my soul; let them be turned backward and brought to confusion that delight in my hurt.