“And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.
Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.”
—Jeremiah 36:23, 24 KJV
Zeke knew he needed more rest when he started seeing angels everywhere while doing his barn chores.
“And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
—Revelation 14:3, 12 KJV
Mr. Kingman rewarded June by releasing her from all work duties at the Kingman estate. Across oceans, as Captain Moose made the Swordfish shipshape to return to San Francisco, June sent the happiest telegram she would ever write to Sam and Harriet in Agate Beach. Riding a rented horse, she arrived at Montana and Susanna’s cabin just in time for fresh apple pie.
“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”
—Isaiah 58:6 KJV
June earned her pineapple prep degree from the many parties the captain hosted in the Port of Manila. When the captain’s bride-to-be demanded that she sew her wedding dress, June thankfully accepted the difficult but cleaner task.
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
—Revelation 3:18 KJV
“One of the workers from up north helped me build a fishing shack for the workers. They can use it during breaks or on their day off. We packed ice blocks between layers of straw to keep it cool. I’ll write more later. Please write soon! Love, June.”
“For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.”
—Proverbs 25:22 KJV
“I received a surprise package from Sarah Winnemucca. She enclosed a signed watercolor of shell ginger and told of plans to travel north to teach Paiute children. She also enclosed several rhizomes for us to plant. I didn’t think they would survive the Pennsylvania winter, but Cream insisted, so we planted a few in the woods, and potted a few inside near a window.”
“And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them.
And I will strengthen them in the Lord; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the Lord.”
—Zechariah 10:6, 12 KJV
“The community decided they all needed to listen more. At the harvest party, each family brought two ears of corn to show commitment. They gathered ‘round the bonfire, listening to experiences during the war. But the party didn’t really get started until the mayor and his wife showed up with several jars of grape jam. Wonderful combo with Cream’s peach bread; and Jeb was the first to spread it on his roasted corn.”
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:”
—Proverbs 1:5 KJV
“Judy and Cream searched records in the mayor’s office for clues about who burned their barn during the war. Cream showed her family heritage when she trained a muzzztang string all on her own.”
“For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.”
—Zechariah 4:10 KJV