Saturday, April 18, 2009

Julius Caesar

This is a play written by William Shakespeare It is believed to have been published in 1599.
Julius Caesar has just killed Pompei and Pompei’s three sons Caesar is asked to be king but rejects. Two men called Brutus and
Cassius are plotting to assassinate Julius Caesar because they were loyal to Pompei and dislike Caesar. They get a gang of men and ask Caesar to come to the capitol the next day.
At Caesar’s house, his wife
Calpurnia has a dream of men bathing in Caesar’s blood. When she gets up she tells Caesar not to go to the Capital and tells about her dream. When Casca (a part of the plot) comes in to ensure Caesar goes to the Capitol, Julius Caesar tells Casca his wife’s dream. Casca interprets the dream into a good one. So Caesar goes to the Capitol of Rome.
When Caesar gets to the Capitol, he talks to Brutus. Everyone starts stabbing Caesar and he dies. Antony, who loves Caesar and was always close, is very mad and angry with Brutus so he collects an army.
When Brutus stands before the crowd, he tries to make it look like it was a good thing to kill Caesar. Then Antony, Caesar’s faithful friend, stands before the crowd and reads Julius Caesar’s will. Antony says that what Brutus did was wrong but is an honorable man. This stirs up the crowd so they are now mad at Brutus and Cassius. Antony and Brutus go to war. A messenger lies to Brutus and says that they are losing the war. So Brutus asks a man to kill him. Thus Caesar is avenged.
This story shows that you always reap what you sow and that God is always there and sees all. It also shows that men should listen to their wives. It also shows planned murder cannot be excused for sins.
---posted by Hero

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Guns for General Washington

Early one morning the sound of musket fire cut through a sleeping camp. Colonial soldiers tumbled out of their shelter, weapons ready, and raced toward the palisade . One of the men was William Knox who was hoping to see action. He was excited as he joined the others on the firing line.

The news spread quickly that the British had tried to sneak up to the rebel forces in the fog, but a lookout had spotted them and opened fire and some others had joined in. The British had given up and gone back to the barge and escaped. Everyone went back to bed, but Will was too excited to go back to sleep. It was October and Will had just joined the Continental Army. His father was dead and his older brother was a trusted officer on George Washington's staff.

General Howe was a British General and he was mad because he did not have enough men to go attack the Patriots. Reinforcements were on the way. When they got there, he would destroy the rebels' army.

George Washington was in a fix as well. He did not have enough guns and powder to get the redcoats out of the harbor. His spies told him that the redcoats had reinforcements on the way. He did not know what to do.
Colonel Henry Knox had an idea. He presented it at the War Council. The Idea was that since there were guns and ammunition at Fort Ticonderoga, he would go there and bring it all back to Cambridge. Many said that it was impossible because it was almost winter, but Washington told Henry to go ahead and try. So Henry took his younger brother Will and they set off towards Fort Ticonderoga.

When they got there, they hired men to help them take the guns to Cambridge. They put the guns onto boats to cross the lake. The way was very difficult, but they finally made it to Cambridge. After they got there, in the cover of darkness, they built a small fort on the top of a tall hill and took the guns up there. In the morning, they began to shoot at the British. The British fired back, but the could not shoot up the hill; their guns were useless. The Patriots ran the British out of the harbour and Colonel Knox was a hero.

---posted by Princess Ann

Monday, April 13, 2009

God Holds the Key

From this morning's reading of Geoffrey Bull's second book "God Holds the Key". He is talking about the prostration of our soul in worship of God.

"Worship is not in the mumblings of our lips or the repetition of prayers, but surely in this prostration. The invitation is to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness...'O come let us worship and bow down', the psalmist sings and yet just there it is that our difficulties begin. We are not accustomed to this posture of the spirit. Our way in the world is to rule where possible. Submission is irksome. Our ambitions are largely looking for an increase of power." (power could be translasted as recognition, success, achievement, wealth, whatever gives us some worldly advantage, my comment and my emphasis added)

"In the Kingdom the lowliest servant has the highest station, the poor in spirit are the freemen of its city and the meek, the inheritors of its coming universal sway. 'Bowing down' to us, somehow involves an awkward self-effacement, a condescension to lower ourselves from what we think we are to something we, perhaps, should feel ourselves to be. All this arises from a retention of a wrong perspective. We see Him in the distance and ourselves in the immediate foreground, and imagine that we are grossly bigger than we are."

---posted by Queen Lucy