Because the The Purging Lutheran is too lay-zee to walk the 10 feet to take a picture of his most recently deceased coffee maker, I guess I will have to do my best with a picture of a deck of Pokémon cards from my iPad’s photo pholder. I don’t know much about these cards except that during the recent Pokémon Go! last summer, My Sweet Rib would get honked off when she’d drive near a Go! spot on the way to there, there or there only to find it was a Rattata spot. She said they were stupid and useless.
That seems a bit harsh.
The point of these cards was they could be played as a game. I suppose they could be traded among friends trying to collect the entire set if that was a thing. You can find decks of cards covering differing events and teams and games. I, or maybe did, own Colts cards. I have Desert Storm Cards. The big cards are Bush, Cheney, and other high ranking officials and top generals. The bottom cards are rebel scum. Sadam Hussein, Bahgdad Bob, and other Iraqi nuisances. It seems that I have one or two other oddnik decks but I’m still floating about in my usual wakey foggy mental breakdown so maybe I’ll remember long after this has been posted.
The Loss and Regaining of a Mind and a Kingdom
28-30 All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. Just twelve months later, he was walking on the balcony of the royal palace in Babylon and boasted, “Look at this, Babylon the great! And I built it all by myself, a royal palace adequate to display my honor and glory!”
31-32 The words were no sooner out of his mouth than a voice out of heaven spoke, “This is the verdict on you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your kingdom is taken from you. You will be driven out of human company and live with the wild animals. You will eat grass like an ox. The sentence is for seven seasons, enough time to learn that the High God rules human kingdoms and puts whomever he wishes in charge.”
33 It happened at once. Nebuchadnezzar was driven out of human company, ate grass like an ox, and was soaked in heaven’s dew. His hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a hawk.
34-35 “At the end of the seven years, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked to heaven. I was given my mind back and I blessed the High God, thanking and glorifying God, who lives forever:
“His sovereign rule lasts and lasts,
his kingdom never declines and falls.
Life on this earth doesn’t add up to much,
but God’s heavenly army keeps everything going.
No one can interrupt his work,
no one can call his rule into question.
36-37 “At the same time that I was given back my mind, I was also given back my majesty and splendor, making my kingdom shine. All the leaders and important people came looking for me. I was reestablished as king in my kingdom and became greater than ever. And that’s why I’m singing—I, Nebuchadnezzar—singing and praising the King of Heaven:
“Everything he does is right,
and he does it the right way.
He knows how to turn a proud person
into a humble man or woman.”