Saturday, October 22, 2016

Within Sight: The Promised Land

Reaching The Promised Land

Deuteronomy 32:52 -  Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel.

        I do hope that I do not offend Jewish or Christian friends by posting the Lord's Words to Moses here in a post about the Chicago Cubs reaching the World Series~  
      It's just that to Cubs fans, about to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945 (71 years), and hoping to win the World crown of baseball for the first time since 1908 (108 years), the similarity between their tribulations and those of the Israelites and Moses DO come to my mind.

No one younger than 70 has witnessed the Chicago Cubs in a World Series.  Nobody younger than 109 has experienced a Chicago Cubs Championship.
(that means nobody on Earth)

Moses was 125 years old when he died, just after glimpsing the land to which God had guided him and Aaron and the Israelites out of Egypt, he'd be privileged to view the land of milk and honey from just over the border, just not pick out a nice lot on the side of Mt. Zion, to build.


I write this on Saturday morning, before the Los Angeles Dodgers with pitcher Clayton Kershaw, and the Cubs get together for their Game 5 tonight; 
meaning, that the pesky Dodgers have first one, then two more chances to deny the Cubbies the Promised Land.  
After that it is up to the Cleveland Hittites
to smash their dreams.

I've always said that even though the Cubbies are the EVIL and Hated Foes of my St. Louis Cardinals, I've always loved the story of the Chicago Cubs, the lovable losers on the North Side, the ne'er-do-wells of the National League.

I hope that they do NOT win the NLCS, or the World Series, personally; I yearn for the status quo, the hapless losers who, though they battled very hard this year, are held back again, by some fluke of destiny, like a Steve Bartman or some goat (NO, NOT A GOAT!  that's too Biblical!)

Like Moses.  "You may see the Promised Land, but you will not enter it."

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