No Time to Stargaze (new version)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Religion and Spirituality  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is a re-write and major shortening of earlier work. Changes include some character names and major additions. A futuristic, scientific, spiritual, romantic drama, it has some sex and brief but crucial violence. It is speculative and perhaps utopian.

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Thought, action ... and back to thought

Submitted: January 29, 2015

This is a re-write and major shortening of earlier work. Changes include some character names and major additions. A futuristic, scientific, spiritual, romantic drama, it has some sex and brief but crucial violence. It is speculative and perhaps utopian. Read Chapter

He counts out the number of the stars

Submitted: January 29, 2015

He counts out the number of the stars, and gives each one of  them a name. - Psalm 147 Two days later the mid-morning su... Read Chapter

I have spread out My hands all the day unto a rebellious people

Submitted: January 30, 2015

I have spread out My hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walked in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts. ... Read Chapter

Your breasts are like two fawns. - Song of Solomon

Submitted: January 30, 2015

Your breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies.   - Song of Solomon   ... Read Chapter

More than all else keep watch over your heart

Submitted: January 30, 2015

More than all else keep watch over your heart, since here are the wellsprings of life. - Proverbs 4   As Blake and Ter... Read Chapter

But you, Lord, do not be far from me

Submitted: January 30, 2015

But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. - Psalm 22   Sitting in a Boorunga B... Read Chapter

Praise the Lord with the harp

Submitted: February 02, 2015

Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. - Psalm 33 On January 26 Blake drove to St Thomas More... Read Chapter

I have more insight than all my teachers

Submitted: February 02, 2015

I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. - Psalm 119 Eventually he found the nerve to ask her f... Read Chapter

A gossip betrays a confidence

Submitted: February 03, 2015

A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. - Proverbs 11 Across town from Blake’s place the m... Read Chapter

Praise his name with dancing

Submitted: February 03, 2015

Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp. - Psalm 149 Blake’s father Doug had been a brainy but qu... Read Chapter

The wise in heart are called discerning

Submitted: February 05, 2015

The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction. - Proverbs 16 Blake was grateful he was financia... Read Chapter

To the Lord your God belong the heavens

Submitted: February 05, 2015

To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. - Deuteronomy 10   Blake ... Read Chapter

God made man right, and he has entangled himself

Submitted: February 05, 2015

 God made man right, and he has entangled himself with an infinity of questions.- Ecclesiastes 7  Seeing one’... Read Chapter

My beloved has gone down to his garden

Submitted: February 08, 2015

My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies.  - Song of Solomon ... Read Chapter

The integrity of the upright guides them

Submitted: February 08, 2015

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. - Proverbs 11   Driving h... Read Chapter

Many seek the favour of a generous man

Submitted: February 08, 2015

Many seek the favour of a generous man, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts. - Proverbs 19   Blake s... Read Chapter

Where then is my hope?

Submitted: February 08, 2015

Where then is my hope? Who will see my hope? - Job 17   Burly Gene Sharman and his elegant, silver-haired wife Celeste lived... Read Chapter

Do not answer a fool according to his folly

Submitted: February 09, 2015

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. - Proverbs 26   Blake quickly became... Read Chapter

The wise store up knowledge

Submitted: February 11, 2015

The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin. - Proverbs 10   Gene, arms folded, looked dubious b... Read Chapter

The word of the Lord tested him.

Submitted: February 11, 2015

Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. - Psalm 105   A few days after that mind-num... Read Chapter

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow

Submitted: February 11, 2015

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. - Matthew 6   Gene had dipped back into th... Read Chapter

Curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.

Submitted: February 11, 2015

There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers. - Proverbs 30 Mario Martini, hair tousled, was dr... Read Chapter

Is not wisdom found among the aged?

Submitted: February 12, 2015

Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? - Job 12   Atmospheric pressure and dismal c... Read Chapter

See, they are all false! Their deeds amount to nothing

Submitted: February 13, 2015

See, they are all false! Their deeds amount to nothing; their images are but wind and confusion.- Isaiah 41   ‘Those l... Read Chapter

All share a common destiny

Submitted: February 13, 2015

All share a common destiny - the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad. - Ecclesiastes 9   Father Harry Carpent... Read Chapter

We know that God does not listen to sinners

Submitted: February 13, 2015

We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. - John 9   The next morni... Read Chapter

But they did not listen or pay attention

Submitted: February 15, 2015

But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and n... Read Chapter

A perverse person stirs up conflict

Submitted: February 16, 2015

A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. - Proverbs 16 That evening he dined at the Hunters. Th... Read Chapter

They ministered with music before the tabernacle

Submitted: February 16, 2015

They ministered with music before the tabernacle.  - 1 Chronicles 6 They had clicked when they first met. Shared fascination wit... Read Chapter

Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence

Submitted: February 17, 2015

Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.- Proverbs 19   Blake... Read Chapter

They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down.

Submitted: February 17, 2015

They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down.  - Psalm 57  Independent witnesses, had there been any, might have s... Read Chapter

Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions

Submitted: February 17, 2015

Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions, so their conclusions will be wicked madness.- Ecclesiastes 10   Now, days ... Read Chapter

Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony.

Submitted: February 17, 2015

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony. - John 4   Only a week later Bla... Read Chapter

There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth

Submitted: February 18, 2015

There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the ... Read Chapter

Much dreaming and many words are meaningless

Submitted: February 18, 2015

Much dreaming and many words are meaningless- Ecclesiastes 5    At last Blake could bask in a sparkling ... Read Chapter

I am surrounded by mockers

Submitted: February 19, 2015

I am surrounded by mockers. I watch how bitterly they taunt me.  - Job 17   Di Van Der Meer slid from the driver’s ... Read Chapter

The wicked bluff their way through

Submitted: February 19, 2015

The wicked bluff their way through, but the virtuous think before they act. - Proverbs 21   Blake’s anger with Di didn... Read Chapter

Don't long for ‘the good old days’

Submitted: February 19, 2015

Don't long for ‘the good old days’. This is not wise.  - Ecclesiastes 7   Days later, Rosanna sat alone at the fami... Read Chapter

Do not show partiality in judging

Submitted: February 19, 2015

Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. - Deuteronomy 1   Rosanna was disturbed that Trixi h... Read Chapter

A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralysed leg.

Submitted: February 19, 2015

A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralysed leg.  - Proverbs 26 Truman had the nerve to phone Blake about ... Read Chapter

God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too

Submitted: February 21, 2015

Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you k... Read Chapter

Place me like a seal over your heart

Submitted: February 21, 2015

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It b... Read Chapter

I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it

Submitted: February 21, 2015

I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live. - Job 27 Leaving St... Read Chapter

The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong

Submitted: February 21, 2015

The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the lear... Read Chapter

An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips

Submitted: February 21, 2015

An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. - Proverbs 26   Rosanna had felt increasingly ill at ease for some days now, ... Read Chapter

The end of a matter is better than its beginning

Submitted: February 22, 2015

The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. - Ecclesiastes 7   Celeste Shar... Read Chapter

He will listen to the prayers of the destitute

Submitted: February 22, 2015

He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas. - Psalm 102   Blake could not avoid ever... Read Chapter

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light

Submitted: February 22, 2015

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.  - Isaiah 9... Read Chapter

There is a time and a way for everything

Submitted: February 24, 2015

There is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble. - Ecclesiastes 8   The next afternoon Blak... Read Chapter

Since my people are crushed, I am crushed

Submitted: February 24, 2015

Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me. - Jeremiah 8 When Blake got back to Boorunga Bea... Read Chapter

He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire

Submitted: February 24, 2015

In speaking of the angels he says, "He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire."- Hebrews 1 Gene and Celeste’s ... Read Chapter

Why are you like a man taken by surprise?

Submitted: February 24, 2015

Why are you like a man taken by surprise? - Jeremiah 14   A dull, cloudy week crept by, and now this day was glorious, cloud... Read Chapter

My words come from an upright heart

Submitted: February 25, 2015

My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know.- Job 33   He phoned Rosanna for a dinn... Read Chapter

The grass withers and the flowers fall

Submitted: February 27, 2015

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.- Isaiah 40   He hired a large van and ... Read Chapter

Why has your heart carried you away?

Submitted: February 27, 2015

Why has your heart carried you away? - Job 15   Another aspect of the music in the Dolphin Bay church that made an unexpec... Read Chapter

Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.

Submitted: February 28, 2015

Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.  - Proverbs 12 In the serene ambience of St Augustine... Read Chapter

The noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand

Submitted: February 28, 2015

The noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.- Isaiah 32 Lipton asked what could slice through the vicious cycles... Read Chapter

Can a leopard take away its spots?

Submitted: February 28, 2015

Can a leopard take away its spots? - Jeremiah 13 Frances and Adrian Norris, trendy 30something primary schoolteachers, became Bl... Read Chapter

Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry

Submitted: February 28, 2015

Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. - Ephesians 4   Jack Rich, as tense and twitchy as ever, tramped ... Read Chapter

All your enemies mock you.

Submitted: March 01, 2015

All your enemies mock you. - Lamentations 2   When he arrived at the Hunters with a bounce in his step he was taken abac... Read Chapter

Where are your ancestors now?

Submitted: March 01, 2015

Where are your ancestors now? - Zechariah 1  Lillian was determined to avoid any topic in this dinner conversation tha... Read Chapter

Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?

Submitted: March 01, 2015

Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? - Job 37 When Rosanna first met Blake she soon warmed... Read Chapter

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight

Submitted: March 02, 2015

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.- Hebrews 4   When she walked up the path at the side of his house and in... Read Chapter

It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich

Submitted: March 02, 2015

It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich. - Psalm 37   They took a short moonlit drive from ... Read Chapter

Your troops will be willing on your day of battle

Submitted: March 05, 2015

Your troops will be willing on your day of battle.  - Psalm 110   Rosanna leaned back into his embrace. Their shining h... Read Chapter

God had given them great joy

Submitted: March 05, 2015

They offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy.- Nehemiah 12   He luxuriated in the swe... Read Chapter

A glad heart makes a happy face

Submitted: March 07, 2015

A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.  - Proverbs 15 With Rosanna back home at Boorunga B... Read Chapter

Rise up; this matter is in your hands

Submitted: March 07, 2015

Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it. - Ezra 10 A week later Blake dropped ... Read Chapter