Ode To a Falling Nation :: by Cynthia Nuara

“I think of her – I think of life’s own music.
At least that’s the way it used to be.
I think of her and I see the children laughing.
But it’s only on the streets of my memory.”

You’ve heard it before, and it’s true: History shows us that every nation that has rebelled against God and cursed His chosen people has ceased to be a great nation. The entire world is in a terrible mess now, but my focus here is on my country, America. Some will argue it is still the most powerful nation on earth.

Some may even say it is still the most blessed nation. But God is lifting His hand of protection from America more and more as the nation embraces false religion and philosophies, sexual perversion, the occult and anti-Semitism. The “Un-tied” States of America is sliding down a slippery slope with no brakes to stop it from crashing at the bottom. Excerpts or summations from articles I’ve researched are presented here, as well as my comments.

Americans Now “Racist” For Waving American Flag

What’s wrong with these white people holding up American flags in Morgan Hill??? Racist a–holes,” wrote Gia Lee in a feed monitored by Twitchy. The report also noted the school superintendent was confirming that students wearing American flag-themed shirts on Cinco de Mayo “won’t be kicked out.” Read that sentence again and then cringe at the fact that had to be said in the United States. —WND.com

When I read this I was reminded of the 1972 song “American City Suite” by Cashman and West. It starts out upbeat, describing a more innocent time, and then gradually unfolds into a tragedy. According to Terry Cashman, the song described “conditions in New York City and the eastern industrialized cities.” It could have been written today about our entire nation.

“Hello, Jack. It’s good to be back.
I’ve been away at school.
Yeah, Ed. I heard what you said.
You know that I’m no fool.
I know that it’s changing.
I see that it’s changed.”

That’s Offensive!

Socialism is now the new flavor in America. We now see public schools promoting and indoctrinating our children into this new socialistic, godless, false utopian society, and our government leaders are consumed with promoting the same failed concept. It’s now an offense to be patriotic in America. And what’s much worse is that it is now considered almost criminal to publicly demonstrate a love for God.

—RaptureReady.com, Ron Graham

What Happened When The Praying Stopped?

I’ve referred to this article previously, but it bears repeating:

How did the removal of voluntary prayer from the schools of the United States affect our nation as a whole? That question has been answered in detail by a research company in Texas which has gathered and tabulated statistics from hundreds of sources relating to the rates of moral decline in America. Specialty Research Associates, under the direction of David Barton, has released a report entitled America: To Pray or Not to Pray which uses over 100 pages of graphs and statistical analysis to prove that crime, venereal disease, premarital sex, illiteracy, suicide, drug use, public corruption, and other social ills began a dramatic increase after the Engel vs. Vitale Supreme Court decision was made in 1962 which banned school prayer. —Forerunner.com

“Did you read it in the text
Of the daily News, the subway blues
How does your garden grow?”

Mari, ‘Juana Be Dumb?

The human brain does not stop developing at adolescence, but continues well into our 20s. Marijuana use affects the developing brain, reducing connectivity among brain areas responsible for learning and memory. Those who backed legalization of marijuana even admitted they “fully acknowledge the harm it can cause to young people and adults.”

From DrugAbuse.gov: A large long-term study in New Zealand showed that people who began smoking marijuana heavily in their teens lost an average of 8 points in IQ between age 13 and age 38. Importantly, the lost cognitive abilities were not fully restored in those who quit smoking marijuana as adults.

“Jesus freaks! – Mohammed speaks (claims) ‘the Lord is on their (Islam’s) team!

Tenements and mid-town rent. Rich or poor, no in-between.”

One Nation Under Allah: The Islamization Of American Public Schools

Endless concessions and accommodations to Islamic demands only give way to more demands for even more Islam, as shown in the recent blockbuster revelations of an Islamic takeover of UK public schools. What is less well known is the same kinds of things are happening here in the United States. —ProphecyNewsWatch.com

Christian Growth Has Stagnated, Especially Protestants in North America and Western Europe – Islam’s Numbers Have Almost Doubled

In a report by the Christian mission consultancy group Project Care, the speculation is that the decline seen among Christians, especially Protestants in North America and Western Europe, is attributable to “increased materialism, secularism, rationalism, and rejection of the notion of spiritual authority outside of oneself. —ChristianToday.com


The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World

Businesses aimed at the middle class are struggling, such as Sears and J.C. Penney’s, Red Lobster and Olive Garden, while those appealing to the upper-income bracket are thriving, such as Nordstrom, etc. Bargain-basement chains, such as Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, are doing well.With income growth stagnant and prices for necessities like health care and education on the rise, the middle class is cutting back.

Inflation? Only if You Look at Food, Water, Gas, Electricity and Everything Else

Just the other day, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the price index for meat, poultry, fish, and eggs has just soared to a new all-time high. Food prices are eventually going to go much, much higher than this.According to CNBC, one recent report warned that “your water bill will likely increase” in the coming months. According to Bloomberg, the price of gasoline hasn’t been this high at this time of the year for six years. The conflicts in Iraq, Ukraine and elsewhere could potentially send gas prices screaming far higher. The electricity price index just set a brand new record high and there are no signs of relief on the horizon. Median household income in the U.S. is now about 7 percent lower than it was in the year 2000 after adjusting for inflation. And if realistic inflation numbers were used instead of the government-manipulated ones, it would look a lot worse than that. Inflation is a hidden tax that all of us pay, and it is systematically eviscerating the middle class. —ZeroHedge.com

40 Frightening Facts on the Fall of the U.S. Economy

Another one worth repeating: If you know someone that actually believes that the U.S. economy is in good shape, just show them the statistics in the above-titled article. When you step back and look at the long-term trends, it is undeniable what is happening to us. We are in the midst of a horrifying economic decline that is the result of decades of very bad decisions. —ZeroHedge.com

Homeless Problem Bigger than Our Leaders Think

The Great Recession is causing continued hardship for many Americans. Yet a recent report found that homelessness is down. I wish that were true. The research, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, says homelessness decreased by nearly 4% over the past year. But it doesn’t actually measure homelessness. Instead, it looks at people who are in shelters or transitional housing and the number of people who are outside on a single January night. Not included are those doubled up or couch surfing because they can’t afford their own place. Neither are people in hospitals, mental health or substance abuse centers, jails or prisons with nowhere to go upon release. —USAtoday.com

“When she was good, it was oh so good
You were blessed if she smiled on you
You could be king if she believed your story
When it was over, she laughed at you”

The Queen James (Gay) Bible

The Queen James Bible, also known as the Gay Bible, is a new assault on biblical orthodoxy and sexual purity. This is to be expected in a world of moral relativism. In it, the 1769 King James Bible has been reproduced with only a very few select verses altered–the ones that relate to homosexuality. The Queen James Bible is a perversion of the original text and is the result of obvious prejudices against the original Hebrew and Greek texts in order to make homosexual practices appear acceptable.” —Carm.org

Push for Amazon and Paypal to Blacklist Christian/Conservative Websites

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has labeled groups with values it doesn’t tolerate as “hate groups,” but now the organization is taking its attacks a step further, demanding Amazon and PayPal blacklist bloggers and websites that don’t fall in line with the SPLC’s leftist agenda. —ProphecyNewsWatch.com

More Cuts to National Defense? Views from our Military Leaders

This article contains quite a few concerned comments by our military leaders over defense budget cuts. I’ll include the first one from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta:

This mechanism would force defense cuts that, in my view, would do catastrophic damage to our military and its ability to protect this country. It is kind of a blind formula that makes cuts all across the board, and guarantees that we will hollow out the force. —Forbes.house.gov

The U.S. administration is cutting significantly back on its military budget.Meanwhile Russia’s military funding has increased by 92 percent since 2010, and its military is now on the move. China has commissioned the building of 17 new warships in the past year, the most of any nation, and they too are showing aggression. The leader of the terrorist group that has recently overwhelmed Iraq’s government and military is none other than a terrorist released by the U.S. administration in 2009 named Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. These terrorists are running around beheading people and burning down villages. They’ve gained access to hundreds of millions of dollars and chemical weapons.

Another recent development was the release of five high-ranking terrorists in exchange for one American, whom fellow soldiers have called a traitor to this country – one who spoke about how much he hated America and about wanting to desert his post and just walk off into the mountains. At least six soldiers lost their lives searching for him. One of the released terrorists, Noorullah Noori, insists he will go to Afghanistan and fight American forces.

“A junkie steals.
A mayor deals.
Who knows what’s coming next.”

Why Is Heroin Abuse Rising While Other Drug Abuse Is Falling?

The bottom line: Vermont’s stratospheric heroin increase is happening where the money is, and the national drug abuse trends suggest that the same thing is happening across the country. —Forbes.com

New York Child Porn Ring Included Rabbi, Police Officers and a Little League Coach

New York-area police officers, paramedics, a Little League coach, a rabbi, an after-school employee, and a teacher of sex-abuse awareness are among 70 people arrested in a state and federal investigation into a ring of collectors that allegedly used computers to swap pornographic images of children, a law enforcement source told the Los Angeles Times. The operation was coordinated by Homeland Security Investigations, including agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local and state agencies. Hundreds of computers and other pieces of electronic equipment have been seized.

Anti-Pedophile Police Fight Child Porn Epidemic

Chairman of the Virtual Global Taskforce, Ian Quinn, says there has been an explosion in cases handled by US authorities. Lt Andrea Grossman, from the Los Angeles Police Department, told BBC they conducted such operations three to five times per week. The amount of images of child sexual abuse on the internet is “beyond out of control; we’re now just getting to the surface of it,” she says. In 2002 the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reviewed and confirmed 45,055 examples of obscene images of children found online (some of these were duplicates).In 2013 the figure had grown to 23,881,197. As of May 2014, the center had reviewed 112 million files containing images of child sexual abuse.. —BBC.com

California Elementary School Kids Forced to Attend Gay Indoctrination School Assembly

Many parents are outraged when the Glenview Elementary school in Oakland, California didn’t inform them that their kids, as young as 5, would be mandated to attend a recent school assembly where the gay lifestyle would be promoted. One parent said, “My child brought home a bookmark with the rainbow flag on it and a quote from radical lesbian poet activist, Audre Lorde, whose work includes a book called “Uses of the Erotic.” This is for Elementary School!” If your child is enrolled in a school utilizing Common Core standards, currently in 43 states, you may want to keep a close eye on what programs and events your child is exposed to. (This article includes video of the assembly).” —TruthandAction.org

Aborted Babies Incinerated In U.S. Waste-To-Energy Facility to Provide Electricity

“The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in Canada’s British Columbia facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power facility, providing electricity for residents of Oregon. The province’s Health Ministry said “biomedical waste” shipped to the U.S. to be incinerated includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue.”

Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, approximately 57 million innocent babies have been killed by abortion in this nation alone. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” (Jeremiah 1:5a).

Researchers Clone Cells from Two Adult Men

Scientists in California say they have produced embryos that are clones of two men. The cloning approach involves inserting DNA from a person into an egg, and then growing the egg into an embryo about five days old before extracting the stem cells. At that stage, the embryo is a sphere of about 150 cells. But critics raise objections. The process involves creating human lives in the laboratory solely to destroy them for alleged benefit to others. —NBCnews.com

“Something is wrong here
That doesn’t belong here.
People are locking themselves

Behind their own four walls.”

Gangs: They Poison Our Streets With Drugs, Violence, And All Manner Of Crime

Some 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs with about 1.4 million members are criminally active in the U.S. today. Many are sophisticated and well organized; all use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities, which include robbery, drug and gun trafficking, fraud, extortion, and prostitution rings. According to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report, gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions, and up to 90 percent in others. —FBI.gov

And that’s a 2011 report! I have no doubt that number has increased in the past three years. The article below is certainly one example of why they will increase further.

Border Agent Laments Gang Members Entering U.S.

Border Patrol officials are swamped by the number of minors crossing illegally into the United States and frustrated that they can’t turn away known Mexican gang members.

Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, said “If he’s a confirmed gang member in his own country, why are we letting him in here? I’ve heard people come in and say, ‘You’re going to let me go, just like you let my mother go, just like you let my sister go. You’re going to let me go as well, and the government’s going to take care of us.’” —WashingtonTimes.com

Government Released Hundreds of Immigrant Felons

In 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials freed 193 people who had been convicted of homicide, 426 of sexual assault, 303 of kidnapping and more than 16,000 with drunken-driving records. The author of the report, conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates for lower levels of immigration, said those releases show that the administration needs to be toughening its immigration enforcement efforts, not weakening them.

The other side says: ICE spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said the report misses the fact that many of the releases were carried out under orders from U.S. courts. For example, she said 75% of the people released who had murder convictions were “mandatory releases.” Other cases listed in the report included people who could not be returned to their home country. Those people, Gonzalez said, cannot be held indefinitely in their custody.Even when they’re released, Gonzalez said, the undocumented immigrants were placed under restrictions such as GPS monitoring, telephone monitoring and in-person checks. —USAtoday.com

I guess that’s supposed to make us feel better?

“It falls from the skies here.
When no one’s surprised here
Maybe that’s the saddest part of all.”

Half of the U.S. Is Experiencing Drought Conditions

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, half of the United States is experiencing drought conditions. It was reported this week that one third of California is now in exceptional drought, which is the most severe category.The rest of the state is in extreme or severe drought. California produces half of this country’s fruits, nuts and vegetables. From reports, it doesn’t seem as though California is taking this seriously enough.

Satanic Monument for Oklahoma State Capitol Almost Done

The Satanic Temple is putting the finishing touches on the Baphomet statue it wants to place on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds. It announced its plans after a Ten Commandments monument was placed on the grounds in 2012. According to the group, they wanted to raise $20,000 for the building of the satanic statue, but (happily) ended up raising $30,000. —KTUL.com

Slender Man Now Linked to 3 Violent Acts

A fictional horror creature popularized by Internet memes is now linked to three violent crimes. A week after two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls allegedly stabbed their friend 19 times to honor Slender Man, more real-life connections to the spooky character are emerging. A man accused of killing two policemen and a civilian before committing suicide with his wife in Las Vegas often dressed up in costume as Slender Man, a neighbor told KTNV.And a Cincinnati mom told WLWT she thinks her daughter may have been inspired by Slender Man when she attacked her with a knife in their kitchen, wearing a hood and white mask. —ABCnews.com

Sympathy for the Devil: Review of Disney’s “Maleficent”

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

This tale unfolded almost as if Lucifer himself had written an apologetic about how misunderstood he is. Because the creature has been relegated to an earth bound existence (her wings were broken) she sets up her own earthly kingdom where she reigns. Everyone considers her to be evil, but that’s only because of the tyrannical king and the dimwitted humans, who simply do not understand her, and have made her life a living hell.

In the last scene of the film, the garden is restored to harmony…Maleficent is once again in her full winged glory. In a breathtaking final scene, she flies through the clouds and stops just short of the sun, her wings spread wide with her face tipped toward the heavens. The narrator proclaims that sometimes a person can be both a villain and a hero. In the end, it is this banished creature that is the savior of mankind. She becomes the hero, uniting the magical realm with the human realm. —ExtraordinaryIntelligence.com

“No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Video: Music Industry Artists Admit to Whom They Sold their Souls

“The hands that used to reach out to everybody
Now they’re lying by her side.
And her eyes are closed; no one really knows
If she can make it through another night.”

“I will bless those who bless you (Israel) and the one who curses you I will curse” (Genesis 12:3).

Israel Risks Becoming Apartheid State If Peace Talks Fail, Says John Kerry

U.S. secretary of state, John Kerry, has warned in a closed-door meeting in Washington that Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state” if US-sponsored efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement fail. Kerry said: “A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative.Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens – or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.” It is believed to be the first time a US official of Kerry’s standing has used the contentious term in the context of Israel, even if only as a warning for the future. — Guardian.com

Is Israel an Apartheid State?

The “apartheid” slur is just another tool for Israel’s enemies to delegitimize and undermine the Jewish state’s right to exist. The comparison of Israel, the Middle East’s only democracy, to the brutal discrimination of a fallen, evil regime is false. Those who offer it simply reveal their own agenda, which is not to improve the plight of Palestinians, but rather to attack Israel. —StandForIsrael.org, “Apartheid”

“All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies” (Lamentations 1:2b).

Anti-Semitism in the Churches

From 2012: Fifteen leaders of churches and faith-based groups (Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian (USA), UCC churches, and the National Council of Churches) recently sent a letter to Congress requesting a re-evaluation of American aid to Israel. These Bible-denying leaders want Congress to hold hearings and withdraw aid to Israel if Israel doesn’t abide by the U.S. desire to divide the Promised Land. They ignore the fact that terrorist groups in the PA are committed to the destruction of Israel. These Church leaders are committed to false doctrines and falsehood because they advance the fiction that the Church has replaced Israel and that the PA wants peace. They have abandoned clear teachings in the Bible, ignored the statements and actions of the PA, and they are not ashamed to do it. —RaptureReady.com, Daymond Duck

“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Besides those Mr. Duck mentioned, others who signed the letter were American Friends Service Committee (a Quaker agency) and the Mennonite Central Committee. Two Catholic leaders also signed, one with the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, an umbrella group of men’s religious orders.

After Voting For Gay Marriage, Presbyterian Church Votes To Boycott Israel

A deeply-divided gathering of U.S. Presbyterian Church elders and ministers narrowly voted on Friday to divest the religious group’s holdings in three American companies it says have ties to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories. As a result of the vote the church will divest holdings worth roughly $21 million in Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. The decision comes a day after the gathering voted to allow their clergy to perform same-sex weddings.

What Does The Bible Say About Homosexuality?

All sin is offensive to God. Homosexuality is just one of the many things listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that will keep a person from the kingdom of God. According to the Bible, God’s forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to an adulterer, idol worshipper, murderer, thief, etc. God also promises the strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13). — GotQuestions.org, “

Turn your life over to Christ and He will put within you the Holy Spirit who will work in you and through you to accomplish His will.

“Therefore, put to death the earthly parts of your nature — sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed (which is a form of idolatry); for it is because of these things that God’s anger is coming on those who disobey him” (Colossians 3: 5-6).

U.S. State Department is Partner of Abu Dhabi International Fair Featuring Anti-Semitic Books

The U.S. State Department is listed as a “cultural partner” of the 24th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which reportedly features a number of anti-Semitic publications. Books in English and Arabic listed on display at the Fair include Holocaust denial, Henry Ford’s “The International Jew” and Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”
—Times of Israel.com

‘Harbinger’ Rabbi Warns America of Impending Judgment

The nation “stands in danger of impending judgment, and we all know it.Too much of the church has lost its saltiness to do anything about it,” he (Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn) declared. “And now the same biblical signs of national judgment that appeared in the last days of ancient Israel are reappearing on American soil.” —WND.com
“Still most of what I loved is locked inside her,

Everything I thought I’d ever need.
My heart keeps crying
‘You’ve got to hold on a little bit longer
But my head is sure
That it’s time to leave.”

“For all the saints and Elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins.” —Epharaem the Syrian, 373 A.D.

If Christians were destined to go through the Tribulation, then they would surely be expecting the return of Jesus. But the Rapture or “catching away” of the believers in Christ will occur at an unknown day and hour. “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44). However, Jesus gave us signs to look for in His Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24 and 25) that tell us the general time of His coming. We are certainly in that general time.


All through the Scriptures God appeals to people to accept the Truth. “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved’” (Romans 10:8-9).

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him” (Ephesians 1:7-10).

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him” (Romans 5:8-9).

“Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool’” (Isaiah 1:18).

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).

God wants ALL to come to repentance. He doesn’t desire that any should perish. It is only when people reject God that He allows them to be hardened and condemned.

“They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins” (Jeremiah 14:10).

Those who have heard but rejected the gospel will be in great peril during the Tribulation. I believe they will be given a second chance to receive Christ, provided they survive long enough to do so. However, it will be extremely difficult for them to accept Christ during the Tribulation and it will come at a great cost.

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew24:21).

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12).

“And I’ve never felt so lonely and so helpless.
I’m wishing that I didn’t know the truth
But they tell me that my friend is dying.
Oh! …Can you say it ain’t true?
Can you tell me now before I leave you?
I’d give anything I own just to believe in you again.”

Charles Spurgeon was a British Baptist preacher who is still highly influential among Christians of various denominations (among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers”). He said, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. Ifhell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”

Cynthia Nuara