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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Gallaudet's Faith Hidden from View

Jesus said:
"For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks . . . But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
Matthew 12:34b and 36-37

I read this verse as a part of my morning quiet time and it seemed to me to serve as a warning for this blog. There is so much blather posted online and as the overflow of the hearts of bloggers, it is a rather discouraging indicator. So much grandstanding to gain readership in the hope of fame or fortune. May my words never be careless and only be useful.

The Faith of Gallaudet
This week my second graders read about the life of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (1787-1851). Our source was the Creative Minds biography "A World of Knowing" by Andy Russell Bowen. This was an engaging book telling about the man who developed deaf education in America and my daughters enjoyed it very much. And yet Gallaudet's faith which defined him was glossed over in the book with this statement: "He was going into the ministry, where he could teach people and help them to find a better way of life."

But ministry was more than helping people find a better way of life. Thomas clearly served his Redeemer and his 1818 book "Discourses on Various Points of Christian Faith and Practice" (this primary source is available for viewing through Google book search:
he writes:

None who are engaged in the pursuits of the world
can lay it aside; and it is grievous to be borne.
He who sustains it toils for what must perish in
the very using. He knows that, after a few short clays,
what has cost him so much labour and
anxiety, so much self-denial, and so many sacrifices,
must inevitably, like himself, be laid in the grave
of forgetfulness. Not a century will elapse before
his very name may never be mentioned, except
by the passing traveller who reads it on his
tomb.
But the Christian—for what does he toil? For
what does he take upon him the yoke of his
Divine Master ? For what does he practise a self-
denial, which, it is not to be denied, is, at first,
irksome to the native propensities of his heart,
but which the grace of God renders more and
more easy, and even delightful, and which is often
actually less than that of the worldling himself? For
what does the disciple of Christ bear this yoke ?
For an inheritance that is " incorruptible, undefiled,
and that fadeth not away;" for an admittance
into the mansions of everlasting rest; for an
imperishable treasure; for unalloyed pleasures;
for an endless state of being, in which he will
mingle with the spirits of the just made perfect,
in which he will be admitted to the presence of
God—to the ineffable manifestations of his glory —
to the sublime delights of his worship—to the
solution of the mysteries of his providence—and,
in fine, to an unceasing progress in knowledge,
in holiness, and in happiness. What are the
petty cares and anxieties, or even the deepest
sorrows of life, when compared with this weight of
glory?

(Discourse II, page 25-26)

This amazing devotion to our Savior must be sadly minimized for the public school student. This is why we are homeschooling! To shine light on history, that the work of God might be exposed.

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