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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.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Heavy and Light

There are a lot of things on my mind this week, both heavy and light.
He told them, "Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one's life is not in the abundance of his possessions." (Luke 12:15)

And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor...but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy... (I Corinthians 13:3,4)
Those verses cured me of my iPhone envy and God put my priorities in order.

Like many of you, I've been watching with interest the national conversation about birth control and abortion. Many Americans do not believe preserving pre-born life is a moral obligation. If, however, you conclude that a pre-born infant has the same moral status as a breathing infant, I would imagine that you would conclude that abortion is immoral. These "experts," however, say that we might as well allow babies to be killed.

News pieces like this reinforce in my mind the consequences to our culture of tossing out theism. Without theism, life becomes meaningless. In spite of attempts to preserve meaning in life without theism, it just cannot be done. If life is meaningless, selfishness reigns.

Life is incredibly hard and often disappointing. Without the hope of Jesus Christ, I would feel like giving in, and my life is so far without significant trial. I'm reminded that without a foundation of theism, meaning in life (and death) is lost. The Universe Next Door by James Sire, a book I read last summer, helped me understand how we arrived at this point.

I read I Corinthians 15 this morning and Johnny Cash's song "I Corinthians 15:55" came to my mind. When I imagine myself crossing the river to the Celestial City, I always imagine myself old and worn, ready to cross over, in Cash's words, to my Redeemer beckoning me.

But Jesus said, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?’ “That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:20-21)
Am I ready to cross over tonight, if beckoned for? With this thought lingering, I read of Andrew Breitbart's sudden death last night.

Oh Death, where is thy sting?
Oh Grave, where is they victory?
Oh Life, you are a shining path.
And hope springs eternal, just over the rise,
When I see my redeemer beckoning me.

Those are heavy thoughts. Now, on the lighter side...

We're learning about Thomas Edison! Toby and I are reading the "Childhood of Famous Americans" biography of Thomas Edison. I love this series of easy-to-read biographies. We also found that there are lots of amazing film clips of Edison from the 1920s available to watch on YouTube.

I'm adapting Rikki Tikki Tavi into a script for our Tapestry of Grace co-op to perform at our end-of-the-year school celebration. Our family loves the story of Rikki Tikki Tavi, and this will tie in perfectly with our focus on the British Empire, 19th century India, and Rudyard Kipling in the last quarter of school. We're capping off the third quarter with a Celebration Night this Friday. The kids will perform a readings of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" and Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" and will sing Home on the Range. We'll finish off the evening by dancing the Reel.

1 comment:

Sharon said...

We love Rikki Tikki Tavi as well.

I was flicking through my Koorong catalogue yesterday and saw the new book by Billy Graham, Nearing Home. I thought that was a simply beautiful title, and a wonderful thought to think. Every single day, we are nearer to our true home, whether we arrive when we die or when Jesus returns.

The book description has a quote: "I never thought I would live to be this old." Jeff's Grandma is having her birthday this month and Gramps told Joshua on the phone that "she'll have had 86 more birthdays than you!" That's a lot of birthdays to look forward to. How will I use all the time I am given, whether it be short or long, for God's glory? Will I still be able to bring glory to God when I am old and infirm and possibly suffering from Alzheimer's? I guess part of the answer to that is resolving to bring glory to God today, to live consciously as a citizen of the kingdom of God today... and trusting God that I will be able to stand firm tomorrow. Gotta build me some deep, deep ruts in the road of life, making sure they're going in the the right direction!

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