June 25, 2013
It’s been Lucy’s plaintive question nearly every day recently. “Where IS God? Is He up in heaven?”
He’s everywhere, Lucy. He’s here with us now.
“But Mama, I don’t SEE anyone else here. ”
God is invisible, Lucy. He is so great, He isn’t limited to just one place–if He had a body, He would be. God can be everywhere at once.
I draw a breath, ready to launch into a discussion of the fourth dimension, and the fact that God is eternal.
“…I still don’t see Him,” says Lucy.
As my faith grows, my anxiety should lessen. (Philippians 4:4-7)
As my hope is strengthened, my discouragement will diminish. (Isaiah 40:31)
My self-absorption is gradually replaced by a focus on others. (Philippians 2:3-4)
My critical spirit yields to compassion, empathy and love for all I meet.
I –the old, sin-deadened I– must decrease. Christ in me must increase:
Thomas Kidd’s July 3rd blog post over at Kuyperian Commentary is entitled “The Top Five Forgotten Founders.” In reading it, I was pleased that I had actually heard of two of these men, even though my knowledge comes exclusively from the excellent Broadway musical, 1776. Since the other three men were entirely unfamiliar to me, I thought perhaps that my Sunday readers would find the list to be worthwhile, too. Continue reading
I couldn’t put it off forever, I suppose.
Regardless of how thoroughly I enjoyed Tolkien’s books (or maybe BECAUSE of it), I’ve dreaded the thought of viewing the second Hobbit movie…,
…especially considering my well-documented feelings on the first installment.
Since a good friend offered to screen it for several of us in 3-D in his home theater, this seemed the least painful way to experience what would undoubtedly be another travesty of page-to-film corruption.
**From this point on, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. Thus, “read at your own risk”… even though I was likely one of the last persons on the planet who had NOT already seen this movie.**
I have been meditating on a verse of Scripture for the past few days…or not exactly meditating–more like, revelling in it:
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. (Luke 11:34 ESV)
Some translations read single or sound or clear, instead of ‘healthy’…all of them have seemed appropriate to me recently, since for at least two years I had definitely NOT had two eyes which were sound and clear. Continue reading
It is a truism that things are often not what they seem. I was struck recently by a verse of scripture which suggests that volume (the apparent size of something) is far less important than weight (its true value).
We’ve all done it: we open a package–it’s a big box, suitably heavy. But what’s inside looks so much smaller than the outer wrapping promised. We are hard-pressed not to feel disappointed. Why does size excite us so? Our Let’s Make a Deal impulse is to take whatever looks bigger: Do you want what’s in the box? No, let’s choose what’s behind the curtain! Continue reading