I ventured into the garden the other day. The snow had melted, and I thought it a good time to weed out dried overgrowth and winter clutter in preparation for planting. I carefully worked around the good herb plants, preserving the oregano, mint, and lemon balm. Lent is a good time for preserving what is good and weeding out what is not.
During their elementary school years, we generally would pick our children up at the end of their day. Often we would ask them how their day went. The older would reply with a detailed description of almost every event, classroom topic, and lunchtime conversation. This commentary would take a while. The younger would simply respond, “fine,” “good,” or “okay.” We came to respect and treasure both response styles.
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According to the legend, Roman Emperor Claudius II forbade young men from marrying. He believed marriage weakened soldiers. A certain Bishop Valentine, however, believed in the power of love and the institution of marriage. He bravely held secret marriage ceremonies in direct opposition to Claudius’ laws.
During my teaching years, I had to wake up at 3:30 AM to avoid the worst of the commuter traffic. When the alarm clock sounded, I could hear myself quietly praying – O Lord! It’s so early!
Around here, we can have some snowy days this time of year. Snow can be challenging. It can be a joy.
For Christmas, we gave our middle grandson a world globe. It provides a wonderful adventure for exploring our planet, its rotation, national boundaries, time zones, longitude, latitude, land, and seas. Indeed, it is a colorful spherical graphic of our home in the grandest sense, a three-dimensional resource for learning – at his fingertips. There is no touch screen, no batteries. It does not light up. It simply teaches at a glance: geography, human society, climate, and more. It is also a depiction of God’s creation.