Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sigh of the breezes or sob of the tempest,
Skies of pure azure or clouds hanging low,
Sunshine or frost or the last of the storm wind,
Veiling of mist or the white whirl of snow;
Welcome the day! for the Lord, He hath made it,
Cometh it golden or cometh it gray.
Bringeth it burden or giveth it guerdon,
Let us rejoice and be glad in His day.
The following is a post from Study in Brown.
Back when my kids were in public school, my oldest son - straight A student, with awards for citizenship and "peace-building" - was nearly suspended for having an "explosive device" at school.
"We have zero tolerance for such activity," the principal reminded me in an after school meeting.
The "explosive device" was a box of Pop-Its, being tossed onto the asphalt playground by a group of 5th grade boys.
Yes, indeed. In such a world as ours, schools must draw severe lines and hold to them - apparently at the expense of reason and common sense.
I couldn't help remembering that event as I've followed the story of Lydia Playfoot, the UK teenager who wanted to wear her chastity ring to school and was told to remove it. (Miss Playfoot's school has a uniform policy which does not allow for the wearing of jewelry unless it is a "genuine religious symbol." ) A UK court sided with the school, ruling that the girl "was under no obligation, by reason of her belief, to wear the ring."
Miss Playfoot and her family disagree. They believe Christians are being discriminated against, since Muslim girls are allowed to wear their head scarves at school. Several Christian bloggers I've read agree with their position.
It's a disturbing case for sure, a fair representation of life in a "zero-tolerance" state: common sense takes a vacation.
But it's not really the wearing or not wearing of the ring that bothers me.
What disturbs me is that somewhere along the way, these Christians decided to allow a symbol of good morals - a silver band indicating a desire to not have sex before marriage - to become a symbol of our faith.
Lest we forget, the Christian faith does not consist of a moral code and an outward symbolism of purity. (Islam has that covered fairly nicely, thank you.) The Christian faith is a shocking faith - built on the bloody death of God Himself and the scandalous outpouring of mercy on unwashed sinners. Our "symbol" is not the circumcision of the flesh, but the circumcision of the heart.
Fight over the right to wear the ring if you really want to, but don't fool yourself: the Body and Blood, the scandal of His sacrifice and the Good News of our ransom is not contained in a silver band promising sexual abstinence.
Our family loves rolls, biscuits, french bread, etc. And since I have no idea how to make any of those we usually buy premade ones and bake them. Only, buying all these goodies adds up. Fast.
Today was the last day of Albertson's great sale though. So, we went and stocked up. We bought:
Pillsbury french loaf
Pillsbury cookies (I really wanted them even though it's cheaper to make my own.)
Pillsbury biscuits 4-pack (that's a total of 40 rolls in the package.)
We only paid $3. What a great deal! And now we have all these goodies to last us for a while.
The spider....after he was dead, of course.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
My dad, Tim, is heading to the starting point of the MS bike ride today. (The ride takes place in Minnesota so he also gets to visit his bro and sisters while there.) He is riding for two of his co-workers who have ms and has raised over $2000 in pledges to help find a cure. Please keep him (and all the other riders) in your prayers this week.
We love you Dad and good luck!!
Monday, July 16, 2007
Jaden loving his time in the pool. No competition with other kiddos.
Heidi and Jaden
Madison...attempting to light bystanders on fire.
Madison trying to swim. Thank God she is as tall as the pool.
*Heidi and Mitch now have a blog. Check it out at mitchandheidi.blogspot.com