Her post for today is lovely and poignant, especially for anyone who has watched a loved one fade away through age and dementia. Yesterday she graciously republished her favorite essay from this blog on her own site. Due to technical difficulties and family commitments, I'm apparently starting out the week a day late, but I don't expect Brandee will make a fuss. She's understanding that way.
Without further ado, here is the post she chose:
Little over a dozen years ago, I sat in my first class, 601 Spiritual Life, of my first full-time semester of seminary. Dr. Bill Lawrence, with abundant energy and clear enthusiasm for his subject and students, was a good way to begin. He told us over and over, "Repetition is the key to learning," and perhaps he was right. Again today, as I read the account of the feeding of the 5,000, I heard his voice reminding us of what he called "the lesson of the loaves."Please click below to visit Brandee's place and read the rest of "The Lesson of the Loaves":
The first clause of the lesson describes the problem in the passage: more than 5,000 (if women and children were also present) hungry people in a remote wilderness, late in the day. What does Jesus say? He tells the apostles to feed this impossible multitude with five small loaves and two tiny fish. In Dr. Lawrence's words, "You must do what you cannot do with what you do not have. . . ."
Also, since it's Monday, I'm returning thanks to God for (gratitude list #86-101)
~the resurrection of Christ!
~turning around the cross in the garden so it proclaims, "He is risen!"
~Easter hymns and church webcasts
~the kindness of friends
~time with family to celebrate the cross and empty tomb together
~family with common faith
~a 4 year-old nephew wanting to ask the blessing at supper and thanking God for the aunts and uncle coming to play with him
~little boys, Easter eggs, blowing bubbles, and new tee ball gloves
~loan of a more comfortable car for the drive back and forth
~God's protection of our travel on night of spring thunderstorms
~"chatting" by text with a sister-in-law on the way home
~Ebony's happy dance when we return
~this interview with the beautiful Dr. Helen Roseveare
~babies at the park
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