Archive for November 20, 2007

“In your patience possess your souls”

Or put another way “By standing firm you will save yourselves.”  That was a verse that I hung on to for dear life a year ago.  It was a time of testing for me and every day for over a month I would go back to the feeding of those six words.  Seemed I would not get tired of it because it held promise for the tough time.  Actually the event that I went through went wonderfully well, beyond my expectation but I didn’t know that at the time leading up to it.  It could have fallen and I could have appeared a failure but God saw me through. 

Seems we need something to hang on to now that crunch week is on for Ken.  His classes come to a grinding halt on Dec. third and then finals.  He has much to do to prepare his students for the make all and break all final.  He still has papers to correct and hand back.  He has 300 students with two preps.  Next semester he will have 400 students and three preps!!! All appears unrelenting and right now we could use an “encore” from God to sustain Ken especially. 

The following is what I read from C.S. Lewis today by the title of “Encore” from his book “Letters to Malcolm”  “And the joke, or tragedy, of it all is that these golden moments in the past, which are so tormenting if we erect them into a norm, are entirely nourishing, wholesome, and enchanting if we are content to accept them for what they are, for memories.  Properly bedded down in a past which we do not miserably try to conjure back, they will send up exquisite growths.  Leave the bulbs alone, and the new flowers will come up.  Grub them up and hope, by fondling and sniffing, to get last year’s blooms, and you will get nothing.  ‘Unless a seed dies…’” 

Yes, I do not want last year’s blessing because what went with it was all the angst and fretting of how it would all turn out.  I just need to anchor on something besides Luke 21:19.

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