If my sons are reading the Amazon reviews of Sugar-free Gummy Bears out loud together and laughing hysterically, should I be grateful that they are reading and laughing together — or should I snarl and hand them each a reprimand and a text book? Such are the dilemmas of the back-to-homeschooling experience here in the Morin compound, a journey of satisfying progress on some days — and grinding tedium on other days.
September has also been a month of parties starting with volleyball and a cookout on Labor Day, and continuing with an “end of summer” bash, and then the adorable grand boy’s second birthday party — and my 54th.
Pulled pork sandwiches, Frito pie, batches of cookies, whoopie pies, and huge brownies have kept me busy in the kitchen, while the garden continues to produce tomatoes at an alarming rate — I’ve canned over fifty quarts of tomatoes and spaghetti sauce this month.
On the Nightstand . . .
In Edges of His Ways, Amy Carmichael described her view of “the shining way on the water” — always a thing of beauty at sunrise or sunset — or even in the moonlight:
“There may be a hundred people on the shore, and yet every one sees the path beginning where he or she stands. I shall never forget my astonishment when I saw this for the first time . . . [and] it’s like that with the Bible. When you are reading, you will find a path that leads you from that place straight to the heart of God and the desires of God.”
I’d love to know what you’ve been reading, and where it is leading you.
On the Blog . . .
The post with the most readers in September was my review of Gerald Peterman and Andrew Schmutzer’s fine work on the theology of suffering: Between Pain and Grace.
A September highlight for me was the Revive Our Hearts’ simulcast prayer event for women. On Friday evening, September 23, hundreds of thousands of women gathered in thousands of locations around the world to seek the Lord together, and some of us were here in Maine! We prayed in small groups and asked ourselves hard questions like this one inspired by the prophet Jeremiah:
Where are the wailing women today?
Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Consider and call for the mourning women,
That they may come;
And send for skillful wailing women,
That they may come.
Let them make haste
And take up a wailing for us,
That our eyes may run with tears,
And our eyelids gush with water. (Jeremiah 9:17-18)
And this one: Do I have any excuse at all for not bringing the eight most important people in my life before God by name each day?
It was a challenge to be joined in purpose with the prayer and worship of others. (Sorry, but when we were supposed to be closing our eyes, I just had to watch as the camera panned the crowd at the True Woman conference in Indiana.) I was challenged to intercede more broadly and with greater risk and faith, and was also inspired by the work and words of Blair Linne, a spoken word artist and pastor’s wife from the Washington, D.C. area. I hope you’ll click here to enjoy a sample of her work.
Thank you for reading and for so often adding your thoughts to mine in your comments. In community, we are sharpened. We share the comfort with which we have been comforted, and together we “seek the peace of the city” where we have been placed in the providence of God.
Every blessing to you,
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