The Pleasure of Creation

I’ve lost track how many times I’ve watched this video today.  It is stunning.  Every time I watch it, I imagine that, despite the utter fallenness of our world, God must still look upon His creation with great pleasure, day after day, night after night.  He is still saying, “It is good.”

It’s the deep satisfaction a painter feels when she’s finished a great work, or that a poet feels when he’s turned the right phrase and it all fits together beautifully, or that an accountant feels Continue reading

How Good and Pleasant

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” (Psalm 133:1)

The colors of this verse have become much more vivid for me since becoming a parent.  As most parents (of boys especially) will tell you, there are days when it seems like you are doing nothing except peeling bickering children off each other, negotiating tenuous peace treaties, and overall trying to lift your beloved offspring out of the cesspool of petty selfishness.
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Then there are other days (or at least moments) when your kids are cooperating, showing kindness, being creative together, letting the reverberations of Eden echo off their limbs.  Yesterday, my five-year-old was building a tower Continue reading

If God Were a Librarian

If you asked 100 people, “Why do people go to a library?” you would expect almost all 100 of them to say something like “to check out books”, “to research”, “to read quietly” or something similar.  If someone replied, “The purpose of the library is to make sure everyone’s library fines are paid,” you’d probably think that person was either joking, misinformed, or just plain stupid.  You’d certainly conclude he or she was completely missing the point.

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I’m a high school teacher, and recently one of my students went to the school library to return a book that was a month overdue.  She came back wide-eyed and exhilarated and explained that the librarian had waived the fine.  When the student asked why, the librarian replied, “I want people to love reading.  How are people going to love reading when they have to pay money because they took too long to read?  Just try to be on time next time.”

I simultaneously had two lines of thought run through my brain. Continue reading