Monday, December 9, 2013
Naturally I am "swamped" by all of our own family events, brewing wedding activities and concerts.
This week alone is amazing: something every day!!!
I have a brewing thought that I needed to share. I LOVE looking forward to Christ's return, and I, with so many other "watchers" are sad each day we wake up and Jesus hasn't come.
When you are beautiful, rich, and healthy Jesus' rapture has insignificant value. But when you are sick, homely and of modest means------IT IS EVERYTHING.
We weak ones have so much to look forward to! Heaven will be wonderful. Earthly sorrows will fade away. Pain and sorrow, ugliness will be no more.
We have everything to look toward. Beauty, peace, wellness and joy.
Is is any wonder that "watchers" tend to seem like weak and unattractive individuals? We have so much more to gain! So little to lose.
If you are living the self-satisfied life, and find it difficult to imagine leaving this old world, re-think your losses and gains. What's really important?
Seeing the face of Christ Jesus is our greatest hope and joy. BRING IT ON!!!!
We spent about four hours at the Creation Museum last Tuesday. I loved it. Ed loved it. Cherie loved it!
It really is nicely laid out. It's like a theme park to evangelize!
I love the motto; Prepare to Believe!
I think Ken Ham did a wonderful job of setting up a convincing argument for a young earth creation, as well as for following the Bible's path to eternal life.
Even skeptics will be shocked at the professionalism! I remember reading about an NPR reporter visiting the museum some years back, and the dismay they opined at how "convincing it was."
LOL. God is convincing, if you only look.
We liked the planetarium show on comets, the petting zoo, and the main display----creation, fall of man, and Christ's sacrificial plan of redemption. We walked the path through the gardens (It's December, so it was just a nice walk).
We were impressed.
Wednesday we visited Gene Stratton-Porter's home in Geneva, IN. We got the royal tour, and learned much about her. If you haven't read "A Girl of the Limberlost" you should. My personal favorites are 'The Harvester" and "The Keeper of the Bees." All of her books are worthwhile.
She was a woman before her time, and she accomplished much in her life.
We were able to visit her other Indiana residence at Rome City on Saturday, attending an event put on by the local historical society.
So nice. The ladies had been baking Christmas cookies for weeks!! The cabin was decorated and a cellist played Christmas carols in the sunny porch room. It was a treat to be there. Cherie loved the horse-drawn wagon which hauled visitors to and from the parking lot.
We stayed for about an hour, then high-tailed it back to Minnesota, in hopes of beating the predicted snow.
So, I've been nursing one of my horrid headaches since we got home------hope to be recovering here within a day or two.
Unpacking, laundry, concerts, cooking and baking-----school------all of it has to be done!!! And there is a shower tomorrow evening for my daughter-in-law to be!
Busy, happy days.
Nelson Mandela was a terrorist, communist, adulterer who abused women, but South Africa is a better place now in due partly to his efforts, that we all can see.
Roger Magnuson was greatness on a smaller scale, but I distinctly believe that his welcome in heaven was far more lauded than Mandela's.
It was at his funeral, where 7 speakers shared the good report of his life, that his life was revealed to have had huge impact.
I didn't get to go, but I had my informants there.
Magnuson was 68, and he died of melanoma. One of the speakers said that he died early in life only because he will be able to achieve greater things for God in his death than in his life.
Perhaps linking all the many achievements together, the remarkable man that he was, in remembering him is a start.
A lawyer with a genius mind. He worked for the Mall of America, the Minnesota Twins, and countless other defendants.
A man who had memorized the Bible. Practically all of it.
A loved and successful father.
Founder of a law school.
Helper of East European nations, counseling new governments as they began their post-communist era.
Elder/pastor of a church in a rough Minneapolis neighborhood.
It was in this role that I think I have the most admiration for him. He acquired an old church (with a pipe organ) and began to minister to the impoverished surrounding neighborhood----Wednesday prayer meetings, Sunday services (with buses to bring in the kids) and Saturday morning door-to-door visits.
A man that had achieved so much, in so many other ways, humbled himself to go door to door in one of the lowest communities of this area. Remarkable.
And his legacy is only beginning. Countless lives were influenced for Christ.
I'm sure he wasn't perfect. I heard rumors of church in-fighting and typical church body issues, like any other church attacked by the Evil One.
We can truly say, without rancor, that Roger Magnuson did well.
And I didn't know him personally, but I knew of him my whole life.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Greetings readers! We are out and about seeing new things, but I wanted to say a quick hello.
These days I have awakened each morning with the word Maranatha on my mind. Does not time march on, events bridging steadily toward our home going?
I want to give a report of our adventures soon.
For now it is good night, and Maranatha!
A couple of articles that seem to be relevant today. The first, a word from Joel.