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Saturday, June 23 2001


In saying yesterday that when Christianity is discussed here it will generally be the broadly orthodox "mere Christianity" described in C.S. Lewis's classic little book by that title, I didn't mean to suggest that it will be a dominating topic. Rather, I wanted to establish a context in which can come into play with a minimum of off-putting or intimidating of any who may be uncomfortable with "religion," "spirituality," or "Christianity" as topics of polite discourse. I want to guarantee that in exploring those topics I hope to never "preach" to you or manipulate (beyond what anyone wants to be "manipulated" by reading good writing).

In general, we're here to cover common ground beneath all of us from Blacklick Valley. In the same light, the little "inspiration" corner in the daily Jonals use material from any background that might help us reflect on the meaning of life, how to enrich our inner lives or better appreciate our vocations, avocations, or our human relationships. I tried to make that corner broadly "Christian" for the Lenten season and hope to continue that practice in any future years we may have together, but in all other seasons input will be used from any "uplifting" source, from a latter-day saint like Alexander Men or Mother Teresa to an atheist like Ayn Rand.

Neither, however, should these assurances be taken as meaning that, if anyone coming here or to any other department of the Home Page wants to bring up his conversion in the course of the revival meetings conducted by the Rev. James Johnson in the Nazarene Church in 1974, his topic will be considered off limits. We can't understand our neighbors, much less love them, if we're not willing to hear about what's important to them, and why. And the Home Page is, pre-eminently, about fostering neighborliness.

Postscript: While preparing today's entry, I read an article by a colleague that describess the most recent controversy involving C.S. Lewis and his writing. Click here if you'd like to read more about that.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

26 signs you're now an adult (collect 'em all!)

a. Your potted plants stay alive.
b. Sharing a twin-sized bed is absurd.
c. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
d. 6 a.m. is when you get up, not when you go to sleep.
e. You hear your favorite song on an elevator.

Sent by Zan

The handwriting on the wall

A weary mother returned from the store,
lugging groceries through the kitchen door.
Awaiting her arrival was her 8-year-old son,
Anxious to tell what his younger brother had done.

"While I was out playing and Dad was on a call,
T.J. took his crayons and wrote on the wall.
It's on the new paper you just hung in the den,
I told him you'd be mad at having to do it again."

She let out a moan and furrowed her brow,
"Where is your little brother right now?"
She emptied her arms and with a purposeful stride,
She marched to his closet where he had gone to hide.

She called his full name as she entered his room,
he trembled with fear - he knew that meant doom!
For the next ten minutes, she ranted and raved
about the expensive wallpaper and how she had saved.

Lamenting all the work it would take to repair,
she condemned his actions and total lack of care.
The more she scolded, the madder she got,
then stomped from his room, totally distraught!

She headed for the den to confirm her fears.
When she saw the wall, her eyes filled with tears.
The message she read pierced her soul with a dart.
It said, "I love Mommy," surrounded by a heart.

Well, the wallpaper remained, just as she found it,
with an empty picture frame hung to surround it.
A reminder to her, and indeed to all,
take time to read the handwriting on the wall.

Author Unknown

Sent by Virginia in Millville
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