Late last year, we once again observed the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. And though we have many reasons to rejoice that this wall came down, I continue to experience, on a daily basis, its lasting impact on the lives of those living in former Easter Berlin.
Midweek greetings, Centennial Family. I thought I would change it up this week with a poem and the accompanying texts that inspired it. The quotes below are from a gifted preacher (called by some the Prince of Preachers!) of the nineteenth century named Charles Spurgeon.
Everybody loves alarm clocks, right? Well, sometimes we love to hate them, but that’s not the whole truth! Alarm clocks are all around us, and that’s a good thing. We’ve got the usual ones by our bedsides (phones now!), some have the little living ones (babies), and we all have internal ones (hunger, for instance).
Recently these two verses from Isaiah 42 have been stuck in my head! As I was studying the text of 1 Peter 2:1-10, I discovered that Peter clearly referenced these verses. He says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9, emphasis added).
How many pinecones do you think a Loblolly Pine produces in one year? Y’all know those pine trees, right? They are the super tall ones you see everywhere in Columbia. It has got to be a ton (perhaps literally).