Dante’s Divine Comedy is a perfect example of a book that many people mistakenly think is too hard, or that it’s not for them.
And yet, it is a work of literature that has changed, is changing, and will continue to change innumerable lives.
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God has gifted you, my daughter, with a beautiful voice which you have used well to praise him and to bring joy to your fellow man. It is a gift that should not be taken lightly. Music has great power that can be used to build up as well as tear down, edify as well as corrupt. [click to continue…]
Throughout your childhood, I exhorted you and your brother to open yourselves to the wonder and mystery around you. “The world is full of magic,” I would teach you, “You just have to have eyes to see it and ears to hear it.” To make sure that you both had inscribed this proverb on your heart, I would often ask you to repeat it to me word for word. [click to continue…]
When you were young, my daughter, your favorite Bible story was the calling of David. Again and again, you asked me to tell it to you before you went to bed.
Commissioned by God to anoint a new king to replace the unfaithful Saul, the prophet Samuel makes his way to the house of Jesse, a man blessed with many fine sons. God had told Samuel that one of Jesse’s sons would be king, but he had not told him which one it would be. Accordingly, Samuel has Jesse parade his sons before him one by one, from the eldest to the youngest. The boys are tall, strong, and regal, but none of them, it turns out, is the chosen one. [click to continue…]
Too often, the vital work of the wife and mother goes unnoticed and unappreciated by her husband, her children, and her community. But do not lose heart. The celebration of the godly wife that wends its way through the last chapter of Proverbs ends with a great promise:
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates” (28-31). [click to continue…]
In the previous entry, I highlighted the charitable nature of the Proverbs 31 wife. The loss of such wives—or, to be more precise, the loss of strong godly families who both protect and are nurtured by such wives—has led to untold societal decay and dissolution. Absent such wives, and their well-respected husbands, services that should have risen upward from stable and vibrant families and churches have increasingly been replaced by bureaucratized programs that necessarily lack the personal, human touch. [click to continue…]