Monday, July 27, 2009
My SIL commented that we pack a lot into a week.
Amaia's last week with us was certainly NO exception, and there is NO lack of photos.
I've chosen the most representative ones.
A tour of Taylor University, including the bookstore, of course, to purchase a TU sweatshirt.
The Memorial Prayer Chapel is beautiful, built in memory of the five who lost their lives in the terrible accident three years ago that received national attention due to a mistaken identity.
In the afternoon we celebrated Amaia's 16th birthday a day early with the other Basque students and their host families. Her parents and sister were 'present' via the cake photo.
The youth went to Cedar Point: the Roller Coaster Capital of the World!
I did NOT go. I have no photos for that day.
Family and friends began arriving for our Family Day!
Here the grandboys are introducing friend David to Moe, Kayla's guinea pig who was with us for a month.
The day was looking very gray, the weather forecast was not very definite. We were determined to make the best of it and enjoy our day on & in the water.
We arrived back just in time for Skye's 12th birthday celebration.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Meanwhile, I've read the surrounding passages. Inrig in his preface to The Parables makes three important points:
- These are not isolated stories
a. almost always came in answer to a question or situation
b. therefore, need to be understood in context
- They are parables not allegories
a. intended to teach one main point
b. therefore, avoid secondary speculations
- They draw on common daily life of first-century Palestine
a. use research, our imaginations, and all our senses to penetrate that world!
b. This is going to be the most difficult for me.
Jesus is in the middle of his ministry on earth and has been revealing his identity mostly through actions. The parables move him into revelation through words, images that are meant to open the understanding of some and hide the truth from those who will to not believe.
Healings and deliverances had drawn such crowds that Jesus tried to withdraw, still they thronged him. His family worried and questioned his sanity. The religious leaders proclaimed him to be possessed, working for the evil one.
"So [this is why] Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables: 'How can Satan drive out Satan?'...
He said this because they were saying, "He has an evil spirit." Mark 3:23 & 30
In this context He comments that a kingdom or a house divided against itself cannot stand, and later dismisses his earthly relations and claims true kinship with whosoever does God's will.
Here is the sequence of stories meant to show what God's Kingdom is like:
- the seed is sown with varied results "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
- a lamp on a stand is meant for shedding light "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
[These repeated exhortations tell us not everyone is willing to understand and apply.]
- the seed sprouts and grows continually, little by little till ripe for harvest!
- the smallest seed grows into the hugest tree!
The highlighted line is the the parable illustrated by the batik by Sara van Alkemade. (Read my SIL's comment also as part of this conversation.)
What it says to me:
Its application to our own situation jumped out at me the very first time. We are sowing seeds in lives; the natural processes are ongoing and unexplainable whether we sleep or get up. It is a God thing! I see it every spring when out of the ground amazing plants and flowers spring forth. How can so much potential be contained in such minute packages?
Only heaven will reveal the whole of the huge tree, the absolutely astonishing, amazing, unbelievably wondrous results from one little seed!
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9
"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I managed a couple of shots of the unique welcome the French have prepared for the Tour.
I debated whether to post one of their inventions, but
We begin our last week with Amaia and have something planned for every day, including celebrating her 16th birthday. I think there will be way too many photos to choose from next week. Do come back and visit, and don't forget Sara & friends!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Another view of #1 station in the Art Pilgrimage mentioned in yesterday's post along with the plaque.
Sometime next week I will add my comments and incorporate your thoughts if there are any, responses that is. (I know you are thinking!)
For now, I will briefly add a few points made by the author of The Parables in his Preface.
Some of Jesus parables or stories are meant to illumine and others to veil a truth, hide it from those whose response determines they are destined for judgment. So, if we are open to see/hear the point of the parable, it will illumine or shed light on our condition, and on the divine remedy. Like a mirror to see ourselves, and like a window into God's heart. "Self-recognition without a divine provision would bring only discouragement." (p 7)
I wonder what we will see of ourselves and God in this art form?
Friday, July 17, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
First of all I must go back and correct a serious omission. In the Cornerstone photo blog series, I failed to include son Stephan & DIL Karen. Both contributed greatly to our week--fun, food, fellowship, family. What a great formula!
Karen making pancakes, successfully, I might add. Mine flopped.
...and finally a meal at the Old Spagghetti Factory. The Basque girls are deciding whether they like what they ordered--crab ravioli.
I blogged about Leah's Adopted Birthday and posted enough photos already.
Kayla's dance studio had their summer dance camp and sleepover. Amaia watched for awhile and hung out with the other teens who bombarded her with questions.
We used our family pass to Minnetrista where we experienced three current interactive exhibits.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Singing the crazy Koch BD song, after a discussion of the lyrics for a 'joining the family' version. We settled on "Happy Adopted Birthday to you..."
There were games and plenty of laughter throughout, and ATV rides from beginning to end!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Five years ago I wrote this poem:
A bonnie lassie joined our family
Well, actually, a wee baby
No, not so wee, already five months old.
A few months earlier,
A visitor knocked on our second floor apartment,
I left the ladies gathered in our living room,
And when I came back, announced:
“We’re having a baby tomorrow!”
They could not believe their ears,
Nor their eyes, I was not showing yet!
Perhaps this would be a German stork delivery!
By the next day friends had rallied with supplies.
It was not to be, however,
as our promised baby girl
had developed digestive problems.
We could watch her through a glass,
The only baby in the bleak hospital nursery,
Lying on her back in a sterile crib,
Playing with her hands.
We waited and waited,
Eager and anxious.
“More testing,” they said,
“perhaps the university hospital would be best.”
We decided to travel to the US as planned,
Perhaps after a few weeks
she would be ready to come home.
We could hardly wait!
But the doctor was not so sure.
“Do you really want to adopt this child?
“She needs a home,” we said.
“She may not live long,
there seems to be a heart condition.”
“You’re right, she needs love!
I’ll eat my hat if there is something wrong with her,”
Said Daddy Mike.
A few days later, on a hot day in July,
We piled in the car:
Two year old Stephan had a new toy,
Mommy Rita brought along two outfits,
One German style, one American,
(How would the German nurses want to dress her?)
Stephan fell asleep during the excitement.
The nurses, so befuddled, used both outfits on the babe!
Soon we were on our way
with the baby sister Stephan prayed so long for.
New family, new home,
But, please, don’t change my routine!
Every four hours baby Leah cried demanding her tea!
She soon learned to roll over,
And even smiled...after awhile.
“Lovely Lu,” our Leah Margit,
has brought many strengths to our family circle:
insightful, sensitive, and compassionate
she helps us better understand others, herself
and even how animals think.
As an artist, she loves to decorate her environment,
But can be melancholy too.
A strong survivor, spirited and independent
She has weathered many a storm in life…
And still hangs on.
We love you, Leah.