Our life like a Dickens novel:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair...."
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." God, via Paul: Hebrews 12:1
Rubbing the rope burns of my most recent entanglement, I looked back over the pictures of our Saturday and the quote from Dickens came to mind. Each day we truly are experiencing the best and the worst. And each day I am seeing the best and the worst of me. I hate the worst. And, making the worst worse...don't you just hate it when your foibles are being witnessed by this little crowd observing and soaking up all. Adjusting their own behavior not by the words of wisdom you share, but by the acts of foolishness you protray.
Ouch! Pierced by the sword.
my sin, my sin my sin..becomes the log in my eye. Woe is me, a person of unclean lips...and yes, I know the coal of the fire of forgiveness reaches me...that He is faithful and just to forgive me and to cleanse me of the sin.. but forgiven and guilt free is not all I want. I want to be different.
Anyway...alas... it is the season of hope and the season of despair.
Here are pictures of our Saturday at a pirate event put on by the local library. (Did you know Saturday was national talk like a pirate day?) My son's and friends were enlisted to man the cannons...as my girls looked on.