American Educator and Writer
14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning[a] of God’s new creation:
20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
Funny, as I read Roberta Bondi’s quote, I couldn’t help but think of Pinocchio. He wanted to be a real boy. He wanted to be real more than anything else in the world. His father’s prayer brought him into existence, and he squandered his life, ending up, growing ears and a tail, after acting like a jackass. He escaped, made his way to his father, told the truth, put his father’s life before his own and so doing, saving not only his father’s life, but, fulfilling the fairy’s words, “You must be brave, truthful and unselfish and you will be a real boy.”
We are so blessed! We are so much more than wood, though just as fragile. We have been given a wooden life that we must endeavor to make real by listening to that still, small voice and following it home. In Pinocchio, the voice is given to Jiminy Cricket who is Pinocchio’s guide. Today as I think of the summer waning, and the Crickets’ voices growing louder, deep as shadows, I will give you this charge; before you enter your house, or before you go to bed, step out on your front stoop, or open your window, just so you can hear the crickets calling. Let them remind you of God’s still small voice as you are brave, truthful, unselfish. You are more real than you know.
Because of Him,
Always let your conscience be your guide.