When I am in the country I wish to vegetate like the country.
~ William Hazlitt
13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit[a] to those who ask him!”
~ Luke 11:13
I was showing my third graders a short clip of the Discovery Education channel’s series on the Great Wall of China, because of the largeness of the iconic wall, and because of the motivation of the first emperor of China. After showing the footage of the history, I showed a short clip from Disney’s Mulan. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpYRZdw0UpA
) . We listened until the enemy uttered his single word answer to “Now all of China knows you are here, ” which was “Pefect.”
We moved on from there to the emperor himself. Qin Shi Huang was afraid. He was afraid of death to the point that he sent details of explorers out to find the secret of youth, swallowing ground jade, mercury in his food so as to live longer and avoid death. He built the wall to protect China, but out of fear of dying because of invading nomads. He built an elaborate tomb with booby traps that kept the deliverers of his funerary capsule prisoners until death so that the whereabouts of his body would never be revealed. He believed in the afterlife, but there was no hope, no joy, no peace for this ruler.
By contrast I showed the footage of Lord of the Rings (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKy7JwRNJb4
). We join the footage just after the first fire is lit. The perspective changes so that one can see the fires lit right across the mountains. This call to alarm gave hope, a sense of unity against the enemy for all that was good in the kingdom.
Because of Him,