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What Garlic is to Salad

What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art. 
                                                           ~ Augustus Saint‑Gaudens
 
Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.
                                                            ~ James 3:17-18
 
     Garlic adds a pungent accent to foods around the world.  It is used in warm and cold dishes, and there are several different varieties.  Folks mostly have two opinions about it, “There is too much!”, and “There can never be too much!”  
     No matter what your opinion, the best use of garlic is to enhance the flavors of the food it inhabits.  Just like us.  We should be enhancing the body of Christ, bringing out the fruit of the spirit.  Definitely not our role to overwhelm the body, rather to bring out its best, and have other cloves bring out our best. 
     The scripture is right to say that it is hard work to get along with each other.  It certainly is work to be kind, considerate, treating others with dignity and honor.  In the long run, however, it is the work that makes our light shine even brighter, and perhaps makes us look a little insane to the outer world.
    Enjoy the flavors of this salad we’re in!  The hand that mixes us, does it with wisdom.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
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The Trunk Fairy

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. 
 
         ~ Scott Adams
 
God doesn’t miss anything. He knows perfectly well all the love you’ve shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it. And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish. Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.
       ~ Hebrews 6:10-12
 
     I have a friend who calls herself Corky.  She is a painter. She calls colors from the earth and they come to her.  And she is a harsh self-critic with an uncanny dose of wisdom in her palette.  
     We were in a craft workshop making jewelry together.  I was being self critical and she stopped me and said, “Wait for the trunk fairy!”
   “The trunk fairy?”  I replied. “What’s the trunk fairy?”
   “The trunk fairy is the one who comes in the night.  I put my art work in the trunk, and leave it over night.  In the morning, I am amazed by the improvement in my art work!”
  Somewhat cynical, I laughed, and went home and tried it out.  In fact it worked. I made some jewelry.  I covered it, put it away.   When I looked at it again, I was amazed at the trunk fairy’s work.  I found out she also works with poetry, and other endeavors.  
    By now some of you are praying for me, worried that I am turning to the dark side.  But, it was all in good fun.  It was God all the time, and God did not change Corky’s art, my jewelry, my poetry or anything else.  God changed my perspective.
    Give it all to God: you art, your craft, you prayers, your garden real or spiritual,  all of it.  Watch what God does with your efforts.  Don’t destroy, despair, depart.  Wait upon the Lord.  Watch God work.
When we get home, and look back, what an amazing array of blessings we will see trailing behind us.
 
Lord, we pray so hard for you to change us, for you to answer our prayers, for us to be more like you.  When the answers come, sometimes we are so ready to deny it, to put ourselves down.  Help us to stand in your light and say thank you for working through us (me- if you are praying this prayer.) In Jesus’s name, Amen.
     Because of Him,
     Linda

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The Most Political I Ever Get

When we lose one blessing, another is often, most unexpectedly, given in its place.
 
      ~ C.S. Lewis
 

17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

     ~ Psalm 103:17

 

I wrote a philosophy of education in 1974 which includes a line or four about educating the whole child.  I was educated for that portion of my schooling in a school that was then called Plymouth State College in Plymouth, N.H. .  It is a school that boasts their public library as Daniel Webster’s courthouse, poet Robert Frost as a professor, children’s legendary author illustrator Tasha Tudor as a guest lecturer and so much more. 

 There I was instructed in the arts of music, physical education, art and research.  I saw first hand how all of these pairs of “glasses” informed me as a student and as a teacher.  I was given guidance as to how to incorporate them into my teaching.  My student teaching included being able to take a story and “map” it out so that all of the elements of those subjects including the requisite reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic added up to give a child a full set of lenses through which to see the world.   

Now, all over the country programs are being cut, and the first to go are the arts, squeezing them into every period available, and over scheduling the teachers so that no one is fully present in one place.  We have less children, but have not picked up on  a creative way to keep their special area teachers included in their education in one place. Their educators are divided yet expected to run their programs full speed on a fraction of the time.  In all of this, no administration is cut, re-scheduled, re-purposed.  

I am looking hard for the blessing in this, and for God’s mercy on the children who now, more than ever need their whole person educated, nurtured, completed with continuity.

I entreat you to pray for the educators, the school systems, the people of this country and those who are blessed with creative solutions as you enter this summer.  Talk to your neighbors, ask questions at meetings, be a part of the blessing that keeps on giving, a whole education for a whole, fulfilled child.

Because of Him,

Linda

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