monks

The Mom has loaded her fall songs already, since the Christmas ones start so early, and she’s excited ‘cos there’s 13 Jars of Clay songs this season!!  The one for this morning should be called “The One Thing That I Know”, though it’s titled “Liquid”.  It combines the haunting sound of “monks” singing in the background, with a modern, upbeat melody.  The overall impression, for us anyway, is that no matter how weird and confusing life is, there is one truth that stands (…echoing through the ages)–one thing that you do know if you know nothing else:  that God loves you through Christ’s death.  Everyone has days when that is like a rope you cling to desperately, but a strong and sure rope that you can be so, so thankful for.

The Monk Music fits with the Cadfael mystery The Mom has just finished reading (Ellis Peters), and before that the excellently written epic, “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follet.  Cadfael mysteries are pleasant stories about a Benedictine monk who solves them.  The Ken Follet book is an excellent historical fiction, a riveting tale centred around the building of a cathedral in the time of King Stephen.  WARNING:  the story is sprinkled, not too liberally, with (“obligatory”?) sex scenes, a small amount of offensive language, plus some gore & violence.  The latter was a sign of the time period, but The Mom was able to skim over them without reading all the details.  Follet does an amazing job of letting you see things through various perspectives.

“Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ–that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.”  (Col. 3:2)

[Believe it or not, we had this verse ready to copy in before we realized the “key word”–perspective!]

We take “absorbed” to mean “obsessed”.  It’s so easy to get caught up in “the things right in front of you” so that you don’t see the situation clearly, isn’t it?

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