Reading Mary E. De Muth’s Thin Places; a memoir, I wonder if I am reading memoir or devotional. As she bares her soul, searching for thin places, “snatches of holy ground, … where, … we might just catch a glimpse of eternity”(p.11)—as she shares those place in her own life, Mary touches my soul as well. Although I never had the terrible childhood experiences of abuse or losing my father at a young age that Mary experienced, I do make lists of the things I “ought” to do to be good enough. I have been a broken missionary returning from an experience where I thought God owed it to me to bless. “Pursue Me, not perfection,” Jesus told Mary in that thin place. “Follow after Me, not a set of ideals. Grab My hand and walk with Me in adventure.” (p. 178)
After a frantic (and therefore sloppy) performance at the Midwestern Figure Skating Sectionals in Indy in March, my goals for Nationals were to stay calm, enjoy the moment and land all my jumps on one foot.
“Sell it!” said my coach Peter Biver. “Then maybe the judges won’t notice if a jump [or two] is slightly under rotated.”
In the dressing room I avoided the friends I had made at camp last summer. “Talk to you later,” I promised. I found an isolated corner at the end of a corridor between rink two and rink three where I could stretch, do some jump exercises, listen to my music and visualize my program.
I’m not a fan of the romance genre. I dislike stories that deceive young women with the lie that the rogue will reform for love or that electrifying sex is the most important aspect of a relationship. But romance sells, and even Christian fiction often centers around the question of whether or not the girl will end up with the right man.
Jill Eileen Smith Wives of King David Series is romance with a twist. Biblical history takes a surprisingly realistic view of life and relationships. David, the shepherd-king who was a man after God’s own heart, is shown with all his flaws.
I love skating. (You probably already noticed that.) Recently I watched all four Cutting Edge movies on ABC. What struck me (other than show-lighting at competitions and the unrealistically-short time in which a non-skater becomes an elite contender) was the changing view of romance. Now, these are romantic comedies. Romantic comedies always have happy endings, however unrealistic.
This week I dug an old Easter basket out of storage and set it in the center of our dining table. It’s decorated with silk flowers, and on the bed of supermarket grass in the basket are ten plastic Easter eggs.
Last night after supper we passed the basket around and each one took an egg. (This should properly be done on Easter Sunday, but my three-year-old granddaughter will be gone by then.)
LeAnne Hardy has lived in six countries on four continents. Her books come out of her cross-cultural experiences and her passion to use story to convey spiritual truths in a form that will permeate lives.
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