And then came the morning

He has risen just as he said.

C.S. Lewis, a popular British theologian, said, “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)
Good old Clive Staples Lewis, one of the Inklings, wrote a lot of profound things, didn’t he?

This was a good day, though bittersweet because we had to say goodbye to Sophie, our granddaughter. She moves to the Chicago area on Tuesday. We had a great time with her today, playing cards, eating lemon cake and hunting Easter eggs. At five years old, I’m not sure if she will remember this time with her aunts, uncles and grandparents, but it will be a cherished memory for me. Stay tuned and I’ll share a couple of pictures of her in her Easter finery later this week.

Published in: on March 23, 2008 at 7:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Easter Eve


I’ve been puttering in the kitchen all day. I thought a lot about my Mom as I baked, made deviled eggs and scalloped potatoes. Her specialty was Lemon Meringue Pie – the best I’ve every had. I always miss her most at Easter time though she has been gone for over ten years. She loved the triumphant hymns like “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” and “Up From the Grave He Arose”. She always helped us color the eggs and made sure that I had a new dress and shoes for Easter. I hope I’m a little bit like my Mom. I want tomorrow to be very special for my family. The extra leaf is in the table, there are flowers in the vases and the ham is ready to pop in the oven. Now, I’m the Mom and Grandma who makes sure that our time together tomorrow is just right. Sophie, our granddaughter is coming tomorrow. I want to make extra sure that her memory of this Easter, complete with an egg hunt, is a wonderful one.

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer; Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light; Stronger than the wrong, the right;
Faith and Hope triumphant say
Christ will rise on Easter Day. – Phillips Brooks

Published in: on March 23, 2008 at 5:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Spring

When I think of the word spring” it looks green in my mind. When I listen to Handel’s Four Seasons – Spring, I hear babbling brooks and chirping birds, too. I am amazed at the power of spring to push hope up through the last layer of winter. I even plucked the first dandelion of the season last weekend, though I was truly shocked to see it’s little yellow head on it’s short neck so early in March. I wish it was truly as sweet and innocent as it looks, but I know its relatives are gathering…
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and I can’t wait for the children to parade into the sanctuary with their palm leaves or, rather, construction paper replicas of palm leaves. We may live in the Palm Springs of Washington, but their foliage is sparse.

I’m baking a belated birthday pumpkin pie for my son-in-law-to-be, Patrik, and smoke is curling around the edges of the oven door – a little fire – a little smoke. I forgot that my last pie boiled over. Oh, and did you know that yesterday was Pi Day? Yup – 3 /14.

Speaking of Patrik, an airline first officer, he is starting to gather book titles for me – watching what people read as they travel. I find it really interesting! Last week, on a flight from Seattle to Edmonton, a woman got off the plane with a copy of Never End, a mystery by Ake Edwardson. Someday, if we observe long enough, perhaps a pattern will emerge.
Published in: on March 14, 2008 at 12:01 am  Comments (2)  

Family and Quotes

It was a family weekend with our sweet granddaughter spending the weekend, my sweet mother-in-law’s birthday and my sweet son-in-law-to-be’s birthday. Yes, you read that right, they are ALL sweet! On Friday night, Mr Beaver and I even found some time to drive to a nearby town for a quiet dinner and conversation . We both speak Beaver fluently. We chewed on steak and greens.

I saw this quote today and it made me smile.

I know a lot about cars. I can look at a car’s headlights and tell you exactly which way it’s coming. – Mitch Hedberg

Speaking of family and quotes, isn’t it interesting that every family has it’s favorite, personal quotes, borne out of laughter, great movie lines or some kind of humiliation. Sometimes they come from the mouths of babes, but even those often contain a certain “rightness” in their “wrongness”. Here are a few of our family favorites:

When our five year old left-handed daughter’s left hand became tired as she was practicing her penmanship, she said “May I turn my desk around, because”, she said, holding up her right hand, “then THIS will be my left hand!”.

Did you say “lurk”?

Mary mashed them. (ok, movie buffs, which movie is that from?)

One very little daughter to another, I said “N – O, NO” – read my nose!

OK, enough. These could become like home movies that have overstayed their visit. Please feel free to respond and share a few of your family favorites. It’s only fair.

Published in: on March 4, 2008 at 1:18 am  Comments (2)