Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sad Neglect

Blogging is like housework. When neglected it piles up, then taunts, then haunts.

Neglect is the mother of procrastination. Procrastination leads directly to overwhelm.

There are reasons why I have not been at my post of late.

Alas, on paper those reasons look alarmingly like excuses and excuses neither enlighten or impress.

The all consuming task of late has been an adult Bible study during the Sunday School hour.

It seems that when there is a vacancy, the pastor or spouse are the ones to fill those spots.

So it came to pass.

This is not something for which I volunteer. Ever.

This time however, it was to teach one. Now that is my joy. But the whole business expanded, extended, blew up and before long it was a full blown class situation with all the challenges and stretching which such events demand.

Confession being a good thing, it truly has been a joy, and perhaps this the first time so for many years. In two weeks, however, it will come to an end. There is relief but also a shadow of sadness. A teacher always is the one to learn and what has been studied and digested for others has been life-changing for this teacher. I am most grateful to our ever-faithful God and ministering Spirit, the illuminated Word plus the trail markers left by the Faithful in generations past.

But now there is gratefulness at once again being able to return to 'selfish' reading - working my way down those ever-present chair and bedside stacks. What is more, Spring is knocking at the door and the garden calls my name:)

Now I leave you with today's thought of importance- the following for this weeks' lesson:

How I long for you to grow more certain in your knowledge
and more sure in your grasp of God Himself.
May your spiritual experience become richer
as you see more and more fully God's great secret, Christ Himself!
For it is in Him, and in Him alone,
that men will find all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2.2,3, J. B. Phillips translation.


  1. Though not in the class, I know all were blessed. Yes, selfish reading and gardens! It is well deserved!

  2. I concur, I'm sure you will be very missed by those blessed during your time of teaching, but..... I wish you a huge stack of seed catalogs to peruse! :)