Monday, April 30, 2012

An Imperishable Word (a poem)

The perishing soul withers like grass,
   Withered by blazing sun, no root,
A hopeless hump, a lifeless mass,
   Left alone, ending empty of fruit.

But then the imperishable word is sown,
   The dead stump begins to grow,
What was lifeless begins to groan,
   A bud of hope begins to show.

Glory-less life now breathes splendor,
   Acrid death-decay drops off,
Life from above comes upon her,
   She rises and is lifted alof'.

Once dead, now destined for harvest,
   Yet no longer chaff for the flame.
No longer reaped like the rest,
   Now raised by Judah's Lion, the Untame.

Inspired by a meditation of 1 Peter 2:22-25: Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, "All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever." And this is the word that was preached to you. (NIV)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Aunt Lacey's Wedding!!

These are a long time coming, but here are some photos from Aunt Lacey's big day back in January!

Mom, I have a new calling...

While Mom left Dad in charge, Caleb decided to become a punk rocker. (oops, sorry Mom)

One bonus pic...Caleb was complaining about Elias being messy on a previous day :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My children never cease to amaze me...

Today, my boys are on a roll.  The things they do and say are a continual source of astonishment to me, if not always joy. :)

1)  Samuel is looking at me through a magnifying glass.
Sam: Mom.
Me: What, Sam?
Sam: You are huge, Mom.  You are like a big, giant lady.
Me: Why thank you, Sam.

2)  Samuel illustrates so beautifully the heart of the self-righteous.  He sighs and say to me, "Mommy, aren't you tired of Caleb not obeying you? I'm so tired of it."

3)  Samuel calls to me from his seat on the porcelain throne, "Mom, Caleb had a accident!" In the bathroom?  That's odd.  I enter.  "Caleb, what happened?" I ask.  He says to me, matter-of-fact, "Sam was taking long so I peed in the baftub." (Translation: I peed in the bathtub, on the rug and all over myself.)

Happy Thursday from the ever-eventful Proctor house!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Books Finished in March 2012

The Count of Monte Cristo (6 months later, my wife and I finish reading this book aloud...quite possibly one of the best books ever written)
The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson (great, great book on prayer)
New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton (some real gems in this book)
The Hunger Games Trilogy (fun reads!)