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As important as the training of your children is, much more important is handing them over to God—from the very beginning, from infancy, and beyond.
I suppose God could have made the human mouth a terribly boring piece of corporeal machinery. Just a football-shaped tunnel down which to pour food and drink, and out of which rumbles a few words now and again. But that’s not how the Creator rolls.
One of the reasons I like the 4th of July is that it defies one of the ugliest and bone-deep tendencies of humanity: our ingratitude.
There were no cakes baked, candles lit, and “Happy Birthdays” sung to that first couple who made their living on the outskirts of Eden. No mother’s tummy bulged with baby Adam in it. No sonogram took a snapshot of Eve in utero. One began in dirt, the other in a rib, but neither had their genesis when two lovers had a pleasurable roll in the hay.
Reading the Bible is a little like being jettisoned to the other side of the globe. We find ourselves where they speak strange languages, tell jokes that go over our heads, celebrate strange customs, and basically leave us feeling lost and bewildered a big chunk of the time.