Happy May Day! Do I say that with any particular celebratory delight? Not at all. But it’s still fun because spring is here and that means people are much happier than they were three months ago. According to the most reliable source online, Wikipedia, the earliest May Day celebrations “appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman Goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries.” The day also has roots in celebrating fertility (ancient Egypt), remembering political/social victories (U.S. and U.K.), engaging in sexual activity (Germany), warding against witchcraft (Germany), and commemorating the beginning of spring (England). If people in the U.S. … Continue reading Happy May Day!
Originally posted on May 1, 2008 On Christmas Day, we put gifts underneath a pine tree, hang socks above the fireplace, kiss under weeds hanging on the ceiling, eat a lot of candy, leave cookies and milk out for Santa and perhaps, in some circumstances, might even sing happy birthday to Jesus. Now that I think about it, that sounds a bit odd. And actually, the more I think about it, the more I wonder why we don’t celebrate May Day as a nation. I mean, it’s not all that different from Christmas. Well…it’s a holiday with pagan origins. I guess that’s about where the … Continue reading Happy May Day!
When I was younger and heard or read, “God is a strong tower,” my mind immediately went to an image like the one above. What you are looking at is your run-of-the-mill state park viewing tower. It’s actually not very strong. It’s not very powerful. It can’t actually protect you. And it’s not very threatening, unless you fall on the steps and get cut by those nasty steel holes. Psalm 61:3 says, “For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” When Scripture says that God is a “strong tower” it means that he is more like a … Continue reading God is a Strong Tower
A lot of you know that I’m engaged while living here in South Africa. Carly lives in Nebraska, and will finish up her degree at UNL in three weeks. I wouldn’t recommend long engagements to anyone, especially Christians, however when you are separated by God’s call to minister the gospel and 10,000 miles of ocean, you fight through it and endure. St. Augustine offers a wonderful comfort for why longsuffering and pain usually always result in sweet victory. He says: The victorious general marches home in triumph, but there would have been no victory if he had not fought, and … Continue reading Long, Overseas Engagements Will Give Sweet Victory