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Thanksgiving is in two days. If you haven’t already, go move your turkey from the freezer to the fridge. Seriously, go, this will still be here when you get back.

Thanksgiving conjures up images of construction paper headdresses and pilgrim hats, football, cornucopias, and giant balloons in parades.

But most commonly it brings to mind this.

Norman Rockell  |  Freedom From Want
Norman Rockell | Freedom From Want

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The other day my three year old son stubbed his toe for the first time ever. I don’t know how it happened, but he stubbed it pretty bad. He needed a band-aid for real and not just for the psychological benefits. As I put a band-aid on him he asked me if I need one too.

“Sure, bud.”

“On your toe, so we can match band-aids.”

So we put a band-aid on my big toe and I left it there for the rest of the day.

The strangest thing happened that night. My wife pulled the sheets up quickly and I winced as they rubbed against my feet because I thought it would hurt my stubbed toe.

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This morning I dropped my son off at Mother’s Day Out. We call it school because it helps him feel big and grown up and makes him more excited to go.

Then I went with my wife to meet a guy at McDonalds about selling an old computer to him that we don’t use anymore. While we were in McDonalds we saw CNN report that there had been a shooting at a school in Connecticut. We mused about the fine line between news reporting and voyeurism, waited for this guy who was 30 minutes late. And left.

And now while my son is at school I’m trying to get some work done. I pause, get online, and learn that 20 people have died. 10 of them kids.

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This week I had to preach on the Binding of Isaac. Had to.

Early in the year I made a tentative schedule for a year of preaching and in it I included ten weeks of Genesis. And I knew then I would have to include this sermon. And I dreaded it.

A few months ago I made a schedule of Genesis specifically. And it included, of course, this story. And I dreaded it.

All last week as I prepared I dreaded it. As I walked to the pulpit, as I gave the sermon, every second I dreaded this story.

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This morning at Argonia Friends we began a 10 week series on Genesis. Genesis is a 50 chapter epic that follows the course of one family for 22 generations. To help keep the characters straight I created a family tree to share with the congregation.  Since a lot of the people in this story end up being nations later (Moabites, Cannanites, Cushites) it’s helpful for reading the Old Testament.

You can get it here. Print it up and tuck it in your Bible to help you as you read.

You’re welcome to share it as well.

 

 

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This week it turned out that the apparent vandalism to this painting was actually a misguided but earnest attempt to help. The painting, Ecce Homo, is a fresco in the Santuario de la Misericordia in Borja, Spain which, as the middle photograph shows was in need of restoration. Cecila Gimenez, a parishioner in her 80s who loved the painting, decided to do something about it and undertook the restoration project herself. The result is the third image and a quickly spreading internet phenomenon.

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