Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday Faith Blog

A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store. As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, "Son, can you tell me where the Post Office is?"

The little boy replied, "Sure! Just go straight down this street a coupla blocks and turn to your right."
The man thanked the boy kindly and said, "I'm the new pastor in town. I'd like for you to come to church on Sunday. I'll show you how to get to Heaven."

The little boy replied with a chuckle. "Awww, come on... You don't even know the way to the Post Office."
"Train a child in a way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" Proverbs 22:6
Have a great to a child!


Anonymous said...

THAT got me laughing! Great post Z. The wisdom of children cuts to the funny bone, eh?

God's Blessings to all!


Chuck said...

Z, that's funny

Anonymous said...

Z, this is so meaningful. So much is said in so few words.

""Train a child in a way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" Proverbs "

This is so true. The formative years aren't called that for nothing. A strong foundation is important for building a good life.


Anonymous said...

What a charming, engaging picture! The look on both their faces is priceless -- and precious.

The way we relate to others in everyday encounters reveals so much more about the state of our souls than the words we say, and the activities we tend to take most seriously.

~ FreeThinke

Deborah on the Bayside said...

Sweet. Nice touch of a child's mind.

WomanHonorThyself said...

aw nice one Z!

Joe said...

A child's logic is pure and simple. Jesus said we should come to Him like one.

Anonymous said...

Little children are generally free of pre-conceived ideas and unburdened with the constraints imposed by Tradition.

Sadly, they are soon contaminated by their elders.

The story of the Garden of Eden is the story of The Death of Innocence.


This is why we prefer to fight and forever complain, instead of enjoying the many blessing God has showered on us. We've closed our minds to even the POSSIBILITY of JOY and FULFILLMENT. We've even gone so far as to call those things "sin."

~ FreeThinke

Z said...

Joe's right...the 'children' that Christ speaks about so often aren't merely those of young age but also adults's His way of saying "the innocent", the "pure of thought", those who finally believe solely (souly!) by FAITH, what Scripture says, not modern-day interpretations, etc. Open to His Word, completely reliant on Him.

It's one of the things secularists like to insult Christians over as "lame" "childISH", "simplistic", "Immature", etc... when, really, it's MUCH more difficult to finally take the true faith leap than whine about the existence of God .......

Z said...

FT..just saw your remark about INNOCENCE equaling OPENNESS...well said.

Karen Howes said...

That was cute, Z, thanks!

Anonymous said...

That picture really is worth a thousand words, Z.

Thank you for posting something so gentle and kind. It's important to be reminded of the delightful side in people.

Happy May!

~ FT

psi bond said...

To paraphrase the Bible: Indoctrinate them early and you will have them for life.

Yea, even asking the way to the local post office can work as an opening hook if the kid’s not a smart aleck.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, in even the pleasantest of gardens there lurks a Serpent.

It is our job to resist these creatures.

psi bond said...

I am reminded of the signature line of the Mussolini-worshipping title character (a teacher of young girls) in Muriel Spark's classic novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: "Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life!"

Anonymous said...

Ah but Maggie Smith made Miss Jean Brodie such an appealing character in the movie, didn't she? The role was created on the stage by Zoe Caldwell, as I remember. I have always regretted not seeing that play.

I regret even more not being aware till now that it was ever a novel. Something to hunt for on

Miss Brodie was also a worshipper of Tennyson. She was a romantic at least as portrayed by Maggie Smith. Like so many fanciful, bright-minded individuals Miss Brodie's vision was clouded by wishful thinking. She lived in a world of fantasy.

And remember in the end she was betrayed and virtually assassinated by one of those girls whom she thought she had captured forever.

I thought it was General Franco she admired not Mussolini. Didn't the silly child Mary get herself killed trying to fulfill the starry-eyed vision Miss Brodie had given her when Mary took off to support Franco in the Spanish Civil War? Perhaps the movie was different from the book -- always a strong possibility -- or perhaps my aging memory is faulty?

At any rate, I think at least one of the salient points in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie may have been that letting oneself get carried away by romantic idealism unsupported by fact can bring one to ruin -- or something like that.

There was magic in Jean Brodie -- she definitely had charisma -- but there was danger too both for her students and most of all herself.

~ FreeThinke

Anonymous said...

Ironically, much later in her career Maggie Smith appeared in an odd confection called Tea with Mussolini.

In this movie in which the unlikely combination of Joan Plowright, Cher and Lily Tomlin shared the spotlight with Ms Smith, Maggie played a frightful old British Tory who tediously extolled the virtues of her late husband and Mussolini.

As the plot unfolds, the Smith character either has or fails to have a promised encounter (I can't remember which) with Mussolini After which forced to admit that the dictator and her late husband had a great deal in common -- both of them were to use her term "bastards."

I'd like to see that movie again of only to recapture that moment.

~ FreeThinke

norwegianwood said...

LOL Too cute Z!

Hey...have you heard anything about SE Cupps new book that came out April 27th? I am dying to read it.

Here's a link to her column plugging the book titled:
“Losing Our Religon: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity.”

It looks like a good read...


psi bond said...

Fauxthinker: Ah but Maggie Smith made Miss Jean Brodie such an appealing character in the movie, didn't she?

Oh, Maggie Smith, I’d say, with her notable skills, made the eponymous character in the 1969 film intriguing, not appealing (Smith won an Oscar as best actress for this role). The Robin Williams character in Dead Poets Society was a much more inspiring teacher.

Teddy Lloyd [art teacher at Marcia Blaine School for Girls, who was the lover of Sandy, the Brodie set member who would betray Miss Brodie] continued reproducing Jean Brodie in his paintings. ‘You have instinct’, Sandy told him, ‘but no insight, or you would see that the woman isn’t to be taken seriously.’
Miss Brodie was forced to retire at end of the summer term of nineteen-thirty-nine, on the grounds that she had been teaching Fascism.

— Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1961

psi bond said...

S.E. Cupps was interviewed about her new book defending Christianity by Sean Hannity on his show last week. It was hilarious because she unambiguously stated she was an atheist, and Hannity tried in vain to talk her out of it.