Observations #3 by Dr. Denny
December 28, 2016
Greetings everybody. Today’s “Observations” is dedicated to H. B. and Leslie Rew. I’m going to miss you two for the next three months. Be safe and warm down there in Florida.
From the Schoolhouse
Lin handed me a pencil sketch of a warrior girl without a face. I stared at the swirling hair that draped the cheeks and taunted the tip of a samurai sword. I searched for the eyes, but they were missing. The figure seemed alive, vibrant, dangerous, but the silent face haunted me. Beneath the dancing lines, Lin had written a few words in Mandarin, little boxes of faint lines etched in a similar silence, caged sighs I couldn’t hear.
Lin is a Chinese student who speaks in broken English. She is very quiet and shy. She hides in a swirl of gregarious American kids who seldom notice her at all. I was surprised when one day she walked demurely up and handed me a piece of paper with her drawing. That was when I looked into the faceless warrior girl and wondered.
I praised her for the gift and complimented the artistry of the nameless figure. She merely smiled and walked away. The next day she handed me another drawing, this time it was a Fairy-like creature with graceful arms and no face.
“Lin, thank you,” I said. Then I asked her. “Why is there is no face?”
She blushed. “I cannot draw a face. I am not that good.”
As I watched her walk away down the hall, I wondered if she was the girl in the drawings lost in a dangerous world, hidden behind a halcyon face, homesick.
Photo courtesy of https://www.pinterest.com/pin/129056345548646538/
From the Pulpit
(Matthew 1:23/Isaiah 7:14)
I hope you all are still remembering the one word I emphasized in Sunday’s sermon: Immanuel. As I told you, I think it is more powerful than the 8th most memorable movie quote (according to the Film Institute). That quote would be “May the Force be with you.” Han Solo had a good one there, but Luke has him beat.
Immanuel is more than a single word as you can see here in the Hebrew words עִמָּ֥נוּ אֵֽל׃. Luke the Gospel writer had to translate it so his readers who didn’t know Hebrew would understand. He says it means God is with you Μεθ’ ἡμῶν ὁ Θεός. And that is so much more relevant than any movie quote!
From the Pew
I thought our Candlelight service was so poignant. We had close to 100 people there and when the evening ended everyone walked in an exuberant but hushed tone down the center aisle and out the door holding candles, our symbols of hope and love. I want to thank Bob Coniglio, the Episcopalian pastor from Cape Charles, who shared the pulpit with me.
Now here is an adventure for you. Follow this link and keep your fingers crossed it works. It should take you to my Youtube channel where I placed our prelude singers for the evening, John William and Linda Coniglio. They sang and played with such gusto. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/S3lhM_h28JQ
From the Bulletin
Let’s remember our college students and our military. Here they are:
Bryana Deeds, William Perez, Claire Rew, Christina Hargis, Anna Hines, Hannah Coulbourne, Ayla Bonniwell, Beatrice Perez, Juan Perez, Jager Parks, Kyle Patterson
Alex McCullough (Reserves), Michael McCullough, Kenny McCullough (Afghanistan), Ken Blair, Ed Eder IV, Sean Campbell, James Griffith, Thomas Johnson and all members of our military.
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