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DVD Review

I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Sunday, May 08, 2011

On This Mother's Day

The Pieta, a famous sculpture, one that I once had the privilege to see myself, depicts Mary, mother of Jesus, cradling the lifeless body of her son, that is, the Son of God, Jesus, the Messiah. I want you to look at the picture of this sculpture above. Study it. Apart from having the wondrous privilege of bearing our Savior as her child, she was truly a mother to be admired. With this image now engraved upon your mind and in your heart I wish all mothers a most wonderful Mother's Day.

Why am I doing it this way? Because there are a few things about a mother that we should remind ourselves of. Firstly, without them there would be no children, no societies, no such thing as families. Without them no one would hear the merry laughter of children. Secondly, as we can see by examining the picture above, all mothers work hard for their family, especially their children. Nothing in the whole universe hurts a mother more than to see one of her children in pain, or walking a path that will lead them into pain. Likewise, nothing brings more joy to their hearts then to hear their children laugh or see a wayward child come home.

When Jesus was on the Cross, Mary was there. Think of it. She didn't have to be there. She could have fled with the rest of the disciples and no one would have condemned her for it. Yet her son needed her. Yes, that's right, Jesus needed his mother. This God who became man, as a man, needed his mother's strength to endure the task that he had to face. Her presence gave him that strength. He acknowledged this with the words spoken to her and to his disciple John saying, "Woman, behold your son," and "Son, behold your mother." One of the last acts Jesus performed before his death was to see that his mother was taken care of.

If we are to follow Jesus as our example, the we must show this same degree of honor to our mothers. So I find it fitting that we have set aside a day to do so, but a single day is not enough. We should always honor our parents, for this is the will of God. We should remember how difficult things may be for our mothers and do whatever we can to ease her load, to make her laugh, to bring her joy. And when we cannot look after her anymore, we should be sure that we have made arrangements so she can be taken care of. Mothers, I salute you. I honor you. May God bless each of you richly. You are the cradle of our lives. May we be a blessing to you.

David Brollier

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