Reflections by the Pond

#525: Cows in the Front Yard

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Reflections by the Pond – November 14, 2011

Over the years that we have dwelt here, we've grown accustomed to odd occurrences. Living out in the country, one never knows what might happen along to entertain, puzzle, or downright infuriate. Whether it is waking to bats circling overhead in our bedroom, groundhogs undermining the driveway, or overgrown rattlesnakes slithering too near the house, over time one just accepts all these as sundry fibers in the tapestry that is rural life.

So we were not overly alarmed the day we rose to discover...

#524: God's Middle Name

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Reflections by the Pond – November 7, 2011

For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren...
Hebrews 2:11

When parents name their child they usually are filling three blank spaces. They can do little about the last space; the family name associates this new life with decades—sometimes centuries—of family history. This is a name that implants heritage and continuity into every person on the family tree. The last or family name makes each person bearing that name a part of something larger than himself.

The first space in the whole name is where the parents can be creative, hoping to stamp some special identity on this new life. Here the person being named acquires something...