Study is hard work. It is so much easier to find something else to do in its place than to stay at the grind of it. We have excuses aplenty for avoiding the dull, hard, daily attempt to learn. There is always something so much more important to do than reading. There is always some excuse for not stretching our souls with new ideas and insights now or yet or ever.
Quoted in Essential Monastic Wisdom, by Hugh Feiss
Our church witnessed a divine moment this morning when Toni Lee, a friend of my daughter and friend to all, was baptized by her mother, Robin, and good friend and one of the adult leaders of the students, Deannie Johnson. Toni was surrounded in the baptistery by a dozen girls all with their feet in the water to show their participation. Several got in with her at the end as we sang and celebrated. They all signed a Bible for Toni, and Deannie said, “The angels get to celebrate. Why can’t we!” And we celebrated re-birth of another child of God and sister in Christ.