Back from winter break

“The problem with being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it.”
– Croft M. Pentz

I thought this might be a relevant quip for a few football fans out there.

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A splendid laugh

“Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years it was a splendid laugh!”

– Charles Dickens, A Christmas CarolDecember 1843
(The narrator may be my favorite character in that book.)

Preface

HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

Their faithful Friend and Servant,
C. D.

“Death be not proud.”

“Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so,”

– John Donne “Death Be Not Proud” (“Holy Sonnet X”)

“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

– 1 Corinthians 15:55

Oh, but death does sting.

“Sting” is an understatement.

Some days, death rips into our souls with such shocking savagery that we can barely whisper, “Where, O death, is your sting.”

Some days, death is a cataract, dimming the victory of the cross.

“Death reveals that the world is not as it should be but that it stands in need of redemption.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

But, thank God for those moments of grace, glimpses of that unfathomable peace.

Thank God for those days when He gives us the strength to shout, “Where, O death, is your sting?”.

Thank God for the days when even death can point us to the cross.

“And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.” – Donne