Words to Live By

Good Shepherd
Source: Bernhard Plockhorst-Good Shephard

This post is for my fellow Christians, Catholic and Protestant. I will not apologize for my beliefs, as the modern world would have it. Instead, I have words to live by.

At some point in a child’s life, they ask the Big Questions: who am I? Who made the earth, sea, and sky? Why am I here?

Our continuing journey through classic literature takes us to a volume of books: essays and poems, drama and splendor, narratives and epics. And what is this volume? For Christians, it is the Bible.

From a child’s viewpoint, the Bible should be introduced and read as a happy encounter with God. And for those interested in helping a child discover the bigger things, there are several classic books for this introduction, The Christ Child by Maud & Miska Petersham, The First Bible and The Book of Books (King James Version, Wilber Owen Sypherd, Editor.) are some examples.

A book that encompasses three major faiths in the US, One God: The Ways We Worship Him by Florence Mary Fitch, helps children know and understand faith. The Tree of Life: Selections from the Literature of the World’s Religions is another example of spiritual knowledge.

There is also a treasury of metaphor in the sacred.
Read Proverbs 4: 10—19 “The Two Paths.”
We see the passage:
“Take fast hold of instruction;
Let her not go:
Keep her;
For she is thy life.”

Instruction is the right path.
It goes on,
“Enter not the path of the wicked,
And go not in the way of evil men.
Avoid it,
Pass not by it;
Turn from it, and pass away.”

The instruction is clear—keep away from what is not good, otherwise you will be lead into darkness.

There is also beautiful poetry about the sacred such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem, “Give us grace and strength” and Christina Rossetti’s poem, “Lord, purge our eyes to see.”
For lovers of nature, I invite you to read my favorite legend of the saints by Mary Gould Davis, The Truce of the Wolf: a Legend of St. Francis of Assisi.

Sacred literature is a gift to humankind and a rich store of words more than their worth—words that if lived, lead to unending joy!

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