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Topic: Persuasion (not about the book) (09/01/11)
TITLE: Life Prompts
By Cheryl von Drehle
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Or kneel beside the deathbed of a pale still form; hear a voice cajole the sorrowful to declare into the void that indeed, all is meaningless.
The birth of a child, the stench of a hospital ward, the serenity of the forest, the horror of the battlefield; all persuade us to believe, reject, pray, curse, embrace, question, accept, or rage.
The palette from which this earth is brushed contains the whole spectrum: the reds of crimson sunsets; the golds and fuchsias and pinks of wildflower fields; the azure blues of a Montana sky; the stark white of glacier ice, both magnificent and deadly; the greys of smoke rising; the brown of scorched earth; the black of death.
In the face of tragedy what drives some to rage at the god in whom they do not believe? What prompts others to offer thanksgiving to the God they trust in for mercy and forgiveness? What drove the Teacher to pen this: “I declared the dead … are happier than the living…but better than both is he who has not yet been, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun;” but also this: “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God.”
The creation so generously crafted by the Creator is easily misread through the eyes of the bereft who lack proper lenses to magnify the invisible. The persuasion is incomplete without the Word, “through whom all things were made.” Therefore let us be persuaded to seek the written Word that complements and transforms the persuasion of creation into the conviction of faith.
In order: Ecclesiastes 4:2-3; 2:24; John 1:3 (NIV)
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