Jason C. Stanley

ponderings of a dad walking humbly & seeking justice

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Devotion: Time-Out

“When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:16)

The rains came. The waters rose. The ark floated. The sun appeared. The dove flew. The ark landed. Noah worshiped.

The rainbow appeared.

The story of Noah’s Ark is well known and familiar to us. I imagine the flood as a massive time-out for humanity. God the Parent had had enough. As an educator, whenever time-out is used, the general rule of thumb has always been one minute for each year of life. So a three-year-old, for example, would sit in time-out for three minutes.

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So, how’s Lent going for you?

So many people during the Christian season of Lent give up something.  It’s what we’re suppose to do, right?  In preparation for celebrating Easter, we give up Starbucks or chocolate, or fast-food, and the list goes on.  And so we ask each other, “What have you given up?”  Almost like its the newest fad – its “in” to not eat chocolate for 40 days.  Or it’s “in” to not drink caffeine for 40 days and be a beast of a person because you didn’t get your morning caffeine and count down to Easter when you can have caffeine again.

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