The Thornby Martha Snell Nicholson
I stood a mendicant of God before His royal throne
And begged him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.
I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart
I cried, “But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.
This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me.”
He said, “My child, I give good gifts and gave My best to thee.”
I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,
As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.
I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace,
He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.
“I Stood a Mendicant of God” The Next Chapter – Steve Saint
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Yesterday the girl’s pre-school (which is also a music school) had their big “Chinese New Year” performance. They rented out a theater in one of the fancy buildings downtown, and when we showed up, we knew it was going to be a ‘big deal’. (You see, they never really tell us – sometimes we show up to these things and it’s one song and at parent teacher’s meeting, other times it’s like yesterday… a full-blown production.) The theater was huge and when we first arrived, Erica had doubts that they would fill it up. Well, they did fill it up, and there were even people standing!
Everyone performed, I mean everyone! Even the school’s staff did the opening act with some kind of swan dance or something. And then the piano performances started. Don’t get me wrong, these kids were amazing, some of them only 3 or 4 years old, playing really difficult songs. The thing was, there were over 75 of them! That is why the event took almost 4 hours! (Sorry to our house helper who was babysitting Nate and had to stay late!)
The girls did have their part too. We had to sit through 4 hours of other stuff to get this, you get to go right to the good stuff! Enjoy!
I was surfing for some college football news and I came across the above video. Most of you who know me, know that I LOVE college football, I LOVE the Florida Gators and that living in China, I don’t get to watch any live football games.
I’m okay with that, I’m willing to give that up. But when this video also has to very prominently display that it is the “Dr. Pepper” drive for the championship… well, that”s just rubbing it in!
For those of you who are still checking in on my blog (or are subscribed to the blog’s RSS feed) you may be wondering where I’ve been. Well, the past few weeks have been such a blur, I’m not sure even I can answer that question accurately. Anyhow, one thing that happened in the Webel family recently that is noteworthy is Elizabeth and Anna’s Spring performance.
The girls have been preparing for this for weeks and it was so much fun for the actual performance to happen! The video is a bit long, 14 minutes or so, but if you watch it, I promise it will make you smile a time or two! :-)
Seems that “Twitter” is becoming the latest fad in social media, there was even a Twitter showdown of sorts over the weekend. However, as we’ve come to expect with anything technology related, the next best thing is always right around the corner…
BTW, you can follow me on Twitter if you’d like! ;-)