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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Shock's Mill Bridge over Susquehanna River
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"Godly Parents - An Endangered Species"
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"Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).
Yesterday afternoon we took a five mile walk along the Susquehanna River. The walking trail passes the stately bridge presented in our lead photo.
We passed two eagle nests and saw an eagle in one of them. I didn't have a camera with zoom but plan to return for our own eagle photo. A donated observation viewer is mounted alongside the trail and Brooksyne is examining for evidence of an eagle in its nest high up in the tree. Unfortunately it must have gone out for a walk (I mean, flight).
When we hear the term "endangered species" we may immediately think of the bald eagle. The bald eagle was declared endangered in 1967 and extensive efforts were taken to protect it which have been very successful. In 2007 the bald eagle was removed from the federal endangered species list. Now we have nests up and down the Susquehanna River and many other places in America. It sure is nice to see the progress made in saving the Bald Eagle but during this time something else needs to be placed on the endangered list.
I saw a bumper sticker that stated "Godly parents An Endangered Species". I can't speak for the situation all over the world but I suspect it's pretty similar to the conditions here in America everywhere.
We see so much evidence of this but this week many of us have been following the events in Baltimore, a city some 60 miles south of us. Although commentators differ on solutions based on their political and ideological persuasions all agree that the breakdown of the family is a major contributor. I strongly agree with one's comment that government cannot fix this chaotic mess but families need a much greater role in the "faith community". Faith community is the politically preferred phrase for "church".
This weekend Ester was scheduled to attend "Acquire the Fire", a conference in a church near the area where the rioting has taken place. But it, like many other events including the major baseball games were cancelled (the game took place yesterday but no fans allowed in the stadium - a 1st in history). We think of the restraining influence of these churches and God-fearing inner city pastors. Thank the Lord for inner city parents who resolve, against the forceful tide of mocking unbelief, to live by God's pattern. I recently spoke to a young man in his early 30's who lives in this kind of setting but is seeking to be a good husband, father, and role-model.
But there is a decreasing number who make their priority in life that of bringing up children in "the training and instruction of the Lord" which is at the heart of raising godly children and being godly parents.
Indeed there is an urgent need for godly parents, who will take the responsibility of raising their children according to Biblical standards. It requires sacrifice and perseverance and at times it seems no fruit comes from our labor. But, Parents & Grandparents, hold onto God's Word and this reassuring promise through the apostle Paul "that our labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, as the state of the family declines year by year it also brings down our country. Many politicians, community leaders and individuals cry out, "Pour more money into education and community programs." Others wring their hands and wonder what can be done to improve our neighborhood, city and country. Though the answers are found in Your Holy Word these same people ridicule and reject that which is of spiritual origin so the troubles continue and even escalate during times of crisis. Father, we need a heaven sent revival that will reveal who You are to those who know You not and revive those of us who do. Help those who are childrearing not to become discouraged but to persevere in bringing their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It's in Jesus' name that we pray. Amen.
A walk along the Susquehanna River
The river trail is a recent project we have enjoyed for several years. Previously, this railroad bridge had stopped the trail but they made this interesting walkway under the bridge right near the Susquehanna River, a portion we walked for the first time yesterday.
Many beautiful wild flowers along the Susquehanna River trail.
A secluded farm along the peaceful river trail.
We stopped by yesterday to see our Amish friends, parents of nine children, who run the Creekside Greenhouse. Wonderful to see the older kids helping out.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
An interesting plaque about bald eagles we saw along the trail. Among other factoids is that an eagle nest can weigh more than 2 tons!
"Find Your Wings" Video Mark Harris A powerful song for godly parents using an analogy from an eagle (or other bird) raising their young
"Learn To Let Go" Video Mark Schultz
"Train Up A Child" Video Rob Frazier
"Family Bible" Video Dailey and Vincent
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