All aboard! Hop on the Rambler tour bus and let’s go look at some sights from this past week. For all practical purposes, summer is upon us, and it’s time to hit the open highway with a group of friends to see what we can see.
McQuilkin was the former president of Columbia Bible College, but in my mind he will always represent one of the greatest love stories of my lifetime. We wrote about it here on Internet Monk in a post called, “It’s not that I have to, it’s that I get to.”
In 1990, after serving twenty years at CBC and eight years before he was due to retire, he stepped down in order to care for his beloved wife Muriel, who had Alzheimer’s disease. In doing so, he went against the counsel of many friends and colleagues, who thought he should find someone else to care for his wife so he could continue his important role as a public Christian leader.
McQuilkin would hear none of it, saying:
When the time came, the decision was firm. It took no great calculation. It was a matter of integrity. Had I not promised, 42 years before, “in sickness and in health . . . till death do us part”?
This was no grim duty to which I stoically resigned, however. It was only fair. She had, after all, cared for me for almost four decades with marvelous devotion; now it was my turn. And such a partner she was! If I took care of her for 40 years, I would never be out of her debt.
Robertson McQuilkin cared for his bride until she died in September, 2003. Now they both rest in God’s care and await the day of resurrection.
The waters of the Seine River rose to their highest levels since 1982, creating havoc for commuters and forcing officials at the Louvre Museum to take measures to protect many masterpieces of art. According to the NY Times:
Some 150,000 artworks in storage rooms, and an additional 7,000 pieces in galleries, were deemed vulnerable to flooding, and many of them were moved to higher floors starting on Thursday evening.
Museum officials activated a flood-protection plan established in 2002. The plan includes, among other things, an inventory of all works that would need to be transferred to upper floors of the museum and plans to slow the spread of any water entering the museum.
The waters were expected to crest today at over 21 feet.
Adult Coloring Book To Feature Favorite Imprecatory Psalms
GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Featuring such favorite verses as “O God, break the teeth in their mouths,” and, “May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow,” Zondervan’s new Coloring the Imprecatory Psalms adult coloring book is set to be released this summer.
The exquisitely illustrated black-and-white pages will feature beautiful, inspiring art along with a selection of Psalms that wish a bloody and horrifying death upon the Psalmist’s wicked foes, according to Zondervan’s press release Monday.
“Coloring has been shown to both engage the mind and relieve stress and anxiety, and coloring illustrated Bible verses can help believers recall and meditate on Scriptural truths,” the press release read, in part. “In this new book covering the imprecatory Psalms, Christians can also color violently bloody scenes of death and destruction while praying that God’s judgment would fall upon their enemies.”
The book will be available at Christian retailers nationwide, though it will not be for sale to consumers under 21 years of age, due to graphic content.
It seems that 7-year-old Yamato Tanooka was misbehaving while his family was visiting a forest in northern Japan. So his mom and dad thought he needed a lesson. They made him get out of the car and then they drove off. When they returned, he was gone. They initially told authorities that their son had disappeared while they were picking wild vegetables, but then admitted they made him get out of the car and then left him behind “as discipline.”
The boy was missing for nearly a week, despite a massive manhunt involving hundreds of people and search dogs. After being abandoned, Yamato had walked for several kilometers when he found an empty hut in a military drill area and entered a door that had been left open. The longhouse-style hut had no heat or power and no food, but Yamato huddled between mattresses on the floor and drank water from the solitary faucet outside the hut for several days, local media reported.
Upon his safe return, his father was contrite: “We have raised him with love all along,” said the father, Takayuki Tanooka, fighting tears. “I really didn’t think it would come to that. We went too far.”
Child welfare advocates say that Japan is behind most other countries in the West when it comes to protecting children, and perhaps this story and the national attention it received will be a wake-up call.
This year, for the first time in Olympics history, a team of refugees will participate.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency explains:
Since the modern Olympics began in 1896, over 200 national teams have vied for glory at the Summer and Winter Games. Now, for the first time, a team of refugees will compete as well.
The International Olympic Committee today announced the selection of 10 refugees who will compete this August in Rio de Janeiro, forming the first-ever Refugee Olympic Athletes team. They include two Syrian swimmers, two judokas from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a marathoner from Ethiopia and five middle-distance runners from South Sudan.
“Their participation in the Olympics is a tribute to the courage and perseverance of all refugees in overcoming adversity and building a better future for themselves and their families,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “UNHCR stands with them and with all refugees.”
The initiative comes at a time when more people than ever – 59.5 million at last count – are being forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. The squad representing them in Rio hopes to give the world a glimpse of their resilience and untapped talent.
I encourage you to go to the UNHCR site, where you can read about and watch video profiles of each of the ten athletes.
The moment I first rambled past this sign, I knew it was SR material:
You mean…I can live in a trailer, and be able to walk to both Wally World and Mickey D’s?
“Lord, let your servant depart in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation…”
Today, I am announcing the release of two of the three books I’ve been working on this past year, published by Twenty-Third Publications. These are two “booklets” actually, one designed as devotional material for someone in the final stages of life, and the other a book of encouraging thoughts for caregivers.
The third book, the main volume called Walking Home Together – Spiritual Guidance and Practical Advice for End of Life, is now at the printer and will be released soon, and you’ll hear about it as soon as I know anything solid. Until then, here is the press release for the booklets. You can also access them (as well as books by Jeff Dunn, Lisa Dye, and Damaris Zehner) at the Twenty-Third Publications website. They are also available for pre-order on Amazon.
I’ve had one album playing on my iPod all week: Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new release, The Things That We Are Made Of.
Here’s a live performance of one of the album’s delicately beautiful songs by one of my favorite singer-songwriters on the Diane Rehm Show. You can listen to the entire show HERE.