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“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth.” 3 John 1:4

In a few weeks I will be graduating my 6th son from our homeschool which means I have reached a stage of life which I feared would never come; I am beginning to reap. Reaping is fun especially when the sowing came with tears.

“He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6

There were many years when this seemed more like a pipe dream than a promise.

Yesterday was a little time of reaping for me. Let me tell you about my son, Christopher. He is a sophomore attending a nearby Christian college and playing baseball. He will probably be some sort of sports journalist someday since he is bilingual-he speaks English and Trash. Christopher loves classic rock music: The Who, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith. All those bands I wasn’t allowed to listen to when I was growing up, backward masking being in and all.

Christopher came home to study and spend the night. I walked into the living room and beautiful classical music was pouring from his laptop. Incredulous I asked, “Is that your playlist?” He answered,”Yes, ma’am. It is my study playlist.”

Oh, my goodness!! John Mason Hodges*, C. S. Lewis and the Bible were right; just because someone listens to Mary Jane’s Last Dance doesn’t mean all is lost.

*For an excellent talk on this subject I highly recommend a lecture by John Mason Hodges from the 2009 Circe Conference titled The Nature of the Arts. It is filled with hope.

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