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Often I longed for friends to drop the facade (the loud bravado and much talking about children's accomplishments) so I could see the color and condition of their inner self to find out if it matched mine. I longed for something, not quite sure what, but at least a release from this waylessness. I wanted to know blessedness, the way the Old Testament sons had blessings pronounced upon them by their fathers. Words that weren't just nice words, but that imparted spiritual grace. "Jacob blessed his sons, every one he blessed"not one was left without a blessing.
Where had I failed? How could I make amends? m. in the one-room house we were living in temporarily across the tracks in the small community where my husband was teaching a short-term adult high school. I had been too soon pregnant to suit me. And too sick with nausea almost the entire nine months. Always short of money. Marriage on a shoestring hadn't daunted us when we had made our plans for life together. I had only one decent dress the entire nine months to cover my growing bulk. I was too ignorant about what was happening to my body during pregnancy and what would happen during birth.
She mentions "new interpretations of passages dealing with worldly amusements, divorce and remarriage, abortion, human sexuality, the role of women," and wisely advises that "error in interpretation is lessened if it is hammered out within the community of faith in prayer and humility rather than only by individuals. " When to change? When to refuse change? What changes are justified when the culture changes? What changes are inconsistent with the Bible and never justified? The author agrees that these are important questions, I am sure.
Bless me too, my Father: living by choice, not by default by Katie F. Wiebe