Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure. Ecclesiastes 7:4
Yesterday I went to a funeral for my dear friend's father. He was a man of integrity. People lauded him for reliability, his good example, his willingness to help, his availability to serve, his ability to give wise counsel, and his great love of God and His word. " He was a good dad," my friend said.
I came home and put on the news. A man who didn't pay taxes is being considered for office. Another has furthered the slaughter of innocent babies. The funeral I had just attended gave me more hope than anything the news could bring.
The other night we watched Martin Chuzzlewit, a BBC production of a Dickens story. It is the depiction of a family, with each member looking out for themselves. Everyone is a hypocrite except a few. Of course, as any good story goes (at least the ones I try to watch) it ends well, with the just receiving their rewards, the unjust receiving what they truly earned and personal growth happening in some accounts. The characters you grew to love had integrity.
In knitting, the integrity of yarn ( no splits, knots, or loose threads) and the integrity of stitches ( even gauge and no missed stitches) is important. A lack ruins the fabric, affecting the beauty of the garment.
It is good to go to the funeral of a good man. It causes us to ponder our own lives and the mark we will leave. Will we bring unity or discord? Grace or judgement? Will others say, "He was a good man (or woman)? May we all live our lives to glorify God, having integrity in our thoughts and deeds.