The Chair and the Desk, 2/29/16

From the chair:

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, 
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”

-Psalm 90:14

In Robert Frost’s words, we often pass life decisions where,

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

However, it doesn’t all come down to choosing the right path. There’s also a right way to walk the right path, and perhaps even a right way to walk the wrong path. In the psalmist’s words, it’s not an outcome or an achievement. It’s not an experience and opportunity. It’s a disposition, a prayer, in which what we all could have, on any path, becomes our satisfaction:

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.


From the desk:

This week, I’m presenting on an oral interpretation textbook, Roles in Interpretation by Judy E. Yordon. In the introduction, she suggests three ways that oral interpretation benefits the student, and they’re three reasons I think everyone should considering joining a class at a community college or local society where you practice reciting or reading pieces of literature:

1. They “enable you to study the world’s best literature”
2. They “expand your knowledge of yourself and your world”
3. They sharpen your speaking skills

-Judy E. Yordon, Roles in Interpretation  (5th ed.), p.9


“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.

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