Tomato Plants And Computers
Today I feel apprehensive—more than a little depressed as I sit writing this at seven in the morning.
The day itself is apprehensive. Fog has come “on little cat feet,” in Carl Sandburg’s words. It is unseasonably cold.
My mood is deepened by a letter I have just read. A man I do not know writes, “God says think positive. He made our minds like a computer: negative garbage in, negative garbage out. Positive thinking comes from God, negative thinking comes from Satan. The Christian should always be happy and upbeat.”
I’m not so sure.
In the providence of God (or by coincidence, if you want it that way), my morning reading fell in Psalm 6, where David wrote, “Pity me, Lord, I have no strength left. Heal me; my bones are in torment, my soul is in utter torment. Lord, how long will it be?… I am worn out with groaning; every night I drench my pillow and soak my bed with tears. My eye is wasted with grief.”
Thank you, Lord.
Last night, on a lovely, peaceful evening, I planted some tomato plants. They stood strong in the dimming light.
This morning they are drooping. But they’ll recover, aided by overcast sky and dampness of the day. They will grow until fruit appears.
Thank you for making me like a tomato plant, Lord, not like a computer.
I read with interest but real sadness the article “Should Churches Buy Into the Education Business?” (May 5). Perhaps a more appropriate question would be, “Should Christian parents and the church have disobeyed God by allowing their children to be educated by those who do not acknowledge his position in his universe and in particular the life of the individual?” As Mr. Willimon tackled the many issues with which he dealt, I was sorry to note ...1
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