Emma, by all standards, was a good mother. She raised her children with love, provided
the basics plus some extras, and she raised her children, she thought, to be God-fearing.
That was pretty good for a single mother in the 1970s. But she cried when she talked to
her pastor, "Why have my children all gone astray?"
Emma was a devout Christian woman, a tireless worker in the church, a teacher of
Sunday school, the director of the children's choir, and active in the woman's group.
When she broke down before her pastor, she confessed that none of her three children
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Oscar Wilde penned a powerful story about behaviors and definitions and justice called The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian was a handsome young man, a model of physical beauty and moral virtue. People complimented him on his good graces. Parents pointed to him as an example to their youth. One artist even painted an exquisite portrait of him.
"Have you seen it?" whispered the Barbie doll to her next door neighbour.
The next Barbie doll in line was instantly alert. There were five different Barbie dolls, who lived jumbled together in the toy cupboard but who were so jealous of each other that they rarely spoke. "Seen what?" asked the second Barbie doll, blue eyes darting all round the room.
"The Princess," replied the first Barbie with glee. "Caitlin's done her hair and it looks terrible!"
These verses from Mark's gospel are a call to commitment, a call to sacrifice, and a call to give up everything of earthly value in life. To say these are difficult verses is truly an understatement. It is pretty clear that the disciples are not at all ready for what Jesus is saying. They are not ready for Jesus to die and they certainly are not ready to die themselves.