Well good grief, it's not even noon yet and I've already cried three times today. I dropped my eldest daughter off at Kindergarten, but that wasn't the instigator—at least initially—but I'm sure it underpins everything as the day unfolds.
I'm currently preparing a lecture as an orientation for college freshmen. It is based around the themes of creation, fall, and redemption.
episode #1 - For the creation section, I'm using a clip from 1968 in which the crew of Apollo 8 reads from the creation story in Genesis. Here they are in space, orbiting the moon, watching the earth rise and looking down on a planet that has seen so much strife. Vietnam, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy. It's Christmas Eve, and they bookend a really bad year with a message to everyone on the "good Earth".
episode #2 - For the fall I'm using an audio clip that is part of NPR's This I Believe series. It's a recording of Phan Thi Kim Phuc, known as "the girl in the picture". You've no-doubt seen the image of the children of Vietnam fleeing the napalm attack. Here she is years later talking about forgiveness and faith in Jesus.
episode #3 - So I'm walking across campus to get my mail and I see what I presume to be a mother and daughter walking along. The daughter has the leash to her seeing-eye dog in one hand and a walking stick in the other. Here's a mother guiding and prepping her daughter for her first day of school, in a new place. It takes a lot of faith. Redemption = giving sight to the blind.