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Friday, September 9, 2011

William Adolphe Bouguereau - Girl with a Bird, Johann Sebastian Bach - Double Violin Concerto in D minor 2nd movement - Largo, and Amy Carmichael - Hast Thou No Scar?

There are wonderful details in this painting by William Adolphe Bouguereau.  It might be fun to take turns with your children noting different details and see how long you can keep going.  

There is such a delight in the things God has made in nature for us to enjoy.  When we get up close and make a connection as the girl is with the bird it is even more special.  

Johann Sebastian Bach's - Double Violin Concerto in D minor 2nd movement - Largo  is our final piece of Bach's music for now unless one of you has a favorite piece we haven't featured yet.  If someone has a suggestion we will feature it next week, otherwise we'll move on to a new composer. You can listen to today's piece on the following link:

One of my heroes is Amy Carmichael who was a missionary to India and started the Dohnavur Fellowship where she raised many young girls that she rescued from temple prostitution.  The story of her life, A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot is a wonderful biography.   There are also other biographies of her life written for younger children.  I highly recommend that you share her story with your family.  Also any of her devotional writings are worth reading and savoring.  The following is Wikipedia's entry on Amy:   Amy wrote poems for young people that we will feature in coming weeks but I especially like this well-known poem of hers about the suffering that we experience as we follow Christ.


Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land;
I hear them hail thy bright, ascendant star.
Hast thou no scar?

Hast thou no wound?
Yet I was wounded by the archers; spent,
Leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed Me, I swooned.
Hast thou no wound?

No wound? No scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And piercèd are the feet that follow Me.
But thine are whole; can he have followed far
Who hast no wound or scar?

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