"Your body is the first thing any child of man ever wanted. Therefore dispose yourself to be loved, to be wanted, to be available. Be there for them with a vengeance. Be a gracious, bending woman. Incline your ear, your heart, your hands to them.... To be a Mother is to be the sacrament - the effective symbol - of place. Mothers do not make homes, they are our home." from Bed and Board, Robert Farrar Capon

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christian Vocation - Issues, Etc. Broadcast

This is a great broadcast from Issues, Etc.

Christian Vocation, Part 3: 

Husbands, Wives, Parents & Children – Pastor Peter Bender  


Here's an excerpt to whet your appetite:

"If God couldn't even keep Adam and Eve in line, we should not think that as earthly fathers we are going to you be able to make everybody tow the line and make everybody do what is right in the home and all the children be dutiful, etc.... We can only do what we're given to do in our vocation. [carrying out the duties of our office]  That's a call to live by faith... The conversion of the hearts of our children is going to be up to God, working it when and where He pleases."

It reminds me of how our pastor always says, to comfort a parent whose child is actually shown to be a sinner (shocking, I know!), "Adam and Eve had perfect parents, and look what happened to them."

It is good, encouraging, instructional, comforting - for husbands, wives, and parents. 
Listen to the whole thing, all the way to the end.  You won't be sorry! I promise.
Okay, I don't promise because the Bible says not to, but some of the really good stuff is at the end. :P

(Click on the broadcast title to listen to it.)


  1. Thanks Leah, I will listen to it today...
    God seams to go out of His way to put some pretty interesting stories in the bible about our forefathers and their failures in their vocations...
    But God being a "failure as a parent" (it almost somed sacreligious to say it)can really give us courage to be BOLD sinners and failures!
    Thank you

  2. Thank you Leah. I can testify, anyone who hears this will be glad. What a gift. Brings order to my universe today. I want to hear the whole series now.

  3. I listened and I am encouraged. Thank you.

  4. Thank you. It always encouraging to hear these things.