Even these may forget, but I will not forget you...

(Tim, w/thanks to Cindy P.) Foundational to understanding our world including the Evangelical parachurch culture is a close reading of Ibsen's "A Doll's House." For a real-world example of Nora in our own time, cry your way through this one. But then call to mind our Heavenly Father's tender promise:

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, And the Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. (Isaiah 49:14,15)

 

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Now shall my inwards joys arise,
And burst into a Song;
Almighty Love inspires my Heart,
And Pleasure tunes my Tongue.

God on his thirsty Sion-Hill
Some Mercy-Drops has thrown,
And solemn Oaths have bound his Love
To show'r Salvation down.

Why do we then indulge our Fears,
Suspicions and Complaints?
Is he a God, and shall his Grace
Grow weary of his saints?

Can a kind Woman e'er forget
The Infant of her Womb,
And 'mongst a thousand tender Thoughts
Her Suckling have no Room?

Yet, saith the Lord, should Nature change,
And Mothers Monsters prove,
Sion still dwells upon the Heart
Of everlasting Love.

Deep on the Palms of both my Hands
I have engrav'd her Name;
My Hands shal raise her ruin'd Walls,
And build her broken Frame.

-Isaac Watts

Ahhh. Any good music for this--I want to SING it.

Love,

Funny you should ask! That is how I was introduced to these words. I don't know if you guys know anything about shape-note singing, but this lyric is #178 in the Sacred Harp, to the William Billings tune "Africa", and is one of the most-loved and most sung tunes in the book. From reading your posts on worship, I think this type of singing is something you would appreciate. Here is the wikipedia page with the music:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa_%28William_Billings%29

and here's a clip of it being sung-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2teVaGiUdMM&feature=related

I especially like to sing the third verse, one of the truest teachings anyone needs on most days!

Joel Chernoff back in the early 1970s with his group Lamb had a very evocative rendition of Isaiah 49:15-16, titled HA-TISH-KACH

Can't seem to find it on Y.T., but you can buy The Lamb Trilogy on Amazon and get it that way.

Thanks for bringing back that powerful memory.

I keep thinking about how utterly self-focused this woman is. She didn't really forget her children, but she did try to recast them as her "friends".

Those interested in shape note singing can also sample such on the Cold Mountain soundtrack which also has lots of other wonderful music.

For some reason, this strikes me as something I would be more likely to find on The Onion than on real news

-Jim

I'm still trying to figure out what she means by "a normal 20 year old". sad stuff. and that's just one consciously-abandoning-my-children-for-no-good-reason person out of how many others? I just read A Doll's House this past week (not the greatest writing in the world, but maybe it was the translation) and found it rather fantastic that Nora went from 0 to 60 within just a few lines of script. But maybe that is the lesson in all of this--our hearts are desperately wicked, who can know them?

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