In All The Wrong Places
In North Africa, around 354 A.D., a baby boy was born to a Christian mother and a pagan father. As the boy grew into a young man he found trouble and mischief at every turn. When he turned 16 years old, he traveled to Carthage, which was a Roman territory. There he studied rhetoric and debate. While studying in Carthage, this young man sought fulfillment in his life. We might say he was looking for love in all the wrong places.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 – [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Great saints of God have beautifully, if feebly, attempted to capture the height and depth and weight of such a majestic verse as this. In his Confessions, Augustine wrote, “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” Pascal’s oft-quoted idea that people have a God-shaped vacuum in their hearts only God can fill strikes a similar note.
I am experimenting with a new personal blog. It's called, A Far Green Country, and you can check it out by clicking here. I'm going to work on posting more often here at Ailbe, so much of what I write for my new blog will end up here. But there may be some things you will want to check out there. My ministry resources can still be found at DaleTedder.com. My new blog is an effort at developing a more consistent and faithful writing discipline. I'm grateful to our brother, TM Moore, for allowing us to stretch our wings and leave our comfort zones with our writing.
For those of you who may be Lord of the Ring nerds, like me, I hope you enjoy this offering.