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Spring of Life -
There is a wonderful restaurant on the Big Sur coast in California called
"Nepenthe." One can dine while looking at one of the most beautiful places
on earth. The view of the crashing sea upon the California coastline causes
one to momentarily forget any of life's pressing problems, thus the name of
the restaurant "Nepenthe." In Homer's Odyssey nepenthe was the name of a
drug used as a remedy for grief. The word has come to mean something that
induces forgetfulness of sorrow.
Nepenthe would be a good name for the Gospels. The story of our Jesus and
His sacrifice for us that we might shed our guilt and enter an eternal
relationship of peace and assurance that the pain of this life is temporary is
the ultimate nepenthe. Jesus said, "Come unto me all you who are heavy
laden and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 He said, "I came so they can
have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of."
I am often amazed at religious people that want to force their views and ideas
on others. Does it not make sense that if something is wonderful and brings
quality to life people would want it? One does not have to force a child to
eat candy. One should not have to overwhelm another with their religion. If
we have something so grand that it provides a nepenthe we would never ever
have to pressure anyone to come. Oh that we would so live that Jesus would
be attractive to others because they have known us.
Roger Bothwell and my address is email@example.com
or 151 Old Farm Rd. Leominster, MA 01453. Thank you for your
support of our faith ministry.
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