on the dock of the bay

This is how we spent a chunk of our Memorial Day weekend. Kayaking, boating, bike-riding, walking, swimming, tent-sleeping, laughing, eating, admiring God’s handiwork in the form of copulating Pink Lady Beetles. It was nice.

Thank you, God, for fun and food and family. And for the men and women who sacrifice that we might enjoy all those things and freedom too.

In other news:

1. Thanks for your questions for Pete! I’m going to pick 3 for him to answer (and a few for Mrs. Pete as well!), so stay tuned. But first, go buy the book!

2. If you want to put together a box of fun supplies for the kiddos in the orphanage, let me know! I’ll send you a brochure of their smiling faces, so you can see who you’re buying for.

3. I’m extending the coupon book offer until Monday, June 7. I have 1 order so far. 🙂

So tell me: What was the highlight of your Memorial Day Weekend?

13 thoughts on “on the dock of the bay

  1. Ashley

    Thank you Marla and Jennifer. I agree that our belief in Christ as the Messiah IS what separates us.

    And I wasn’t saying that Jewish and Christian beliefs were completely compatible or interchangeable. I was stating that rather than viewing Kosher laws as punitive, we can respect their deep convictions allowing them to follow these rules and laws every day.

    Just because they don’t believe in Christ as the Savior, doesn’t change my own convictions. Actually, it makes me delve deeper into my beliefs of why I accept Christ.

  2. Jennifer

    I think the purpose of the OT laws, first and foremost, was to show the Israelites that God was holy and that they were not. Every part of their lives had to be lived out very intentionally to keep with the law that they had been given, and yet even so, they were bound to fall short. When Christ came, He illustrated this perfectly by saying that, for example, adultery was wrong (as the OT taught) but that even looking at a woman with lustful thoughts in your mind was adultery. He actually called His followers to a purer standard than the one already created by the law. One that they were already having trouble keeping (as would we)!

    Christ made our depravity even more apparent by explaining and fulfilling the law. Which is why it’s even more incredible that He went to the cross and suffered in our place! When we see what modern Jews do to keep their law (the very law that Christ breathed into existence, lived out, and fulfilled), I think it’s normal to feel some relief that we don’t have to keep the “tedious” parts of the law, but I think it also gives us a great opportunity to see even more clearly how holy He is, how unholy we are, and why we should be flat on our faces praising Jesus that He has made us right. The law was a picture of His holiness and our depravity, and it STILL is, even if we don’t keep kosher, go beyond the city limits when we’re unclean, etc, etc…

    Did that add to the conversation or just confuse it even more? 😀

  3. Marla Taviano

    Hi, Ashley. Thanks for your comment. Bear with me while I try to get all my theological terminology in a row.

    The New Testament tells us that Jesus Christ, God the Son, came to make a new covenant. He, being perfect, took our sins upon himself, as the ultimate sacrifice. So we no longer had to strive to atone for our own sins, like they did under the law.

    Hebrews 8:6-10 says, “But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises. For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another, but God found fault with the people and said, ‘The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers… This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.”

    I’m not sure if that’s the best passage for a clear understanding, but Jesus fulfilled the law. Now, instead of obeying a long list of rules and regulations, we simply accept Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for us, repent of our sins, and we’re forgiven.

    God tells us over and over again in the New Testament that the only way to get to Him is through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior, the Messiah. The Jews don’t believe Jesus was the Messiah; they’re still looking for their Messiah.

    This is where Jews and Christians differ in their faith.

    Does anyone have anything to add?

  4. Jen Griffin

    Love the pictures! Morgan even smiled! 🙂 Looks like a ton of fun for sure!

    We went to the McKanna farm for lunch. The boys loved fishing…even in the rain! We took supper over to Shan’s parents. His mother is down with some back problems and has been home or in bed for weeks now. It was a nice day. I wish Mr. Sun had shown up a bit more!

  5. amber

    You know what I love? That you ain’t sceered to put up pictures of the animal world’s mating rituals.

    CRACK.ME.UP.

    I’m still certain that my daddy doesn’t know that I know what the “S” word is all about (despite the whole 3 kids thing)…so your bravery astounds me. 🙂

  6. Jen Hanson

    My sweet hubby forced me to relaxed on Sunday (which nearly drove me nuts as the apartment was a disaster) and then we got to be productive on Monday! Both days were very good for their own reasons (that is, relaxation and productivity).

  7. Missy June

    Marla – looks like a FUN weekend! I enjoyed time with my parents.

    Regarding the “Plan B” book, I’m halfway through and am loving it. It was given to me several weeks ago when my husband moved out. Certainly a Plan B time in my life.

  8. Ashley

    Marla Fletcher: I actually admire Jewish Kosher rules. I think their belief of their body being “pure” in the state that God created it (by following Kosher rules, avoiding tattoos, etc.) is very admirable. They make sacrifices to honor their God. With Jesus born Jewish, don’t you think our Christ had to abide by strict Jewish law?

    I married into a Jewish family and love witnessing some of their rituals. No, my children will not be raised Jewish. But I’m going to make sure they are well aware of the rich heritage and rituals of their ancestors. Just because our beliefs are different doesn’t make our religion superior over another. That’s why there are clashes in the middle east.. arguing over who has it “right”.

    You also speak of knowing “Our” God. Yes, our Christ is different. But our old testament was formed from Jewish scripture since our God was strictly the Jewish God prior to forming Christ. I would argue that you AND your neighbors are following the same God.

  9. Marla Fletcher

    Well my hubby worked all weekend except Monday but we got to eat with our neighbors who are Jewish and follow the strict Jewish guidelines. They brought their own food b/c of the Kosher rules. They are wonderful people and we love getting to know them and their kids. Just so happy I know of our God and that he just loves me and it’s simple! I just can’t imagine following all the “rules” everyday.

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