The other night, Daddy read the entry in our Star Wars devotional for Dr. Cornelius Evazan, who doesn't like you either. He's an obscure character in the whole scheme of things, for sure. But for we fanboys who have seen the Star Wars movies more times than you have, Dr. Evazan's lines are permanently stuck in our brains: "He doesn't like you. I don't like you either!"
Anyway, out of nowhere today, Madison pulled her nose up a bit and told me, "He doesn't like you! I don't like you either!"
I couldn't have been more proud. Just to prove to you that I'm not bluffing, here's the entry on Dr. Evazan.
"When you sin, the pay you get is death. But God gives you the gift of eternal life. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done.” Romans 6:23 NIRV
“You just watch yourself. We’re wanted men. I have the death sentence on twelve systems.”
In “A New Hope,” Dr. Cornelius Evazan was doing a bit of bragging at the Mos Eisley cantina. But it didn’t take long for him to discover that he was bragging to the wrong people!
He wanted everyone to know how dangerous a person he was, and how much of a bad guy he really was. Of course it wasn’t something to be proud of at all.
We should know. We had the death sentence on just one system! That’s right, each and every one of us has a death sentence here, and it is all because of sin. Our Bible tells us, “When you sin, the pay you get is death.”
And while that sounds pretty harsh, the very next sentence brings us the good news: “But God gives you the gift of eternal life. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done.”
Jesus endured a death sentence for more than one or even twelve. He took the punishment that all of us deserved, every single person that ever lived and breathed on this planet. Of course, the good news is that he rose again, because something small like a death sentence couldn’t keep him down. And the good news for us is that we can now live with him forever in heaven.
So rejoice! A death mark’s not an easy thing to live with, but because of what Jesus did for us, we don’t have to!
Daddy has been holding on to these lightsaber patterns for a year now, ever since our trip to Star Wars Days at Hollywood Studios. And suddenly they find a use. We knew we'd be doing a series like this some day, so we added the logo for "Kidpak: The Spirit Awakens" to the hilt of the lightsaber, and went to Gainesville Whiteprints here to see if they could make a version for us. They in fact could, and they cut us a pretty good deal - which is why I'm giving the shout-out here. All of our kids at KidPak are going to have paper lightsabers soon enough, whacking each other over the head, which will no doubt be a delight for the parents.
Still with tummy trouble here. Something's up, so a return trip to a doctor might be a good idea in the near future. Until then, there's plenty to do. Madison got home with some fantastic test scores, excelling in spelling, smart with art, and compliant with science. Okay, she's been better than compliant with science, but it was the closest thing I could come to with a rhyme.
We got home, and went to school again. Not really, but it was a return to Monsters University, the game that we just can't seem to get enough of between Madison and Daddy. We were back to Fear Tech too, armed with paintball guns and toilet paper guns too.
Tonight, we read from "James and the Giant Peach" again, and regretfully, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge are no longer with us. That's two dead aunts. The other dead ants are in the kitchen: the theme of the week has been an ongoing battle with ants who have been desperately trying to get in to our house from various angles. We got these little traps that invite the ants in, and then they take food back to their queen, which is in fact not food but poison. I think you probably know the concept. Mommy and Daddy sat there before bed, using our mind powers to force push these ants into those traps. It was like fishing, hoping to get a catch. By morning, we'll see if it worked.
We spent a lot of time tonight talking with Nana and Ba-Ba. Sadly, this time tomorrow, they'll be back home again. It was a short week, and although things were not necessarily better for Nana, they certainly weren't worse. No news is good news, and we have faith that she'll recover soon enough. We'll see them again soon in September, and then beyond that for a return visit to a doctor.
But tonight we shared and talked and sat around with our tea. How everyone loves their tea. Even Madison loves her tea, with two sugars and some cream, thank you. She even tries to get the pinky up in the air when drinking from her cup.
We went to bed tonight happy about our day. Daddy wrote his script for the weekend, and there's going to be another lightsaber battle on stage at KidPak. Also, some dancing Jawas. So it's pretty much going to be an awesome sort of day on Sunday.
So goodnight, and have a safe and happy evening. That is, unless you're an ant.