Notes from Jan

Second Thoughts

April 20, 2016

Jud and I were in NYC, March 2012, so he could attend BioLogos meetings as a board member and enthusiast for the organization.   No longer at Gordon, we enjoyed the freedom of fewer time constraints, taking the train to New York, extending time in the city and escaping his regimen at MGH for a few days.

One day, while Jud attended meetings, I ambled several blocks to the Morgan  Library & Museum. Memorable. ( Note: I wrote about this when it happened but today, second thoughts.)

Yesterday, I came across notes I’d made while exploring their exhibit on animals and birds in literature.  One display quoted Job 12:7 “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee…”   Quotes suggested that animals can be moral teachers such as, sly as a fox, gentle as a lamb or hungry like a wolf.

This Morgan exhibit followed one celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens.  The Museum shop still contained a few reminders, including a postcard with the words and image from a 1987 New Yorker cartoon by J B Handelsman.

Picture Charles Dickens sitting across the desk from an editor reading the manuscript for his 12th novel, A Tale of Two Cities.  Finally, the editor lifts his head and speaks, “I wish you would make up your mind, Mr. Dickens. Was it the best of times or was it the worst  of times? It could scarcely have been both.”

I love that cartoon and remembering times together in NYC and my trek to the Morgan.

But that was yesterday.

This morning I awoke with second thoughts on those familiar words, “It was the best  of times.  It was the worst of times.”

Good Friday!


God’s Lamb.

God’s Love.

Ponder anew.




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  • Reply Shirley Dubeau April 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks Jan,
    Your thoughts led me to think about the phrase “second thoughts” … That phrase, in my mind, is often connected with regrets of past actions but I’m thinking that phrase can be lifted up to include the blessing of remembering and “re-thinking” past thoughts, too!
    Doesn’t it seem that past thoughts work best when they return us to our joy? Which then leads to Re-joicing!

    It’s always great to re-ponder with you!
    Thanks for the reminder!

  • Reply Dale Lefever April 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks Jan,

    Perhaps, all memories are “second thoughts.”

    Compassionate Conservative, Dale

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