Duke Divinity School professor Amy Laura Hall writes opinionated essays on public school dress codes, police surveillance cameras in the streets, bullies in the workplace and gay pride in Durham, North Carolina. Referencing dead saints as often as live movie stars, she draws on her West Texas childhood as much as her ivy league academic experience. These smart, short pieces are so entertaining, you'll forget she's a Christian Ethicist trying to get you to lead a more thoughtful life.
February 15, 2017 Written by Lillian Daniel"Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers." - Genesis 2:10
I'm fascinated by the river I live next to. Maybe Dubuque's natives are used to it, but the Mississippi River is brand new to me, and each season reveals a new side to its personality.
The winter river has surprised me with its beauty. Without green leaves to distract the eye, the water's grays are darker and its shadows are stronger, especially when set against a sprinkle of snow over ice. In winter, the water gets to take center stage.
I took a photo from outside the River Museum, but added a quote from inside the building, where the walls are decorated with the words of writers through the ages, all trying to describe the indescribable - the river. Heraclitus hit it right for me, about the river and other things: "You can not step into the same river twice." Words, paintings, poetry and certainly the snapshot taken from my phone or this devotional can never describe a river, so why bother?