How has your summer been? You probably know I love the summer. Personally I wouldn’t mind the hot weather lasting longer. If you have read, or are reading the chronological bible you would know that the summer is the time for readings from the Major and Minor Prophets of the Old Testament. It can take some getting through. Some of the themes are repetitive. There is a lot of focus on the destruction of Jerusalem, the time leading up to it, the reasons for it. There is also a lot of focus on the time after the destruction, and coming to terms with it, including having to live in Babylon for 70 years. There is much judgment in the reading; mostly on Israel.
I went to a Lutheran high school that had day students, weekly boarders and full boarders. It was in a rural area and some students came from quite a distance to go to school there. At one stage our school accepted a number of students from a reform school in Sydney. These were teenagers from troubled homes who had been sent to a school to ‘reform’ them, and that school decided to send some onto us. In getting to know these teenagers more, we soon saw why they had been in reform school. I hope our school was helpful to them. Looking back, I am interested in that use of the word ‘reform’. Near to Marysville, there is the Ohio Reformatory for Women. That is another institution specializing in reform, in reformation.