Lord and Savior (Prayer Devotional for the week of September 28, 2014)

Two of my kids are rehearsing for a Shakespeare play this fall, and understanding the dialogue can be as tricky as reading the King James Version of the Bible. Oftentimes when a subordinate is addressing his superior in Old English, he uses the phrase, “My lord …” I started thinking about how many lords (with a lowercase L) we can have in our lives.

Other people can be our lord, when we defer to their influence. Money can certainly become our lord, if we let it. Likewise, ambition and greed can be lord of our lives. We can be lord over others when we wield authority in a way that makes people feel subservient to us.

But what of Jesus? He doesn’t want to be the lowercase-lord of our lives; he wants us to acknowledge him as Lord with a capital L. Jesus is the only one worthy of being called Lord, as his disciple cried out in John 21:7 and Peter reiterated in Acts 10:36. When we confess Jesus as Lord, we are offering him authority over our lives – not because he demands it of us like a feudal lord over his fiefdom, but because we willingly give up control out of loving submission to him.

Jesus also came to be our Savior – again, with a capital S. We can think of countless saviors (with a lowercase S) in our lives. When I was just a toddler, my mom was my savior when she dislodged a Maple Nut Goodie from the back of my throat as I was choking. I could have died, and she saved me. A parent’s love is sacrificial: she would lay down her life for her kids. A parent’s love is authoritative: there was a time when she could dictate my comings and goings. A parent’s love endures: her love for me is unconditional.

A parent’s love is safe: she would do everything in her power to protect me. And yet, even she can’t save me from myself. As deep and abiding as my mom’s love is toward me, she cannot be my Savior. Only Jesus can be my capital-S Savior because of his perfect sacrifice.

Who do you say Jesus is? Have you accepted him as Lord and Savior of your life?

Cometh to the Dark Side (A review of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, by Ian Doescher)

I have been remiss in posting this review (though as far as excuses go, I have been a wee bit busy finishing my dissertation). 😉 For the past four years that I have been working toward this degree, I have given myself literary rewards as incentive to keep myself on track with my studies. Leisure time is hard to come by while balancing grad school with a full-time job and parenting, much less any semblance of a social life. I love to read, so allowing myself time to read a novel – or anything other than a textbook, really – is a treat when I reach certain goals along the way.

That said, I was given the opportunity to review Ian Doescher’s book, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, and I couldn’t resist. It is positively hysterical. The storyline is easy to follow if you are familiar with the Star Wars saga at all, and the Shakespearean tone is a hoot.

Format-wise, the book is written like one of Shakespeare’s plays, complete with character notations, dialogue, stage directions and scene descriptions. My favorite character in the book is R2-D2, because although he only speaks in bleeps and bloops in the dialogue, Doescher has taken poetic license to provide some insight into R2-D2’s thoughts in the narrative. Sweet little heroic droid!

If you are a fan of Shakespeare, a fan of Star Wars or interested in dabbling in either, this book is a fun place to begin!

Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of the book but received no other compensation for this review.