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March 22, 2018
"I will put my law within them and I will write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they shall be my people." -Jeremiah 31: 33
I started Seminary in 2001, and when I walked in to my first class I saw a sea of laptop computers. Except me. I donned a spiral notebook and a pencil (yea, I know, a troglodyte). I listened for main themes and wrote down occasional notes. Everyone else was tap, tap, tapping every word that was said.
In elementary and middle schools today, cursive writing is becoming non-essential. At the same time, on university campuses like Georgetown University professors don’t allow laptops. Professors are weary of looking out over a sea of laptops with student’s faces aglow from who knows what. Taking notes? Ordering sneakers on Amazon? Students with illegible and unpracticed handwriting struggle to "read their own writing" and write three hour exams on lined exam books.
Humans have been trying to codify and record verbal communication for centuries. The Ten Commandments were put on tablets. But 3000 or so years ago, Jeremiah told God’s people the law would be "written on their hearts." Engraved there. As we enter Holy Week, let us open our hearts to feel the familiar touch of God’s love, tracing that precious story to us. Again. And again.