#13 – I Chronicles 29:11
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and in earth is yours.
Aside from the thrill of listening to Kynzie’s voice as she recites the verses we’re memorizing together, I also love the creativity with which she approaches the task.
Hand motions have been an effective memorization tool for some of our previous verses, but for this one, we needed to try something a little different. The five attributes of God’s magnificence in this verse are similar in their emphasis, so we kept getting a little stumped when trying to design hand motions that signified each one, and we were just having trouble remembering which word went where.
Then, Grammie had a grand idea.
“Let’s use a memorization technique where we attach each of the descriptive words in this verse to a word in a totally different phrase that helps us string them together and remember them easier,” suggested spontaneous-talks-before-she-thinks Grammie. “Like what?” asked sweet-little-curious-impressionable Kynzie. “Well … like this.”
Needless to say, the first thing that popped into my blonde Grammie-head did not lead to my finest spiritual moment in the process thus far. Good pigs get more slop? Really? Was that the best I could do? Why didn’t I think it through a little before I blurted that out – because once it was out, there was no going back. Nope. Absolutely no going back.
Forever in my grandchild’s mind will be etched five of God’s most glorious qualities, strung together in her memory by the phrase:
Good Pigs Get More Slop
Grumpie – lying peacefully over on the other side of the king-sized bed minding his own business on his iPad, looked sideways over the top of his glasses at Grammie. That’s all. He just looked. Didn’t say anything. I know that look. I’ve seen it many other times. You’d think I would learn.
Oh, well. What was done was done. Onward and upward, thought I. Sometimes when one finds oneself knee-deep in a mess (so to speak), there’s nothing else to do but embrace one’s egregious error and move on. So, on we moved.
“Ok, let’s say it together,” squealed Kynzie. (Sorry – this pig analogy knows no bounds.)
“Yours, O Lord, is the Greatness and the Power the Glory and the Majesty and the Splendor, for everything in heaven and in earth is yours.” I Chronicles 29:11
“Grammie, this is my favorite one so far!” Oh, great, thought Grammie, the Boss Hog.
Oh, well. (What is that, like the 5th time I’ve said that already?) After a few snorts and giggles – and some gulping down of the indigestion I began to experience – we settled in for another sweet night of slumber. I thought about asking Grumpie to bring me a swig of Coke from the fridge, but decided, wisely, against that spontaneous suggestion.
It did take me a little while to go to sleep, though. All I could think about was what I will say when the roll is called up yonder and I hear my name called.
I hope God has a Great, Powerful, Glorious, Majestic, Splendid sense of humor.
Encouraging intentional adventure and perhaps a muzzled snout from time to time,
Kynzie in the ring (4 years old) “showing” her uncle’s pig at the county livestock show and sale.
PS: #14 is 2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.
I think we’ll stick to hand motions for this one.