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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – July 20, 2023

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – July 20, 2023

Internally Conflicted Characters

By Jodie Montgomery

Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; He withholds no good thing from those who walk with integrity.”

As I travel, I think about the historic figures in the lands I am exploring. I think about the human condition. I find that most characters are not clearly defined, we tend to be conflicted. Our responses to hardships do indicate our values. Traveling Scotland, you are reminded of Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, King Edward I of England, William Wallace, and young Queen Margaret. You also see evidence of the current royal family, particularly remaining flags and banners from King Charles recent coronation. We toured the luxurious former royal family yacht, HMY Britannia. The royals still have a place in the culture and this place still polarizes the masses.

Kirby’s devotional quoted “Don Quixote who sings that a knight must “be willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause!”” The power of a cause. Looking at the past, it is hard to discern what was the more worthy cause, a nation not under British rule or a nation protected by British rule. Much blood has been shed, within the royal line and among warring nations, over land and the right to rule.

Scott and I were calling this a bit of a death tour. In castle after castle, we were hearing the tales of family and succession crisis. We were being reminded of diseases that would settle a battle, poverty induced by oppressive leaders, and capital punishment through the ages. Regardless of our station in life, we all face the same ending on the planet, a final breath. What would we give our lives for?

Scott and I decided we needed a break from the study in human complexity. The drama, even historical can overwhelm. Our diversion came in the form of a chocolate lesson. I just smile saying the word “chocolatier”. We spent a few hours learning about chocolate around the world and making our own chocolates. Scott used a kilt chocolate mold, I chose the puppy dog mold representing the local dog hero. My flavors were amazing. It was fun to experience chocolate with some locals and to buy bars that we could keep handy in the next dungeons. Enjoy the blessings while you can…

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