Welcome to MOTIFS, where I follow cultural and literary images found in the Bible in an attempt to unearth God's meaning in His pattern of usage.


Author Archives: Deb Elkink

INN

          INN The Jolly Sandboys was a small road-side inn of pretty ancient date . . . A mighty fire was blazing on the hearth and roaring up the wide chimney with a cheerful sound . . . It is not very difficult to forget rain and mud by the side […]

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WITCH

          WITCH Round about the cauldron go; In the poison’d entrails throw . . . Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing . . . Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron […]

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HAND

          HAND One summer day years ago, as I was stitching on my Bernina at my kitchen table by the window against the backdrop of the wide prairie sky, my three-year-old son asked me, “Mommy, did God ’chine the clouds?” His words conjured up an image of the Creator working some […]

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FRIEND

          FRIEND Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather, it is one of those things which give value to survival.                             […]

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CUP

          CUP          All friends shall taste the wages of their virtue, and all foes the cup of their deservings.                                                     – Shakespeare, King […]

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SALT

        SALT A year ago I toured the Roman ruins beneath the city of Barcelona, with its 4,000 square metres of tumbledown stone walls delineating homes and businesses—the laundry, the winery, the garum factory. Ancient Romans loved their garum, a sauce made by fermenting fish guts in brine. Salt itself was a crucial […]

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LIGHT

            LIGHT We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father, Light of Light, very God of very God . . . Thus begins the Nicene Creed, a historical statement of […]

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LAMP

 Welcome to my ROLLED SCROLL study, where I follow cultural and literary images found in the Bible in an attempt to unearth God’s meaning in His pattern of usage.         LAMP And then she saw that there was a light ahead of her; not a few inches away where the back of […]

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Clothing (NT)

Welcome to my ROLLED SCROLL study, where I follow cultural and literary images found in the Bible in an attempt to unearth God’s meaning in His pattern of usage.           CLOTHING (NT)  The finest clothing made is a person’s skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.  —Mark Twain, New […]

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Clothing

Welcome to my ROLLED SCROLL study, where I follow cultural and literary images found in the Bible in an attempt to unearth God’s meaning in His pattern of usage.           CLOTHING I spent three muggy summer months in Japan when I was twenty, during which time a generous host family outfitted me […]

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