Mt. Pulaski is a small town 12 miles south by east of Lincoln, Illinois. Their small school beat our larger school in basketball one year, to our disbelief! Our son Scott once served as a staff member in the Christian church there. A seminary compatriot served as its Senior Minister.
All of which means little, except to let you know the quality-people this writer knew who lived in the place. None of which figures in this blog.
What does is a newspaper story from the Lincoln, Illinois Semi-Weekly Star, February 20, 1920, p. 8. At the time one-story homes built with brick characterized the south part of town. The Germans who lived there found a vast bed of yellow sand at the base of the hill above. They mixed it with concrete to make the mud cementing the bricks.
Those century old homes were systemically replaced in the early 20th century by modern wooden structures. Contractors noticed the great difficulty encountered in separating the bricks from the yellow-sand mortar. It held tenaciously a hundred years later! LCHGS, Roots and Branches, Fall, 2019
Christians need a yellow-sand-faith commitment to Jesus. That won’t let go of him. That sticks to one’s convictions about him, no matter what. That rises to the challenges of obedience to him, however demanding. That gets up and gets going in living for him when we’d rather sit down and sit out a responsibility he calls us to embrace. It’s the kind of faith in the Christ who had an even deeper faith and perfect commitment to his Father’s will.