Thursday, 5 January 2017

Kathleen Kenyon

Dame of the British Empire 
January 5, 1906 to August 24, 1978



Kathleen was born in England where she grew up the oldest child in a home of where biblical authority and history held equal sway.  Her family home was physically attached British Museum, where her father was the director.

She is referred to as being strong headed, stubborn, and a tomboy.  She won awards for Somerville College Oxford where she was studying archaeology for her skills as a hockey player.  She also became the first female president of the Oxford University Archaeological Society ad graduated from Somerville College in 1929.  

Her first job on archaeology sites was as a photographer, she learned her skills in stratigraphic excavation, the process of  swiping the surface of a site and moving back through history during the summers of 1930-1935 where she worked alongside  Mortimer Wheeler in Zimbabwe.


While actively working dig sites from 1948 to 1962 Kathleen also lectured on archaeology all over the world inspiring men and women in this field.

It was Kathleen's work on the Jericho wall that earned her the title as one of the most influential archaeologist of the 20th century.  

Kathleen meticulous sifted through inch after inch of soil and artifacts painstaking 
moving from modern times all the way to a stone age foundation.  Kathleen came to two conclusion the first was that Jericho is the oldest continuously inhabited community and the second was that the wall of Jericho fell long before the Bible places Joshua at the site.

In 1973 five years before her death Queen Elizabeth II named Kathleen Dame of the British Empire for her work.

Kathleen died from a stroke at age 72, and she was one of the influential archaeologist of the 20th century.

Kathleen Kenyon is a woman of history.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Read more about Kathleen in this articles:
  1. Kathleen Kenyon  Wikipedia 
  2. Kathleen Kenyon and Jericho Bible Odyssey
  3. Kathleen Kenyon: Larger Than Life   Vision

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Monday, 2 January 2017

Grief


There is little personal control over grief. 

It overwhelms without warning, at the most inconvenient times.

It feels like fear and we respond accordingly.

At times we run from grief avoiding it at all costs.

At other times we fight back becoming angry, frustrated, just plain not nice to be around.

While at other time we are frozen in the face of grief, unable to do anything at all.

How grief manifests is unique to both the individual and the situation, it is unpredictable.

People want to offer comfort, food, cards,... to give voice to their response to your grief. 

In turn they expect you to respond with gratitude that they have taken the time to acknowledge your loss.  

How do you do this if fighting or fleeing is your response?

Be mindful of how grief is affecting you, how you are responding to it.

Most importantly when offering comfort be open to the response you receive.  

You have become one of those expected moments when grief has overwhelmed.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Praise the name of the Lord


So loved are we by God that he took on human flesh and walked a human life for 33 years to die a violent a human death.  

He came not as an earthly king, no he walked the path of a servant, seeking nothing for himself desiring only to serve and give relief to suffering.

We serve a God that knows intimately what it means to be human.

I praise the name of my Lord and expectantly seek his face in the world around me.  

I am known to my Lord, he understands my weaknesses, the sins of my heart and loves me all the more for this. 

Love and joy are the gifts that God presents to us moment by moment  if only we see with spirits open to receiving love.

Are you looking for the face of God in the world around you?

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

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