My view from Tanner Creek is an inspirational, editorial, personal opinion blog.
My passion is for every person on the planet to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Reading is the Key
by Rick Blumenberg / @RickBlumenberg
One day that stands
out in my memory is the first time I went to a library. I’m not sure how old I
was, perhaps second or third grade. My parents both loved to read and they not
only made sure we had an education, but passed the love of reading to all their
children. Partly because it was in the days before television we were all avid
readers as soon as we learned.
We had a library in
our home. It wasn’t large as I think of it now, but it was significant for a
family of our economic level. We lived out in the country in Southeast Missouri
and there was a library in nearby Charleston, the county seat. The first time I
remember going to that library I was astounded that so many books were all in
one place and that we could take them home to read for ourselves! To me it was
one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The thing I like best
about books, magazines and newspapers is that with the ability to read one can
literally travel the globe and visit places we could never otherwise go because of time and cost and other such mundane limitations.
It was probably with
this in mind that I wrote the simple poem below. I call it
By Rick Blumenberg
Read my child
And none can make you poor
For reading books
shall be your key
To the strong unyielding door.
With a book and
time to read it
The whole earth you can roam,
And where others
You will be at home.
Read my child
And travel far upon the deep,
Walk abroad on
While others are asleep!
A book shall be
To sail the distant seas
And reading be
your shining wing
To soar upon the breeze.
I'm Rick Blumenberg and that's My View from Tanner Creek.
Bridgman, Michigan, Southwest Michigan, United States
Author of three books:
"The Prayer Support System: A plan to Strengthen the Local Church",
"Let's Get Down to Basics: An Introduction to Christian Living", and
"Standing with the Saints: A History of Yellow Creek Lake Camp/Ministry Center and Congregations of the church of God in Northern Indiana".