Grand Rapids dignitaries snap ‘literacy selfies’ on World Literacy Day, ask residents to do the same | MLive.com.
According to a variety of news sources, today is World Literacy Day, something we certainly ought to take note of and be grateful for.
I mean by that, first of all, that our readers take stock of their ability to read, being numbered among the literate. Do not take it lightly that you are a person of letters and literature (according to the literal meaning of that word), having the ability to read and write. Such is a great gift and blessing. As a citizen of this land, and especially as a Christian.
But I mean, secondly, that we ought to be grateful that we also live in places where literacy is taken seriously, and where we have people to teach us to be read and write. That begins in the home, with parents, we believe. If that’s where you learned to read, thank your parents today. And are you continuing that legacy by teaching your own children to be readers?!
Yet that influence also extends to the school (the Christian school in particular) and to the community, where places like libraries play a key role. And, we ought not forget the role that the church plays in literacy, even though the emphasis may be on the audible word (preaching and catechism) and on the visible word (sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s supper). In her ministry the church is also teaching her members to be literate, and that is as it ought to be.
And, of course, being literate and serving as both a librarian and a registrar, I am concerned about literacy. I assume that by the time our Seminary students arrive here they are readers and writers; and they will do their share of that in their career here. But certainly part of our calling is to make them the best readers and writers we can. And I know from my limited experience here that this is certainly a goal the professors have in their teaching and training of future ministers of the Word.
But I also hope on this special day calling attention to literacy that you too will take care to become the best reader and writer that you can be, regardless of your calling and occupation. Literacy enables you to grow in life, not just intellectually and perhaps even economically, but especially spiritually, in the grace and knowledge that really counts – knowing God in Jesus Christ through His written Word.
Now, a bit ago I noticed from a local news service (see the above MLive link) that local dignitaries were taking “selfies” on this special day, calling attention to themselves as literate and enjoying something good to read. And they were encouraging Grand Rapids residents to do the same. So…, yes, I did.
Now, I claim to be no Grand Rapidian dignitary, but I did take my own “literacy selfie” – a first, I might add! With my latest issue (Sept./Oct., the 19th anniversary issue!) of Books and Culture: A Christian Review. You don’t have to enjoy the picture. Just know that you too can celebrate your literacy in this way – or another way, such as reading a good book.! And then help someone else who perhaps struggles with literacy to become a better reader and writer. Have a great World Literacy Day! :)