Time Is Moving On…

November 3, 2014

Is there anything you’d like to know, about me or I Lift Up My Eyes To The Hills, before our time is up?

One thing I haven’t talked about is the title, which comes from the first line of Psalm 121.

The full line is I lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help. There are two schools of thought regarding this line; one advocates a period (or nothing at all), while the other points out that ‘whence’ is an interrogative word and thus the line requires a question mark… Especially in light of the next line, which is My help cometh from the Lord, maker of Heaven and Earth.

ILUMETTH is really Justinian’s story, and his faith in God’s help makes the title a perfect fit. It took me a while to get there, though — I compiled a list of potential titles, only some of which were deliberately silly.

Through God We Shall Do Valiantly
I Fell In Love And All I Got Were These Lousy Physical Scars
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Rest Of My Life
And Then My Life Got Weird…
Justinian’s Totally Uncool Adventure
I Fell In Love And All I Got Were These Inexplicable And Apparently Holy Items
Unteachable Moments
They Never Mentioned This In School
How To Avoid Getting Eaten By Demons
No Dog-Things Allowed
Caution, My Enemies Bite
All Love Is A Blessing
How’re You Going To Top This?
I Shall Lift Up My Eyes To The Hills

2 Responses to “Time Is Moving On…”

  1. Carolyn says:

    Love how this post started out academic and ended with some silliness! I’m with the question mark crowd, but it’s like any bit of reading, I’m happy to hear others’ interpretations.

    I’m glad you worked in a post about the title since I’ve been wondering about it. I actually thought it was interesting that its acronym is ILUMETTH because every time I saw that I thought of the old English way of saying illuminate, ‘illumineth.’ It seemed a fitting thought for an historical (even if AU) book with the theme of faith.

    I have to say I am a little disappointed I won’t be able to recommend someone read Justinian’s Totally Uncool Adventure. ;)

    Thanks for sharing with us today, Connor, and all the best with ILUMETTH.

  2. CJWright says:

    I’m one of those people who’d put the question mark in parentheses, just to either annoy or appease everyone. Heh.

    Huh, I’d never even thought about about it that way–it does! I just shortened it up because I Lift Up My Eyes To The Hills takes a while to type out.

    So am I, honestly. I also liked “They Never Mentioned This In School”, but since Justinian doesn’t mention it, it wouldn’t have made much sense.

    Thank *you*!

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