Friday, February 29, 2008
that is c.s. lewis on the 'weight of glory'. we ought not to treat any person dismissively, should not take the advantage where we can get it at the cost of someone else - he goes on to say that "our love should be costly" - we spend it on immortal souls. i wonder how my life would look different if i treated others with, as lewis says, "the kind of merriment which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously - no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption". i want to live that kind of life - aware that each moment & every interaction is an encounter that carries significance beyond today...
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
i think there is a boy with a gift, a real gift, this year on american idol. oh, don't look at me like that... i know i'm not the only one who sits on my couch and fast forwards three quarters of the show. curtis and i sit and make our own judgemental comments (feeling entitled, of course, because he's a genuine muscian and i'm a small time vocalist), largely dismissing people out of hand, wondering why they made it this far. but this boy, david, brought silence to our livingroom. a gift, i'm telling you.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
"each person who ever was or is or will be has a song. it isn't a song that anybody else wrote. it has its own melody, it has its own words. very few people get to sing their own song. most of us fear that we cannot do it justice with our voices, or that our words are too foolish or too honest, or too odd. so people live their songs instead."
i love that! and it's my encouragement to you today - live your song! in the immortal words of sesame street, "sing out loud, sing out strong!" :) if you don't sing your song, who will? the world will be worse off for the loss of your melody weaving in with all the rest...
Sunday, February 24, 2008
this book will definitely challenge your perceptions of the church and yourself, causing you to ask tough questions that need honest answers. unfortunately, it was harder to read than i expected. metzger's book is intellectual to the point of reading like a phD dissertation, rather than a book for 'every christian'. i read a lot of books, covering a wide range of intellectual rigor and investment, and this was one of the more difficult to navigate. that being said, the subject matter has long been ignored in the evangelical church and it's about time it saw the light of day. they are the things we do without thinking, the attitudes we hold, many times unacknowledged. this book is the ivy league sister, (if you'll pardon my analogy), of shane claiborne's 'irresistible revolution'. where claiborne's arguments for removing the walls, both literal and figurative, between the races and classes in the church are largely experiential & appeal to the heart, metzger's arguments are founded on history and theology and are clearly directed toward the intellect.
it was fascinating to follow the development of the evangelical movement from it's birth, watching how it unintentionally grew up to be one of the segregated institutions in american society. it's an unbearable tragedy. metzger's call to unity within the broader church, the people who say they love and follow Jesus, is clarion clear, and the last half of the book has many beautiful, concrete things to say about how that is possible. it really did make me want to find ways to bridge gaps, and overcome the cultural (within and without the church) divides between not just myself and other christians, but myself and other people. it's a book i wish senior church leaders everywhere would read - because as a "person in the pew" many of the broader stroke, ideological paradigm changes need to come from the men and women who create the systems of the church...some of which go clearly against the heart of the gospel and the heart of Jesus.
all in all, i absolutley believe the ideas within the pages of this book are something that every christian should be concerned with, and should learn more about. but unless you have a strong intellectual bent, it's not an easy read. but i know you've heard me say it before - worthwhile things are rarely easy.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
lent is pretty much strangling my blog! :) i am trying to be a faithful blogger, but it's tricky! but on the plus side, lent happens in spring, and there are definite signs of spring around here... flowering trees being my current favorite! if only the sun would gather it's strength a wee bit more...
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
also last night, we watched the nbc "original movie event" Knight Rider! oh, how i adored kitt as a girl - i even named my bmx after him. i loved knight rider. even just hearing the theme song made me grin! this 2 hour "event" seemed geared toward being a pilot to a series, so maybe next fall i'll get to relive my childhood an hour a week. truly, it was a little cheesy, a little underwritten (very long commercial breaks), but the car was hot, and at the end, "The Hoff" made a cameo appearance! ha! oh, "micheal", how we loved you in your leather jacket and recklessly curly hair. i wouldn't mind at all adding knight rider to my fall viewing...it's the best kind of old school! :)
Monday, February 18, 2008
it was so warm today - maybe God was listening when i whined (sorry about the whining part, God) about the weather... and in related news, i hear that there's going to be a total lunar eclipse tomorrow this week! i wonder if i have enough energy to stay up and visit it?
Saturday, February 16, 2008
that being said - this is where i grew up. it really is one of the most stunning vista's in all the world. and to hear that they are so aggressively protecting and restoring the environment makes my heart happy.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
"earth's crammed with heaven and
every common bush afire
but only he who sees takes off his shoes...
the rest sit round it and pick
- elizabeth barrett browning
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
some of you who know me, and know my voracious appetite for books, may be wondering why i've not already posted my book review here... but guess what? it's a hard book to read! i am having to go slow, and so it's admittedly taking me a while...but i'm more than half done, and it's worthwhile, so give me a couple more days...
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Last night we saw the 5 blind boys from
Thursday, February 07, 2008
and for lent, i am trying to find some balance in my life, which includes limiting the time i lose to my (glorious) laptop. i can miss whole chunks of time surfing & emailing & blogging! so today was the first day, and i found it strangely peaceful, actually. until the hour came when i could turn my laptop on and indulge in a little of the technological wonder that is my dear aretha. imagine my horror when not only would she not boot, but rather than booting a message came up that said, "operating system not found". OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND!! what!??! how can that be?!?! i had to restart FOUR TIMES before she miraculously booted properly, and i prayed an honest prayer of thanks to God. could you imagine!?! i would not have coped well with that, trust me.
tomorrow we are going with friends to see 'the five blind boys from alabama' & mavis staples - should be so fun! we're going with fabulous people, and i am very much looking forward to a little escape from life.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
- merry songbirds are back
- a cacophony of frogs croaking in the neighborhood creek
- the front porch in a tank top for an hour reading
- hot while i walked the dog
- windows wide open
- fat, pink buds on the flowering trees
- daffodils poking 3 inches up from the dirt
- bluebirds & goldfinches
- driving with the windows down
- loving every minute outside, even the ones from the car to the grocery store.
Monday, February 04, 2008
one day, when kyra was in preschool many years ago, i had an industrious day. she came home and eventually wandered upstairs to play. after about half an hour of being up there by herself, i heard the toilet flush, followed by her soft, thumping footfalls on the landing. her rosy, cherubic face poked around the corner to where she could see me and she said, "mommy? why is the bathroom clean?"
Saturday, February 02, 2008
in other news, not much to report but hardcore being a parent stuff, which is sort of boring, so never mind.
have a lovely weekend! :)