29 June 2006
27 June 2006
24 June 2006
Ironically (to draw in the title of this posting), we are going to a third world country that often has no running water, electricity, etc... and my apartment here in the States has been without power for almost two days... maybe God thought that I needed some extra preparation...
22 June 2006
I have been missing a Memory Key for my computer for a while, and just found it in a pair shorts. And there was much rejoicing! Seriously, I had prayed that I could find it that day...
Also in the category of "Rejoicing Over Finding Lost Memory Keys" I found one in the car wedged between the seat and the seat belt. It was one that I was convinced was gone forever... and I know that I had already looked in that spot... wierd... but literally, I was praising God for this... I needed them both for the trip to Cambodia...
All within two days!
20 June 2006
19 June 2006
Have you ever looked forward to something so much that when it finally gets close to happening, you are a bit scared? That is definitely how I felt the other day. I suppose people who adopt children, or have children, or who get married, or even when people make a major purchase go through similar feelings. I know that God will see me through this, and I am ready to go. Packing is incidental. It will happen. Is my heart ready? Is my mind?
I can only answer that by the encouragement God has given me through the Scriptures lately. "He who saves his life will lose it. He who loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it." God has given me an opportunity to be His hands and feet and hugs and medical attention to those who are in greater need. He is giving me the opportunity to 'lose my life' so that I may find it in Him. Please pray for me as we go. May God bless you all. G
13 June 2006
Hamlet "There is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all. Since no man of aught he leaves, knows aught, what is't to leave betimes? Let be."
Graham's attempted translation: "Nothing happens by accident. Even a sparrow will not fall to earth apart from God's plan, purpse and care. If it happens now, it is not supposed to happen at any other time. If it is not to happen in the future, it will happen now. And if it doesn't happen now, it will eventually happen. All you need is to be ready for it. No man can see into the future to know what he's missing out on, so what's wrong with dying 'early' in life if all is ordained by God? Let it alone."
Thanks my friend...
06 June 2006
- C.S. Lewis, from page 55-56 of "A Grief Observed."
04 June 2006
02 June 2006
Can you ever not recommend C.S. Lewis? I just read "A Grief Observed" again... an amazingly detached title for such a difficult and heart rending topic. I will be posting one of my favorite quotes here soon. If you have never read it, it is a short book in 4 parts chronicling the grief of C.S. Lewis after the death of his wife Joy Davidman. I was again struck by the progression of anger, to acceptance, to renewed faith (or should I say a new type of faith?).
I have read almost all of Connelly's books, including one that he merely edited (weird, I know). "Crime Beat" was the first non-fiction one that I have read, even though he started his career as a reporter. I am still sold on his fiction, I think that I would need to get used to his reporting writings... all that said, maybe he should write a 'true crime' book... might be interesting to see the result... until then, I am looking forward to the next Harry Bosch book (the main character in most of his novels.)