Monday, April 30, 2007

The crust of self

"With every morn my life afresh must break
The crust of self, gathered about me fresh;
That thy wind-spirit may rush in and shake
The darkness out of me, and rend the mesh
The spider-devils spin out of the flesh –
Eager to net the soul before it wake,
That it may slumberous lie, and listen to the snake."

--George MacDonald

Just finished reading: Moby Dick

I just finished reading Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I highly recommend it, and enjoyed it thoroughly. I could not put it down.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Just finished reading: The Divine Conspiracy

Just finished reading: The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God by Dallas Willard. I highly recommend it. This book is in a class by itself. Beyond excellent ... extraordinary.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What it's all about

Today I got to share the Gospel with someone who really needed help. It's amazing how much and how often we talk about about Jesus' being our substitute and our need to share that good news with others. This evening I got to walk someone through the Old Testament, and show how the sacrifices all pointed to the perfect sacrifice, Jesus. It was seeds, and God knows what He'll do with them, but we are called to be faithful to that calling, and it is so good to always have it ready, on the tip of our tongues and overflowing in our hearts.

Just finished reading: Mere Christianity

I just finished reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, again. I had read it many years ago but was glad to go back to it. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Precious life

My grandmom is really sick and I've spent a lot of time with her recently. She's in the hospital, and has been for a while.

Last night I just sat by her bed for several hours, holding her hand, stroking her hand, as she was clearly in a lot of pain. Today I was with her again, reading Psalms for quite a while, then just sitting and chatting.

Situations like this remind me again of the preciousness of life, how brief it is, and how much of a privilege it is to be able to share God's love with those around me--especially with those whom I know I'll spend eternity with.

What a sad thing to see such pain, but what a joy to know that someday we'll be together in glory, and to be assured that God works all things together for good.