Saturday, July 26, 2008

Radical life-change and radical trust

"I taught you out in public and I taught you in your homes, urging Jews and Greeks alike to a radical life-change before God and an equally radical trust in our Master Jesus."

--Acts 20:20-21, The Message

Friday, July 25, 2008

Haydn - Concerto No.2 in D, 3rd movement

Let everything that has breath (and even things that don't) ...

Every time I go to my local grocery store, I go down a certain aisle where they have wine glasses for sale, some in boxes, but some loose ones as well. They are placed right next to each other, and there is a just enough of a slight vibration from a nearby refrigerated section that the wine glasses all clang together just enough to be audible in a quiet chorus of vibrating wine glasses. It sounds like they are all clapping their hands very quietly, as if even they can't keep from praising God.

Healthy meals = healthy performance

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

All shall be well

"Two widely different convictions press more and more upon my mind. One is that the Eternal Vet is even more inexorable and the possible operations even more painful than our severest imaginings can forbode. But the other, that 'all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.'"

--C.S. Lewis

Chanson de l'Adieu by Tosti sung by Placido Domingo



Partir c'est mourir un peu
C'est mourir à ce qu'on aime
On laisse un peu de soi-même
En toute heure et dans tout lieu

C'est toujours le deuil d'un voeu
Le dernier vers d'un poème
Partir c'est mourir un peu
C'est mourir à ce qu'on aime

Et l'on part, et c'est un jeu
Et jusqu'à l'adieu suprême
C'est son âme que l'on s'éme
Que l'on sème en chaque adieu

Partir, c'est mourir un peu
Partir, c'est mourir un peu

To part is to die a little
To die to what we love
One leaves a little of one's self
In every hour and in every place

It is always the mourning of a wish
The last verse of a poem
To part is to die a little
To die to what we love

And one leaves, and it's a game
And until the final farewell
With one's soul one makes
One's mark at each goodbye

To part is to die a little
To part is to die a little

Chopin, Etude op. 10 no. 3

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Variations on the Word Sleep

Variations on the Word Sleep by Margaret Atwood.

Perspective

"Mountains, when in darkness hidden, are as real as in day, and God's love is as true to you now as it was in your brightest moments ... You will yet climb Jacob's ladder with the angels and behold Him who sits at the top of it-your covenant God. You will yet, amidst the splendors of eternity, forget the trials of time or only remember them to bless the God who led you through them and works your lasting good by them. Come, sing in the midst of tribulation. Rejoice even while passing through the furnace. Make the wilderness blossom like the rose! Cause the desert to ring with your exulting joys, for these light afflictions will soon be over, and then, forever with the Lord, your bliss shall never wane."

--C.H. Spurgeon

The Story of a Sign

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008

If bacteria won't touch it

In a presentation I saw tonight, someone brought out a plain McDonald's hamburger on a bun, and fries, which she had bought from McDonald's 8 months ago. They had not become rotten or turned green or anything like that. They looked exactly like when she bought them. Someone else in the room said he had done the same in 2004, and his hamburger and fries were still the same, even after years. The point? If bacteria won't touch it, neither should you.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

If bacteria won't touch it

In a presentation I saw tonight, someone brought out a plain McDonald's hamburger on a bun, and fries, which she had bought from McDonald's 8 months ago. They had not become rotten or turned green or anything like that. They looked exactly like when she bought them. Someone else in the room said he had done the same in 2004, and his hamburger and fries were still the same, even after years. The point? If bacteria won't touch it, neither should you.

Disciplining our disappointments

Tonight I heard someone speak about the concept of disciplining our disappointments so that they do not get the better of us, but instead become launching points for good choices and a better future. As a Christian, I do think that we should be embracing that mentality, given that all our failures were nailed to the Cross, that the Lord has a plan for our good, that He will even turn what has been bad into good, and because we already know that ultimately, everything will turn to glory since we are now children of God. We are blessed to be able to bring the optimism of God to our disappointments.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

To wait open-endedly

"To wait open-endedly is an enormously radical attitude toward life. So is to trust that something will happen to us that is far beyond our imaginings. So, too, is giving up control over our future and letting God define our life, trusting that God moulds us according to God's love and not according to our fear. The spiritual life is a life in which we wait, actively present to the moment, trusting that new things will happen to us, new things that are far beyond our own imagination, fantasy, or prediction. That, indeed, is a very radical stance toward life in a world preoccupied with control."

--Henri J. M. Nouwen

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Everything

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything You gave me.'"

--Erma Bombeck

The Heart of Life by John Mayer