Sunday, June 28, 2009

I like this photo. There is something harmonious about it to me, even balanced I would say. That is probably due to the suspended cinder block. And something about the way the light catches the rope and how there is green and red and end-of-the-day light. Thanks Kandace for this photo.

I've been reading some Clive Staples lately. There was an old edition of "mere christianity" kicking around here and the cover had an almost cartoon-ish scene of baby Jesus in a manger with a cow and ass looking at him. I liked it. But it tore off. I like the book better cover-less. I don't know why, it seems naked to me and perhaps that's appropriate as I am thoroughly enjoying the very excellent content inside. it is a good and honest look at christianity.

often in moments of stillness, which in and of themselves do not occur often enough, i recognize discrepancies in my life. the one that comes to mind at this moment is that i can be very hard on people and circumstances and wave some standard of.... i don't know what nor whose standard it is, but it is there... and i wave it around with little to no compassion in me. and then, sometimes, a gentler person is around me and reminds me of an alternative perspective. which is one that i knew of. which is one that i can see the basis of and validity to. which is the perspective that i should, in fact, hold instead of the standard i am waving.

and so, development is needed.

this is not really a thought process particulary triggered by anything from this day. well, maybe there was. or of recent days. Clive Staples is really and truly a fantastic creator of words. He is a master of language if I ever read one. I am thankful that we are privileged to have him as an English author and therefore do not lose any nuance in translation.

i look forward to meeting the man in the heavenlies one day, but here on earth at this time i perceive him to have been one of humble nature. he probably started as one of pride, like the most of us do, and along the way got broken down, learned surrender and was transformed into a man of humility. it comes through strongly in his writing. he easily speaks of how his previously defiant views of christianity were wrong and he addresses the errors that he held. that takes some good humility to do that.

i am sure he wrote this from his own experience and it makes such fantastically simple logic to me that i must share it with you:

we all want progress. but progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. and if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. if you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.

Friday, June 12, 2009

“For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.” - Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

I have the opportunity to represent GSO at a church in St. Catharine's this upcoming Sunday night. To represent GSO is not just to talk about Guatemala but it means... Sharing. Witnessing. Bringing some Jesus Word. Encouraging the body. Stirring up some faith.

As such, I find myself acting as preacher-girl today as i sit up in my kitty-corner and work on a "sermon" of sorts. WHat?????

And I thought to myself, I should be a preacher. Not because I do or do not have any particular propensity towards preaching, but because I'm just sitting here reading God's word, checking up some Greek, perusing through some commentaries and LEARNING! Hallelu-jah!

So, I will fine-tune my thoughts on this one particular aspect of this petite sermonette so as to clarify and prepare for Sunday.

“For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.” - Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

Just now in reading a bit through Romans I have had a new take on verses such as, "But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace."


Sorry. this is an unfinished post. and the event has come and gone. it went well. so i will leave the post unfinished.

we went canoeing one day. it was a while ago now. i like this photo.