Monday, May 25, 2009

What Women Want

"God directed Adam's steps so that when He created Eve, Adam would have the utmost appreciation, respect, and gratitude. I think that was smart of God because today, no that there are women all around and a guy can go on the Internet and see them naked anytime he wants, the whole species has been devalued. If I were a girl today in America, I would be a feminist for sure. I read recently when one out of every four women, by the time they reach thirty, are sexually harassed, molested, or raped. And then I thought how very beautiful it was that God made Adam work for so long because there is no way, after a hundred years of being alone, that you would take advantage of a woman once you met one. She would be the most precious creation in all the world, and you would probably wake up every morning and look at her and wonder at her beauty, or the gentle, silent way she sleeps. It stands to reason if Byron, Keats, and Shelley made beauty from reflecting on their muses, having grown up around women all their lives, that even these sonnets could not capture the sensation Adam must have felt when he opened his eyes to find Eve.... I'll bet Adam felt loved by God, like he was somebody God was always trying to bless and surprise with amazing experiences, and I'll be they talked together about how beautiful Eve was and how wonderful it was that the two of them could know her, and I would imagine that Eve fel safe, loved, and not used or gawked at, but appreciated and admired." 

- Donald Miller in Searching For God Knows What 


One of those moods

I'm gonna miss you
I'm gonna miss you
When you're gone
She says, I love you
I'm gonna miss you
And your songs

And I said, please
Don't talk about the end
Don't talk about how 
Every living thing goes away
And she said, Friend...

All along I thought 
I was learning how to take
How to bend not how to break
How to live not how to cry
But really,
I've been learning how to die
I've been learning how to die

Hey everyone
I've got nowhere to go
The grave is lazing me
He takes our body slow

And I said, please
Don't talk about the end
Don't talk about how
Every living thing goes away
I said, Friend

All along I thought
I was learning how to take
How to bend not how to break
How to live not how to cry
But really, 
I've been learning how to die. 
-Jon Foreman

I'm so tired of the trappings of this world. I'm tired of people using each other to get their fix--whatever that may be.

I guess sometimes I just feel it so painfully... this world is not my home. 

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." - Phillippians 1:21 


Thursday, May 14, 2009

They are weak, but He is strong

Sometimes I wonder if this is how God sees us. 
Because I'm willing to bet we all feel this way sometimes. 

:) 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Franciscan Benediction

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.

May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Craft

It's amazing to me sometimes how much I write and then how little of my work I actually like.

Grundlemumph

Saturday, May 2, 2009



Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers and relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. " - Luke 14:12-14

Jesus said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." - Luke 18: 22

Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? - James 2:5



"Ask the poor, they'll tell you who the Christians are." - Gandhi