People know that I like to visit churches and this week I was asked how it feels to encounter a new group of strangers.
They are not strangers. They are my family who have not met me. My bond with them is stronger than flesh and blood.
"While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that
This is the youngest I'm ever going to get.
There is a season to every purpose. I've been through the gathering. Now is the season of detachment. I'm a loser. I lost my hair a long time ago and that was more of a joy than a pain. The insidious loss of sight and hearing are more shackles to this earth being loosed.
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." (1Jn 2:16 KJVR)
We've orchestrated our religious needs into formal structures. We have solidified the rituals in tablets of stone.
We have pledged allegiance to the place :
"Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. (22) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (23) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and i
There are many forms of sadness. It may be that one form can only be removed by seeing the joys in children.
I am very, very disturbeb by the deaths and destruction of 9/11. All catastrophes hurt me but this human-made defilement of life and achievement is on the level of what are called 'final solutions.' Some of these tragedies are enumerated in 'Final Soultions: mass killing and genocide in the twentieth century' by Benjamin A. Valentino. You can read it on Google by clicking this text.
When I was 16 I formulated an economic model that would sustain me for the rest of my life. It included about $40,000 and two house trailers. No debts ... ever. There would be some investment income off the principle. It was a good exercise in math but detached from the reality that four cent stamps would increase in cost. It lacked data about computers and cable TV.
Heisenberg has his 'uncertainty principle' so I came up with one, too (three, four.) It states simply that confident predicti
To me, this is beautiful worship. I can not sing it but I can cry it with tears of grateful joy.
This video gives a good explanation:
I've had many good nights of sleep. My body rested but my mind transversed wonderful experiences only the imagination can provide. I love my dreams. They surpass Disney World.
Pray for me as I pray for you,
I feel like a free man. I make choices. Some are made for me. I am limited to what is offered. I would like to make infallible decisions but that choice has not been given to us.
As I approach that bed in the Old Folks Home there is a much greater awareness of being a victim. I will lay there powerless waiting... The desire to move will fade away. All desires will fade.
I've been graced with this blog for almost two years. Consider how little I have written and published with it. My
The world continues to move through space and time. Volition still beats against the wall of reality. I am sitting at the computer and listening to an audio presentation of Sherlock Holmes. Thankful is certainly my feeling of gratitude for this circumstance.
We have shared the first month and it was filled with experiences; some were painful and many brought joy. Every event had its purpose and place in our lives. May each and every day be blessed with comfort and joy.
We appreciate the water after a long summer of drought. There is a unity in our grateful acceptance of this gift we needed so much. You can see a pleasure in the faces as we meet in the marketplace. It has rained a cozy shower.
This is the Last 24 hours of 2007. It is a time of reflection. All things as we know them do come to an end but many are transformed into a new beginning. We should welcome 2008, not because we are older and wiser, but because it would be the acceptance of the natural order of things. We would be on schedule.