My culture is one of American idols. By that I mean Americans are prone to having heroes. Just look at the resurgence of the Marvel and DC franchises on the silver screen, and the explosion of comicons and cosplay. (I had to look up what cosplay was—that’s the adult version of what you used to do as a kid by clothes-pinning one of Mom’s towels around your neck and pretending you were Superman.) Continue reading “Starry-eyed”
“Now, if I were in charge…!”
Ever had that thought? ‘Fess up, because who hasn’t. And not just about the government, but the media, the job, or even the church…(c’mon, Someone bigger than me is reading your thoughts.)
It’s been said that absolute authority corrupts absolutely. I’m sure that’s probably true in a human sense and, although I’ve never had absolute authority, I know what I messes I’ve made with the little authority I have had. Continue reading “Stinky feet”
We have what’s called “Third Stage” water treatment in our small town. (I don’t know what stages one and two represent, and possibly would prefer not to.) Suffice it to say that living next to the water treatment plant isn’t a choice area due to the sulfur-like fragrance that wafts in once in a while. (Who likes eating their morning Wheaties when everything smells like rotten eggs?)
Evidently, the water was A LOT worse before we moved here, before the water treatment plant started doing its thing. I’m sure the natives who remembered the old water were grateful.
I tend to shy away from nasty things, except that being a nurse has probably strengthened my olfactory resolve a bit. Nevertheless, given a choice… Continue reading “Meet you at the Dung Gate (bring your own shovel)”
People you want to get in good with when you are new on a job:
(a) they have secret eyes and ears everywhere,
(b) they have keys and access to everything,
(c) they can fix anything, including “red tape”.
I suspect this very sagacious advice has not changed much over the millennia, as I see in this continuing story about Jesus and the wedding at Cana, (see yesterday’s post.) Continue reading “Cheers”
In the mass hysteria that is the superhero-universe phenom, here are a couple of guys that are somewhat overlooked:
Give it time. Hollywood will find a way.
The other kind of hornet is more real in my personal experience as a school nurse, however. One of the custodians in my school building was called to go kill a wasp or two flying around inside the building one the second day of school because there were a couple of kiddos registered as “allergic”. (SOOOooo glad the teachers read my notes to them—thank you and I love you!!)
Clearly, stinging insects have been around doing their thing for a long time: Continue reading “It stings!”
I’m writing this on my patio while eating some leftover pizza (in December!) after a particularly good turn at composting this morning. Based on some reading and good advice from one of my sons-in-law, I am trying the layering technique:
I used my phone for these snapshots, which will probably not wind up on Instagram as that service seems to be for photos of more socially acceptable topics than what I use in my compost layering, thanks to my neighbor’s horse down the street. I even scheduled a time to show up.
Incidentally, while warming up the pizza, I noticed my phone was no longer in my jacket’s pocket. Considering what I had just been working with, this could potentially be mildly unpleasant. So I took Bob’s phone outside to call mine, and I followed the ring tone, (conjuring up images of Jurassic Park 3-The Lost World…)
Yes, there it was, thankfully not Continue reading “Gardener’s Soufflé (in December!)”
(Pssst…In case you missed the first part, you can start from HERE.)
IX. The Prodigal
In horror, Galen climbed the mast as high as he could go.
It quickly slipped beneath the waves. He fought the undertow.
Then as the deadened ship went down, a living orca came
In black and white with fearsome maw. Somehow it seemed quite tame
Though wild and unpredictable, in nature so complete.
As it approached, it lowered first and nudged at Galen’s feet.
By faith, he clambered on its back and held its dorsal fin.
They swam out of the undertow that tried to pull him in.
His deadly ride with power coursed across the northern sea
And bore him toward a place of undisclosed identity.
They travelled on for many days and then for some days more
Until the orca shook him off and pushed him to the shore.
He recognized the rocky coast, the cottage walls in white,
The person gazing back at him with look of stern delight.
He had not seen that wizened face for seven years, at least.
From obligation to return he had not been released.
His misadventures of the past careened within his brain.
He’d seen enough of tragedy to drive some men insane,
And as he kneeled and fought the surf, now sadder, not yet wise,
An undetermined stare betrayed the fire behind his eyes.
The prophet eyed him carefully. “I know where you have been,
To take your vengeance on a beast with help of doubtful men.
There was no time to do this right the first time that you tried,
But you have failed. The Kraken lives, and you have nearly died.
“Despite your humble circumstance and passion long denied,
I see some future benefit. Now here you will abide
To grow in strength and courage and to train your faculties
To trust in unseen help and learn to calm these troubled seas.
“An unclean vessel drew you forth. A better drew you back,
Authentic in its name, supplied to give you what you lack.
I see you have sufficiently been baptized by the sea.
Instead of striking forth alone, you should have come to me.”
The wayward man unsteadily arose to gain his feet,
Reluctantly, respectfully, his former friend to greet.
He stood and wavered, scarce could walk, not knowing what to say,
But there was peace between them both in fading light of day.
He staggered forward as a child, his elder within reach,
And longed to hear the principles that wiser men might teach.
Collapsing in the prophet’s arms, his vision now in doubt,
He managed but the faintest smile then groaned while passing out.
TO BE CONTINUED NEXT THURSDAY!!
One of Bob’s brothers was a army paratrooper out of Fort Bragg. He then went on to get his M.Div. from Fuller in California. So somewhere along the way he was dubbed “the warrior priest”. (We still have a couple of his army jackets—your tax dollars at work…)
Evidently, English is not an easy second language to learn, but Richie mentioned how difficult it was to learn Greek and Hebrew. I can only imagine the hours he spent at a desk pouring over books and notes. It had to be an intentional positioning of his body and mind to make sense of all those squiggly marks!
So I have an increased respect for those who delve into the classic languages, and those who have sacrificed much more than time to bring us the Bible in our own tongue. Through the years, even I have picked up a few words here and there. I have a sweet gold necklace that Bob’s mom brought back to me from a visit to Israel that is my name in Hebrew. (At least, that’s what she was told; for all I know it could say “go home, Yankee pig”, but that’s beside the point.) Years ago, I Continue reading “Harmony, in any language.”
Yea! I met a new blogger! If you haven’t already met him, let me have the pleasure of introducing you to Mr. Rusty Foerger, proprietor of the blogs Curriculum of the Spiritual Life and More Enigma Than Dogma AND the author of this beautiful poem. Personally, how can anyone deny the existence of God with such a thing as poetry (Or art in general, for that matter, thank you Mr. Chesterton.) Enjoy this contemplative “selah” moment.
WHAT YOUR FEET MEAN TO ME
You say I am doing a beautiful thing for you.
It’s just like you to say that.
All I am doing is washing your feet with my tears;
They come from a fractured place –
A place of stain and shame;
Now they flow out to clean your feet.
Thank you for not stepping on me with your feet
Or trampling over me;
Or hurrying past me to the next big thing,
Or merely to a better thing.
Thank you for letting your feet be nailed in place – in my place.
Thank you for not kicking me with your legs
Or jumping past me: the undesirable, the unlovable.
Thank you for not holding me down with your arms
Or holding me back with your grip.
Thank you for not raping me with your body,
Or stripping me with your eyes
Or looking past me with your gaze.
Thank you for not abusing me with your lips
Or spitting on me with your mouth.
Thank you for not thinking the worst of me,
not thinking of me at all.
Thank you for walking up to me with these feet, these beautiful feet:
For holding me – for holding me up with your arms.
Thank you for listening to me
When I babble on
When I pray
When I lament
When I sing,
Thank you for seeing me – for seeing into me.
Thank you for being able to overlook my sin
And for being willing to do that.
Thank you for talking to me,
For speaking such fantastic words:
Words like honey
Words like light
Words like rock
Words like flight
Words that sing
Words that ring.
Thank you for forming them into living sound:
Songs of joy
Hymns of truth
Feelings of comfort
Trumps of exaltation!
Pronouncements of peace
Words of wisdom
Psalms of beauty
Proclamations of release!
Thank you for shaping words into keys
To unlock yet another chain, to take off yet another yoke.
Thank you for thinking of me – the best of me.
For such beautiful thoughts, such loving thoughts –
With such a capacity, as if each star you flung into space
Was another bright idea you put into place.
Thank you for Your imagination – the truth of who I am to You.
No one else could find it in themselves to create this truth –
To the contradiction of overwhelming evidence.
While tears had long emptied into a careless street of users
Now each one poured out like a 1000 years, a 1000 pounds, a 1000 moments of darkness.
Now each tear is precious to me, to remind me or what it means to touch your feet.
You say I am doing a beautiful thing for you.
And it’s just like you to say that.
All I am doing is washing your feet with my tears
that come from a fractured place –
Split open by the spring of Your own relentlessness
And made to worship the One I love!
This is what your feet mean to me.
Copyright: Easter 2004; R.H. Foerger
“And I didn’t even get a thank you note!”
‘Fess up. How many times have you thought that, or some version of it? You let someone cut in line in a traffic jam, and instead of them giving you a polite wave, the guy behind you gives you a not-so-polite one finger salute. That’s what I’m talking about. Just a little appreciation for the sacrifice, if you don’t mind. At least, that’s what mom taught me back in the day.
Here’s another good one—you choose to start this tithing thing to your church, and end up getting a rejection notice from your insurance company about those impacted wisdom teeth you just had removed. Now who you gonna aim your frustration at, hmmm??
And yet, for some wisdom beyond Continue reading “Please and thank you…or not”