On the Anvil, A Series of Thoughts
“…And you will see life in my eyes…
And life will look back at you and hope to see the same.”
One of the most frustrating thing in the world: dealing with an elderly person who continually refuses to do what is good for them. Such a mix of feelings- impatience, anger, frustration, sadness… Norma is a good woman, but man… she puts me and her own body through Hell sometimes. Prayer would be appreciated.
Another trust situation. Several times this week I’ve felt as if God was trying to get me to give things up to Him. Most times I did. None of the times were easy and there absolutely was kickback. Kickback that says, “I told you so. Should have taken the easier way.” And then time brings understanding of the situation and I find myself better for my inadequacies and resignment.
On another note- experienced much encouragement from spending time with people again this past week. On one particular evening, I found in my midst a fresh set of eyes, a mind awake and a heart that seems to follow suit- it was wonderful and humbling to encounter. Refreshing, to say the least…
Today I also was blessed by an opportunity to spend time with a great couple. I was encouraged by their hearts and stories, particularly that of how their lives had intersected. And of course, one happens to be Jim Wallis’ nephew. Crazy…
I really shouldn’t even get into specifics. I’ve been very fortunate with the people that I’ve encountered in my life. That’s absolutely been true of Spring Arbor.
In my head:
“Fallen man has an exasperating genius whose chief contradiction is to be seen in his ability to change his environment without changing himself.”
-Paul S. Rees, Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution
Something I’ve been thinking about lately: how John 15:13, 1 John 3:16 and some of Paul’s writings (specifically those on marriage found in places like 1 Corinthians 7:8) may come to be viewed by Christians in the future especially in light of writings such as Garret Hardin’s Lifeboat Ethics article and this: http://www.academia.edu/741320/Recovering_the_Christian_Practice_of_Dying_A_Response_to_Stanley_Hauerwas_Finite_Care_in_a_World_of_Infinite_Need_Galley_Proof_. (By no means is Hardin writing from the same perspective of Cramer, Hauerwas or Yoder, but their words seem to elicit similar thought-processes and responses, in my mind at least.)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NIV)
Lastly, thanks much Mom, Dad and Tash for the picture, quinoa, Bolivian tea and Brazilian chocolate! Always fantastic 🙂
Onwards and upwards,