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Oh, the Utter Disappointment…
December 19, 2009, 9:23 pm
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It has happened to me, and may happen to you to.  You graduate, have dreams that you have spent your WHOLE life collecting and preparing… and then… WHAM.

reality hits.

No, it is not friendly out there, and nobody gives you extra points for being an honor student or being extra charming…

And, something else is introduced, or re-introduced [from a foggy memory, perhaps]…


the Day-to-day, the practical…

NOT, life-changing, enthusiastic, brilliant, or anything else, just


And, it begins to seem as if the big theological truths and discourse you have experienced and grown to cherish,  don’t exactly apply to your daily, MUNDANE life.

Yet, we serve a big God, and a God who is oh, so kind.

A Father who sent his perfect Son to experience just this, the MUNDANE.

And a God who thus infused our most insignificant activities with meaning.

And, so, in a way we are RESCUED from the MUNDANE.

As believers, we are called to call each of our actions/ lack of action with WORSHIP.

Paul shares with us in Colossians that in anything… “word OR deed” that we are to do all in the name of Jesus as an act of thanksgiving and worship.

Luckily, there is an innumerable amount of grace, and we are certainly not expected to immediately have this practice down.

Thus, we will fall down, and be pulled back up, by our most amazing Shepherd, and ask with persistence for our MUNDANE lives to be transformed by the truth of the GOSPEL and infused forever with meaning…


Insert names here…
April 29, 2009, 7:42 pm
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Colossians Prayer

 Lord God, help __________ to pray always for other believers as they give thanks to You (Col 1:3) • Continue to build in __________ strong faith in Christ Jesus and a love for all Your people because of the hope laid up for them in heaven (1:4-5a) • Thank you that the word of truth, the gospel, has come to __________ and is constantly bearing fruit and increasing since the day they heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth (1:5-6) • Help __________ to develop into a reliable and faithful servant of Christ on whom others can depend; help love to grow in __________’s life through the work of Your Spirit (1:7) • I pray for __________ to be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and have a thorough understanding in all areas of life (1:9) • May __________ live a life worthy of You, one that pleases You in every way. May__________ bear fruit in every kind of good work and increase in knowledge of You and Your ways (1:10) • Please strengthen __________ with all Your power, according to Your glorious might, so that they will have great endurance and patience. I pray that __________ will joyfully give thanks to You, Who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of Your people in kingdom of light (1:11-12)

Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate
April 13, 2009, 10:04 pm
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I received a chocolate bar for Easter, and inside this is what I found… My mother is a hopeless romantic…


from Sonnets From the Portuguese: Sonnet 12

Indeed this very love which is my boast, 

And which, when rising up from [chest] to brow, 

Doth crown me with a ruby large enow

To draw men’s eyes and prove the inner cost,–

This love even, all my worth, to the uttermost, 

I should not love withal, unless that thou

Hadst set me an example, shown me how,

When first thine earnest eyes with mine were crossed,

And love called love.  And thus, I cannot speak

Of love even, as a good thing of my own:

thy soul hath snatched up mine all faint and ewak,

And placed it by thee on a golden throne,–

And that I love (O Soul, we must be meek!)

Is by thee only, whom I love alone.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning

April 2, 2009, 4:03 am
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I am going to fight to remember that, although I am currently living in a fog of academia, work, internship… and millions of other things, that the Lord is being good to me in this moment.  I am going to fight to believe that I am being taught invaluable lessons, even though I reach the point daily where I can type a word without dozing off.  And, I am going to pray for understanding of how to balance the temporal, and how I might follow Jesus holistically.

One Late Florida Night
March 30, 2009, 7:31 pm
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I used to think we would change the world

You & I

I would imagine your polite smile

Sweet enough even to caress her out of a corroded misery


Your discipline to lay tarry shingles

One by one, and maneuver a family 

from the wrath of “God’s Mighty Hand”


Your laughter as you paddled out 

to catch the biggest one the Gulf could muster


Your tenderness big enough to dream up conversations with the greats;

Hawthorne, Dickens, T.S. Elliot 


And my heart, so swollen with expectation, that its entire contents were nonsensical.


To think that my self-indulgent notions had already stitched together every solitary detail

and, I could barely hold my breath


But then, I spewed coffee, that wasn’t even hot, all over my new white blouse, after reading your  casual remarks


And so, I lingered there, in that moment,

until the dizzying spiral of the room subsided


And, with the impact of a 2 ton mass,

I understood that my heart must relent.

March 29, 2009, 8:01 pm
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I wish that in the moments we find ourselves in the most profound of pain were not the moments that contained the deepest of inspiration.

Obama\’s Theologian…
March 28, 2009, 2:07 am
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Oh Lord unless you build this house, its builders will have toiled in vain.  Unless you watch over this city in vain the watchman stands on guard.  Look with mercy upon this company of your children that our labors may be crowned by your grace. Help us to be diligent in the disciplines of our calling,and to engage in them in the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom.  Bind us together through our common responsibilities and prevent, by your grace, the friction of sinful purpose from destroying the unity of the body of Christ.  Give us the spirit of forbearance for one another, teaching us to forgive one another, even as you also, in Christ, have forgiven us.  Help us to do the duty which each hour and day demands of us, but grant us grace also to have a vision of the constancy of your will, about the chances and changes of our mortal life.  Let us not be tempted by our tendency to evade the tasks you have given us to do, nor be tempted by our strengths, to estimate ourselves too highly.  Grant that our strength may be made perfect in our weakness and your mercy purify us. 

R Niebuhr