Tuesday, November 23, 2004
"Further up and further in!"
David has reminded me of an important anniversary that slipped my mind this time around the calendar. Yesterday, the 22nd of November was the anniversary of the repose of C.S. Lewis. While all the world was focused on the death of JFK, Clive Staples Lewis slipped quietly into eternity. I wanted to post on this a couple of thoughts.
First, as it is often commented amongst converts to Orthodoxy, Lewis’ own theological leanings prepared many of us for Orthodoxy. Primarily for me was his view that Salvation is in fact Transformation. I began grappling with this concept several years before entering the Church and upon arriving found this one less hurdle to clear (not to mention his view of heaven presented in The Last Battle). This meant quite a lot to me, and I found myself saying, “Thank God for Lewis!”
Second, I’m posting this that we may keep him in our prayers. May God grant him rest amongst all his saints from all the ages, and may his memory be eternal.
I live on the moon; it is mostly made of cheese.
Friday, November 05, 2004
Life seems to be very interesting these days. Lots of things going on in our little world and the world at large.
Bush won the election...
It feels strange to say, but i am relieved. I didn't vote for him and I'm still a little nervous about the next four years, but I can't say that's all on him. Most of this relief stems from one of John Kerry's last minute battle cries, "We're going to do stem cell research!!!" I literally cringed when I heard this on the radio while bouncing down the road in my old truck. That was the final straw and what I had originally perceived as an election that would be interesting no matter who won, turned to "Anybody but Kerry".
"...be realistic...A lawyer--that's no realistic goal for a nigger."
Reading the Autobiography of Malcom X at the moment been more disturbing then I had bargained for. Disturbing in the best possible sense. The book had been on the "To read" list for 3 or 4 years and I regret having waited so long. It is digging down deep inside me and causing some serious self examination and realization of yet more of me that needs healing and transformation. I haven't seen the film, and if you have I would ask that you not allow that as reason to put off reading the book.
Nativity is Coming...
And I don't feel ready. It's like that split second before an hypodermic injection. I know it's good medicine, but it has a tendency to sting at first.
Family, Church, School, and Work...
Will life always be this busy? I am slammed and feel like at every turn another comittment pops up. Ultimately, I'm glad to have a full life, just need a little vacation perhaps...and some time to brew.
Glory to God, we have been getting rain in October! I might add large amounts for any time of the year in California. To put this in perspective, the last time the local mountains had snow this early was back in 1984. Rain makes life just little bit nicer.
What She Said...
Sara wandered out of the bathroom, Basil scurried along in front of her eager to be in on the adventure. "So, honey how should we tell everyone that we're having another baby?"
The Adventure continues and the hills steepen. I'm attempting to keep my hands and arms inside the train.
Your prayers are appreciated.