Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Isn't this an amazing verse? I've started my new Bible reading plan for the year and began yesterday with Genesis 1:1. I like that the Bible starts with "In the beginning." Such a great story is to follow those words. And of course, to think about the whole idea of the heavens and the earth being created is mind boggling and awe inspiring. How does one create the earth?
Thursday, December 18, 2008
As I sit here in my toasty (72 degree) apartment and look forward to watching the snow fall in front of a nearby floodlight, I remember again how privileged I am. I never worry about heating my house or feeding my children or having clean water. When a gas line breaks, a dozen men are dispatched to fix it and I barely even have to deal with a twinge of worry. My life is so different than that of many millions of men, women, and children this Christmas season. To have a house as warm as I want it, to have an endless supply of clean and hot water, to have food for my children. Compared to most of the world, and most people in human history, I live a very strange and privileged life.
You may be like me, living this strange, sheltered life where the fears, so common to most people, never even cross our mind. You may be like me, and when you pray "Give us this day our daily bread," you spiritualize it, rather than thinking about real bread. You may be like me and be surrounded by strange people who think this kind of life is normal. Maybe not. Whatever the case, I am reminded today that I should be more grateful, and more humble. I am reminded of the single moms who don't know how they will pay their gas bill and buy Christmas presents this year. I am reminded of the dad who was already two months behind on his mortgage and just got layed off. And looking a little further, I am reminded of the child whose parents aren't there to protect her, and of the mom who cannot find clean water, let alone hot water. I am reminded of all this, and I want to be different. I don't want the comfortable illusion of American wealth to make me think I can protect and provide for myself. I don't want to forget God. I want to pray dependent prayers and show my girls what it means to live by faith in a God who is near to us and cares for His people. I want to be a man who cares, who remembers, and who gives. I want to be a dad who sacrifices, not only for my wife and children, but also for someone elses's children. I know this is all hard to do. Jesus said something about it being difficult for rich people (I suppose that even applies to rich people who don't seem too rich in a wealthy place like America).
I am reminded tonight that being privileged doesn't always equal being blessed. I suppose that is part of why Jesus said "it is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We hosted a little shower here last night for a friend. It was fun and all I had to do was get the apt ready and make this fancy snowman. (Idea from Chef Pam at Southern).
Little Anna in a sweet Christmasy outfit from Aunt Julie! Isn't she getting long?
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Nannie and Hope spent lots of time at the table doing arts and crafts while mommy rested and daddy worked.
We managed to throw together a decent Thanksgiving dinner with Robin.
Auntie Rah-Rah and the girls.
Thinking hard while sleeping. (Notice her very long fingers - We have high aspirations for her being a piano player)
Mark's favorite things to do: read and hold a daughter.
Cheesy Hope smile on Christmas tree decorating night.
This is how Anna spent Christmas decorating night :)