Instant Recall

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Day’s Verses:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Matt. 11:28-29

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Ps. 147:3

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We saw Lost in Translation tonight. Random association words: melancholy, visceral, emotional, lonely, sorrowful, aching, crazy. The movie told the story of an aging actor who encounters a young married woman, both staying in Tokyo for different reasons. They both cannot sleep, so keep encountering each other in a bar – or at a swimming pool – all over. There are scenes and scenes of the woman, Charlotte, wandering across Japan, through streets, arcades, gardens, all by herself. Her husband is off taking pictures of famous people. She and the actor then wander through Japan together, having all sorts of strange, non-American encounters. They did a good job, the young actress and he: none of this Sean Connery/Catherine Zeta-Jones business; it’s two lonely souls seeking company. The movie struck me mostly as soundtrack, or at least that’s what will remain with me. It resounded well, possibly because there was so little dialogue that it had to evoke feelings from the viewers without any astounding verbal repartee. Many scenes, you just felt the irony – watching an American movie with Japanese voice overs, seeing the actor’s face, hearing the music – or whatever emotion they wanted to convey. Continue Reading >>

What need of many words?

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Day’s Verse:

“Your light will break forth like the dawn… your recovery will speedily spring forth.”

Is. 58:8

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Title credits to Wordsworth’s Prelude, Book 1; if only he’d followed his own advice… (link is to a severly abridged version)

Today I listened to a sermon on fasting, but most of it slid right by me. The idea of giving up food to focus on God – I know it means something to many people, but how should an anorexic-minded persoon fast? If giving up food is a pleasure in an of itself, not a means of focusing your mind on God, that defeats the purpose. Although, in fact, fasting doesn’t just mean food; really the goal is to give up a practice that separates you from God. Fasting is seeking God through disciplining the body and thus submitting the spirit to God’s will. I think that the real idea isn’t focused on food, though food is a prevalent thing that controlls people. It controls anorexics, too, because that’s all you can think about – NOT eating it. It’s impossible to focus on God when you cannot stop thinking of a certain topic. I’m not sure how somebody like me would fast: maybe give up the computer for a day, because it’s not necessary every single day and I know it’s a distraction. Continue Reading >>