Singing in the Rain – Literally

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Day’s Verse:

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and servant of all.” He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Mark 9:35 – 37

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It rained yesterday, all day. I drove to the U District to visit Lisa; we walked around the UW campus in the rain and my polar fleece soaked it all up. Somehow I remained fairly dry underneath, though my hair and glasses soon dripped. She showed me UCU where she lives (think: barely restrained chaos) and we enjoyed chili and cheesy biscuits, both lukewarm. Back at home I discovered that our mini RC Rovers had arrived from ThinkGeek much sooner than we anticipated. To my dismay I also discovered that the batteries for each vehicle – two lithiums each – cost $15 and had a total running life of 100 minutes. Paying $30 every 100 minutes to play with these neat gadgets seems rather steep, so if anybody knows of a good place to get rechargeable batteries… However, we had a blast playing lazer tag with them and generally driving around making lots of noise. Continue Reading >>

Falling

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Day’s Verse:

We walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Cor. 5:7

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The problem is that we think too much and obey too little. My Grandpa Koskovich can make his way around LA by himself despite the fact he lost his sight 30 years ago; he recognizes smells and sounds, but sometimes he trips over kerbs. Walking arm-in-arm with my mother, he knows that she will guide him safely. With me, he trusts less because I walk him into poles on accident sometimes. I wonder if we are spiritually that way: without Christ as our guide, we make our ways the best we can, by smell and touch and intuition, but sometimes a kerb will jump out to take us to our knees. The best cane in the world cannot replace a sighted guide like my mother who verbally and physically picks the clearest path. A human mentor plays my role by trying hard and usually steering right but sometimes failing because in the end that mentor is human too. The difficulty comes when we have not a solid, in-the-flesh guide through life but must take His existence on faith. People want tangibility, to sense the existence of God; many non-believers point to a lack of quantifiable evidence proving God’s reality. The point is, though, that even without solid proof (though many of us believe that seeing His creation is evidence enough) God does exist and is willing to guide us along His path. Just like Mom walking Grandpa Koskovich down to Safeway safely, so God wants to lead us by faith to His house. And unlike Safeway, you don’t have to pay for doughnuts in God’s house. Continue Reading >>

Brief update:

Instead of wallowing, I looked up volunteer opportunities in the City of Bellevue. Then I called the Teen Services and offered to volunteer there. They will call me back. Also, am considering volunteering to follow in my mother’s footsteps and spray-paint reminders around storm-drains in Bellevue. Everybody will take a volunteer, and since we do not need the money I think this would be good.

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I need a group of FOUR PEOPLE to spray-paint storm-drains with me. Would anybody reading this be willing to join me? Continue Reading >>

My Heart’s Lament

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Day’s Verse:

What advantage does man have in all his work which he does under the sun? A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. Also, the sun rises and the sun sets; and hastening to its place it rises there again. Blowing toward the south, then turning toward the north, the wind continues swirling along; and on its circular courses the wind returns. All rivers flow to the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again. All things are wearisome; man is not able to tell it.

Ecc. 1: 3 – 8

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My Big Fat Greek War

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Day’s Verse:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

James 1:5

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Last night we saw Troy. I would describe it as a bonanza of spurting blood, cool costuming, glistening muscles, fancy sword tricks, neat special effects, and did I mention blood? We all thoroughly enjoyed it, though our mockery of Brad Pitt’s blonde hair and blue eyes (along with a couple of other characters’ un-Greek looks) harrassed Ian to no end. Though rather long, clocking in at 2.5 hours or so, it did not feel lengthy but in a few sections. Thankfully the movie makers decided to avoid the whole ten years of siege and waiting business that Homer includes in the Iliad. The fighting was cool, and overall I would deem Troy a fully entertaining movie watching experience But, as Colleen said, “Do you suppose they should have called it My Big Fat Greek War?” Continue Reading >>

The Importance of Information is Directly Proportional to its Improbability.

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Day’s Verse:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

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While you think on that, also consider all the possible meanings of “silent as the grave”.

Picture of the Day: taken at Nana and Grandpa’s 50th Anniversary bash, I found the silverware more alluring than any of the human subjects.

Countdown:

2 days

– KF –