Saturday, May 17, 2008

Wedding Season

It is the time of year for weddings! Today two young people we've known from church were married.

The bride attended the same college as Rachel, so Rachel got to see a few old college friends too, as well as her childhood friend, Jessica.

The groom is a piano player, so look at his cute cake!

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Today's topic over at ZFT was Be Ye Not Angry, Ever and it has gotten me thinking about the topic.

Anger, like all emotions, is hard to define and harder to control. Further, somehow the effort required to control anger, or other negative emotions, is not evenly distributed among the population--let's face it, some people have a built-in cheery [kind/gentle/caring/etc.] disposition and others, well, don't. It just doesn't seem fair, does it??

Is anger ever justified? I have no problem saying that yes, at times, it is. For instance, if someone hurt one of my children, you'd better believe I'm going to be angry. No, that kind of anger isn't sin. The sin--or not--comes later, after one has opportunity to think thru what actually happened and deal with it--or not.

I personally don't have so much problem with anger, which seems to me to be something more for those who are young and full of energy. I'm getting too old for anger. My problem is more often anger's spinster sister, bitterness. Like a hardened old maid who will never marry, she sees no hope of resolution of what caused the initial anger, and so she becomes bitter.

And yes, I know, the Bible has lots to say about bitterness. :-(

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Earth Groans

All of creation waits with eager longing for God to reveal his children. For creation was condemned to lose its purpose, not of its own will, but because God willed it to be so. Yet there was the hope that creation itself would one day be set free from its slavery to decay and would share the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that up to the present time all of creation groans with pain, like the pain of childbirth. But it is not just creation alone which groans; we who have the Spirit as the first of God's gifts also groan within ourselves as we wait for God to make us his children and set our whole being free.

I really have no idea what this passage from Romans 8 means, but it came to mind today as I heard the news about the big earthquake in China, the bloated bodies floating in the drinking-water river in Burma, and the thunder outside my window.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

There's Nothing that says Happy Mother's Day Burger King!

But, that isn't quite fair! We did go out to eat at Los Lupes last night--trying to beat the restaurant crowds today!