Monthly Archives: January 2009

That’s interesting

Things I post are not showing up.

We’ll try again.

Update

That was interesting.  Things seemed to return to normal after I posted from Live Writer.  Problem seems to be fixed.

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Things learned

Maybe the best thing about ranting on a blog is that, in the responses, one begins to see that the issue that caused the rant is one that raises the passions because it is one that we also struggle with.

If I rant about how others express love so imperfectly, it is because I also am imperfect and I fight against that.

A rant is a bit like shouting at God.  But when we are finished and we begin to listen again, we hear him in new ways, mostly showing us that the rant reflects our own need for his grace.

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I can’t help it

Maybe I should not write a post when I am upset. I think I am most likely to rant.  I need to rant.

I hate protocols and precedents. It seems to me that they kill spontaneity. They squelch a response to God’s spirit moving; calling us to act. They kill love and all the flexibility and responsiveness that a loving relationship needs to grow and flourish as part of God’s great gift of creativity.

Protocols seems to me the way an organization responds. But a community, a family and a living body, when it is forced to adapt to hard and fast rules becomes dysfunctional, I think. So is the church the body, living and responsive, or is it set and hardened within sets of rules?

When we give protocols and policies a higher place than the practice of love we are not practicing the faith Jesus taught us. It was one of his big struggles as he walked among a land full of religious leaders who had forgotten the real meaning of God’s law.

In Matthew 23: 23 and 24 Jesus said, “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!

There, now I feel slightly better.

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Simple pleasures

Taking someone you love a cup of tea and having them look up and thank you.

Temperatures that do not fall below -20C.

Making a grand daughter smile by playing peek-a-boo.

Coffee with God in the morning.

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Getting ready for the big concert

Yesterday it was mentioned at church that there is a big concert coming up this Saturday.  The Saskatoon Youth Orchestra along with a mass choir from this city and some other hanger on groups such as the PA Strings are getting geared up to take over the EA Rawlinson Centre on Saturday.

Three people from the congregation are involved – Fiona who is singing with her school choir, Joanne(violin) and myself(bass).

So, now that it has been announced in church, it will be hard not to show up – which I was strongly tempted to do.  There has been much practicing going on at my house.  I don’t want my fans to be utterly disgusted with me!

The evening should be excellent, aside from my ineptitude at some of the songs.  I’ll be quiet.

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Thinking about theology

Just looking at this blog and thinking…

That I haven’t had any real profound thoughts in a long while.   Not that what follows is in any way close to profound.

Although tonight we had fun discussing Mary and some of the differences between Catholic and Protestant beliefs about her.  And I brought along my great big heavy book of excerpts from Karl Rahner’s writings.  The bit about the immaculate conception was a bit obscure in its discussion  of this but I could understand the part where he states something to the effect that Mary was unique in that from the beginning God willed her to be perfectly obedient so that his plans for our salvation would take place.

But there are times when these deep theological matters really don’t seem to matter.  I doubt we understand the half of it.  How can we.  We look at things after the fact and try to make sense of things that are too big for us to ever understand.  And so we set up barriers to communication between different branches of the church and between people.

I wonder who pleases God more – theologians developing arguments or some poor soul out there handing out a blanket to some unknown street person who knows no theology other than love.

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-35

I just came in from errands.  It looks so nice out there but it is bone chilling cold.

-35 with the wind chill.

Hoping this is the last blast of winter cold.  Come on spring.

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