Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Vacation Goals

I am a list-maker. And a goal-achiever. Even on vacation.

So here is the list of "goals" I made (and forgot to post) for my week in Hawaii:

1) Videotape whales breaching.
2) Read four books. (I brought five which might be a little ambitious).
3) Get off the boat when we go on the manta ray night dive.
4) Watch the Vikings win the NFC Championship.
5) Laugh until it hurts so bad that I don't want to laugh anymore.

We're only four days in and some decent progress has already been made. I'll give a full report when I get home.

Right now I need to get to bed because we're getting up earrrrrrrrrrrly for a possible chance to swim with the spinner dolphins. I hope they show up where the locals say they do!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

White Woods

Frost clings to every deviate branch.
Beauty captures my wandering attention.
Purity covers death;
Jesus Christ, my righteousness.
Beauty captures my wandering allegiance.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Grateful For the How

This morning during church, whilst talking about parents loving their children, Pastor John made a comment about the significant difference between "that" and "how." That parents love their children is not a question; however, they are always continuing to learn how to love them. The feeling/theory/idea/sense of it is a given. The practice/action part of it does not always come as naturally. It is something parents are continually learning.

I have never doubted that my parents love me, and I have always been grateful for that deep assurance. However, as Pastor John spoke this morning, my gratitude grew in both depth and richness as I realized not only that my parents love me, but that they love me well. They get both the "that" and the "how."

As I reflected this evening on how they have loved me, I couldn't help but wonder, "Why me? Why have I been given this outrageous blessing?"

The love of my parents and their willingness to learn how to love me is one of the most humbling gifts that God has given me.

I guess I just want them to know that I am grateful for the how.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Lyric of the Week

Goodbyes are never easy

No, goodbyes never tire
Of making me feel guilty
For being dragged through time.

-Heaven Heals by The Normals

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Lyric of the Week

Well as for now I'm gonna hear the saddest songs

And sit alone and wonder
How you're making out
But as for me, I wish that I was anywhere with anyone
Making out.

-Screaming Infidelities by Dashboard Confessional