Friday, January 4, 2008
Secondly, if you would like to foster contemplative times in your life, I recommend buying a nice coffee maker, a grinder and Costco's Hazelnut Vanilla coffee (it's a huge bag). Make sure your coffee maker has a timer on it so you can wake up to the smell of this sweet nectar diffusing its way through your house. It's the best part of waking up. (Brilliant!)
Now on with life. It's hard to really write about the things that have been going on. The last six months have been so bittersweet I have opted out of writing about any of it. The crazy thing to me is that this dance of joy, sadness, elation, anger, contentment, loss, fear, confidence and questioning; is life. Every single person on earth deals with the emotional roller coaster that it is. Somehow, God is God over all of it, knows what He is doing, and we are supposed to deal with the happenings of life as honestly and lovingly as we know how to. Every day I am excited about the life that God has given me, to marry Dayna and dream dreams with her. I am still learning to balance the joy of expectation with the reality of loss and suffering. I think about Nate every day and miss him. I ache for Rosanna and the rest of the Toews. I'm challenged to live life every day without regrets, yet often fall into apathy. I think about the tension between having so much materially, caring about things which are pointless in the end, and seeing others who live well with so little. All in all, at this point all I can say is that God is God, and I need alot of His grace to dance the dance of life. I think through it all my idea of what is important in life is being constantly refined and for that I am thankful. A line from Shane Caliborne's 'the Irresistable Revolution' struck me yesterday as I read:
"There will be many people around you who will tiptoe through life just to arrive at death safely. Dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip or dance, just don't tiptoe".
Take that however you will. So thats it for now, hopefully the next time will be sooner than later...
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Well, you'd think after not posting for about 3 and a half months, I'd have a ton of stuff to write about. And I do, but I don't really want to (write about it). But this you tube clip has given me reason to post again. In fact, it has given me zeal for life again! Thank you, youtube!
I may start posting again in the near future. Thanks for the patience...