Monday, October 27, 2008

Once-Dark Heart

In folly I called evil good;
I called my blindness blessed sight.
Saw my death and named it life;
I laughed and loved my hopeless plight.

I raced along before the dawn
In famished love of endless night;
Ran in blackness ever thicker,
Fled in terror Thy brilliant light.

‘Till the beams of Thy radiance broke,
My blindness pierced by Thy great might,
My once-dark heart, redeemed to life,
Shall evermore in Thee delight.


There is a savage thirst
Created to be quenched
We drink of the deep sweet spring
Mourn for an ocean not yet seen.
A lonely traveler dreams of Sunday
Takes his rest, then on to Monday
And wanders on in promised hope
For eternal dawn
And shattered dark
The endless sea -
Thy love and mercy
Drowns our thirst
And fills the void left by Monday.

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Today at lunch Mark commented that it isn't a very bright idea for a toddler to attempt to defy and aggravate his only source of love and survival.

It reminded me of myself...we are held always in the grip of a loving and all-powerful, holy God. And, so, babylike, we gripe, moan, complain, rebel, without thinking of the consequences if we actually got our way.

The only difference is that the child should not be expected to know better!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My new soapbox...

Ok, maybe it's because I never took political science, and I spend a lot more time thinking about diapers, arithmetic, and how to pay next months rent than I do about politics....but lately the scorn for third party voters just doesn't make sense to me. People don't vote outside the two-party system, because a third party candidate "can't win". A third party candidate "can't win" because people don't vote for him. But wait, people don't vote for him, because he can't win, because people don't vote for him.

You don't have to be married to a philosopher to figure out that that reasoning is painfully circular. All it would take to break the two-party stranglehold is for people to stop thinking that they can only make a difference if they vote for a republican or a democrat. We don't HAVE to vote for the lesser of two evils. We can vote for good instead. I don't think that is wildly idealistic.

An enormous amount of people don't even vote; so many that it actually takes only about a third of the population to take the election. Which to me, means that if evangelicals were less pragmatic and voted for the BEST (not best-that-is-most-likely-to-win) candidate...we could end up with a President who is really, unequivocally pro-life.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Starting out...

Hi! Well, I have never had a blog before, but a combination of my desire to have an online "scrapbook" that my multitude of beloved, long-distance family and friends can access, and my perennial aggravation with Parenting magazine has finally made it happen! :)