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God Speaks

I have taken a position in a class that I am in that if God wants to communicate with mankind now or at anytime in the future, it is his prerogative. There is nothing that prevents him from revealing more of himself, I maintain, in newly discovered documents in faraway, hidden deserts or from the sub-basements of old, ancient monasteries.

My premise is that God is omnipotent and autonomous and he can do or allow whatever his providential wisdom believes to be in the best interests of mankind. I maintain that any further revealings would in no way change the redemptive message of Jesus, God’s offering of grace, and the salvation narrative of Scripture as we have it now.

My position has seemingly stirred up quite a hornet’s nest – especially with those who maintain that the canon is complete and that is that for any additions to our modern day English Bible. The position is that God has completed his “written” efforts and anything forward that is revealed will be from existing Scripture with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

I find it interesting that some seemingly think that God’s contextualized revelations (not new revelations) can’t extend beyond that which as been determined to be canonical. While this is all a matter of faith, of course, I have a hard time believing in a God who has somehow painted himself into a corner by virtue of the fact that a canon has set boundaries for what God can and can’t do in the future.

This is not a theological debate as much as it is a philosophical discussion. I also have no proof or logic for my position other than a belief that God can do whatever he wills to do – he is consistent, of course – if it will further extend his grace to mankind.

My God is bigger than the Bible – he is not bound by it.

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Really Random #2

rundom1.  It was suggested to me by a young friend a few weeks ago that I needed to get on with my grief and quit being so down all of the time. There is probably some truth to his suggestion but I also don’t think he understands what this is all about. I had been counseled months ago that well-meaning people would tell me to ‘get over it’. It hadn’t happened to me until very recently and I will admit, I was a bit surprised. Anyway, getting over grief is not how grief works. Rather, one learns how to manage grief. I hope my friend will understand that managing grief is a long and arduous process. I also understand that my friend has probably never experienced loss quite the way that I have. This isn’t a matter of keeping score, of course. Maybe it is more about levels and degrees. Perhaps my young friend has likely never really experienced loss quite to the degree that I have.  I suppose that if one has not experienced loss then one is really not able to understand how difficult managing grief can become. I guess my point is that grief, like happiness and joy, doesn’t start and stop as much as it is something that hovers near the surface much of the time. Unlike happiness and joy, however, we may try to keep grief beat down while attempting to try to live on happy perks all of the time. (This doesn’t work, of course. Life doesn’t work that way.) The decision isn’t whether to grieve or not. Rather, the decision is how one will manage grief along with all of the other emotions that go through a person’s head on any given day. I may not be keeping up to speed with my friend but I am doing the best that I can.

2. Speaking of grief, my friend Rick lost his mom a few evenings ago. This has been a long time coming and it has been difficult to watch. He lost his dad a few years ago. Mom wasn’t doing very well – forgetting, not taking care of herself, getting testy, not ever being too happy with where she was. I know that there is some relief now, of course, but losing someone who has been so much apart of one’s life for so long is never a simple thing. I will grieve with my friend, of course, and try to pace with him. I am sure that we will reminisce about some memorable and good times, as is proper. But I know, too, that when someone leaves, there are holes in our lives that never quite fill up again. I pray for my friend and his family. There will be adjustments and, of course, the sun will rise again tomorrow like it always has. But as we get older, we see more and more casualties of the seasons of life. God be with you, friend Rick.

3. Donna and I were talking this evening. We both agree – and because we know ourselves pretty well – that being alone and single presents a unique challenge in trying to not become lazy. I’ve had people tell me, as Donna’s daughter told her recently, “You are retired. You don’t have to do anything.” Well, it sounds good but it isn’t how things work. Being occupied with something, I think, is as important as the blood coursing through our veins or oxygen pumping in and out of our lungs. Being busy creates awareness and keeps one’s mind functioning. Getting into the habit of not working and sleeping all of the time and being glued to a TV set is probably as bad as mainlining downers. There has actually been much news lately (like this article and this article) about how sitting for extended amounts of time actually is killing us! Anyway, I am dealing and sometimes struggling with balancing movement and being busy with the time that I spend sitting. It’s easy for me to sit and read for hours but I know that too much of this will not end well. It is a valid concern and one that I fully appreciate. No wonder some retirees insist on keeping a second job if not for any other reason than to keep moving and not petrify in place. I get it.

4. Did you see the Antares launch from Wallops Island this past Sun evening? I went outside to see if I could see the lift-off but it was too low on the horizon to the east so I ran back inside and watched a replay of the launch on NASA-TV. Wallops Island is about four hours drive time from here – one has to head up to DC and then back down through Maryland to Virginia’s Eastern Shore. As the crow flies, Wallops is only about 120 miles to the east from where I live but it is directly across the Chesapeake Bay so it is a bit hard to get there directly. When the boys were young, we once took a short vacation to southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore. We visited the visitor’s space center at Wallops. I remember that it was small and quite non-descript but that, of course, was maybe 20 years ago. It is probably very different now that Wallops is an official launch site for Orbital Sciences. Anyway, I do recall that there were some rocketeers in the back of the visitor’s center attempting to launch some model rockets but the day was windy or overcast or something so there weren’t any model rocket launches. Oh well. But we did visit Chincoteague just up the road from Wallops and were able to see the ponies grazing on the shoreline’s sea grasses. They didn’t bother us and we didn’t bother them – kind of like looking at bears or buffalo at Yellowstone National Park. (Zak and Nick – do you remember the go-carts?)

5.  A friend often sends out his playlists. I will provide the same here for his benefit. This is the list of artists that I am listening to right now on iTunes. This is a playlist I created entitled “Midnight City” – M83, Beach House, The National, Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, Animal Collective, The XX, Grizzly Bear, Radiohead, Radical Fire, MGMT, Bibio, St. Vincent, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Shins.

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Really Random #1

rundomIt struck me today that I feel pretty good. Maybe it is the sun, the fruit smoothie I had for breakfast from Kathy’s Vitamix machine, or the nice dinner I had last evening with a friend who is living life to its fullest. I’m not sure what the reason is for being perky this morning but I am thankful and I’m going to hope that I have a few more mornings like this in the future. I’ve known all along that other than the obvious, there is really nothing else to be too worried about. I feel for some other people and wish they weren’t in such turmoil but as for me, I am getting along pretty well. I’ve had two doctors tell me in the last two weeks that everything looks quite good and that I will need to schedule checkups for a year from now – so no real concern in those departments. The government is paying me way too much for not doing anything but I guess those are the perks that come with 38 years of working for those people. I won’t complain.

There are so many projects around the house to tackle. How was I ever thinking that I could get around to all of the home projects when I was working a full time job? There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to work a steady job and to take care of the things that need to be taken care of around the house. Well, by jettisoning the job I am now able to attack the projects at my leisure. Not a bad deal.

I’m getting ready for a trip in another month or so. I need to get the planning going. Speaking of the trip, I received an urgent itinerary change from Princess Cruises last evening. I thought, “Oh no. Now what?” Here is their message: “Please be advised that due to tidal constraints, Island Princess will now depart from Ketchikan on May 25 at 5:30 pm and not 6:00 pm as originally scheduled. The revised itinerary displays in full at the end of this notification.”  What am I going to do? This fouls up the whole trip!

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And if you are really interested, I successfully installed Ubuntu on a Raspberry Pi and on a fit-PC2i. Does that blow your socks off? I thought not. Well, anyway. Unfortunately, the Pi is a bit lightweight so it can’t run Plex Server, which I had hoped it might but wasn’t surprised when it couldn’t. These are two nifty little devices that we used to use for other things more nefarious but now I am simply playing with them and want one of them to be my media server here at the house.

Richard sent me a fascinating link. Check it out. This is the kind of stuff cryptologists and spies like to read about.  Music by the ‘Numbers Stations’ from NPR. Do a search on numbers stations and find a whole boatload of interesting info on what they are – or aren’t. A little background – when we would hand-encrypt or use rotors to encrypt information way back in the Cold War days (I’m geezing here – stop me!) it was often in five letter groups. There’s a clue for you and your numbers stations. I’m thinking of setting up a numbers station here at the house. I will send out Chinese and Italian carry-out menu choices that are available locally, ok? Tune in. All I need is a catchy ditty to play between the number groups.

Baby Isaac Eason is due the end of April. That will be pretty cool. For me, anyway. Not sure about Nick, Laurie, and Lilly. Guess they will adjust – necessarily, so. But it will be fun for me. Laurie told me yesterday that little Isaac is now pointed down and getting ready to bolt. The timing, of course, is all up to him. If he likes his cozy spot then he will linger longer. But, as Laurie said, she hopes that he hears enough fun things outside that maybe he will want to get on with things and show up a bit early. Here’s hoping!

2013-03-27 22.14.33-1Back to the Vitamix. Kathy convinced me that my life would be even more complete with a Vitamix.  I was a skeptic but I broke down and purchased one recently. All I can say is WOW! This thing is fun and it claims to make amazingly good peanut butter. But it makes lots of other things, too. Like a berry, banana, and yogurt smoothie. It’s all I’ve made so far but I have peanuts, bananas, and apples queued up for experimenting maybe today or tomorrow. By the way, the thing is powerful. It makes my lights dim when I turn it up to TEN. (Is there an ELEVEN version?) Well, it doesn’t really make my lights dim but it is pretty powerful sounding. It came with a huge recipe book with all kinds of amazing things in it. The Vitamix even makes hot soups. Yes, hot! It whirs so fast that it can actually make liquids hot. I will try the soup pretty soon. It looks real good.

Did you read The Host by Stephenie Meyer? Yes, I know the whole story about Twilight and vampires and young romance and so on. Ok, are we over that now? So, I read it a few years back when it came out. I think it is a neat premise for a story. And the movie comes out this Fri Mar 29. And yes, I have tickets. We’ll be going to the 10pm showing Fri night. I’m hoping the moms and daughters will have gone home and gone to bed by 10pm. A friend and I are going to the late show. We both have read the book and we both hope that it turns out better than the movie renditions of Twilight and we have been texting back and forth the last few days talking about the story and the main movie trailer and so forth. I guess we are acting like fans. By the way, parts of the film were done near Shiprock in the northwest corner of New Mexico, my old stomping ground.

Bottom line – it is a good day. I am thankful for a good day. And I am thankful for friends, family, church, and a special world that can offer up warmth, happiness, and security. I know there are messes out there but attitude is important. It is good to be able to enjoy God’s creation. Thanks to all of you for standing by me. It isn’t over yet, but today is a good start.

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