friend tiffany gives her own ideas on the final harry potter book, to be released the latter part of jul. it’s entitled harry potter and the deathly hallows. while likely not knowing much more than anyone else (the title of her entry is “i’m such a dork”), tiff also has a brillant imagination and whether her prognostications end up proving correct or not, they certainly are entertaining this bp (before-potter) era.
I go to sleep at night with music playing in my ears from my iPod so I can go to sleep without thinking about other stuff that is going on.
a worship assembly is likely many things to many people, isn’t it? for some, it is about meeting god (in a building? at a predetermined time? with a “service”, of sorts?) in some shape, fashion, or form. for others, it is about fellowship and encouragement. maybe it has something to do with “how much can i get” in this service? if not enough then i am dissatisfied with the service and will blame the preacher and leaders. possibly, it is about “doing church” once a week and taking care of that aspect of my life so i can get on with the other stuff that i need to be taking care of this week. well, honestly, who is to say? we all give and take from an assembly of christians, don’t we? some are able to encourage, edify, and find god. other times, we may take what is given us in encouragement, edification, and from god and we are thankful or left wanting. maybe our faith is such that assembling with christians in assembly worship is, in fact, just another part of our life and we don’t see it as being any more or any less. all said, i think only god knows what true worship is and can be and when and where and for whom in what circumstances and instances. i think that we, like in all other god-matters, must let our actions and words fall into the “grace” category. we will never assemble completely for the right purposes and at the right times and we will never give enough or be able to take enough…ever. how about this? let’s just assemble and do the best we can with what we have (understanding, faciities, times, people, preaching/teaching, lord’s supper, etc.) and leave the rest up to god? how about we just love and care and show interest and be honest and smart and authentic when we get together as christians? wouldn’t this approach, right off of the bat, make our assemblies more a matter of heart than of personal preference and understanding?
Job 11:13 “Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, 14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, 15 then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. 16 You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.
mother with two young children behind me and my seat mates. mom, to the kids, threatened, counted, cajoled, bribed, flipped a coin to make a decision (who gets to sit by the window), and pleaded. I can hear them even now here at baggage claim. kids kicked the seats all of the way in front of them (me and us!). this mom and her two kids were not ready to fly. hope they make it to their destination in one piece. very sad.
at seatac. long lines but united flying status makes much easier. only 20 min from rental to gate. flying west to east is hard. loose almost a whole day (time zones), have to leave early to arrive in east at a reasonable time, and flights always seem packed. hope united computers are working today and no delays. mariners lost last night hugely.