Reading "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis again...
He is an amazing writer and thinker, great quote from Chapter Five.
"...But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. he does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it."
Suzie and I were sitting on my bed watching a end-of-the-day movie yesterday ("Dora and the Super Silly Fiesta" one of our all time favorites...I love it when the Big Red Chicken puts the cake on his head) when she suddenly stopped watching the movie and started looking up at the ceiling. I thought for a minute that she was starting a seizure.
But then she pointed to the ceiling fan, and then the shadow behind the fan on the ceiling...
"Daddy, look it's this..."
And she made the sign language sign for "I Love You" and held it up in the air so I could see. And wouldn't you know it, the sign did match the shadow the fan was casting on the ceiling.
The brain is a crazy thing. Moments before we had been looking at a simple beginning reading book and she struggled with a bunch of the easy words. But now looking up at the ceiling fan, she could look at the abstract image of the shadow, and see in it, and then mentally process, the idea that the shadow looked like the sign she made for "I Love You."
I don't get it...
She then gave me her (soon to be patented) "I Love You Sign High Five" and then we settled back to watching the stirring finish of "Dora and the Super Silly Fiesta."
A Christian clothing company is riding into the controversy over "Brokeback Mountain," the film about "gay" cowboys in love, by selling a T-shirt featuring Moses, the Ten Commandments, and homosexuals joining ancient Israelites dancing around a Golden Calf idol.
The T-shirt carries the bold slogan, "The Original 10 Commandments, BrokeBack on the Mountain."
It has a Bible reference to Exodus 32:19, which states "... he saw the calf and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and broke them beneath the mount."
"In his anger, Moses BROKE the two tablets of stone that the Ten Commandments were written on while walking BACK down the MOUNTAIN," noted the official release of the Florida-based Second Coming Clothing Co.
I continue to be amazed by Kenzo. Yesterday she asked The Beautiful Bride if the two of them could go shopping for some "cool" school clothes for Suzie. Kenzo wanted to make sure that her sister "did not look different than the other kids..." How sweet...
And then yesterday morning, just after Suzie had her bad seizure before the start of Children's Worship, Kenzo was in tears and told one of the other adults there that she "couldn't wait to be in Heaven so Suzie would not have seizures and wouldn't have brain damage..."
Oh dear God, please continue to keep her heart as soft as it is today...
This morning, 30 seconds before she as going to rehearse for Children's Worship, Suzie had a bad seizure. This was her first bad one in days. I'm telling you there is something to her having the majority of her seizures right before she is going to sing at church. The Enemy hates to hear her sing.
But the coolest part of the trouble this morning was how she shook it off. She was disoriented and tired for about ten minutes, even going to rest in a room across the hall. But just after she laid down, she stood back up, struggled across the hall, and joined in the worship singing practice.
It was like the scene from the end of Rocky 1 (or maybe 2 or 3 or 4 or 5....) where the punch drunk boxer drug himself off the canvas and finished the battle.
This morning Suzie took the nasty shot from the enemy, staggered to her feet, and sang her little heart out in worship...
Sing on Suzie Girl, the heaven's love to hear your songs.
Commandment #11 - Do not get mad and steal the stuff from your old church to go and start a new church. That is bad.
No, God says WE get the fancy purple chairs
(Memphis, TN) -- It seems there were two warring factions at the Lighthouse Church at 353 W. Shelby Drive.
One faction of church leaders, it seems, emptied the church of its contents -- or so the other faction told Memphis police Saturday.
It appeared whoever did the taking used a key, so police told the church members they were dealing with a civil matter rather than a criminal one.
A police report said the absconders got (among other things): a $1,500 piano, $5,000 organ, $10,000 worth of purple cushion chairs, a $60 glass pulpit, $400 leather high-back pulpit chair, $320 worth of 6-foot-tall potted plants, a $1,200 drum set, $1,500 amplifiers and a $200 guitar.
No word yet on where the "New Lighthouse Church" has plunked down its potted plants and purple chairs.
Kenzo is a patriot. She loves her country, loves her president, loves the "grand old flag." She is a fully-committed American, proud of the democratic process that makes America unique.
One person, one vote.
And she has also decided that we need a second dog here at home. Boomer the fuzzy brown thing needs a friend. So she does what any red-blooded American would do when there is an important decision to me made, she holds an election.
About getting another dog.
One person, one vote...right?
Not exactly in this case...Daddy has the veto.
But I am very proud of her effort. And especially her extra cool ballot.