Sunday, December 26, 2004
began early doing last minute “stuff” before venturing out in the rain to visit and observe grandchildren opening gifts.
Later we visited extended family at Kristen’s Aunt Dora’s where we participated in a very strange ritual; we ate entirely too much while supposedly recognizing the birth of the Savior.
It was a really nice visit full of gift giving, happy children, meeting “new” (one was a former neighbor who we didn’t know when he was a neighbor) folks, reacquainting with others, and observing the rain from the comfort of the lanai.
The unofficial rainfall was two and a half inches!
Thank you Lord for the rain at this unusual time.
Saturday, December 25, 2004
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
And who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied ;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
Friday, December 24, 2004
Today I “checked in” on the online journal of Christen.
She is a young Christian, a college student who is not ashamed of her faith, her god.
That faith is evident when I read said journal.
Sometimes our thoughts run wildly through our consciousness, crash into one another and then fade like footprints on the beach.
It happens often to this old grandfather, finishing out his final full-time working days as a delivery boy and getting lots of "windshield" time.
Often there is a desire to share some of those thoughts. Sometimes they should not be shared, like when they are too personal or perhaps less than positive.
At times I think, “Who really cares anyway?)
Today I received an email from Christen in response to a note from me.
She said she “checks in” on me.
Since the death of my friend Tom I was not aware anyone did.
I am flattered; blessed, really, to know that a young person would care.
Thanks, Christen. You are a very special young lady.
Earlier today I went to the house of our son to repair screen and screen doors.
My favorite thirteen-year old grandson was there alone.
He asked if I needed anything.
What a fine young lad he is; Polite and thoughtful!
His mom and dad do well with him and his brother and sister.
Thank you Lord.
Our favorite seventeen-year old granddaughter has asked me to accompany her on a journey to the mountains next summer for a mission trip.
Her fourteen-year old sister and ten year-old cousin have asked me to take them to Aunt Rebecca’s farm.
How I love those girls. (And their brothers.)
I must get ready to go to Christmas eve service.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Jeremiah, visited with us thanksgiving day. He is seven years old and was rescued from Haiti by his Mom and Dad.
We had three seven year olds visiting that day and they PLAYED WITH GUSTO.
Finally, Jeremiah, who suffers still from being malnourished as an infant, became too excited, and his Mom and Dad took him and his sister home.
A few days later we received an apology letter from Jeremiah, obviously prompted by his Mom or Dad.
We enjoyed all our guests including Jeremiah, and are so proud of him and his Mom and Dad for teaching him to be responsible.
They are a great Christian family and we appreciate them so much!
Ain't God Good?