Sunday, February 14, 2010

Unrelated Pieces and Parts

One week in the great state of Texas and we pulled off sitting down to eat together all at one time on both Friday and Saturday night. In a life as unsettled and transient as this I will take these small victories and make a ginormous deal out of them. So in that vein - Yay us! You're such totally stellar parents!

Troy has assured me he can speak in front of a crowd of people without giant strings of snot coming off of his nose and awkwardly hanging on his hand after he wipes his face. Because of this assurance I am going to join him for a speaking engagement in College Station, TX tomorrow (Sunday) night. I will speak just a few words so as to avoid public mucus humiliation. Instead I'll listen to Troy from the safety of a seat surrounded by copious amounts of tissue. The day may come where I could speak without uncontrollable sobbing, but it is not coming tomorrow.


Corrigan (full time in Haiti also) read my thoughts about Geology in a previous post and came back at me with these thoughts - I liked his angle and wanted to share it with you ...

Active participation:
God did this or allowed THIS for some reason

Passive Permittance:
God didn't have anything to do with THIS, but didn't care to stop it.

Active but ineffective Resistance:
God actively opposed THIS, but was not victorious in his opposition.

There is no "THIS":
God had a mixture of actions & responses to a whole bunch of things with great complexity.
A near infinite number of things happened on Jan 12, not just one earthquake with the same impact on everybody. Lots of peoples' stories came to very different transition points, plot twists and turns, and sometimes, tragic conclusions. There were things that happened that were just, there were things that were unjust, there were supernatural forces and natural ones, there were things that God wanted to happen and things that were not His desire, but part of an unfinished spiritual war. There was grief and redemption all in a swirl, because this is not yet the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. There were plates shifting and prayers answered and there was evil. The only reason we look for ONE particular answer for it all is that it was ONE shared experience. But our stories aren't truly all the same... they just intersected. So finding ONE reason or one reason NOT to talk about reasons is just not whole enough of a response. God acted, resisted, allowed, rejoiced, grieved, and withheld in response to a million different things on Jan 12, like He does everyday, only I imagine this day he grieved much more.

(Corrigan Clay)



If I find in myself desires nothing in this world can satisfy
I can only conclude that I was not made for here
If the flesh that I fight is at best only light and momentary
Then of course I’ll feel nude when to where I’m destined I’m compared

Speak to me in the light of the dawn
Mercy comes with the morning
I will sigh and with all creation groan
As I wait for hope to come for me

Am I lost or just less found,
On the straight or on the roundabout of the wrong way?
Is this a soul that stirs in me,
Is it breaking free, wanting to come alive?

‘Cause my comfort would prefer for me to be numb
And avoid the impending birth
Of who I was born to become

Speak to me in the light of the dawn
Mercy comes with the morning
I will sigh and with all creation groan
As I wait for hope to come for me

Happy Valentine's Day to all lovers.