Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
When you cry out,as a whitened desert pleas for rain
And you fear because of your wilting life,
He shall replenish you and make you fruitful.
When your skin is stretched out
Like ashen canvas over thirsty bones
He shall revive you and make you flourish.
Like a youthful sapling,
As a hearty oak you shall rise up
And He shall crown your head with bright leaves.
Crowns of splendor in the spring
And in the winter,warm garments.
With king’s rainment and the bread of angels
He shall sustain you
You will lead the forest in singing,
With voices of exuberance
You shall sing.
You shall unwrap your garments,
Your precious rainment
And cast off your bounteous crowns
The first fruits of your glittering harvest
You shall take them off before your King
And offer them at His feet
Then the banner of Goodness and Truth shall unfurl
In the new-beckoned day,
In the brilliant sky.
The hills will waver in jubilation
And the creatures of the woods will clap their hands.
The ravines shall be overcome because of the abundant streams
Their loud waters shall be like music,
The silver waves like cymbals.
The wild horses will dance
And the storm of their hooves will be like drums.
The good things of the older days shall live anew
In the greatness of things to come
And you shall never thirst again.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In the movie Marley and Me, husband and wife John and Jenny have “the world’s worst dog”, and they do ordinary things in a beautifully unordinary way.In the end it’s not so much about what the dog Marley does,as it is about what happens with Marley in the midst.It’s Marley who makes you cry at the end,but it’s who Marley leaves behind that make the movie worthwhile.
Jenny(Jennifer Aniston) and John(Owen Wilson) don’t cut their marriage short,they don’t seek an artificial end to their troubles;with all their energy and dreams they winsomely meet life in its face. Sebastian avoids commitment and chases the new,John and Jenny each take a deep breath and trudge through the ordinary together. Sebastian finds himself always looking wistfully around him without a story to tell. John and Jenny discover scrapbooks of unexpected celebrations.
As Jenny said in the movie, “Life is where we are”...not where we planned on being,not where we think things are better.
So Marley and Me is about endurance and the celebration of life. About waiting with both patience and expectation;and enjoying the wait.The movie’s adventures are not without realistic sadness;but it is sadness because something did indeed come rightfully to an end. Not twisted grief over something cut short.
It is sad.Marley dies. But it is the best kind of sadness one could hope for.
And so, perhaps,it is really the end of the beginning.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
"All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you"~Gandalf