December 1st, 2015

Beth, Lou, & Maggie

It is 7:42 AM Tuesday morning in the flow. Last night we skyped our daughter Bethany and our two granddaughters Louisa & Margaret Carol. Lou is over a year old and Maggie is three months old.

Beth & Maggie

Louisa, Beth, & Maggie
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

a religious-ethical new beginning

It is in the FLOW (How did I get into using that word 'flow' all the time?) 1:57 PM Tuesday afternoon. It is a cold dreary wet afternoon. I feel like going to bed down in the lower level, but if I do I will be up all night. I will go to bed early tonight. Last night I read late into the night the novel, "Amy and Isabelle" by Elizabeth Strout.

This morning I had a dentist appointment to have my teeth clean. My teeth are holding up in my old age. I was home from the dentist around 10:05 AM. Carol baked all morning and was about to leave to do errands and deliver chex mix to someone when I got home. I spent the late and early afternoon hours wandering the house, writing in my paper diary and looking at my books on the Epistle to the Romans.

"The Letter To The Romans" [The Bible in Medieval Tradition] translators and editors Ian Christopher Levy, Philip D. W. Krey, & Thomas Ryan

"Reading Romans Through The Centuries From the Early Church to Karl Barth" Editors Jeffrey P. Greenman & Timothy Larsen

"Unlocking Romans: Resurrection And The Justification of God" by J. R. Daniel Kirk

In the mail this afternoon I received two books-

"Now The Drum of War: Walt Whitman and his Brothers in the Civil War" biography by Robert Roper (I recently bought Roper's new book, "Nabokov In America: On The Road To Lolita" biography.) USED book

"Conversion In Luke-Acts: Divine Action, Human Cognition, and the People of God" by Joel B. Green (Green is one of my favorite New Testament scholars.) NEW book

Carol has gone to bed because she goes back to work tonight. I have been listening to the new Mogwai retrospective lately. Mogwai perfect music to listen to on a gloomy day in Nowheresville.

I could write a ton of crap, but why should I? I will close to drift. I made myself a cup of tea. I will sit in the dining room waiting it out drinking my cup of tea. Existence keeps speeding by!

"[14] And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
[15] I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
[16] So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
[17] Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
[18] I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
[19] As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
[20] Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
[21] To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
[22] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." Rev. 3:14-22
  • Current Music
    Mogwai 'Central Belters'

video Christian Conversion



"[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
[17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
[18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
[19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
[20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
[21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." John 3:16-21
  • Current Music
    Scott Walker & SUNN 0))) 'Soused'

Savior. like a shepherd leads us

Savior, like a shepherd lead us,
Much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us,
For our use Thy folds prepare.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

We are Thine, Thou dost befriend us,
Be the guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us,
Seek us when we go astray.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Hear, O hear us when we pray.

Thou hast promised to receive us,
Poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us,
Grace to cleanse and power to free.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
We will early turn to Thee.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
We will early turn to Thee.

Early let us seek Thy favor,
Early let us do Thy will;
Blessèd Lord and only Savior,
With Thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast loved us, love us still.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/s/l/a/slaslus.htm

"[1] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
[2] But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
[3] To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
[4] And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
[5] And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
[6] This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
[7] Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
[8] All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
[9] I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
[10] The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
[11] I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." John 10:1-11
  • Current Music
    Scott Walker & SUNN 0))) 'Soused'