Wednesday, May 26, 2010
In the second letter to the Corinthians Paul writes about his sufferings as an follower. He writes of his imprisonments, lashings, shipwrecks and imminent danger. And near the end of his paragraph of lashings and discouragements, he says... And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the communities.
I guess that I never read this part without it being hidden by the severity of his other sufferings, but this morning it jumped from off the page to me. As summer nears and I meet more counselors and people I will journey with this summer, it's so easy to feel that daily pressure. I admittedly can become very anxious for these college students. But I think hearing my brother Paul talk about his anxiety regarding his fellowships gives me great comfort. I can't carry that anxiety, I have to give it up.
That's all for now
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
P.s. Sarah Covin is reading over my shoulder as I write this and it's making me nervous....
"Traditional economic activity focused on fishing, pearling, herding sheep and goats, and cultivating dates and other small-scale agriculture."
I would cultivate dates because I believe it's important to cultivate social relationships.
Fact #9: Not those kind of dates.
The marble which was chiseled for me-
A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor,
In truth it pictures not my destination
But my life.
For love was offered me, and I shrank from its disillusionment;
Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid
Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.
Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life
And now I know that we must lift the sail
And catch the winds of destiny
Wherever they drive the boat.
To put meaning in one's life may end in madness,
But life without meaning is the torture
Of restlessness and vague desire-
It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
- Edgar Lee Masters
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Monday, May 03, 2010
Fact #5: Camels are fast!
Emiratis have many traditional pastimes. Some of them include falconry, dhow sailing and CAMEL RACING! Who knew camels were fast? Maybe they seem fast because they don’t have to stop for as many water breaks as other animals…