Sunday, November 30, 2008

Quotation Monday!

I know it has been a while but if you read the blog below it may explain some of why i haven't posted a quote and try and put your own quotes down; anyway here goes:

"This obsession with personal autonomy has now been enshrined in law, specifically, in the 1992 Casey v. Planned Parenthood decision. In words written by Justice Kennedy...,the Court handed out the following: 'Liberty is defined as the right to define one's own concept of existence, of being, of the universe and of the mystery of human life '(emphasis mine). This passion for personal autonomy has brought modern life to a depressing state, a condition that was never more eloquently described than my Richard Neuhaus, who wrote in the Wall Street Journal that we are like hers of independent minds marching toward moral oblivion with Frank Sinatra's witless boast on our lips, 'I did it my way.' This obsession for autonomy has created utter chaos."

Charles Colson
Erasmus Lecture
Institute for Religion in Public Life
New York, New York

Feeling the need to blog!?!

Have you ever found yourself wanting to write a blog and really not having anything to say? I often find myself in this position hence the question. Its not that things aren't happening in my life but some are just not blog worthy, can i say that? Well if not oh well...its better to ask forgiveness than permission! I could talk about the book i am reading, well one of the books i am reading and when i picked it up i read with the voracity of an upper level Bible college student who is late on his reading assignment but as i went into this Thanksgiving break from school, i found myself day dreaming, reading the newspaper, playing with my kids, etc. All good things, but as i have tried to finish this particular chapter/speech (The book is Charles Colson Speaks...its a "collection of twelve messages delivered in recent years to groups and organizations worldwide") so nonetheless good reading, deep reading, messages that engage our post modern culture and how to approach the culture in terms of apologetics. The crazy thing is that the message i am reading is about CS Lewis, who i absolutely love reading, i guess i have this sadistic streak that enjoys reading with book in one hand and dictionary in the other. I think that i should be enthralled to read his perspectives on the man who helped him (Chuck Colson) come to his own realization and understanding of his need of God, but honestly i find it begrudging to read, i read a page and flip to see how many more pages there are read some more and count again...there are twenty pages of this message and i am half way through. I guess maybe i built up within myself an idea that what was going to be said would be earth shaking but in reality don't. Well i guess i should get back to reading so i can finish the rest of the messages, i still have 5 more after this one to read, of which i am looking forward to reading but maybe without the built up hype. I guess i did have something to say after all. Peace of Christ to You!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Iraqi troops donate money to fire victims!!

I was catching up on my paper reading and finally getting to Saturday's paper today! I love reading the paper but often get fed up when finding something incredibly positive tucked away on the back side of a section, which leads me to todays post. My interest was peaked just by the title of an article about Iraq. The story is about a group of Iraqi soldiers that have donated $500 to help California wildfire victims. This was done to send a message to us the American people that "we are a family" states Iraqi Colonel Abbas Fadhil. Per the article the military says it is the FOURTH donation sent by the Iraqi's to Americans hit by tragedy. Thursday's statement says they also raised $1500 for victims of hurricanes Gustave and Ike and donated $500 to the National Sept. 11th Memorial. This in incredible because the wonderful media we have will never speak about this information what is more incredible is that right next to this article is another article with a picture showing the American flag being burned and a huge article about an efigy of Bush being burned in an anti-US protest. I am not naive by any means, but the good that is happening in Iraq is so ignored that it is sad. But you read that article...sure I read it on the back page of a sub-par newspaper in Lake Charles, Louisiana. If someone out there in a big city gets to read positive articles by NEUTRAL writers who report all news please let me in on the bounty! I am encouraged by that article and I do also want our troops home, they are tired and lonely. But this weekend I was at a Third Day concert and they were actually on the USO tour and were able to perform for our troops and they were very appreciative and they wanted us to know that regardless of the media good things were going on in Iraq. How sad that even the military feels its voice is squelched! If anyone can suggest a balanced, media please let me know, I am dying for some positive news and right now we need it, we are about to go into four years of look how bad Bush screwed this all up!!! Yep, I'm synical, yep I'm pessimistic but at least I know it and am trying to do something about it!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

After Veterans Day

The day after Veterans Day is still the same for me, I still love the fact that both my grandfathers served our country in the US Navy and US Army and actually one of my grandfathers served the Navy in WW II and the Army in Korea. I am quite humbled when considered to be in the same "fraternity" as these two men. For the past couple days Maddy has been asking me "Did you serve our country Daddy?" Of course my response is a proud and grateful "Yes!" She then said, "Daddy, your a veterinarian!!!" If only my service would have resulted in being an animal doctor!! Nonetheless it made my heart warm, to hear that her Kindergarten teacher was telling them about the service veterans did for our country. Dont let Veterans Day be the only day you tell a vet how much you appreciate their service and dont just forget the ultimate sacrifices that some soldiers and sailors made and are making. Thank your grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, random older men who still wear their ships crew hat, or that bright red Marine Corps ballcap, etc! Sure Veterans Day is about sacrifice, duty, honor and country but how much more should we appreciate the one Sacrifice that makes our lives even worth living, the one Sacrifice that gives us all hope...hope when faced with the most dire of being away from family for another tour in Afganistan or Iraq, or on patrols in the Pacific, pray for those men and women who will one day be counted veterans, pray that they find solace and peace in the one Sacrifice who is part of the freedom they serve for!