Monthly Archives: January 2007

We are all part of the problem

Here’s an interesting quote that describes spiritually according to some eastern ways of thinking that if not carefully considered, could sound almost right :

“We are all part of the problem, and we are all part of the solution.”

this at first reading sounds pretty good…

but this is more accurate…

“We are all part of the problem. But only one man is the solution, and his name is Jesus.”

these ideas are from The Divine Embrace, the latest book I’m reading…

Webber does a great job of investigating the history, the theology and the practice of spirituality. I have been nodding my head a lot recognizing much of my own journey and those of fellow travelers… I’ll bet I’ll be sharing more along the journey from this work…

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two interesting movies

so on Sunday sweet Anna and I did this movie marathon as the snow then sleet fell to blanket the region…

these two movies were both war related (one from WWII and the other from WWI)… both told interesting stories…

“The Couple” – one website says: “A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family’s safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis.” This is an accurate synopsis except they are trying to get out of HUNGARY not Germany. It is a fairly slow moving film about sacrifice… about terror… The thing that really struck me was the opening has film from the modern Auschwitz as one might see it should a visit (as I get to do, yet again, this summer)… I do recommend this, but be prepared, it is about dialogue, not action.
The second movie we watched was Joyeux Noël which takes place, as one web site describes it, in “France 1914. A moment of humanity that made history. “this website then says that “On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish are trying to make peace, so they bury their dead and play football.” what this fails to tell us is that this is a story of love for brother, brothers, and lover which is manifested at great risk to self and comrade. Further, one of the most important moments to me is the midnight Mass in the middle of the battlefield. This was as powerful to me as “The Pianist” though in a different manner. Be prepared to do a lot of reading; the French and Germans speak their native tongue and the viewer is left to the subtitles… The Scot’s accents are pretty thick as well, but the message of the film is truly worth the work.
A day of good film watching indeed.

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most depressing?

over on msn.com this article appeared… about the most depressing day of the year… it has an interesting formula… but there are lots of factors that for me make today a GREAT day… like the weather closed school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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soon to be

next month I am heading to the heart land… and over on vonLazo’s blog there has been a conversation about my favorite place to start my day in the heart land… Z Nagy… here is a pic I stole from von Lazo…

when I saw this before reading the caption, i was fearful… then i leaarned that they were only closed for the holidays… what a relief…
ahhhh… the pastries… the coffee… ahhhh I await the 11th of Feb when i will sit and enjoy whilst listening to the rumble of the 3-4 making its way back and forth into the centre of Szeged…
thank you von Lazo for the reminder

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Narnia

my dearest and I watched Narnia last night, it was awesome to see Lewis’ words come to life on the screen…

I have enjoyed it so much that I have begun a new light reading excercise: The Magician’s Nephew

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some great verses to start the year

But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind, . . . I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
“Father, I desire that they . . . whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me.”—I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.—He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.—Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus.
Phil. 3:13, 14; John 17:24; 2 Tim. 1:12; Phil. 1:6; 1 Cor. 9:24, 25; Heb. 12:1, 2 (Read full verses…)

these come from Bagster’s daily reading…

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a new day

my friend Arden posted about a clean out day and the New Year… it reminded me of a quote by Goethe I read last night in the bulletin of a wedding some of our family attended…

“Nothing is worth more that this day” – now, I’m sure some would read that and surmise that that quote meant yesterday, the wedding day of this great couple… but not me

I think that quote means today.

I don’t mean the day I am writing this, I mean the day — the moment — you are reading this…

serving Him means serving Him , where we are now! living for Him in this moment…

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