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from the archives – the parable of the silky

December 24, 2007 Leave a comment

From last Christmas. Beautiful stuff.

Once there was a boy. Since the day he was born he had treasured a 1 x 1 square of blue silk cloth he called his silky. He loved his silky. It traveled with him everywhere he went. There was no sleeping without it. It had been torn and repaired. It was stained from years of meals and playing and who knows what else. It was truly a beautiful, cherished part of the boy’s life.
Then one day when the boy was five years old the unthinkable happened. Silky disappeared. It had happened before. Silky would hide somewhere for most of a day or a night. It would spend the night at a grandparent’s house. Once it had stayed gone for 48 hours and had been replaced in a fit of parental desperation by a far inferior substitute. Initially, the boy and his parents were sure this was just another of those random disappearances. Then silky stayed gone. Pockets were searched, nothing. The house was turned upside down, nothing. It was cleaned and searched from top to bottom, nothing. Cars were scoured, nothing. Tears were beginning to fall (not only by the boy). In desperation, parking lots where the family had traveled on the day of the disappearance were searched. Phone calls were made to stores hoping for a miraculous discovery in the lost and found – nothing.
Hours turned into days became weeks. The boy bravely turned to the substitute silky and managed to convince himself it was the real thing. Parents couldn’t do it. Prayers were prayed. Surely God cared enough about the boy and his silky to reunite them. But nothing happened. Silky stayed gone. Sure that it had been lost in a parking lot, the parents began to resolve themselves to a world without the treasured friend.
But. . .
Christmas morning (of course it was Christmas morning), the boy wanted to run outside with his dad and brother to check out a new toy. A fuzzy pullover was grabbed out of the closet to cover some of his pjs against the north wind, but he couldn’t get it on. Taking it to his dad to get help, he poked his hand into an arm hole. As he pushed through, something was in the way. Pushing harder, a piece of blue silk emerged from the arm hole. No, THE piece of blue silk emerged from the arm hole. In a mad rush to take off the fuzzy 3 weeks earlier, silky had been caught in the sleeve. Now it was home.
The family was called together to rejoice. More tears, these of joy, were shed. Other family members were called to celebrate. That which was lost had been found. The words “Christmas miracle” were heard spoken more than once. A thankful dad whispered a quiet “Thank you” to the God who does care about five-year old boys and their precious things.

I-35, the holy highway. the weekly whah?!?

December 21, 2007 Leave a comment

This is almost too amazing to be real. it feels more like The Onion than CNN, and yet. . .

Apparently some “christians” have declared I-35 (the interstate that runs from Texas to Minnesota) to be the holy highway that the Bible talks about in Isaiah 35 (I-35, get it?). Context be damned. Our friends at CNN give us the story of these groups that hold prayer vigils along the side of the road praying for . . . well, I’m not sure what. Two links for your entertainment.

This is the original story from CNN video.

Below is a clip from our friends at youtube done by Pat Robertson’s 700 club.

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

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yes J, there is a Santa Claus – Colbert and Daily Show to return

December 21, 2007 Leave a comment

Mere hours after expressing my remorse that the Daily Show and Colbert are gone indefinitely I get the news via digg that they will be returning with or without their writers on January 7. O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

The statement:

“We would like to return to work with our writers. If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence.”
— Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

ht to the Huffington Post for the article.

top five tv shows I’m jonesing for

December 20, 2007 1 comment

It’s time for the writers to get this strike over with. I’m dying for these shows to come back or be able to start on time in the spring.

Lost

The Office

Colbert Report

The Daily Show

24 (especially since last season was so bad I’m pretending it didn’t happen.

candidates talking about things that matter

December 20, 2007 Leave a comment

One has put together a site that compares the 2008 presidential candidates on their views and plans to address the Millennium Development Goals in general and global poverty issues in particular. onevote08.org has both written and video statements from most of the candidates. It is interesting to watch and see who has actually thought about these issues and who is just firing off talking points.

I would love to see people who claim to follow Jesus get as (more) interested in these issues as they seem to be in things like abortion and gay marriage. I think addressing poverty and inequality will go a long way toward dealing with many of the other issues currently faced by America.

Check out the links and find out how your candidate plans to address “the least of these” across the world. Unless your guy happens to be Guliani or Thompson.

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hi to all of my new friends

December 19, 2007 Leave a comment

Just a note to say hi to all of the folks coming over from survivorsucks.yuku.com There have been a bunch of you over the past 36 hours or so. I’m sorry the link to the google news story about Lynne Spears and her parenting book is gone. Trust me. It was hilarious. Even funnier now.

Categories: else

ecoanxiety – great essay from Time magazine

December 16, 2007 1 comment

After digging out from finals and the recent Oklahoma icepolcalypse I am finally getting around to reading some issues of Time that have stacked up on my desk over the last month. I came across a great essay by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen called “It’s Inconvenient Being Green“. In it she talks about doing what she is willing to do to “go green”, but feeling guilty about what she is not doing to save the planet. Hence the idea of eco-anxiety.

I feel her pain. I drive a car that gets 30+ mpg, I use the right kind of light bulbs, I recycle, I turn off lights, we’ve even talked about putting solar panels on our next house – but I still feel guilty about all of the things I probably should be doing. Takeuchi Cullen resolves her essay with the realization that the things she doesn’t do are avoided because they are inconvenient. Again, I totally agree. I could bike to a lot of the places I need to go, but it is always too hot (cold, rainy, dark, . . . ) . OKC sucks for public transportation and most of the roads around my house don’t even have sidewalks, so the car is always the way to go. Refillable water bottles? Great idea, but I never remember mine. Reusable grocery bags? Again, great, but when shopping for six we would need a Sherpa to carry it around. Just the fact that I read the article in a paper copy of the magazine makes me feel like I personally destroyed a square mile of rain forest.

So I will continue to wallow in my ecoanxiety. Continue to feel inferior to people who have reduced their carbon footprint to reflect that of a tribal villager in Burkina Faso. Continue to feel guilty about leaving some of my vampire electronics plugged in because it’s too big of a pain to restart Tivo every day. Continue to do less to harm the planet, but still do some harm.

At least I can feel morally superior to the Hummer-driving, no-recycling, lights-on-all-night guy down the street.  Of course, he doesn’t suffer from eco-anything.