Archive for October, 2010

A prayer of Thanks

I just wanted to publicly (semi publicly depending on how many people read this I guess) offer some prayers of thanks to God. I recently started a new job that pays better and will keep me on land more. That’s a good thing. Then a very good thing, my mom had a cancerous spot on her nose &  needed a pretty costly surgery to take care of it. She doesn’t have insurance & her job doesn’t pay too well (its not bad, but medical things are SO EXPENSIVE!) so we were all concerned about that. Well the other day it was giving her some trouble so she had to call into work to be a few minutes late & when she did get there by the grace of God and some kind soul someone donated enough money to cover her medical expenses. Praise God for that!

My mom works at a retirement home and was talking with one of the residents who had to have a similar procedure & the old lady told her she would pray for her. The next day, everything was taken care of. Amazing.

Too often I think I don’t take time to thank God, I’m usually just busy asking for things. I’m slowing down now & thanking Him for all the things He does.


ELCA/LCMS Smackdown!

I’m just kidding of course.

I’m not sure why there are splits between the Lutheran denomination. Well, actually,  I am. They believe different things. Not huge differences, but big enough they don’t want to be in the same group. Well, they are both Lutheran  groups but… yeah it kinda gives me a headache too..

Anyway, Messiah Lutheran (my home) is an ELCA church. I’ve been working in a small town that only has an LCMS church so I went there for worship this morning. We are all Lutherans. Grace alone through faith alone. However you get there, that sums it up for me.

But, I remember being a little apprehensive about going into Messiah for the first time.

I’ve always been a believer, but organized religion scared me. I didn’t know what to expect when I went to church after so many years. This is a post for later on (Reformation Sunday) but let’s say I was pleasantly surprised .

I kinda felt the same thing going into St. Paul Lutheran here in Edna, Tx.  for the first time.

“hey we’re all Lutherans here!”

St. Paul is a much older & smaller congregation. Comparing the populations of Edna/Victoria  &  Cypress/Houston its understandable. The church itself is super nice though. Its got this old time classic wooden “church” sense to it ya know?

High wooden ceilings, heavy brass latches on windows, creaky heavy wooden doors. Good old small town church. I love that.

The service was a little different than we do at Messiah. Very liturgical & traditional. I really enjoy a traditional church service. One thing funny I noticed though, St. Paul doesn’t stand for the gospel reading. I thought that was kinda weird.

The sermon was good. It was on the parable of the Wedding Feast/Wedding Robe – Matt.22:1-14.  I learned from the sermon and it was good, but the pastor just kind of read. Like, he wrote down his sermon & then read it to the congregation. It was a good lesson but I kind of felt like I was listening to someone read a magazine article. He preached, but at Messiah – Pastor Brad preaches. I know he’ll probably read this so maybe I get some brownie points (haha) but Pastor Brad preaches with a passion that makes you feel the story. If you happen to be in Cypress come check us out on Sunday, because Pastor is awesome. I’m not trying to downplay St. Paul, because it was very nice and very traditional – they have 1 service and its more traditional than Messiahs traditional 8:30 service. I love a traditional church service, and St. Paul was nice & if I’m working in Edna on a Sunday I’ll be sure to go back but the old saying is true – there’s no place like home.

The Irresistible Revolution

I picked up this book, The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne. It had pretty decent reviews & the blurb on the back cover sounded ok. After reading further reviews it sounds like the author comes at things from a hardcore leftist perspective, which would probably take away some of my enjoyment. I’m still going to give it a chance though.

I don’t know why I read reviews anyway.

Anyone read it? What’d ya think?

Side note – LSU & Florida play tonite, that’s gonna be awesome!

Why do we forgive?

I follow the ELCA on twitter & every morning they post a question or a prayer or a Bible verse, something like that. Most of the time it’s something that goes way over the 140 character limit that twitter gives you but today it was just the question “Why do we forgive?”

My immediate answer was to go back to the line in the Lord’s prayer – ‘Forgive us our trepasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.’

We forgive because we want to be forgiven. Then I thought, how shallow is that huh?

Some people were answering the question with things like;

  • to forgive is to be forgiven.
  • we forgive because we are forgiven.
  • you never know when you’ll be on the end needing forgiveness.

I guess that last one is something like a karma kinda thing. What goes around comes around. If you forgive someone now then when you need forgiveness it’ll be right there waiting.

I’m pretty sure I need constant forgiveness. I screw up ALL THE TIME! I do, I guess its part of my charm.

I forgive because I want to be forgiven. That was my immediate response. How greedy does that sound?? Wow. I shocked myself with that answer I guess.

Christ died so that my sins would be forgiven. Thats already a done deal. My sins are forgiven.

I’ve written before about how hard it is for me to forgive some people. For me to say that I am forgiving someone just so I can be forgiven is actually kind of ridiculous the more I write about the idea.

Giving something just so i can get something in return is jealous & defeats the whole purpose.

My sins are already forgiven.

Why do we forgive? To become more Christ-like. He forgives & so should I.

Its not easy to do, but its the way things should be.