Friday, June 19, 2015

Head Over Heels

Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: 
in the sense that almost certainly 
(in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) 
both partners might be found more suitable mates. 
But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to.

-J.R.R. Tolkien

Sunday, June 7, 2015


“…I wish I liked Catholics more.”
“They seem just like other people.”
“My dear Charles, that’s exactly what they’re not — particularly in this country, where they’re so few… everything they think important is different from other people. They try and hide it as much as they can, but it comes out all the time.”
-Sebastian Flyte, Brideshead Revisited

I used to be pretty sure that I was a confident person. But the confidence it takes to be different, publicly, where people can see...that's something I may just be beginning to learn now.

Mercy and Giving: Packed together, shaken down, and overflowing

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you."
-Luke 6:36-38

I'm a notorious bean-counter. When Dad would pass out M&M's, I would count to make sure that Hannah and I had the same number of reds, browns, greens and blues. But the measure with which I measure? I need to rethink my measurements.

The little baby duck that was born into our family just five weeks ago has been a first rate reminder and a precious little instructor in this lesson o'the day. I'm grateful. And tired of learning all the lessons. Good thing we have nap time two hours after we wake up.