Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pobre Tomate!

No es triste? She wishes she could dance!

Like the cucumber...libre y suavemente.

But she can't. Not even at Uncle Louie's polka party.

Well, maybe the tomate (look at my picture, look at Bob the resemblance, no?) doesn't really want to dance. Okay, yeah, she does, but she knows her body won't cooperate any more.

But what she really wishes is that these modern contra dances were set up more like the dances back in Jane Austen's day. Or, at least, Jane Austen's day as portrayed in the movies. With, you know, comfy-ish chairs around the edges where the old ladies sit. Because it would be really fun to pretend to be Mrs. Bennet at one of these deals...sit there cramming cake in one's mouth and being loud and vulgar and speculating about how much money the young men make.



I really don't act like that all the time. Well, okay, but it's cookies, not cake. (See note above re: family resemblance and rotundity) And I don't talk with my mouth full. Much.

Unlike Mrs. Bennet, though, I would for sure bring some knitting or crocheting to work on. You've got to wonder how many of her nerve problems and how much of her crankiness were brought on by sitting around watching young people spinning around at high rates of speed.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

On the phone this morning

Me: Oh, yes, she does have cute kids! Yes, they are a very attractive family.

Caller: Well, I know who I'm voting for, for sure!

Me: I haven't made up my mind yet; I'm not happy with either of the two main candidates.

Caller: You can't trust Obama, that's for sure! Oho, no, there's no way you can trust him!

Me: Politicians are like that, aren't they? They say so much and yet you can't tell if they're really telling the truth.

Caller: Well! I'd say you can certainly believe John McCain!! He was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, you know. And you know they offered to let him go because of who his dad was, and he refused their offer! So!!

Me: ??????

***Beth changes subject, wraps up phone call, hangs up phone, beats head against wall and wonders (yet again) if we really are getting exactly the government we deserve***

Monday, September 1, 2008

Some good reading and listening for a Monday

Yesterday Stu Johnston from Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Mebane spoke at our morning worship service. His message was called Six Reasons God Allows Satan To Attack Us, and if you click on that title you will be able to listen to the sermon at the PBC website.

Pastor Johnston based his message on the 22nd chapter of Luke, where Jesus tells Peter that the Devil has desired to sift him. I won't give a recap of the message here because I would ruin it. Just go listen to it in Pastor Johnston's own words. It was both comforting and convicting and a strong reminder of God's sovereignty.

Another strong reminder of God's sovereignty...hymn #75 in the new Trinity Hymnal! We sang this yesterday:

O Father, You Are Sovereign

O Father, You are sovereign in all the worlds You made;
Your mighty Word was spoken, and light and life obeyed.
Your voice commands the seasons and bounds the ocean’s shore,
Sets stars within their courses and stills the tempests’ roar.

O Father, You are sovereign in all affairs of man;
No powers of death or darkness can thwart Your perfect plan.
All chance and change transcending, supreme in time and space,
You hold your trusting children secure in Your embrace.

O Father, You are sovereign the Lord of human pain,
Transmuting earthly sorrows to gold of heavenly gain,
All evil overruling, as none but Conqueror could,
Your love pursues its purpose—our souls’ eternal good.

O Father, You are sovereign! We see You dimly now,
But soon before Your triumph earth’s every knee shall bow.
With this glad hope before us our faith springs forth anew:
Our Sovereign Lord and Savior, we trust and worship You!

This is the tune used for this hymn in the Trinity Hymnal.

I needed the reminders of God's sovereignty this weekend after spending time Friday and Saturday thinking about John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his vice president. I was initially enthused about Palin...after all, she's everything McCain used to be, or at least used to claim to be! But my initial enthusiasm cooled off after I started thinking about the Biblical ramifications of a woman being in this position. I've been mulling over how to present my opinions on this and how best to express my objections. But in the meantime others have stepped up and expressed this much better than I I will link to them and encourage you to read their thoughts carefully and prayerfully.

Carmon Friedrich of Buried Treasure Books posted this entry on Saturday and hers was the first post I saw this weekend that raised this question. (Editing to add---others surely may have posted before Carmon, she even links to some of them---this was only the first one I saw.)

Follow the links from Carmon's post to get some additional perspectives, and read her comments to get agreement and disagreement from her readers.

Voddie Bauchum also addressed the McCain/Palin candidacy in the light of Scripture and from a pro-family viewpoint. I appreciated his calm, reasoned tone.

EDITING AGAIN ON TUESDAY: Today I noticed that our pastor, Michael Beasley, had also written about Palin's candidacy at The Armoury. Be sure to read this one, too!

If any of my readers has written, or knows of, a Biblically-based argument in favor of Palin being vice-president I would be interested in seeing it. For those of you who are having the immediate reaction "But that means you're going to vote for Obama!" or "But if you don't vote for McCain Obama will win!"...scroll back up to the top of the post and listen to the sermon and read the hymn about God's sovereignty. Then you might go take a look at these links for some ideas of how America's two-party system could be changed. BIG NOTE: The Cat is NOT endorsing, recommending, or idealizing either of these two parties. She might be voting for one of them; that remains to be seen at this time.

Constitution Party-Chuck Baldwin/Darrell Castle

Libertarian Party-Bob Barr