Month: November 2010

I Have Never Been to Ireland, But I Do Love a Limerick

The kid in me has always loved a limerick. And why not? What’s not to like? The cadence is fun, the rhyming is satisfying, and the message is usually just silly or funny in some kind of way. Actually, I have been obsessed with the Irish and their lyrical, poetic ways for years. I hope to someday see the Emerald Isle firsthand. Maybe I will even make it to the town of Limerick itself, just to see if that’s how people there talk to one another. But since I cannot get to Limerick at the moment, I will bring Limerick to me. Before we begin, let’s get a working definition. Here is the wikipedia truth of it: A limerick is a five-line poem in anapestic or amphibrachic meter with a strict rhyme scheme (aabba), which intends to be witty or humorous, and is sometimes obscene with humorous intent. So… Without further adieu I now give to you — I won’t even rehearse; I’ll just throw out a verse — A Texas Limerick or two. I hope you have half as much fun reading them as I did writing them. Lone Star Limericks Role Reversal If I were you and you were me What sort of us would the two of us be? Would you see me the way I do? Who would I see when I looked at you,...

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West Ham United, Pretty Bubbles and The Still-Hopeful, Melancholy Soul

I was thinking about Dad this morning and singing a song he often sang, just out of the blue, just to break up the silence. The song goes like this: I’m forever blowing bubbles Pretty bubbles in the air They fly so high, they reach the sky Just like my dreams, they fade and die Fortune’s always hiding, I look everywhere I’m forever blowing bubbles Pretty bubbles in the air I have used the song and my dad’s affinity for it in a devotional before. You can read it here. Anyway, I wanted to hear the song, so I jumped on YouTube to see if anyone was singing it. Imagine my shock when I learned that it is the anthem of an English soccer club! West Ham United of the English Premier League features the song at their matches, with the entire crowd singing it. It’s like Harry Carey and the Chicago Cubs fans singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” only with more gusto and passion. Now, I am no fan of soccer (or football, as the rest of the world that doesn’t know better calls it), but I am now officially a fan of West Ham United. You just have to love a club that has for their anthem a song about shattered dreams and disappointment, and yet when they sing it, it sounds like hope rather...

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Grace Anatomy: Deserve’s Got Nothing To Do With It

This being the Thanksgiving season —shouldn’t thanksgiving always be in season? — I thought I would take the next few blog entries and talk about grace. Of all the things we need in this world — food, shelter, clothing, security, etc. — nothing is more essential to our well-being than the grace of a good God. But what is grace? How is it distributed? Is it reserved, like worldly wealth, only for the few, the fortunate? Does it go to those who want it most or deserve it best? Grace is not about what you deserve. In fact, grace is not about you at all. Or me. Grace is all about God, who He is, His nature. If grace were reserved for the ones who most deserve it, then it wouldn’t be grace. It would be “just desserts.” I have always been bothered by the bombardment of commercials and advertisements that appeal to our sense of entitlement. You know the ones I mean: “Get the (insert product here: car, credit, life partner, job, diamond) you deserve.” Huh? What is it that makes any of us “deserve” the best of the best? Why are we entitled to the best health care, retirement, 4,000 square feet of living space, et al? Grace is defined as “unmerited favor.” Here in America, we don’t do well with unmerited anything. We tend to hold...

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Haiku You Do? ( A Random Offering in Verse, Japanese Style)

[picappgallerysingle id=”236773″]Before we begin, let’s get a working definition of a Haiku Poem. Here is the best one I found: A haiku is a non-rhymed verse genre. In Japanese, haiku has five sounds in the first part, seven in the second, and five again in the last part (they count sounds, not strictly syllables, however, and also write in a single vertical line, but we use three horizontal lines in English). In Japanese, the word “haiku” means “playful verse.” More important than form is that a haiku contain a “kigo” (season word) and employ the equivalent to a “kireji” (cutting word), which means that the poem should present two juxtaposed parts in three lines. In addition, haiku should use objective sensory images, and avoid subjective commentary. A “season word” does not mean you have to use the words summer, winter, fall, or spring in the verse. It means some word gives an indication of the time of year. So, to summarize: Three lines, the first with five beats, the second with seven, and the third with five. It is not meant to “rhyme.” Must include a “season” word. Should employ a “cutting” word, which means the poem presents two juxtaposed positions. Use objective sensory images and avoid subjective commentary (though the interpretation of those words is very subjective and definitely commentary.) All of this said, these rules seem to...

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God and the Doubter

[picappgallerysingle id=”7291116″] If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 2 Tim. 2:13 (NKJV) Hey Christian, did you ever doubt God? Did you ever lack faith? Did you ever find yourself having moments of, God help us, UNBELIEF? And did that worry you to no end? Were you afraid that God would become weary of your wishy-washy ways and rid Himself of the likes of you? What does God do when His child lacks faith? He remains FAITHFUL. He sees you through your doubt. He loves you even when you have those moments of weakness and unbelief. He does NOT kick you out of the family. He does NOT strip you of your Christianity. He does NOT turn His back on you. For God to deny a Christian, He must deny Himself. He must deny His own Son, Jesus Christ, Whose righteousness is imputed to every believer. God will no more withdraw from the life of the weakest believer than the Father would deny the Son or the Son would deny the Spirit, Who indwells every believer. If you really understand the faithfulness of God, the depth of His commitment to You, that knowledge will sustain you even through the dark times when you struggle with doubt. God’s faithfulness alone has brought many a faithless Christian back to faith. You can believe in God. He still...

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