Month: November 2010

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

click 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...

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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...

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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...

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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”...

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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...

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