‘The Donkey’

April 17, 2011

The Donkey by G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936)

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.


to gain an understanding

April 2, 2011

Lent, a Season on the Christian calendar prior to Easter/Pascha… have you ever even heard of it?

If yes:  Do you observe it?  Do you ignore it?  Or do you fall somewhere in between?

Like a lot of people, I too have a Facebook account.  A couple of weeks ago, on Ash Wednesday, I noticed a little bit of discussion about Lent, what it is, and why people give up different things because of Lent.

Somewhere in the discussion you might find the joke, “I’m giving up Lent for Lent.”

Whether one observes Lent or not it is important, especially for Christians, to at least understand what Lent is and what it is about.  After all it is a practice that still impacts our culture as is evident by conversation among friends or in seeing people with ash marks on their forehead on Ash Wednesday.

Understanding our brothers and sisters in Christ, even if one may not agree entirely with a particular devotional practice, is a step towards fulfilling Jesus’ command to us to “love one another.”

Understanding also allows us to be able to appreciate the heart and intent behind a particular devotional practice (whether we choose to participate in it or not.)   And by understanding the reason behind why another might do something we might, if need should arise, be able to help someone else understand a fellow follower of Christ’s devotional practice.

For the sake of understanding where Christians who observe/practice Lent are coming from, here are a couple of ‘quick-read’ links to check out:
What’s Lent and Why Do I care?

What is Lent?

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Fight Club

March 12, 2011

The other day I had my yearly training for Defensive Tactics for work.

One thing that one of the instructors said regarding being in fights was:  “If you have not lost a fight, you have not been in enough fights.”

Later in the day I thought about this statement, but this time in light of my Christian faith and what is commonly referred to as “spiritual warfare.”  (see Eph 6:10-18)  Now by my using the term “spiritual warfare” or “spiritual fights” in the context of this particular blogpost I am not talking about exorcising demons or things along that line… but rather, I am using these terms in the idea of just living the day to day life of faith and those things that might cause us to dwell in despair, give up hope, etc, or even those things that might cause us to turn away from Christ (if even only briefly.)

As I thought about his statement, “If you have not lost a fight, you have not been in enough fights;” I began thinking how the thought Christians sometimes seem to have is: We as Christians do not… will not lose fights in spiritual warfare.  Or we at least do not want to think we will lose a fight when it comes to spiritual battles.  But the reality is, at least for me, we do and have lost spiritual fights.

But one thing that we should come out of those lost fights with is a lesson of what we could do and/or need to do next time so that we do not lose or get beat up so bad; at least in that particular type of  spiritual fight.

So what do you think?

+Do you think that there is any merit to the idea that if we have not lost any spiritual fights, we have not been in enough fights?

+What have you learned from those times that you have “lost” (a) spiritual fights?

i guess this is “hello.”

February 20, 2011

Hello.

Previously I blogged at “In the Process of Weeding Out.”