Old journals

I typed journals, but I meant blogs, but I was thinking about how they are similar so I left it.

I imported my previous blog -isaiah408.blogspot.com so everything would be here, but I also created pdfs of some other blogs that I then deleted. One was from when I was doing the lay speaker training. One was karate. They both gave information about my interests and goals and activities. Useful stuff.

I think I had wake3d at another domain before this one and failed to import it or something. I’m going to search the wayback machine to see what I can find.

Prayer for Good Use of Leisure

There are many things that drew me to the Episcopal church, but the Book of Common Prayer is definitely one of the major influences. This is one of the prayers included in the morning office for Saturday and I’m always glad to see it:

O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

blogging again

The biggest reason I’m here now is facebook. I am stunned by the depth of problems with it, and just can’t bring myself to do much more than like other people’s posts. I’ll share more of those details here. I thought I had moved a bunch of my old files over here at some point from a previous blog, but apparently not. This will serve as a place to keep links that I’ve found helpful and, if I had to guess, not much else. The conversations that took place on blogs before facebook have pretty much died.

I’ve done a fair bit of journaling over the past year. I believe I’ve made an entry every day. I don’t always have much to say, and I’ve spent time thinking about what my purpose is for journaling. WordPress doesn’t even like the word, but wordpress also doesn’t like the word wordpress, so obviously it needs a better spell check dictionary. Who am I writing for? I’ve come to believe that I’m writing for future me. There was a time when I thought I was writing for someone else, because the journals I’ve read or heard are from famous people or people who lived through significant historical events (Anne Frank, the journals from Ken Burns’ Civil War, etc.,.). Some of my journal entries from year’s past I find pretty interesting (when the kids were born, various trips, etc.,) but most are fairly mundane.

Enough of my personal thoughts, this is a tool I plan to use some over the next year. It’s 365 daily journal prompts. Some seem really good, some seem sort of weak, but they give you a starting place if you don’t already have one. My starting place is usually the commemoration from the Episcopal Church’s Great Cloud of Witnesses, but this will add some extra discussion when needed.

Here’s the full list of questions: https://www.lifecapturedinc.com/journaling/

Pentecost and big surprises.

12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.

Acts 2

Me: Do you know what that was?
Cop: I have no idea! That is the craziest shit I’ve ever seen in my life, AND I’M A COP!
Me: Ha. Yeah, it was weird.
Cop: You wanna sign up to be in the NYPD?
Me: No thanks.

Improv Everywhere

A year or so ago, Improv Everywhere did one of their famous pranks/performance art pieces at Grand Central Station. Watching the video can give you a sense of what it must have been like for these people. Consternation, amazement, disbelief were probably just a few of the different ways people reacted to the scene.

In a similar way, Pentecost threw people off completely. What did it mean? Why did it happen? Of course, the Improv event was timed, scheduled, planned, but the people watching it didn’t know that. The observers at Pentecost didn’t know what was transpiring either.

It is now around 2000 years since the birth of the church. Two thousand years. Yet we are still amazed. We are amazed at what God has done for us, in us and through us. Share your amazement. Happy Pentecost!

Rain

Might as well make the best of it, because here it comes again.

Here are some songs that talk about rain; some of which I like, some of which just get stuck in my head when it’s raining, some of which I never heard until I started searching for rain songs.

Eurythmics: Here Comes the Rain Again

personal note: I saw Annie Lennox sing this live, while it was raining.

BJ Thomas: Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head (I saw BJ Thomas sing this, but it was not raining.)

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Have You Ever Seen the Rain and Who’ll Stop the Rain (thanks Leah)

Rihanna: The Umbrella Song Not really my musical preference, but it’s definitely a rain song.

The Beatles: Rain (with some sunshine, too)

Madonna: Rain

Clint Black: Like the Rain

Tom Waits: More than Rain

Carpenters: Rainy Days and Mondays (wish I had vid. for the Cracker remake)

There’s a million more. Purple Rain, I’m Only Happy When it Rains. Rain seems to be a good topic for music. Snow doesn’t seem to have as wide a reach. Lots of sunshine songs though. If I ever see the sun for 12 hours straight again, maybe I’ll post those next.