Tuesday, May 18, 2010


The wine flowed, the movie rolled, and gut-wrenching laughter filled the apartment.

Each moment like this one simultaneously heals my heart and breaks it all over again.

The past three days have turned my world upside down, making me question everything and hang my head in shame. I laugh it off with a delicate balance of bitterness and sarcasm, but the truth is still too hard to bare.

I am so proud of the people in my life, and wish them nothing but the best as they close this chapter of their lives and begin the next one. They will go out and do great things in the world like start a women's shelter in a border town, love people in Haiti, teach in Ecuador, use the language they love to serve, or nurse the patients of NKC Hospital. I'm happy for them.

As for me, I'll be here, struggling to finish reading this chapter.
Always have been a slow reader...

Monday, May 10, 2010

War and Hymnody

As we all nervously flipped through our 8 page study guide, the discussion turned to the effects of the 1940s on American hymnody. (Don't worry, I will spare you all the boring details about Louis F. Benson and ecumenical use.) I sat, quietly scribbling notes thinking about how it will be a complete miracle if I pass this final when her words pulled me back to reality.

There have been very few years in my lifetime that the U.S. has not been at war with someone.
We don't need to get into my views on war or anything of that sort, but I would like to share with you my reaction to this statement:
....How sad.
Bare with me for a just a moment as I share a bit of Christian hymnody with you....
Back to the effects of the 1940s on American hymnody: There was a shift in the 1940s American hymnody because of one thing------war. On the morning of August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. It was then that the shift in American hymnody took place; American hymn writers began asking themselves how the U.S., the so-called "Christian nation" could commit such an atrocity.
We should be asking ourselves that today.
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