spring is in the air...

I can't believe that spring is here. We have heather, snow drops and crocuses already blooming and hyacinths aren't far behind. Yesterday we had some great thunderstorms (lots of lightning - it was gorgeous). Anyhow, just thought I'd put in my two cents worth.

Forgotten Language - by Shel Silverstein
Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the housefly in my bed.
Once I heard and answered all the questions of the crickets,
And joined the crying of each falling dying flake of snow,
Once I spoke the language of the flowers. . . .
How did it go?
How did it go?

Jesus Was A Pedophile

A friend of mine sent this to me, and I thought it was quite profound.

Forsaken on the cross, a twisted bloody figure drops his head in exhaustion and pain. First the public beating at the hands of the government. Then the walk of shame through the town to the place of execution. Then being spat upon, finally after being hung on a cross with huge spikes through forearms and feet. The Middle-Eastern sun is brutally hot, even this early in the morning. Flowing blood quickly dries to a sticky crust as it trickles down arms, legs, and face. The rough wood digs into the open flesh on his back, torn open by whips and fists. The soldiers at his feet spend their time controlling the crowd, laughing and joking with each other, and mocking the criminals on public display.

Not only is he being crucified – the most painful and humiliating way to die known to man – his father, his daddy, cannot stand to look at him and what he has become. You see, at this moment, the perfect son of God has become a pedophile, an adulterer, a thief, a whore, and a liar. In taking all the sins of mankind – every sin committed to date, and every sin to come – Jesus Christ BECAME sin. He embodied every single sin, known and unknown, public and secret.

Why did Jesus have to die? For that answer we must dig into the Old Testament of the Bible. According to the spiritual laws of the time, a perfect animal (one with no blemishes or defects) had to be sacrificed to attone for the sins of the one bringing the sacrifice. The “sin offering” as it was called was REQUIRED to be perfect to symbolize the holiness and purity of God. Jesus, when he died, had commited no sins, and was therefore perfect as well. This is the reason he died. And he died willingly so that we have a chance to go to heaven. If not we would be condemned to Hell.

However, even though this is well known to Christians, there are still many issues that come up. We have been saved from an endless horror of pain, guilt, and shame with no chance to “make it better.” We KNOW this (or at least claim to) yet there are so many cases of us acting WORSE then those we call non-christians. The one that I personally have the biggest problem with is judgment. Now before I continue I will admit I am very guilty of this too.

Every single time we look at someone and judge them for what they do (lie, smoke, drink, do drugs, sleep around, whatever) you are casting that same judgment on Jesus Christ himself. When you see a prostitute on the street corner and scorn her for her lifestyle choice, you are scorning Jesus himself. When you look at the washed-out drug addict and feel so much better then him, you are feeling that much better then Jesus. When you look at ANYONE else and think to yourself “I am better then him/her because __________” you are thinking you are better then Jesus. You see, far more then you realize, these people are like you. They have things they enjoy. They hate themselves for the destructive behavior they’re in, but can’t seem to get out of. In fact, I am willing to say with confidence that habits are just habits. They reflect nothing on the PERSON, other then the depth of the pain that they are in.

Jesus said “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do unto me.” Often we use this verse to promote charity and “good works” for the lost. However, The Word is a two-edged sword. If we do good things for the poor, we are doing the right thing. If we scorn them, ostracize them, or ignore them…we are doing the same to the very God we serve.

So was Jesus a Pedophile? For a moment in time yes. Was he a pedophile during his life on earth? NO, absolutely not! So why did I choose that as a title? For one reason, and one only. To grab your attention, suck you into reading this and – hopefully – make you think.

You see, Jesus was controversy. He spoke it parables, saying things that forced people to think outside the norm. I think its sad that we have sanitized Jesus. To paraphrase some author (I don’t remember who) the North American church has done is remove the teeth and claws from a lion and stick him in a cage. Is he still a lion? OF course. Is there any danger? Nope, we’ve taken the danger away…we’ve made him safe…and, in effect, taken away the power as well.

more about me...

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Attending BBI in Hepburn, SK.

What were you doing 1 year ago?
Attending Brock University in St. Catharines, ON.

Five snacks you enjoy:
1. crackers & cheese
2. Reese Peanut Butter Cups
3. hot apple cider
4. frozen grapes or cherries or blueberries
5. smoothies

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics:
1. I'm From The Country by Tracy Byrd
2. Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech
3. Who’s the King of the Jungle?/Quién es el rey de la selva? by Troy & Genie Nilsson
4. My God is so Big/Mi dios es tan grande
5. Creation Calls

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1. Go to Europe
2. Go to Australia
3. Go to Paraguay
4. Go to Africa
5. Set up a fund so I could give more to charity

Five bad habits:
1. Reading when I should be doing homework
2. Blogging when I should be doing homework
3. Sewing when I should be doing homework
4. Letting my room get really messy
5. Procrastination

Five things you like doing:
1. Read
2. Watch movies
3. Hang out with friends
4. Play with my nieces and nephew
5. Relax in a hot tub

Five things you would never wear again:
1. Spandex
2. Pants with a tapered leg
3. Plaid flannel shirts
4. Overalls
5. Crocs

Five favourite toys:
1. my cameras
2. my slow cooker
3. my sudoku puzzles
4. my computer
5. Stuffie – the stuffed animal on my bed

more of life...

So I was at the Wellness Centre yesterday. They suspect it's a compression of the cyatic nerve that's causing the numbness in my foot. So after some poking and prodding, I was given some stretches and instructions. I will be going back on Thursday. Today I am quite sore and stiff, but there hasn't been too much numbness. Anyhow, I gotta go and ice my back, but I thought I'd share this bit of info.

Yee haw!! Let's go to Avalanche Ranch!!

For our VBS program this year, we all went to Avalanche Ranch where the kids took a wild ride through God's word. We had 114 kids participate during the March Break and we all had a wild time! My niece, Kaityn, could not stop talking about it and says she wants to come back next year.

Here is some of what the kids learned throughout the week.

life... or something like it

Here's an update on what's going on in my life. Things are not going well. On February 27, I fell on the ice while shovelling my driveway. At that point, I bruised my tailbone. I did see a chiropracter at that time, but he was hesitant to do some of the work because of the swelling. I have been having migraines since then. I think in part due to the pressure changes in the weather, in part due to my back, and in part stress. I have been seeing a doctor about my migraines. With the meds I'm on, I'm not allowed to take anything else for 6-8 hours after I take a dosage. These meds take away the migraine, but not the headaches which stem from a different source than the migraines do. So when I take the meds, I can't take anything to control the headaches or the back pain.
Yesterday (Saturday) I started getting a numbing sensation in my right foot. At first I just thought it was the way I had slept or the way I was sitting. This sensation has persisted and I will be going to the Wellness Centre in Niagara Falls today. They have several different things going on there including Chiropractor and Acupressure/puncture. I'm hoping it's just a pinched nerve that they'll be able to fix, but we'll see.
Anyhow, I just wanted to let y'all know what's going on.

God's Wheel

Sometimes I wish I was in control. I don't like not knowing exactly what my future holds and why things happen the way they do, but here's a little perspective...

God's Wheel
by Shel Silverstein

God says to me with a kind of smile,
"Hey how would you like to be God awhile
And steer the world?"
"Okay," says I, "I'll give it a try.
Where do I set?
How much do I get?
What time is lunch?
When can I quit?"
"Gimme back that wheel," says God.
"I don't think you're quite ready yet."

the march madness...

So, March 1 was Mikol's birthday. I'll be nice and won't divulge his age to you. Anyhow, despite the nasty weather, we had a nice time. I went over to his place and gave him his birthday presents and we watched some TV and a movie. It was quiet, subdued and relaxed. This post is in orange in honour of him. Earlier on Thursday, my friend Vittoria came over and we dyed her hair and hung out for a while. I think her hair looks really amazing and she was happy to have it back to something close to her natural colour.
Friday was spent doing homework and reading. Saturday was much of the same until my sister-in-law, Briar called me up to do her hair. That was a nice break. I got so see the kids and also was one of the first to hear some big news (I'm not sure I'm allowed to spread it - so I won't).
Today was very quiet. Earlier in the week I had bruised my tailbone and the way I slept last night re-aggrivated the pain. So I've been flat on my back most of the day. Hopefully I'll sleep flat on my back tonight so that I'll be able to go to classes with a minimal amount of pain. Anyhow, I'm gonna head to bed now. See ya soon.

winter blues

I can hardly believe that it is already March 1! Wow! Where does the time fly? Life has been busy as always. Last week (Feb 19-23) was reading week and, as nice as that sounds, my life just seemed to get busier. Midterms are done and now the assignments are all coming due and then exams will happen soon too. My parents and my youngest brother (Gary) are currently in Paraguay visiting family and friends. My sister (Sabrina) is still in Guatemala with the Outtatown program. School and work have formed a bit of a routine. The weather has been, well… let’s see, we’ve got snow and freezing rain right now. On Tuesday morning, I thought I’d be a bit pro-active and shovel the driveway in front of my car. Well, I slipped and fell. I landed on my tailbone and “bruised it up pretty good” according to the doctor and chiropractor. So, right now, sitting really is a pain in the butt, but I’m thankful that it isn’t worse. Anyhow, I should keep going, but I wanted y’all to know what was going on in my life. See ya.