Showing posts from September, 2012

Desperate Conversations with God

A woman spoke at chapel last year, at Fox, and her name is Susan Isaacs. She is an actress and comedienne who was in the Groundlings with Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon and Cheri O'Teri, and the SNL fanboy in me was doing backflips when she told us. She was hilarious, as one would expect from a student of improv comedy, but what impressed me most was her attitude towards God, her candor, her sincerity. I haven't read her book yet, which is poignantly called Angry Conversations with God, but I feel like the premise is already close to my heart. I've had those conversations. I've screamed at God, sworn, whined, blamed God for things that weren't God's fault. He or She hasn't even smote me (yet), and I suspect the reason is God isn't nearly as uptight as we like to think God is. God loves us, us, the petulant children that we are. God's love for us is radical and unconditional. And angry conversations with God can be therapeutic, and holy, because hone…

The Sound of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again

C. S. Lewis said reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. Well I think this is true, but I also think silence can be extremely loud to the ears of the over-exposed. I think this is why we're so afraid of silence: it's too loud for us. We are so desensitized by the noise, the color, the television and the radio, the pixels of the computer screen, and the ubiquitous purr of our other technologies, that we have forgotten about silence, how beautiful it is, how true and how necessary. After all, if God speaks in a Still Small Voice, how can we hope to hear it with our numb ears, over the static din of our mechanical children? Jesus often went to a quiet place to pray, but I'm afraid we're running out of those. We're paving over them, chasing the silence away, and it's tragic. But as noisy as our worlds can be, I think our hearts are noisy too. They are becoming numb, raw from erosion, as the noise sc…

Things I love

One hundred things I love (not including people) and a thousand gifts God has given me (including whatever). Idea from Megan Reynolds. I'll update regularly, but only as these things occur to me. So you may notice I've left off some things I obviously love, but if I really love them all that much, they'll come up in the day-to-day and I'll add them as they do.

1. Roasted red pepper hummus

2. The Bible

3. Dancing

4. Saturday Night Live

5. Reading

6. When girls rap

7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

8. Hot fudge

9. Firefly

10. Orange Chicken

11. Going back to bed

12. Laughing

13. Adventure Time

14. Snow

15. Ruffles with potato OR mac salad

16. Singing

17. So You Think You Can Dance

18. Lyrical Hip Hop Routines

19. The Beach

20. Marionberry Muffins