This has been my experience of Christianity:
At times, I live for a season without clinging to the cross of Christ. I find during those seasons that my love is filled with hypocrisy and my goodness is too flimsy to withstand examination. Fear of discovery can make me defensive. It often takes a painful solace, an absence of the distractions that satiate a selfish heart or the desire to love someone, impossibly, beyond the end of myself that puts me down into a depth from which I am helpless to emerge. It is then– a painful confession, it is only then– that I look upward. It is then that the cross– rugged, stained, demanding of more than I want to give– looks appealing. I cling. And I am consistently surprised to experience joy.
I never see it coming. Joy.
* A note: Friend, grace and faith, as words, are absent from the paragraph above, so don’t mistake this brief account for theology. Grace and faith are the air I breathed as I typed, by grace, through faith. They are the space between every line above and the pause after every period and comma. But you already knew that.
“The problem with being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it.”
– Croft M. Pentz
I thought this might be a relevant quip for a few football fans out there.
To finish out 2013, here’s a list of some favorite posts from the past year:
Happy New Year, Everyone!
On the Lighter Side of Things
Home Run, Man
the “most viewed post” this year
I lost Grandma
Trick or Treat?
runner-up for “most viewed post” this year
But the title’s awful…ly catchy
most “liked” post this year
On the Serious Side of Things
“Death be not proud”
“The world is not as it should be…”
“On Friday a thief”
What to say
Suggestions of the Real Thing
Some of my Favorite Quotes on the Blog
Rhythm, Harmony, and Math
Mo’ honey, mo’ problems
A sense of our own weakness
What to read
“A mistake, though an understandable one”
And (not from 2013) here’s the first post published on this blog:
Eliott’s Inkling this explains where the name “Not a Tidy World” comes from
Ideas for 2014?
Did I leave out one of your favorites form 2013?
Tell me about it in the comments!
“So the next time you wish for some quiet time, remember that it could also drive you crazy.”
– from the article, “Earth’s Quietest Place Will Drive You Crazy in 45 Minutes,” posted by Rose Eveleth on Smithsonian.com. The brief article describes the anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories in Minnesota.
“They do exist.”
– Santa, in this classic M&Ms Christmas commercial
But, here’s the British version (below). Because who doesn’t love the yellow M&M with a British accent? Side-note: Santa still has American accent. ‘Cause he’s Uh-Mer-Can.
“Peter… You’re home.”
- today’s quote is from this commercial for Folger’s coffee
Happy Monday, folks!
“This year I’m going to make all my Christmas presents. And guess what I’m getting everybody? Paper airplanes!”
- Sally, in “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales”