Monday, April 13, 2015

I posted this a couple of years ago, but thought it was worth a second showing. Enjoy.

 Without the benefit of science even Job, 4,000 years ago, could understand the nature of the universe and believe in what he could not see.

“He stretches out the north over empty space;
 He hangs the earth on nothing.”

“He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters,
At the boundary of light and darkness.”

       Without any disrespect to Stephen Hawking , a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, I must beg to disagree with his statement (on creation and God),  "Yet the latest advances in cosmology explain why the laws of the universe seem tailor-made for humans, without the need for a benevolent creator".  Or how about this one,  "There is no heaven. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."   How sad. This could be no further from the real truth than the end of space itself. How inexplicable that people of such great knowledge and intellect could be so blind to the greatest scientist who has ever existed, God himself. 
         Our blue planet spins on its axis at 1,000 miles per hour as it orbits around the sun supported by some "mysterious" unseen thing called gravity. Even the tale of how a primordial universe of hydrogen, helium and lithium adapted itself to being able to harbor human life is full of "coincidences". Hawking said, "The emergence of the complex structures capable of supporting intelligent observers seems to be very fragile. The laws of nature form a system that is extremely fine-tuned.  Such calculations show that a change of as little as 0.5% in the strength of the strong nuclear force, or 4% in the electric force, would destroy either nearly all carbon or all oxygen in every star, and hence the possibility of life as we know it. It raises the natural question of why it is that way."  It seems he should be able to see the truth with authority, but nay nay, he does not. He says, "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."  You would think the answer would be as visible as a large comet hitting earth to a man with his brainpower and reasoning. But still, scientists like himself are convinced that everything that exists and is formed is because the laws of the universe make it so. The question I would postulate is, who made the laws in the first place? Seriously, we could argue to infinity and beyond with theorists about destabilizing atoms, or the universes inhomogeneities, or even the space time continuum theory till we are blue in the face, but where we would arrive?  Back in the same primordial quagmire I would assume. Why can't they see the empirical nature of science does not preclude the revelatory nature of faith?  I am no Stephen Hawking. I have, I'm certain, a much much much lower IQ than any scientist worth his weight in gold. But what I do possess is a brain and a heart that allows me the breadth to see beyond the incontrovertible scientific evidence. I can see the universe as it truly is...a magnificent creation of the one almighty God/scientist who by his hands the LAWS of the universe were put into motion. Indeed, the images from space bespeak only a whisper of his thunderous power and love. Just like Job, you too can see for yourselves the true creator of the universe by opening your heart, and allowing the truth to spill in. 

Job 26: 5-14

“The dead tremble,
Those under the waters and those inhabiting them.
Sheol is naked before Him,
And Destruction has no covering.
He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds are not broken under it.
He covers the face of His throne,
And spreads His cloud over it.
10 He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters,
At the boundary of light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble,
And are astonished at His rebuke.
12 He stirs up the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He breaks up the storm.
13 By His Spirit He adorned the heavens;
His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
14 Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways,
And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand?”
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I opened an Etsy store.  If you don't know what that is, it's an online retail store for small businesses and entrepreneurs. My Etsy shop sells dioramas or room scenes; which "set the stage" for memories or imagination. They each come with a short description/story to explain the scene and every setting has John 3:16 written inconspicuously somewhere. You have to look close to find it.
I hope you check them out.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Saint Patrick's Day

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (IrishLá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of IrelandSaint Patrick (c. AD 385–461).
Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,[3] as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.[5] Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[6] Christians also attend church services,[5][7] and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.[5][6][8][9]
Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland,[10] Northern Ireland,[11] Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Great BritainCanada, the United StatesArgentinaAustralia and New Zealand.

According to legend, Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

-Between the Dash-

Obituaries typically put life in chronological order, and in abbreviated form. For instance: day and place of birth, town where the person lived and worked, schooling, list of surviving family members, and finally where and how they died.  They could have lived twenty-two years or ninety-two years. They could have been married and had children and grandchildren, or they could have been single or divorced. Sadly, though, an obituary can only say so much. And once we’re laid to rest all our gravestone will say under our name is the years of life, separated by a dash. The end. Or so it would seem. But, it’s the dash that means everything. It’s the dash that represents a life full of achievements or disappointments, enjoyments or disillusionments, meaningfulness or worthlessness, belief or disbelief.

What will your dash represent? What would your dash tell others if they could see the entire minutia of your everyday life? Would they see regrets? Undoubtedly. Would they see triumphs? Assuredly. Would they see dreams fulfilled? Not always. Most importantly, would they see a person who came to know and love our Lord and Savior before the date after the dash? I pray, yes.

As an untraditional college student (that's anyone over a certain age, hmmm?) I took a writing class in which everyone was asked to write a short autobiography.  I thought to myself, of what interest would my humdrum life be to anyone, let alone someone who was only twenty years old? Well, I was surprised to find my viewpoint erroneous.  Everyone had a story to tell. There were stories full of captivating and amusing anecdotes, stories of love and loss, and even Ellis Island.  They were stories that held merit, every single one of them. It made me realize we all have a story to tell. We could all be a Hallmark movie in the making. You see, that dash represents so much more than just empty years. It should never be seen like an abbreviated obituary with, “just the facts, ma’am”. That dash represents dreams and promises and hopes. No matter the amount of years, I pray they stand for a life well lived, full of forgiveness and love, and a belief in something greater and bigger than oneself, so that even after the date after the dash it will not chime, “the end”, but only the beginning of something  glorious. Amen.

Sunday, December 21, 2014