Random Thoughts for the Weekend

1. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted because broken hearts find it easier to see need of him.

2. I posted something earlier this week about how Christians think they are going deep when they talk about art and culture but I think they are going deep when they talk about things like plumbing and accounting. I said this, not because art and culture are not needed topics, but because they are easy topics. Straight lines between theology and art. But plumbing? Accounting? The vocations we need but are never really celebrated – when we are tracing those lines, then we’re thinking deeply.

3. The King of Kings does not flinch because of an election.

4. Two weeks from today till Sean and I are reunited with Robert, Pete, and Leah.

5. With all the contempt the NFL has shown towards those who exposed CTE, do you really think they would care about a player involved in domestic assault?

6. “You twist the light in your hands /It moves and sparks/It’s all the love you can give/Reasons fall from every storm that you lift/We move through the dark, helpless”

7. I miss my palapa in Cancun like a fat kid misses cake.

8. We do need songs that sound like quiet flowing streams. But we sure as heck need songs that sound like Apocalypse.

9. Work that dehumanizes participates in the Fall of man.

10. I miss sitting under a palapa with Bethany in bathing suit.

Thursday’s Random Thoughts

1. There is a bent part of me hoping Dylan doesn’t even go and get the Nobel Prize.

2. Sometimes worrying about the possible negative consequences of presidential elections, feels like a luxury.

3. Those things which can bring the most joy also are in the position to deliver the greatest disappointment.

4. I know you don’t think you can drink Mango Tangos all day in the Mexican sun, but you can. You really can.

5. The other day I saw two young ladies studying in the library. They looked so young and everything was held so lightly. Their laughter was nothing but beautiful. They both wore hijabs. This was the only thing that stood out about them except their laughter. And it was like no one was there for them to be self-conscious about. They weren’t just alone at the table, the room was empty. I wonder if I’d be the same. 

6. If you don’t think Dylan should have won the Nobel Prize because he does music and not Literature, then the Psalms and the Greek choruses are excluded as Literature too.

7. When I walk over my front yard and hear the crunch of dry grass under my feet, all I hear is, “You don’t have to cut me anymore.”

8. Keep in mind that Shakespeare wrote plays, which were the pop culture of the day. Actors and playwrights were not held in high esteem like today. Once you know this you can understand why Dylan may be a good choice for the Nobel Prize. If you don’t understand Shakespeare’s influence on Literature and culture, shame on you. If don’t know Dylan’s, same.

9. If the NT writers didn’t feel the need to condemn the Emperors of Rome and their policies, our leaders should feel no need, either.

10. Some days the pain is slight. But most days it is in technicolor. HD, even. I’m tempted to look down at my hands and say, “It’s the damnedest thing.” But I suppose I’m to take it all as a blessing. Knowing and doing and very distant cousins.

Random Thoughts

1. Baseball is almost over and I hate everything.

2. This morning I woke up far before my alarm. And one of the first things I did was go stand in the front yard and look up. The sky was pockmarked with stars and everything was completely silent. No cars heard in the distance. No dogs barking. No leaves rustling. And then I took a barefooted step and could hear the grass under my feet. You don’t get many quiet moments like that.

3. I tried to listen to the new Bon Iver. But here’s the thing – it’s terrible. The Emperor has no clothes. It’s barely music. And he may need to go to rehab.

4. People are threatening to not watch the NFL because of the national anthem protests. And the NFL is not doing anything about it. I don’t really care about the protests, but really? The cover up of CTE was not enough, but this is your last straw? 

5. I don’t understand how any Christian could support either candidate for president. 

6. I have basically given up on reading music critics. Amazon reviews are worth far more. I care more about what housewives and plumbers think than experts.

7. I saw Jason Isbell twice in 5 days. And now it’s hard to imagine any concert not by him being any good. Maybe it’ll pass.

8. I don’t understand how any Christian could fear any presidential candidate.

9. The only thing that could make me feel better after listening to almost 3 songs on the new Bon Iver album was Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde.

10. I just realized this is a “get off my lawn” version of random thoughts. Can we blame it on lack of sleep? Also I need a Werthers. (Puts on cardigan.)