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Saturday, July 19, 2003

I've decided to take a permanent break from blogging.

'bye.

Friday, July 18, 2003

Spoil(er)(ed)

When I pick up a book of fiction, I read the summary on the dustjacket, then flip to the end and read the last two pages. I've done this all my life, and I can't stand reading a book any other way.

I think this says much more about me than how I read a book.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Deep Thought

For the naturalist the doing of math and science is an end.

For the Christian the doing of math and science is a means.

I have a hunch this applies everywhere else, and with everything we do.

Friday, July 11, 2003

Creepy, but not really

Sometimes I see that folks on google have been seaching for "sarah garner". Now if you're Sora Colvin or Joel Garver or someone unique like that, you can be pretty sure they're looking for you. But if you share your name with a world-class sculler and a fruitloop, you can't be quite sure they were looking for you. But I like to imagine I'm wildly popular. Don't burst my bubble.
Time flies

I got together tonight with some old friends from high school including one friend whom I grew up with (he lived three houses down from me until we graduated from high school) but didn't stay in touch with in school. I had a great time, talking about everything that's happened to us in the past twelve years. We've changed, but then in other ways we haven't, and I realized I had never really gotten to know most of the people I went to school with. We were all just kids, and nothing mattered. Now everything matters, and we are aware of it. It's a good change, and it makes getting to know each other so much easier.

We flipped through our senior yearbook and asked each other about folks we had graduated with. One guy that I knew through soccer (I played on a co-ed soccer team with him when we were very young) has been playing baseball quite successfully in the minor leagues. It's weird to see a face that looks so much older than the last time I saw him, which was probably my freshman year in high school when I was still taller than he was. We're all turning 30 this year, and it's tough, but it's not quite as bad knowing everyone else I knew all those years is going through the same thing.
Can anyone get any tackier?

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Meditation

To Thee, O Lord, I fly
And on Thy help depend;
Thou art my Lord and King most high;
Do Thou my soul defend.
A heritage for me
Jehovah will remain;
My portion rich and full is He,
My right He will maintain.

The lot to me that fell
Is beautiful and fair;
The heritage in which I dwell
Is good beyond compare.
I praise the Lord above
Whose counsel guides aright;
My heart instructs me in His love
In seasons of the night.

I keep before me still
The Lord Whom I have proved;
At my right hand He guards from ill,
And I shall not be moved.
Life’s pathway Thou wilt show,
To Thy right hand wilt guide,
Where streams of pleasure ever flow,
And boundless joys abide.


Leominster

Monday, July 07, 2003

Different in a very evil way

Today while walking through West Annapolis I passed a small storefront that had a sign out side that said "ECKANKAR - A Religion of the Light and Sound of God." Knowing this had to be a cult, my curiosity got the better of me so I looked them up on the internet.

Truly bizarre.

What is the most bizarre, though, is their one divine "hymn", or HU. Yes, HU. It is one of the names of god, they say, and it will help anyone of any religion attain a higher spiritual plane. Click here to hear a group of people singing HU. I had really funny images pop into my head of an off-key middle school chorus trying to warm up to a 50-cent pitchpipe. People just keep getting more and more weird.

Sunday, July 06, 2003

Different in a very good way

I visited CREC today with a friend and we sang one of my favorites, How sweet and aweful is the place. The congregation at CREC is quite small, and the acoustics at their meeting place are poor, so I was a bit wobbly on the alto part until the middle of the second verse.

At the beginning of the third verse, the pianist dropped out and we went a capella for the last three verses. It was very beautiful. The pianist had played it quite a bit slower than I am used to singing it, but by the third verse it felt right. The last two verses, which are beautiful, were even more significant when we slowed it down.

Pity the nations, O our God!
Constrain the earth to come;
Send Thy victorious Word abroad,
And bring the strangers home.

We long to see Thy churches full,
That all the chosen race
May with one voice, and heart and soul,
Sing Thy redeeming grace.

Beautiful

(Note: this hymn must be sung to Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sine Nomine.)

For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
All are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave, again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
And singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Just for future reference

CHAP. XXVII. - Of the Sacraments.

1. Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, immediately instituted by God, to represent Christ and His benefits; and to confirm our interest in Him: as also, to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the Church and the rest of the world; and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to His Word.

2. There is, in every sacrament, a spiritual relation, or sacramental union, between the sign and the thing signified: whence it comes to pass, that the names and effects of the one are attributed to the other.

3. The grace which is exhibited in or by the sacraments rightly used, is not conferred by any power in them; neither doth the efficacy of a sacrament depend upon the piety or intention of him that doth administer it: but upon the work of the Spirit, and the word of institution, which contains, together with a precept authorizing the use thereof, a promise of benefit to worthy receivers.

4. There be only two sacraments ordained by Christ our Lord in the Gospel; that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord: neither of which may be dispensed by any, but by a minister of the Word lawfully ordained.

5. The sacraments of the old testament in regard of the spiritual things thereby signified and exhibited, were, for substance, the same with those of the new.

CHAP. XXVIII. - Of Baptism.

1. Baptism is a sacrament of the new testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church; but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, of his ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in newness of life. Which sacrament is, by Christ's own appointment, to be continued in His Church until the end of the world.

2. The outward element to be used in this sacrament is water, wherewith the party is to be baptized, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a minister of the Gospel, lawfully called thereunto.

3. Dipping of the person into the water is not necessary; but Baptism is rightly administered by pouring, or sprinkling water upon the person.

4. Not only those that do actually profess faith in and obedience unto Christ, but also the infants of one, or both, believing parents, are to be baptized.

5. Although it be a great sin to condemn or neglect his ordinance, yet grace and salvation are not so inseparably annexed unto it, as that no person can be regenerated, or saved, without it: or, that all that are baptized are undoubtedly regenerated.

6. The efficacy of Baptism is not tied to that moment of time wherein it is administered; yet, notwithstanding, by the right use of this ordinance, the grace promised is not only offered, but really exhibited, and conferred, by the Holy Ghost, to such (whether of age or infants) as that grace belongeth unto, according to the counsel of God's own will, in His appointed time.

7. The sacrament of Baptism is but once to be administered unto any person.

Can it be any more clear? Hmph.

Friday, July 04, 2003

"Friday Five"

1. What were your favorite childhood stories?
I liked the Madeleine L'Engle trilogy (A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet), Esther Hautzig's The Endless Steppe, and Jacob Have I Loved.

2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?
Island of the Blue Dolphins, Jacob Have I Loved, and The Endless Steppe.

3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?
I recently re-read both The Endless Steppe and Jacob Have I Loved and were surprised at their depth. Even though they were written for a younger age group (maybe 3rd-6th grade) the content was very good and still, at almost 30 years old, impacted me deeply. I didn't finish either book without a few tears in my eyes.

4. How old were you when you first learned to read?
My mom told me I learned to read from watching Electric Company before I started kindergarten. She wasn't sure when but knew it was before I started school.

5. Do you remember the first 'grown-up' book you read? How old were you?
I don't remember, but it was probably around 6th or 7th grade. I do remember reading Sharon Webb's Earth Children series (science fiction) in middle school and being deeply disturbed by it.

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