Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bowing The Knee

In honor of Holy Week, I've been reading through Matthew 27 and jotting down my own thoughts and impressions. Today I read Verses 37-31. Even though my notes on this passage don't constitute "great writing," I wanted to share the insights I had. Hopefully, the Holy Spirit guided my thoughts, and will speak to you through what I wrote.

Mat 27:27  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.
Mat 27:28  And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.
Mat 27:29  When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
Mat 27:30  Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.
Mat 27:31  And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.
 


3/30/10:

Verses 27-31: Pilate removed himself from the situation, leaving Jesus to the soldiers. It's interesting to me that the soldiers considered Him to be at their mercy, when He is really God, the Lord of all. As I read Verse 29, I thought of that day when their knee would bow again (Philippians 2:10-11). At that time, however, they won't be mocking Him, but rather, they'll be truly confessing His authority.

At that time, they had no concept of God. They knew the Jews were charging Jesus with claiming to be a King, thus challenging Caesar. Yet they saw Him as being weak and ineffectual because He wouldn't defend Himself. I think many people today mock Him for the same reason. As yet, His control over the world is largely undetected, so people laugh at His claims of authority. And He still responds (for now) in meekness. I worship Him for His patience!

 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

An Appetite For Words... Or For Life?

A week or so ago, we got "Julie & Julia" from Netflix. John liked it; I absolutely loved it! The parallels and disparities between the two women intrigued me, and the marriage of Julia and Paul touched me with its passion and tenderness. I loved watching Julie's blog launch her writing career.

Julie's blog, though, made me want to develop my own blog more. Her transparency got her in trouble a few times, admittedly. But it also empowered her writing, and drew her readers into her world of French recipes, a thankless job, and cooking disasters. She gave the blog and the cooking project too much priority, yes. Almost destroyed her marriage in the process (never good). Yet I came away wanting my blog to make a difference, like hers did.

Ironic, then, that since seeing the movie I've been too busy to blog.

After graduating from college in 1977, I was supposed to be "A Writer." Okay, I thought, what do I write about? All my teachers and professors said, "Write about what you know." Okay, I thought, what do I know about? I knew about...writing. Well gee, that's boring. I needed to experience life in order to write.

Since watching "Julie & Julia" all I've done is "experience life!" Boston adventures, church responsibilities, personal Bible Study, despair over the Health Care Reform Bill, various aspects of my marriage...and having my attendant try a recipe (upside-down broccoli pizza) that we ended up not liking.  Experience, so necessary to writing and blogging, crowded out all blogging time. I couldn't even slap up pictures till yesterday.

So where's the balance between living and recording my life? I can't be Julie, so consumed with my blog that I reduce all my experiences and thoughts into potential blog posts. But neither can I shove blogging to the bottom of my priority list..

May I learn from Julie how to combine the ingredients successfully. May I learn The Joy Of Blogging. 

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Empty Lagoons and Sea Creatures

Why is life taking up all my blogging time? Since my last post, John and I have visited Boston twice...amazing to get in there four times in March! I don't think I can possibly share everything about the latest two trips, but I want to share a few photos.

We knew that going to an Irish Pub in Boston on St. Patrick's Day would be crazy, so we waited until the next day. After searching around the Web, I found M.J. O'Connor's in Back Bay. (The website is down today, so I can't provide a link.) After a nice Irish lunch, we meandered back towards South Station through the Public Garden. That's when we saw that the Lagoon had been drained!



Massachusetts had been pummeled by rain only a couple days earlier, so the empty lagoon was particularly bizarre. My theory is that they drained it because of all the flooding in this part of the state. Still, it was very strange...even for Boston.





Fascinating, isn't it? That's the suspension bridge that the Swan Boats pass under during "Tourist Season." It looked so different yawning over that drying mud puddle. Maybe even a little sad. In a way, perhaps it illustrates my yearning for spring.







This past Thursday, we entered Boston again. We dropped by Boston Common, had lunch at Quincy Market (tip: avoid Piccilo Pannini unless you really love garlic), and decided to visit the New England Aquarium. This cute little Harbor Seal greeted us!






We ventured inside, and found these small sea turtles. I enjoyed watching them, though I'm still not sure why these particular turtles were in such stark surroundings.






This next exhibit was called "Jellies," although there was only one actual jellyfish in the tank. As I indicated earlier, however, many things in Boston are inexplicable. Anyway, it's beautiful, isn't it?




I'm looking forward to writing more blog entries, and hopefully not exclusively about our Boston Adventures. But there will be Boston Adventures, and they'll inspire me to blog, I'm sure!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's Cannoli Season!

Yeah, last week was that busy! I'm just now able to post photos of my first cannoli run of 2010--we did it last Monday (March 8). I know, that was so 9 days ago, but we just now managed to transfer the photos from the camera to my computer.


I'll get to the important part of the trip: Cannolis at Quincy Market!



Yum, look at all those tasty treats. Actually, I have tried their lemon meringue pie (very good) and their cheesecake (you can never go wrong with cheesecake), but nothing says "Boston" like a cannoli from North End Bakery!



Thursday, March 4, 2010

High Times in Boston

Ever since my move to Boston, my friend Pam (who lives in Seattle) has been praying for a work-related conference that would bring her here to see me and meet John. Pam has a PhD in Pain Management, and currently works in the fields of oncology and palliative care (or, in her words, she works in "pain and death"). This week, she's finally here!

She came a day early so she  could spend time with us, so John and I met her at the Prudential Center on Tuesday. John suggested, since it was too cold for us to wander around Boston, that we go to the Skywalk Observatory on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Building. It didn't take long to locate the Boston Common from our perch.



If you look carefully, you'll see the steeple of Old North Church on the left. I really wished we could be down there, taking Pam on the Freedom Trail, but at least we could show her something that is meaningful to us! She took a photo of us with "our" Boston in the background.



 

John got a picture of me and Pam. To my disappointment, our camera washed out the Boston backdrop, but at least it's us!







As we progressed around the Skywalk, I was determined to find Fenway Park. Score!--I found it! We didn't realize how small it really is. Who cares, as long as Youkilis, Dice-K, Papelbon, Lowell and the rest of our beloved Red Sox take us to the World Series again this year.




Pam noticed an odd looking building that reminded her of R2D2. I couldn't see it since my wheelchair isn't tall enough for me to look over the window sill, but as I edited the photos this afternoon, I realized it's the Boston Sheraton Hotel.



Having exhausted the Skywalk, Pam treated us to lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. I'm disappointed in the photo the hostess took of us, but my guess is that we used an incorrect setting. I think I improved it to some extent, but Pam had wanted to show the cheesecakes behind us.






By the time we'd eaten, John and I needed to catch our van to go home. I wish we could have enjoyed Pam longer, but I'm so grateful for the time we did have with her!



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