Allow Me To Introduce…

I am a regular reader of several blogs. At last count my Bloglines account tracks a total of 80 feeds. About a half dozen or so are non-blogs such as comics, but most are regular peoples’ prognostications, ponderings and pontifications. I have seen other bloggers devote regular entries to pointing readers to blogs that they have found interesting, informative or entertaining. I think I may begin doing the same.

oh, …a snickers bar may do wonders for increased rank 😉

What’s In A Headline

I woke up this morning to the good news about the freedom of the three remaining CPT hostages. Before leaving for work, I payed Graham a visit to see what he had to say. With this news, this morning’s bright blue sky and walking past the various trees and shrubs about to burst open around here, I was experiencing quite an enjoyable disposition; still am.

On the drive into work, I was listening to the radio and heard a report or two about the release but none with a whole lot of detail. I was kinda hoping for more. Nearing work I switched to NPR and heard more of the same. Then as I was parking, the station began a BBC broadcast which started off with a fairly lengthy bit on the hostages. They talked to the assistant executive director (I think) of CPT. The discussion focused on what ‘motivated’ these guys to do what they did and to what effect their work is having an impact. It was a very intresting piece and it was tremendous to hear over the airwaves that peoples’ commitment to Christ and His teachings can cause them to deny themselves and stand in the gap where so many refuse to go.

On a similar note, I have a few different news feeds displaying on my Google homepage. Both the NYT and the BBC had headlines regarding the release. I found it rather interesting how the two were worded:

NYT: 3 Western Aid Workers in Iraq Rescued in Military Operation

BBC: Western peace hostages freed in Iraq

… perhaps yet another matter of perspective.

Didn’t Forget My Lunch

I am not typically a brown-bagger in fact I very rarely take my lunch to work. What I am though, is very much a creature of routine. There is a rhythm to my mornings. Disrupt that rhythm and you will likely disrupt my sweet disposition as well.

The other evening we had an exceptionally tasty lasagna for dinner. My bride equates food with love and she is one of the most loving people I have ever known. Cleaning up after dinner, I set aside some lasagna for lunch the following day. I put it into one of those sealable plastic devices that will be on this planet much longer than I and place it in the fridge. Knowing that getting my lunch out of the fridge before heading to work is not part of the rhythm of my morning routine — but grabbing my keys certainly is — I place my keys in the fridge on top of the sealable plastic device containing my lunch. Thus ensured that I will not leave the house without the lasagna, I relax and settle into reading a book, or maybe it was the newspaper… whatever.

A bit later that evening my daughter is rummaging through the fridge. Seeing my keys sitting on top of said plastic container she turns and glances my way. A sweet smile crosses her face and it is as if I am able to read her thoughts. “Senility is so adorable on you, dad.”

Perspective

Sometime early morning Friday a man was killed in downtown Raleigh. Apparently at the scene there were several police officers who simply stood by as the man died. In addition to the police, there were others present as well. According to reports, these bystanders actually tried to get involved, but as they attempted to make their way past the police they were arrested.

… is it simply a matter of perspective?

[hat tip to Duane Beck of RMC]

He Says, We Say

He says, love your neighbor.
We say, close the borders.

He says, love your enemy.
We say, justice shall be served.

He says, overcome evil with good.
we say, war can be just.

He says, deny your self.
We say, I have my rights.

We say, Lord, Lord.
might He say, do I know you?