April 11th, 2008

wayside cross

I Saw God Wash the World

I saw God wash the world last night
With his sweet showers on high,
And then, when morning came, I saw
Him hang it out to dry.

He washed each tiny blade of grass
And every trembling tree;
He flung his showers against the hill,
And swept the billowing sea.

The white rose is a cleaner white,
The red rose is more red,
Since God washed every fragrant face
And put them all to bed.

There's not a bird, there's not a bee
That wings along the way
But is a cleaner bird and bee
Than it was yesterday.

I saw God wash the world last night.
Ah, would He had washed me
As clean of all my dust and dirt
As that old white birch tree.
-- William L. Stidger

Elton John speaks out on Hillary and misogyny

So what?

Some random thoughts here.

1) My, Elton John's getting old and pudgy (as are we all, I confess). All the glitter in the world can't make you look cool past a certain point. No doubt his lifestyle complicates things.

2) Why do famous (and infamous) aliens -- who don't even live here -- feel they have the right to speak out on candidates in our elections? If Ben Stein or George Clooney -- both famous Americans, but of very different political views -- went to London and spoke out on whom they favored in the next UK election, the British public and news media would be horrified at their inserting themselves where they didn't belong.


It's about time to apply for The Bishop's Award of Excellence. Both Scout Troop and Cub Pack would qualify this year, which would be a bit of a coup; however, the fact is that the criteria for the BAE have been so watered down that neither group had to do much of anything beyond what they ordinarily do to qualify. I made sure we had certain discussions, and I made sure the church offered the God & Country program, etc.

So what exactly are we celebrating? What has been achieved? I don't know. I want to make sure that our kids and leaders are encouraged to cooperate ever more closely with the church, but just giving away bling bling seems counterproductive to me: Cheap Grace With a Patch™.

Grump grump grump.
in the soup


I had my annual physical Tuesday, and everything was fine; however, I asked my doctor about seasonal nasal allergy symptoms. I've been having trouble keeping my sinuses clear and only Afrin works -- but you can get hooked on Afrin. He prescribed Singulair and Flonase to ease me off the Afrin.

Tuesday evening, I took the first Singulair, and I felt flushed. Wednesday and Thursday, I took serious naps in the afternoon -- as in, took my clothes off and went back to bed. Today, I've been flushed and dizzy all day. It's like being drunk, but without any of benefits.

I'm supposed to go hiking tomorrow. And driving Scouts. So I got hold of my doctor this evening, and he told me to stop taking the Singulair. We'll see how that goes. Prayers for me would be appreciated.

siege will be accompanying me as Second Banana Adult for this ten-mile hike. Prayers for him would be appreciated, too.