Tuesday, May 21, 2002
posted by Alan 7:55 PM
Friday, May 17, 2002
The blog is messing up a bit - taking me to another web site called souls searching. I'll see what I can do to fix it.
posted by Alan 8:10 AM
Monday, May 13, 2002
The Compuserve News Service reports that 2 Bibles were found in the wreckage of Flight 93 that crashed in rural Pennsylvania on 9/11. One Bible belonged to a Buddist. The other's owner is unknown. According to the story:
The Washington Post reports that when Miller found the second Bible on the floor of a warehouse where the few victims' belongings that have been found are being stored, it was open to Psalm 121. Often read at funerals, this psalm begins: "I lift up my eyes to the hills--from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." And the last two verses, 121: 7 and 121:8: "The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forever more." Wally Miller doesn't know how that Bible came to be open to this particular page with this particular message.
I guess it's not surprising that some of the passengers turned to the Bible for comfort during that very stressful event. But perhaps the message was meant for us, the survivors, to discover as well.
posted by Alan 7:34 PM
Wednesday, May 08, 2002
There are dangerous ideas about spirituality out there. Compare these quotes from two different sources:
"I am more than my physical self. I am more than this job that I do. I am more than the external definitions that I have given myself. . . . Those roles are all extensions of who I define myself to be, but ultimately I am Spirit come from the greatest Spirit. I am Spirit."
"You talk of this place called heaven. Heaven resides within you. You control your own destiny. You are your own god! Earth is a place where free will resides. You can do anything you want."
Both sound equally loony. And both are very dangerous, albeit in different ways. Number one is a quote from Oprah Winfrey. Number two is a quote from the alleged "mailbox bomber," Lucas Helder.
Who's more dangerous? I think Oprah is. Helder's bombs killed no one, and his screed is the obvious ravings of a loony. Oprah, however, is very popular and has millions of fans. And many wrongly look to her for answers. Case in point, this Mennonite pastor!
To choose life is to love the Lord your God, obey him, and stay close to him.
- Deuteronomy 30:20
posted by Alan 2:29 PM
Tuesday, May 07, 2002
A PRAYER ANSWERED
I still have a sore throat this morning, but the warm head and the sense of dread anticipating an oncoming cold is gone! Were my prayers answered? Or would I have felt better today if I hadn't prayed?
I swear to you that I knew - just knew - that I was going to be full-out sick. All the signs were there. The warm head. The slight bodily discomfort. But today all is well.
Another "minor" miracle just occurred!
posted by Alan 4:36 AM
Monday, May 06, 2002
I had to post the test yesterday because the web address was taking Soulseaching readers to another blog called "souls searching." Don't know why. All's back to normal now....except that -
I have a sore throat and a warm head - the tell-tale signs of a cold, flu or some other ailment. I've prayed to ask for a quick recovery. But what if I have a cold for 2 weeks? Does this mean God didn't answer my prayer? No one can say with certainty.
My thought is that most things happen for a reason. Perhaps God forsaw that something bad would happen to me at work this week. And that staying home would avoid it. Perhaps this is a reminder for me to take better care of my body. Perhaps my body needs to go through this to develop an immunity to a specific strain of sickness.
But perhaps there is no reason at all. This may be such a small item on the list of events in my life that it's not worth wondering about. But did my praying help? I like to think so.
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers.
- 1 Peter 3:12
posted by Alan 3:23 PM
Sunday, May 05, 2002
This is a test.....
posted by Alan 6:53 PM