Friday, June 18, 2010

My boy...

One of the privileges that I had this year is to be at home with my boys, I really can't believe how much they have grown and changed. My two precious boys.

The other day I picked up Sasha from school and was struck how grown up he all the sudden was, walking chatting with his classmates. Sasha is finishing grade one. I don't remember much of my own toddler years but I remember very clearly my grade one, and from then on I remember a lot of things that shaped me...

My little boy is growing, changing, he is a sensitive kid, who loves to play and imagine, he often gets lost in his thoughts... I remember when we brought him home and he laid on my lap and as I looked at him I would wonder about what kind of personality he was going to have, what will he like and dislike...

My boy is growing and in someways seems so grown up, and I love him, and I often think about the things that will shape him outside of our house, the joys and pains that he will face and have to deal with and I worry about this world that might jade him but I know I can't not let him see it, live it and be shaped by it.

My boy is growing, he will become a man, and I will have to let him go. He changed our lives coming into our house such a helpless, precious little bundle. His arrival changed me forever, he is a gift; a precious gift

I love you my boy...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Quotable...

". . . [Nietzsche] had the good manners to despise Christianity, in large part, for what it actually was--above all, for its devotion to an ethics of compassion--rather than allow himself the soothing, self-righteous fantasy that Christianity’s history had been nothing but an interminable pageant of violence, tyranny, and sexual neurosis. He may have hated many Christians for their hypocrisy, but he hated Christianity itself principally on account of its enfeebling solicitude for the weak, the outcast, the infirm, and the diseased; and, because he was conscious of the historical contingency of all cultural values, he never deluded himself that humanity could do away with Christian faith while simply retaining Christian morality in some diluted form, such as liberal social conscience or innate human sympathy."

- David Bentley Hart

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hero of war...

Today in Church, Carl presented a brief look at anabaptist theology and for the pacifism stance showed this video (attached below, Facebook users click here) It is a powerful image of how violence seduces and destroys as it dehumanizes people both the abused and the abuser.

It was a good reminder and a challenge as Christian Gospel and thought has claimed from first that in a world in bondage to sin, where violence holds sway over hearts and history, the peace of God made present in Christ is unique; the way, the truth and the life that alone can liberate the world from the tyranny of greed, cruelty, egoism, and aggression is none other than a particular Nazarene rabbi put to death under Pontius Pilate. (David Bentley Hart, The Beauty of the Infinite)

It should also be pointed out as Rise Against is an American band that is publicly making a stand with in its own country, but that is not the point I am touching on here nor was Carl, this is not some slam on USA, the point is about violence, and the uniform and the flag could be replaced with any other nations. Anyways it gave me lots to think about as a person who proclaims the Prince of Peace, and whose citizenship is in heaven and not of earthly kingdoms.