Is God Good?

I confess, this is a question I struggle with and sometimes it is hard.  I mean, academically, I know the answer is yes, of course God is good.  But we don’t live in a world of academic rhetoric; our world is practical.  And from a practical point of view, it is sometimes difficult to reconcile the academic “God is good” with the experience of my daily struggles.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

My dearest love, Shannon,

Stop me if you’ve heard this one…

A guy walks into a church, takes a seat
Sees a girl that catches his eye
Tells her he’s not looking for marriage
They fall for each other and end up lovers
They laugh, cry, hold on tight, make it work for a little while…

Only, this time when the tail lights fade into the dark, they guy and girl are leaving together.

We said, “We could be married!”  And so we were.  When I said I do, I meant that I will till the end of all time.  I can’t imagine life without you.  Now you’re my whole life, now you’re my whole world.  You are the Serenity to my Cap’n Tight Pants.  The only one for me is you and you for me.  You fill my heart with gladness and take away all my sadness.  Everything I am and have is because of you.  You make me better than I was and more than I am.

You’re the one I want to go through time withI wanna make your world better than its ever beenYou just don’t realize how much I love youI need your love, because I’m crazy for youYou got me wrapped around your little finger so baby please don’t treat me bad.  Just let me be the one to hold you.

I’m forever yours, and I’m so glad that I got you babeYou’re simply the best, you’re my girl, and you’re amazing just the way you are.  And I may be crazy, but it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for.

Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasureI’m so in love with you, it just keeps getting better. I wanna spend the rest of my life with you by my side, for ever and everAs long as old men sit and talk about the weather; as long as old women sit and talk about old menIsn’t that the way that love’s supposed to be?

Looks like we made it; look how far we’ve come, my baby. We might’ve took the long way. We knew we’d get there someday. They said, “I bet they’ll never make it,” but just look at us holding on. We’re still together, still going strong.

Look into my eyes, you will see what you mean to me. Look into your heart, you will find there’s nothing there to hide. There’s no love, like your love. I can’t help it, there’s nothing I want more. You know it’s true, everything I do, I do it for you.

I love you very, very, very, very, very much.  How much?  All the world, fifty cents, two-eighths cents, and…

… a little bit.

With all my love,



Special thanks to:  Tyler Farr, The Beach Boys, Clint Black, Brad Paisley, The Turtles, Rod Stewart, Tim McGraw, Jim Croce, Keith Urban, Eric Clapton, The Righteous Brothers, Madonna, Luke Bryan, Percy Sledge, Mr. Big, Journey, Sonny and Cher, Tina Turner, The Temptations, Bruno Mars, Billy Joel (twice), Aerosmith, Lonestar, Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, and especially Bryan Adams.

Maundy Thursday

lastsupperToday is Maundy Thursday.  Aside from growing up Baptist and therefore being taught that everything Roman Catholic is utterly un-Biblical, I knew nothing of this special day until recently.  Maundy, according to Wikipedia, is from the Latin word for foot washing.  Maundy Thursday is the commemoration of Jesus washing the feet of the Apostles and His last supper with them.  While some Christian denominations claim foot washing as sacramental, not all do; however, all Christian denominations treat the last supper as sacramental in the form of Communion, or the Lord’s Supper.  (Although many avoid the “Roman Catholic” word “sacrament” under the same misconception I mention above.)

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you are online for very long, you will being your collection of wonderful random combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols that we all collect, the password.  If you are like me, and work with computers all day, you will add to your collection rather quickly until you have more passwords than you can remember.  And then it happens.  That fateful day when you have to change a password.  Usually this happens about the time you have secured the previous password into your memory.  Then, the next time you need to log in, you have to remember your password.  No, not the one you had committed to memory, the one you changed to after that.  All the pounding of your head against the keyboard can’t help you now.

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Dick Sabel, Private Eye

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve been toying with the idea of starting a serial blog post to practice my hand at writing fiction.  Since I have been a teen, I’ve been interested in writing and I have several ideas for novels that I wanted to write.  I actually did NaNoWriMo once.  With both of my daughter’s birthdays in November as well as Thanksgiving being a regular extended-family time, it didn’t work out so well.  I’ll try again one day, but for now, I think I will practice my writing with some serial, fiction blog posts.

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This is actually not gumbo, and it is seafood.  But it looks good.I love to cook.  I don’t do it nearly enough.  Mostly, since I am dieting, I tend to eat way too much when I cook, so it is better for my diet to simply eat a pre-prepared meal (Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, etc).  But one thing that we have figured out how to make with a low calorie count is gumbo.  I’ve been making this for quite a number of years.  Everyone in my family loves it.  (Technically, since it contains neither okra nor filet, it isn’t gumbo, but we still call it that and no one has complained.)

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Juke Joint Festival, Clarksdale, MS

Just a short post today.  We skipped date night tonight and are heading down to Clarksdale, Mississippi today for the Juke Joint Festival.  The best part, we get to spend the evening having fun with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law.  They are driving up to go to the festival and invited us to meet them.  I’m very excited as we don’t get to see them nearly often enough.

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