> Jacob was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to ride the carousel thing. But as we were leaving he decided to say adios to a representative of one of his favorite animals.
He was pooped…we walked/jogged/ran for five plus hours.
It was truly a blessing for this Dad to spend the day with him. I am so grateful for the blessings Abba drops down on us…
As we got to KC there was a bit of construction, so I asked Jacob to pray we’d not get stuck in a jam; we did not. We prayed we’d have a good time. We didn’t. We had a FANTASTIC time.
As we left the zoo I decided to take him to see “How to Train a Dragon.” We had no idea what the start time was, so we prayed we’d get there and not have to wait long to see the film. We arrived, parked the car, walked up to the window, and discovered it would start in five minutes! We got the obligatory snack, sat down, and watched the previews and the very delightful film.
Seize the moments to model prayer! “Cast ALL your cares on Him…”
God is wise; God is good, God is sovereign.
And I am abundantly blessed with the most wonderful wife and kids!
> I will be out of town on Jacob’s 8th birthday (April 10), so after I got back from Washington late Monday night, Jacob and I spent the day Tuesday exploring the Kansas City zoo.
Alas for him, I took along a digital camera; only took a couple hundred pics; and on a couple occasions I “asked” him to pose for a shot.
This was one of them.
Jacob was a good sport!
> A personal highlight of the trip Jacob and I took to the Kansas City zoo…in one of the aviaries this fellow perched on my shoulder and, ah, snacked on whatever may have been in my ear and/or hair. He stayed there for several minutes before flying away, and causing some other visitors to think I was staff.
With my wounded eye maybe this is confirmation that I should wear a patch, sail a ship, and join the world of pirates? Nah.
This is truly remarkable!
Christopher Hitchens (noted atheist and author of God is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything) was interviewed in Portland, Or by Unitarian “minister” Marilyn Sewell.
Near the beginning of the interview Sewell remarks, “The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories form the Scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement (that Jesus died for our sins, for example). Do you make any distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion?”
How do you think Hitchens will reply? I’ve not read his book yet; but I think I shall to see what his train of thought is. I shall also pray that Spirit of God will draw him to the cross, because he “gets” the gospel. Here is his reply:
“I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that He rose again from the dead and by His sacrifice our sins are forgiven,
you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.”
>Yup, “we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses,” but as we attach ourselves to Jesus we are also surrounded by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We must guard ourselves. It is my experience, confirmed by so many others, that the most dangerous times in our spiritual lives are the few days after the Lord has done some work within and/or through us. So laugh with the cartoon, but laugh with understanding…