So three nights have passed since I blogged last. I hope no one was harmed by the deprivation. Monday night was LifeGroup and a study of Psalm 100. We also worked with Aaron to write and sing our own psalm, based on number 115. Aaron had a chorus and then had people fill in the sentence "Praise God for ___ and ___," where one person filled in one of the blanks. Then we shared what we had written so everyone would have the full psalm and then sang it. It was good. I think this one worked a little better than the first time we tried it a few months ago. Tuesday was our Voyager upgrade at work. Voyager is our library software. Tuesday night was youth group where we talked about Job and praising God in pain. In my group we also talked a little about farting since someone kept doing it. Wednesday was recovering from the Voyager upgrade and getting stood up. My Mormons didn't show on Wednesday night nor was a phone call from the Nashville area forthcoming. So I read Thr3e, by Ted Dekker. It's a thriller about a seminary student who gets a call from someone telling him there's a bomb in his car. He has three minutes to call the newspaper and confess something or the car will blow up. It was a pretty exciting book. I started reading around 6:30 p.m. and finished it around 12:30 taking breaks for laundry and a pleasant phone conversation. The story has a number of red herrings to keep you guessing as to the identity of the killer and also serves as an interesting meditation on the nature of sin and fallenness. I was somewhat disappointed with the resolution as I didn't preferred one of the earlier implied twists instead of the one that it came down to but overall I liked the book.
Verse of the Day:
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!" Psalm 115:1 (ESV)
The first line of the psalm in Latin (more or less) is "Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomine tuo da gloria," and is sung beautifully after the battle of Agincourt in the Kenneth Branagh version of Henry V. It's one of the reasons that's my favorite movie adaptation of one of Shakespeare's plays.