Friday, June 02, 2006

Verse and Potential Quote of the Day

Yikes! Y'all are getting spoiled it wasn't that long ago that I was only posting once every couple of weeks and only a few days before that I had no blog.

"Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion." Psalm 84:5-7

I discovered this Psalm during my first year at seminary. I don't remember what it was exactly that made it stand out at first but the image that captivated was of the pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem and passing through a dry and dusty valley (a possible translation of Baca). As they passed through the valley was changed to a place of springs and covered with blessings because of the joy of the Lord and of pilgrimage in their hearts. Finally there is the image in verse 7 of them passing from strength to strength instead of to weariness until at last they are able to stand before the Lord in Zion, until they reach their destination. I think it is a marvelous vision of what our life can be like as we follow the Lord. The rest of the Psalm is pretty good too.

From the sublime to the ridiculous. When I was waking up this morning, maybe after the 2nd or 3rd snooze alarm I discovered that part of my scalp was asleep. I don't remember that ever happening before and was thinking about asking Cindee or somebody else at work:
"Have you ever woken up and discovered that your head was asleep?".

18 comments:

Tooz said...

Now, Bubby, why in this world would you want to ask someone a question like that? Many of us would say that parts of your head have been asleep for years! I am still praying--please buy your lottery ticket! Love you.

Jenn Hacker said...

Okay, as promised, I'll "no longer be anonymous."

"We swears to comment to the master of the precious" (see comments on last post)... ??? I think I'm missing something here... Is that a compliment, an insult, or a reference to someone else whom you thought was the anonymous in this case? Just curious, as I'm befuddled.

Also, I like the interpretation of Psalm 84:5-7 from "The Message" Bible:

And how blessed [are] all those in whom you live, whose lives become roads you travel;
They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks, discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain!
God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn—Zion! God in full view!

I have a link to BibleGateway on my blog for just such cases as this. I like that on there you can look up a passage and have the results displayed in multiple versions.

My scalp has never been asleep, unless it slept while I was sleeping and awoke before I. However, one side of each of my pinkies often slumbers whilst I am awake (okay, obviously I need to stay away from Shakespeare; it's catching!)

Everett said...

Never stay away from Shakespeare if you can help it.

The comment about commenting to the master of the precious was merely the result of a chance connection in my head between the idea of swearing to comment and Gollum's promise to serve Frodo as it was stated in the script for The Two Towers. Probably "master" and "precious" ought to have been capitalized to have made that a little plainer but it really needed intonation. Possibly nothing could have made it plain for most people.

Everett said...

There are parts there it may be perilous to waken, though they say, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

Jenn Hacker said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Technical difficulties are leaving me stymied! Any time I try to post something more than a few lines, Blogger won't let me! Check your e-mail, Everett

annalu alulu said...

i'm sure my scalp has been asleep before. i know sometimes when i was in high school (i think that's the right time...) i would wake up with toy soldiers all over my brain. i remember being in the bathroom consumed with thoughts of toy soldiers and their conversations, and staying in the shower until my own thoughts would finally take over so i could face the world. maybe growing pains. maybe your scalp is growing. i just hope IT'S NOT A TU-MAH. my pinkies have fallen asleep, too, and that's a typing thing.

annalu alulu said...

maybe i shouldn't ask about the lottery ticket thing. i have some hunches.

Jenn Hacker said...

If she won't ask, I will. What's with the lottery ticket thing? or is it a private Tooz-Everett thing?
I hope blogger lets me post this.....argggggggghhhhh!

Tooz said...

Once there was a blonde who needed money really badly. She prayed to God to let her win the lottery. First week, no results--she lost her car. Second week, no results--she lost her house. Third week, no results--she lost her family. All this time she had been praying really hard. Finally she asked God WHY He didn't let her win the lottery. His respons: You have to help me out here--you need to buy a ticket. The connection is an Everett/Tooz thing.

Jenn Hacker said...

That's a cute joke. I'd never heard that one before!

annalu alulu said...

ok, my hunches were right. i'm glad, because earlier i thought something else really obvious might have been it, and i felt stupid for not realizing it, but now i get it. ok. sorry if i'm not supposed to.

Jenn Hacker said...

I'm glad you get it, Ann, because all I saw it as was a cute joke, but you're obviously seeing more to it than I am. Methinks I'm in the dark, and methinks I should probably stay that way, as it sounds like "Meadors" business to me, and not fodder for non-relatives. (Although I have been practically 'adopted' for several years now. [grin] ) But that's okay, because everyone isn't supposed to know everthing, although some of us (myself included) have spent years trying to learn everything about everything. It just isn't possible, so I won't worry about it (although curiosity is eating me up inside, but 'curiosity killed the cat', and I like my life right now, so I'll just hush)....

Jenn Hacker said...

And I just realized that I was rather abrupt in my frustration earlier over my technical difficulties. I didn't mean to sound as though I was issuing an edict, Everett, when I told you to check your e-mail. I was merely trying to ask you to check your e-mail, as I had e-mailed you some responses I would have posted as comments had my Internet not gone haywire at work; but it did, so I e-mailed you the comments, as well as some pertinent questions, instead.

So, let me rephrase, "Everett, please check your e-mail, and please respond, as I would like to know your viewpoints on these items, and would like to know how your search for an MLS program is going, as I expect to be going through the same search in the next approximately year-and-a-half to two years, so would like your opinions."

There, I feel much less bossy now!

Everett said...

It hadn't occurred to me that you were being bossy. I just thought there was something you wanted to say but had to say it via email because of trouble with the blogger comments.
There's not much need to apologize for potentially offensive statements here. I usually try to interpret things either in the best or the funniest (to my mind) way possible. I try as much as possible to give people the benefit of the doubt. And I'm personally not easily offended.

Jenn Hacker said...

Glad to know you aren't easily offended, as I sometimes can rub people the wrong way (no, really? Some people find Jenn irritating and aggravating? Never! LOL)

annalu alulu said...
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annalu alulu said...

sorry, i thought i had deleted that comment before, but i hadn't. i decided i would reword it and put it in my blog, and then i didn't check to see that it had been deleted. sorry sorry. anyway, i really just wanted to tell jennifer that she didn't probably need to apologize all the time to us, because we knew she was kidding, and then it came out wrong. so, back to htis post. i want to know what cindee said. did you ask her about her head? i bet she had a good answer (or a good chuckle)

Jenn Hacker said...

I know I don't have to apologize, but it's good manners. Also, a lot of my friends get irritated because I say "thank you" and "I'm sorry" so much. When I was staying with Kendra for Ann's wedding, she threatened to fine me a quarter every time I said either of those things. I'm sorry, but I can't help it. Aack! See, I just did it again! Sorry. Ooops. There it was again!

And thank you for allowing me to post on your blogs. Tee hee hee.