Friday, December 25, 2009

To us this day, a Savior is born

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by angels bright,
How Christ, the Lord of glory was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger found Him,
As angel heralds said.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True Man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,
And lightens every load.

O Savior, Child of Mary, who felt our human woe,
O Savior, King of glory, who dost our weakness know;
Bring us at length we pray, to the bright courts of Heaven,
And to the endless day!

15th century carol

15th century carol
image from One Passion One Devotion

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At May 1, 2012 at 10:15:00 AM CDT, Blogger Cool Boy said...

so mice....

sound meditation


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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

No, that's not saliva. It's just, uh, white tea essence

Here's an activity I would have eventually thought of if I had indefinitely remained ten years old:

Teapot Blowing

Image from Geeks Are Sexy

Sounds like fun, dunnit?

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At November 15, 2009 at 2:03:00 AM CST, Blogger Matt and Lori Graber said...

Cool! I gotta try it! ~ Cousin Lori


At January 2, 2011 at 10:12:00 AM CST, Blogger Unknown said...

Very Funny! Def.. Would do this if I was about 8 years old!


At December 29, 2011 at 7:38:00 AM CST, Blogger Endy said...

LOL... that's funny n creative :P


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

There's probably not a future in greeting cards for me

I got a sympathy card at my desk today.
No, it wasn’t presented to me as the recipient of the sympathy – it was a card that was being routed to everyone in my department to sign for someone else. Our department has between 60 and 75 people, and I only work directly with about 10 of them. The rest are mostly just “say hello in the hall” people, with whom I have no real business or personal relationships. The recipient of the card is one of those folks, and he lost his grandfather recently. I was unaware of his loss until I got the card at my desk.
So, like a good coworker, I wrote, “Sorry for your loss,” just like five or six others had, but I was really wondering what else I could have said that didn’t sound completely awkward. Of course, since I am not from around here, and I am acquainted with very few of the locals, there’s really no chance that I would ever have met this coworker’s grandfather, except by sheer coincidence. There was really nothing else I could have said besides those four words.
Then I began to think of inappropriate things I could have written that would have made future hallway “Hi how are ya” moments much more awkward:
“Terribly sorry for your loss. Pappy was a patient man who helped me out of many a sticky situation down at the track.”
“Coworker: Please accept this handmade coupon for a free hug, no expiration date.”
“So sorry for your loss. Hope you get some good stuff, like a pool table or a classic car.”
“I’m sorry for your loss. Also, I’m sorry I ate your bologna sandwich out of the fridge last week.”
“I’m sorry about your grandfather. I wish I could tell you about his Vegas trip in ’79, but he swore me to secrecy.”
“Happy birthday.”

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At September 13, 2009 at 12:27:00 PM CDT, Blogger Di said...

I think anything you write is acceptable because really there is nothing you can say to make anyone feel better. It really is the thought that counts.


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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Theological question

If Jesus and Moses were on the edge of a lake, and they needed to get across in a hurry, would they walk across the surface, or part the lake and walk on the lake floor?

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At April 1, 2009 at 11:57:00 AM CDT, Blogger Matt and Lori Graber said...

Surface, of course, they don't have to wait for the water to part. Plus, God's ways are always better.


At April 1, 2009 at 10:09:00 PM CDT, Blogger Chris Sommovigo said...

They'd have to part the water ... Jesus could walk on water, but Moses couldn't. And Moses was a fat bastard, so no carrying that guy.


At April 1, 2009 at 10:25:00 PM CDT, Blogger stan said...

Arguments for water surface:

Shorter distance - straight line vs. curved lake bed

Jesus could extend the ability to walk on water to Moses - remember, he did it for Peter.

Arguments for lake bed:

Humble that he is, Jesus might let Moses let his ability shine brighter than his own.

Moses wouldn't necessarily have to part the whole lake in a corridor from one end to the other, just the area surrounding himself and Jesus; this would save time. Kind of a mini-part.

Keep going, this is fun.


At April 6, 2009 at 1:28:00 AM CDT, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

My Jesus teleports.

Yeah, you read that correctly. See, I'm thinking about how Philip in the book of Acts talks to the Ethiopian and then the Spirit of God sweeps him away. And I'm also thinking that this event happened after both the parting of the Red Sea and the walking on water event. So, the way I see it, since these miracles of transportation keep getting progressively faster, either Jesus will teleport Himself and Moses wherever they're going, OR He will come up with something even faster - if it's even possible to transport oneself faster than teleportation already allows. Yep, that's my theory. At which point - who cares about the lake? :)


At April 6, 2009 at 10:12:00 AM CDT, Blogger stan said...

I think I'll have to agree with you on teleportation, Jana. There's actually a great example of teleportation across a body of water in John 6:16-21:

16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea,
17 and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
18 The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
19 Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened.
20 But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."
21 So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

Yeah, Jesus would totally teleport them to the other side.

(note: I should have waited to post this comment until I was at an actual keyboard - it took a long time to type this on the iPhone!)


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Friday, February 27, 2009

Update (yawn, I know, more excuses, etc.)

The blog may seem dead right now, but I assure you, it's not. I'm just really busy every day and evening, and there just hasn't been much time for blogging. Plus, I've been playing with my new iPhone for the last few days, and I'm still in "discovery" mode with it.

For those of you who have been following along, I apologize. There will come a time when my schedule will shift back into a place where I can regularly blog again.

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At March 2, 2009 at 10:01:00 PM CST, Blogger Matt and Lori Graber said...

Heard on radio today that 60% of the phone internet access today is from the IPhone. Very popular. We don't have it yet, maybe next year....


At June 13, 2009 at 1:31:00 AM CDT, Blogger Katie said...

I never blog anymore... I just did a massive post. I've felt neglectful. All these other wonderful things like blackberries and iPhones and facebook distract me.

Do you like your iPhone? Now that the price is down I might buy one.


At June 13, 2009 at 6:43:00 AM CDT, Blogger stan said...

I really do like it, Katie. If you're thinking about getting one, you'll want to wait another week or so when the newest models are released. Even the cheapest ones should have a new operating system by then, and advanced hardware like an auto focus camera and a compass. I wouldn't say I regret not waiting for the new model, but I do kind of wish I could upgrade since I did just get mine in February. Oh well- this model still rocks!


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Sunday, February 22, 2009


Sorry I've been so absent lately. I'll try to update soon