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love here and there

July 25, 2013

love is not (necessarily)- eloquence, knowledge, the state of being full of faith, asceticism or passion per se.
the vanity of achievement, the intellect, passion, but love above all.
see the trumpet of achievement in the power suits at CBD, the hype of the intellect at universities,
the celebration of passion at religious festivals-
vanity.
love triumphs all.

love waits trustingly, believingly, gently, for the long-term, during difficult times. love chooses the better reading of a character and situation, and offers a smile in the rough. love chooses to engage with grace, again, rather than turning and withdrawing. love chooses to continue, not cut.
love embraces everyone; it is humble, not exclusive. it does not demand itself, is neither obnoxious, nor elitist.
love looks to the interest of others in planning for and during situations; is not easily provoked, keeps her cool, and stays in the conversation. she thinks the best of everyone and every situation. love is not happy in sin, but with truth.
love takes on all things, even the things that pierce the heart; she stays the course, still believing of the person, the situation; hopes to be proven right, trusts that she will be proven right, and holds on till she is proven right.
love does not fail- love does not end.

if a man cannot…

July 22, 2013

if a man cannot keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drumbeat. let him step to the music he hears however measured or faraway.

henry david thoreau (slightly edited)

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I suppose this will be more of a narrative than anything. (read: rambly)

I must have seen literally hundreds by now, a figure that comes as a surprise. But I suppose these things happen before one realises.

In these many, many wedding gowns, I’ve come to see, there are dresses, and there are dresses. There are gowns that look like carpets, others which bring to mind a caterpillar- there was also a jellyfish. And let me not forget the flappy ones. They be a sea of flaps, flappy flaps with a face and two rows of teeth above. And then there are dresses- no other way to call them, really. They look like dresses.

and no, this is not a judging or hater/patatoe post. Sheer happiness presents a beautiful bride on her wedding day, regardless dress. I will always admire every bride in every wedding I attend, because the wedding is more than that- a celebration of commitment, a reflection of Christ and His bride- and a reminder of the day all Creation is waiting for- these make my soul sing.

But back to the dress-

We’ve found two potentials, which means j’s found one he really likes and I’ve found another. I can still appreciate the humour of the situation. Over dinner with p and d, I showed them approximations of the two, and d made two surprising comments. ‘The one J prefers is more biblical’, which messed up my brain a little because I had been precisely thinking the one I like is more biblical(!). Clearly neither statements have been justified, and I can only imagine the reactions going on from the previous sentence- a dress, biblical, wha-? If nothing else, it goes to show we are about the same things. Good friends, need them like oxygen. I just whatsapped Dennis to ask him more. As for myself, what I mean is scalloped lace train dress (haha) is more understated, while organza flange is fairly modern and.. leaning towards the dress category? Albeit a very, very pretty dress. (and again I manage not to justify the notion of a biblical dress.)

Having rambled this much (see disclaimer on first line), I suppose one way to see it is, some cloths are more cloth than others, but even so, all cloths boil down to the wearer. in other words, funnily, me. In other other words, which one looks more biblical on. I like this conclusion. haha. Alright then, I’ll end here. Fare thee well, everyone.

Postscript: Dennis’ second comment- “J’s one is better. The other one looks like a tablecloth”. Men, I ask you.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the sea.”  – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“I will not be at the mercy of the telephone!”  – C.S. Lewis

(later)

“I think he would have added ‘email and Facebook!”  – Mark Hamby

“God has plans, not problems for our lives.  The life of a Christian is an education for a higher service. God is training you for something.”   – Corrie Ten Boom

”A cup of sweet water could never spill a drop of bitter water, no matter how heavily it was jolted.”  – Amy Carmichael

(i want to be a cup of sweet water)

If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?”  – David Livingstone

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”  – Martin Luther

“Here is a good searching question for a man to ask himself as he reviews his past life:—Have I written in the snow? Will my life-work endure the lapse of years and the fret of change? Has there been anything immortal in it, which will survive the speedy wreck of all sublunary things? The boys inscribe their names in capitals in the snow, and in the morning’s thaw the writing disappears; will it be so with my work, or will the characters which I have carved outlast the brazen tablets of history? Have I written in the snow?”  – Charles Spurgeon

 

 “The heart of humanity… is certainly much more satisfied by the strange hints and symbols that gather round the Trinitarian idea, the image of a council at which mercy pleads as well as justice, the conception of a sort of liberty and variety existing even in the inmost chamber of the world. … If this love of a living complexity be our test, it is certainly healthier to have the Trinitarian religion than the Unitarian. For to us Trinitarians (if I may say it with reverence)- to us God Himself is a society. … Suffice it to say here that this triple enigma is as comforting as wine and open as an English fireside; that this thing that bewilders the intellect utterly quiets the heart: but out of the desert, from the dry places and the dreadful sun, come the cruel children of the lonely God; the Unitarians who with scimitar in hand have laid waste the world. For it is not well for God to be alone.”  – G.K. Chesterton