So far the best quote I have heard trying to explain why this is all really such a stunner comes from my sister. Someone was telling her that everyone has their dark side and she said, "You don't understand. This is as if Mr. Rogers had done this!"
Our situations are quite different obviously but I am getting a lot out of the Dixie Chick's Not Ready to Make Nice from their last album. Here's the chorus:
I'm not ready to make nice,
I'm not ready to back down,
I'm still mad as hell
And I don't have time
To go round and round and round
It's too late to make it right
I probably wouldn't if I could
Cause I'm mad as hell
Can't bring myself to do what it is
You think I should
This Sunday's Scripture Quote
I feared that preaching on gossip knowing what I know would be a bit too 'Dimmesdale-esque' (don't mind me as I invent a word) so instead of James I am going with a Psalm and 1 Peter.
I lift up my eyes to the hills -
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
The Lord will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
The Lord who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
the Lord will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.
I Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith - being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you belive in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Board meeting tonight. I'm tired already.