Saturday, November 22, 2003

Like Halloween of '91 

Buzz of anticipation
Sky turning whitish gray
Air so cold it chills to the bone
It’s going to snow this weekend

Like Halloween of ’91
Drifts so high no cars can pass
Stock your pantry and refrigerator
You never know how long it will last

Wooly sweater and snow mobile suit
Covered so just eyes are seen
Pulling the sled to the top of the big hill
Trudging through snow piled high

First snow, heavy and wet
Makes the best snowman
Sticks for arms, pine cone eyes
He might even make it ‘til Spring

Neighbor across the street
Fires up the snow blower
If we’re going to get to work Monday
Better get ours going, too

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

30 Pieces of Silver 

Don't try to sell me something. I'm likely to put you through the ringer. I evaluate and re-evaluate potential purchases, giving much consideration to finding the truth. If this is how I am in making a purchase, a relatively insignificant event in comparison, then how do you think I might be in terms of my faith?

I have been exposed to church since I was a baby. The denomination may have changed, but the teaching in one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has not. In recent times I have found myself involved in children's ministries and exposed to a fantastic curriculum. The in-house developed curriculum is filled with interesting facts and activities--reinforcing and building on the existing faith of the students and the teachers. Our year is divided into 10-week sessions. One such session covered Old Testament prophets. This is where I found out about a fulfilled prophecy that captivates me. I'd like to share it with you.

Zechariah 11:12-13 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter; a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.

Matthew 26:11 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

Matthew 27:3 Then Judas, who had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Matthew 27:9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy, the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value.

The words of the prophets who lived hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus are such a strong testament to His being the Messiah! It is like the rich man across the great rift asking that he may go back to let his brothers know of the fate that awaits them. Take heed of the warning and listen to the words of the prophets. It is a matter of being with God or separated from Him for eternity.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Chat with My Sister 

I spoke to my sister yesterday. She and I live a couple hundred miles apart. There is only one year difference in our ages. I am the oldest, and therefore, the bigger pain in the neck, at least as far as I can tell. But getting back to the phone call...

It turns out my sister has been having some trouble with her job. She works as a technical support person for an educational software company. She responds to teachers' requests for support at the schools. Her job also includes observing the usage of the software and making suggestions for ways to improve utilization at the schools. Her experience with the teachers has been mostly favorable. Where she has encountered problems is with the adminstration.

A teacher had invited her to attend a focus group meeting for district personnel using the software to discuss issues or problems they are having with it. She showed up for the meeting and, short version of the story, was rudely turned away by the top-level administrator. It is an example of the refusal to allow my sister to do her job.

The software company refers to this activity by the administration as a "lack of communication". I say it goes beyond that--maybe even to the point of the administration trying to cover up their own inadequacies. My interpretation is that the school district is falling woefully short on improving students' performance, especially on standardized testing. And what a scapegoat my sister makes! Yikes! Run sister, run. Get out before they take you down.

She and I are both on our own with our kids this week. Her hubby is off hunting. Mine is in LV at Comdex. We can both relate to being the "single" mom. It's nice to have someone bearing a similar burden in whom to confide your troubles.

God bless my sister. May He guide her in deisions related to her job. May He enlighten her employers as to her plight. May He make her load seem lighter in this time that her husband is away. Amen.

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