Summer Ramblings

Between attending denominational meetings, packing to leave for a family conference, sending a family to Scotland, caring for my mom and trying to do my necessary work, little time is left for the leisurely sport of blogging. So here are a few “bloggettes” rolling around in my mind:

1) Synod went well last week, as much wisdom and unity was displayed. The humorous comments made on the floor offered some very practical wisdom to us that I’ll attempt to “proverbialize,” such as…

  • “Some of our current tunes require going through four time zone changes to get to the end.” -A deliberately humorous remark made to the Psalter Revision Committee. Proverb #1 – If a Covie-chord cannot sing it, do not put it in the Psalm book.
  • “Sir, you do not need to respond to every comment on your report.” -Spoken by the moderator to a zealous young man defending his report from criticisms. Proverb #2 – Moderate your own mouth or it shall be done for you.
  • “Please, let us end this agony.” -Made after a rather lengthy debate, immediately after which a vote was taken and the discussion was ended. Proverb #3 – Better say nothing than speak and say nothing.

Anyone there have others to add? Much of this reminds me of what I believe has been called “Spear’s Law for Synod Debate” (named after a beloved father in the church whose few, relunctant words always bring light and impact to a discussion): “If you wait long enough, someone else will say what you were going to say better than you can say it.” And its corollary is also true: “If you speak too soon, someone else will say what you said better than you said it.

2) A “tragedy” struck the York household this weekend, as Celia came wailing that a pet lizard had died. Seems that they wanted to see the lizard run along the chain of the exercise bike while the wheel was turning, and the lizard was not quick enough to avoid being caught between spokes and chain. Ugh – I had to take the bike apart to clean it out. The only laugh that was elicited from my young was that they realized that in addition to having the name Arwen, they also had a more common name for the lizard: Squishy. Quite prophetic. And for all you members of PETA who read this blog (I know you are out there), please understand this was an accident by kids who love their lizards. Celia now runs up to Mom every day and asks, “Mom, can I hold a lizard…, I mean, the lizard?”

3) Preaching through the flood account and noticed in Genesis 7:18-20 that in three consecutive verses God’s Word says that the flood waters “prevailed” upon the earth. The Hebrew word translated “prevailed” means to “conquer or triumph,” like one army prevailing over another. God was utterly conquering evil by covering the whole earth in flood waters, even to the point that the highest mountains under the heavens were covered with more than 22 feet of water (see the verses!). As it says in II Peter 3:5-6, the whole world was destroyed in the flood. Those who try to teach a localized flood account cannot really believe the Bible nor do they take seriously enough the judgment the flood teaches us is yet to come (see Matthew 24:37-38).

4 Comments

  1. Jared July 7, 2006 at 1:13 pm #

    I’m going to tattoo those proberbs on my forehead. Not because I need them, you see, but so others can read them whilst I give my many synod speeches next summer.

  2. Barry York July 7, 2006 at 2:52 pm #

    You have my permission to do so, but of course you’ll have to make sure you go around the bump from what I read on your blog. Ouch! 🙂

  3. Shiloh July 11, 2006 at 7:57 pm #

    I was present at the Yorks when Celia dubbed the deceased lizard, “Swishy.”Priceless.

  4. Brent York July 21, 2006 at 9:47 am #

    We had a lizard, but our cat pushed his glass aquarium off a file cabinet onto a hard wood floor while we were away. His tail was mostly gone and he later died. Not sure if it was the fall or if the cat bit off the tail. I later tried to sell the aquarium on ebay with the caveat-“some assembly required.”I guess the kids were just trying to give the lizard a little exercise. Did you warn them not to peddle so fast the next time? By the way, is there a certain method to cleaning lizard out of bike chain?

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