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Brian recommended a book to me. I got it and started reading. It is science fiction, full of good guys and bad guys, and rocket ships and space aliens. A week later he asked me how it was. “I haven’t finished it yet.” “Oh, where are you in it?” 

Surprisingly, this was a hard question. The book was really good, and every other page there was a major event that made everything before pale to insignificance. Where I was at that point wouldn’t be as significant as where I’d be two pages down the road. So I told him “about fifty pages in” and left it at that. 

The next time I saw him, it was a quarter through, then a half, and right now I’m about three quarters done. 

Then I started thinking about the best book I ever read, one I’m part of. I have no idea if I’m sixty percent through my own story, or 95%,or 99.99%. And the bigger story I’m a part of, human history as recorded in the Bible, I have no idea how far along that is. No man knows the day. 

The Bible’s story doesn’t have rockets or aliens. It does have good guys and bad guys, and angels and miracles. It has parts that seem boring – genealogy lists, census reports, and real estate boundary documents. Those parts are important, even if they don’t seem exciting.  It has exciting parts – Daniel and the lion’s den, Samson, Noah’s ark. But the biggest, most important thing happens just over half-way through. There are clues before, and explanations after. 

Isaiah 53:5 says “But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.”

Luke 2, from 10 and 11: “I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David”

From Hebrews 12, 1 and 2: “Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.”

There is one exciting part still in the future. From Revelation 5, verses 5 and 9 and 12: “The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals.  And they sang a new song. You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed people for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation.  They said with a loud voice: The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” 

And the best thing is that this story is true, and each one of us has a part in the story. Let’s pray. 

Father God, thank You for giving Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Thank You that He didn’t live His life for excitement, but for obedience. As we take the bread and drink the juice, symbolizing His body and blood, remind us that we are called first to be Christ followers. We are offered joy and peace, not necessarily excitement. In Jesus’ name, amen.

I get it – the world moves much faster, breaking news has to be there first, and there’s always time for a correction afterward. But oh my, the editor didn’t make a first pass at this one.

The story is about the high cost of getting internet service to a remote house.

Her son, Garth, 28, was prepared to one day sell his family’s home for generations because of poor service.

No, please. Garth is a better salesman than that. The house is not being sold for generations. How about

The home had been in the family for generations. Because of Spectrum’s poor internet service, her son Garth was prepared for the possibility he may have to sell it one day.

Not perfect, but thoughts are together instead of being jumbled in a bag of a sentence. Not trying to shoot the reporter nor the editor. Trying to get news organizations to practice English.

Quick test – what percentage increase is 800 compared to 400? No trick question.

My hometown TV station is using some funky math to come up with 79%. I don’t understand it, and they aren’t real specific about the numbers, but

You gotta be impressed. I’m dumbfounded. But I ain’t dumb.

From https://www.wcpo.com/news/state/list-ohio-bmv-releases-rejected-vanity-license-plate-names

In my library, where I do a lot of my reading of physical books, I keep three reading streams. Fiction, non-fiction, and “spiritual”.

Fiction encompasses mysteries, science fiction, cozies, anything that is made up.

Non-fiction includes a lot of history, science explainers, and trivia.

Spiritual has included an in-depth analysis of the book of Revelation from four perspectives, Christian biographies, and conservative archeology. I recently tossed a book that tried to redefine King David as the ringleader of a small group of tribesmen – that’s not the way I read my Bible.

As I finish a book from my reading streams, I replace it with a similar one. A day or two ago I finished up Indianapolis, a sad story with a happy ending. I replaced it with Homestead, the story of a failing mill town near Pittsburgh.

Today I completed The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, hardback, at about 700 pages. All the stories and novels, with fascinating explanations of the language, the locations, and the exact dates the fictional events must have happened on. A hefty hardback, coming in at four pounds. As enjoyable as it was, I wasn’t sad to reach the end and move on to the next book.

Which is The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, volume 2, at 800 pages.

Woe is me.

I’ve had my “new car” for seven years. About 95K miles on it so far.

The dealership keeps on wanting me to buy something newer, trade it on on that “new car feel” or something. I’m smart enough to thank them kindly, and save my shekels.

This time, though, they are trying something different. This is as clipped from the email – no editing, no photoshop.

The way I interpret it, the “care wash” means that I won’t have any more cares, because of the free car. And yes, that would be a special day.

Point A: If I get up the nerve to try it, I’ll let you know how it comes out.

Point B: Good to know that I can always get a job as a proof-reader. I’d want to read the employment contract very carefully.

I was on LinkedIn this morning and saw this from a random company:

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year!

I don’t think it’s right to discriminate by hiding Christmas behind “holiday” and then blithely assume everyone uses the same calendar.

And yes, appealing to an external, shared sense of “right” assumes that such a thing exists. Which it does. And that’s why I’m celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus the Christ, instead of an amorphous “holiday”.

Sunday night. Watching the taped last race of the season. I have noticed a couple words that I very rarely hear outside the F1 broadcasts.

Monegasque – a native of Monaco.

Penultimate – next-to-last.

ESPN is carrying the Sky Sports feed from England, which may influence the novelty of the verbiage. Very much enjoy the reporting team, and greatly appreciate Mothers sponsoring the commercial-free shows.

And yes, I know that tape isn’t involved in the delay of a show via YouTube TV. Similarly, ESPN isn’t broadcast – it’s a cable channel. And it isn’t even cable-only, since we get it streamed. *sigh*

The mess of a debate has been sticking with me. Again, both Trump and Biden showed less respect for the office they attain to (or hold) than is proper.

But Biden calling Trump a “clown” is bothersome. I think he would have been better to follow the example of Job, from the Old Testament. Job had been afflicted greatly by the time this interaction takes place.

Job had already been through a rough day. His livestock, servants, and all his children had been killed – one day. Later on, Satan has given him boils – skin infections – from the sole of his foot to the top of his head. Ouch!

Then his helpful wife offers him some advice. “Are you still holding on to your principles? Curse God and die!”. Wow – with friends like that, who needs enemies?

But Job doesn’t take his frustration out on her. He gently says “You are talking like a foolish woman”. Not “You are a foolish woman”. He notes the similarity and leaves it there.

Biden would do well to spend more time in the Bible. Just sayin’ . . .

Mizithromax, of course.  Good for what ails you, whether it’s hunger or disease.

And yes, I am short on sleep.  Why do you ask?

I do production support for my company. We’ve been having some significant problems with one product, here called Product.

My manager created a communication channel in our chat tool called Product Issues.

Since this is such a problem, and since as on-call this week I’m the recipient of many of those problems, I (in my head) renamed the room to Produc Tissues. Makes me want to cry.

And of course my new icon is

 

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