Sep 19 2005

poke us….

“Homecoming is a big thing, people know about it”

– Gretchen Hanson

Homecoming is officially in full swing, and with the big game only 5 days away. People all over campus are getting geared up and dressed up in their residence hall colors and their graduation year colors as well. This week will be hectic for me, guggling classes, dorm events, SA, homework, and sleep. So don’t count on too many updates.

Sep 17 2005

Camp Out

Every year we partake in a ritual of years past, some years there are few rituals, some there are many… this was one of the many… One that will never be forgotten. One that can only be ventured to be named …. The Camp Out.

Every year at the end of the fourth week of school, the Student Activities Committee plans an event that is characterized only by its intense vagueness, and mass confusion upon it the reality of what actually happens at an event that is dared to be called “The Camp Out” (at a Conservative Christian school at that). This is especially taken into account when a lowly freshman sees a sign hanging in the D.C. that says “Camp Out, Friday Night, Seminary Hill”, now how many kids were left calling home begging their parents to overnight there tents and sleeping bags out to them? Or how many where caught out at Target actually purchasing these items?

Now, in reality no one actually “camps out” on the hill, although it does have some of the characteristics of a camp out; like s’mores, blankets & pillows, and a story by the camp fire. Although the story by the camp fire was not told by an rigid senior, but more by a 40 foot screen and projector. The story tonight is “Madagascar”, the story of a motley crew of zoo escapee’s in search of their “missing” friend. These lovable, yet hilarious characters find there way on to a ship where they are en-route to Africa. Now these captivity raised creatures must learn what it takes to survive in the wild.

Sep 15 2005

and joy comes with the morning…

Apparently the girls are better today, when I arose I noticed that the theme had changed, from “why life sucks” to “why life is amazing”. I am glad to see that the ice cream depression is gone and the joys of life are back in full swing, although it seems as they still have a bit too much flex left and have been consistant in spending it instantaneously in the market. When I read this the hymn “I’m trading my sorrow’s” came to mind, and replayed throughout the day.

For the Sorrow may last for the night,
But Joy comes with the morning.

Seeing this really reminded me of how people sometimes think that just because we are Christian’s that our lives will never have issues, that we will never get depressed, or look down on our own lives. Wrong. We will, and do, we get all of the ailments of the outside world, we have no protective bubble that keeps all of the “bad stuff” out of our lives. Nothing that prevents people from falling into addictions, abuse, ill to cancer… Nothing, were just like the rest of the world. Except, we have hope that when we do fall that there is someone to pick us back up and gets us running again.

As I ponder upon this verse of the song I remind myself of it’s double meaning, not only does God take away our pains and comfort us with his eternal love, but he sent His son to die. DIE, for ME!! Why? I find myself asking it all the time, why me? Why would He chose me, to die for? How could someone Love me so much that he would die for me to live? But then it always forces me to think, if God loves me enough to die for me, why does he let bad things happen to me?

A number 1 bus drove into a column of young Royal Marine cadets in Chatham, and killed twenty-three of them. They were ten-year-old boys, marching and singing on their way to a boxing match. The road was unlit. The driver didn’t see them. It was a terrible accident. Nobody was to blame. Except… (pointing upwards) Now, where was He? Why didn’t He stop it? What possible point can there be to such a tragedy? Isn’t God supposed to be good? Isn’t God supposed to love us? – Shadowlands (William Nicholson)

With that in mind, why does God let anything bad happen to those that love Him? The Holocaust, Famine, September 11 2001? Hmmm? Thousands of innocent people died in these events and yet we say we have a God that loves us. If He loved us so much why did he let a plane crash into the north tower at 8:46am, and all of the attacks that followed? Where was He?

God creates us free, free to be selfish, but he adds a mechanism that will penetrate our selfishness and wake us up to the presence of others in the world, and that mechanism is called suffering. To put it in another way, pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world. Why must it be pain? Why can’t He wake us up more gently, with violin or laughter? Because the dream that we must be awaken from is that all is well.

God loves us, so much He makes us the gift of suffering. Through suffering, we release the hold on the toys of this world, and know our true good lies in another world. – Shadowlands (William Nicholson)

So where was God on September 11th 2001? He was very busy, He was trying to discourage anyone from taking those flights. The four planes held over 1,000 passengers and there were only 266 aboard. He was on four commercial flights giving terrified passengers the ability to stay calm. On one of the flights He was giving wisdom & strength to passengers to try and overtake the high-jackers, so that others might be spared. He was busy trying to create obstacles for employees at the World Trade Center. After all, only around 20,000 were at the towers when the 1st jet hit. Since the buildings held over 50,000 workers this was a miracle in itself. He was holding up two 110 story buildings so that 2/3 of the workers could get out. It was so amazing that the top of the towers didn’t topple as the jets impacted. And when they did fall they fell inward. God didn’t allow them to topple over as many more lives would have been lost.

And He does the same still today, He tests us and tries us, to show us that we are weak and helpless without Him. That without Him these pains that break our back and bring a sweat to our brow, would make us crumple, that we would snap like a toothpick, at the sight of pain. But He gives us something more, He re-enforces us, He is always with us and He will never forsake us.

“I am just a toothpick, duct-taped to a steel pole”

Sep 12 2005


Today was probably the most productive day that I have had since arriving on campus, maybe in my whole life, but that is a far stretch. Today I was not only awake by 9am, but I had showered, ate, went to class, and checked my P.O. And that was just before 9am! The rest of the day had the same type of flow, I was able to cram into my schedule; classes, (I actually ate) lunch as well, a six mile Jog, BSA (Bethel Student Association, Student Activities) meeting, a three hour nap, homework, playing in the rain, and alias, and it is only 11:45pm. Wow, its been a while since I have been progressively able to accomplish all of this items in one afternoon. Not only was I able to do these elaborate things but as well, I have found my own “secret” secluded place on campus to do my quiet time, a place that overlooks the lake and only 2 people passed during the hour that I sat with the Lord.

The weather was quite dismal all day, with a haze and high humidity made the 66?weather feel like it was 90?, it was “hot” and very sticky, but still was nice weather to run in, thankfully the downpour didn’t start until 10:30. I don’t think I have ever seen so many teenagers running out in the rain at one time, when I returned from my BSA meeting there was about 30 shirtless guys playing football in the thunder and rain, while the girls were dancing humming “singing in the rain.”

Although I had a productive and gleeful day, it seems my “neighbors” were not on the same page of the novel, apparently they had one of thdepressingistst (as that even a word?), See image left. As they made a list of “Why Life Sucks”, and declared today as the “national 304 craptastic day”. Sad and depressing, yet hilarious to watch and read about. I think its the rain, they’ll (hopefully) be better tomorrow.

Until next time au revior!

Sep 12 2005

movie quote monday

Why should Caesar get to stomp around like a giant, while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? What’s so great about Caesar? Hm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar. And when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody, huh? Because that’s not what Rome is about. We should totally JUST STAB CAESAR!

– Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls