Saturday, December 17, 2011

Posting on a plane

just cuz I can!

I highly recommend Virgin America for your California flights.  You can check out a Samsung Chromebook for free, get free in-flight WiFi, and return the netbook at the arrival gate. Seems pretty dedicated:

Download Speed: 511 kbps (63.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 256 kbps (32 KB/sec transfer rate)
Sat Dec 17 2011 19:28:11 GMT-0800 (PST)

So I've been getting work done and chatting on the plane.  Greatness!  Also the seats are much comfier, and you can keep ordering drinks from your personal entertainment screen.  I don't get the weird purple indirect lighting but it feels supermetromodcool.

I will live in the Bay Area someday.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Bye Bye Ye Ye

Grandpa Wesley passed away Sunday morning. Death is wrong.

Our family's meeting in San Diego for his funeral Thursday-Saturday. Please keep us in your prayers. Personally I need much mercy and divine joy to complete my exams and papers... in a weird headspace these days. But so grateful for all the condolences, the families who have been feeding me, Lisa and Sam for helping me find last minute plane tickets, everyone who's made me laugh and rejoice and (attempt to) whistle while I work.

One of my favorite books this year is the Jesus Storybook Bible. Sally Lloyd-Jones wrote it for children but I have wept at its beauty and at the whispers of His name. Here's an excerpt from the Isaiah story:

There was once a man called Isaiah, and his name meant 'God to the rescue!' ... God let Isaiah know a secret. God was going to mend his broken world. He showed Isaiah his Secret Rescue Plan: Operation 'No More Tears!'
One day, when he comes back to rule forever, the mountains and trees will dance and sing for joy! The earth will shout out loud! His fame will fill the whole earth--as the waters cover the sea. Everything sad will come untrue. Even death is going to die! And he will wipe away every tear from every eye. 
Yes, the Rescuer will come. Look for him. Watch for him. Wait for him. He will come! 
I promise.
Swhere it's at. Isaiah remains my fav book in the unabridged Bible. Thanks Rebecca Jerry and Kash for reading together this fall.

Come Thou Dayspring

the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

// Zechariah

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

where before there was only guilty silence: a new song

without him i hide my lips in trembling shame;
in him i open my mouth in petition and praise.

// Valley of Vision

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

grace, grace

sin and despair like the sea waves cold threaten the soul with infinite loss;
grace that is greater—yes, grace untold!—points to the refuge: the mighty cross.
// julia johnston

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sandusky Sunday. Tebow & Tiger.

Love watching athletes who play with heart. Knock his game if you want but he's seriously vocational about football and that image is... anxious sometimes. Too good... Another Tiger Woods would make us feel better, Larry Taunton wrote in USAToday:
"When it comes right down to it, we don't want heroes who are truly good. We want them to fail the occasional drug test or start a bar fight from time to time... When Tebow say that glory goes to God and the credit for a victory goes to his teammates, coaches, and family, we are suspicious... we don't believe that anyone can say such things and really mean them. So we wait... In the meantime, we always have Penn State's Jerry Sandusky..."