Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Fool's Prayer

We have to memorize this in English class and I kind of like it so I though I would post it.


by: Edward Rowland Sill (1841-1887)

The royal feast was done; the King
Sought some new sport to banish care,
And to his jester cried: "Sir Fool,
Kneel now, and make for us a prayer!"

The jester doffed his cap and bells,
And stood the mocking court before;
They could not see the bitter smile
Behind the painted grin he wore.

He bowed his head, and bent his knee
Upon the Monarch's silken stool;
His pleading voice arose: "O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!

"No pity, Lord, could change the heart
From red with wrong to white as wool;
The rod must heal the sin: but Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!

"'T is not by guilt the onward sweep
Of truth and right, O Lord, we stay;
'T is by our follies that so long
We hold the earth from heaven away.

"These clumsy feet, still in the mire,
Go crushing blossoms without end;
These hard, well-meaning hands we thrust
Among the heart-strings of a friend.

"The ill-timed truth we might have kept--
Who knows how sharp it pierced and stung?
The word we had not sense to say--
Who knows how grandly it had rung!

"Our faults no tenderness should ask.
The chastening stripes must cleanse them all;
But for our blunders -- oh, in shame
Before the eyes of heaven we fall.

"Earth bears no balsam for mistakes;
Men crown the knave, and scourge the tool
That did his will; but Thou, O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!"

The room was hushed; in silence rose
The King, and sought his gardens cool,
And walked apart, and murmured low,
"Be merciful to me, a fool!"

Monday, March 20, 2006

Quote of the Week Worthy Quotes

"These apples are just like huge water chestnuts!" ~Ian Timothy Lugg

Last night after church we came home and Ian started eating these apples and they had no taste and so that was his response to those big water chestnuts.

"What is this pee reservoir doing in our sink!?" ~Ian Timothy Lugg

Again Last night after church we were eating and Ian walks up to our sink, and my mom was cleaning the container that the toilet cleaning device(whatever it is called)
was held. It was very random and awkward.

"Someday, I am going to buy a beagle and name it Amos." ~Katy Abbott

...That speaks for itself... Sorry I thought that was hilarious.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

God's Grace is Sufficient

God's grace is sufficient for everything. Over and over again I have been taught and shown throughout the word and from speakers that we need only to rely on God and His grace.

In chapel a few weeks ago that speaker told us about this family that went to Africa to be missionaries. But, when the mother found her two young kids playing on a log next to a huge snake, that was too much and the father moved them back to the states. Once back in the states the two boys wandered under the house to play and found themselves in a nest of rattlesnakes and were bit multiple times. The father heard their screams and pulled them out, threw them into the car and started to drive off. Not being careful, the father ran over their baby who was crawling across the driveway. The mother at that time was looking out their home's window, and after seeing the father run over their baby had a heart attack. The baby died instantly, the boys died on the way to the hospital, and the mom died within three days.

In attempt to save his family from the wild Africa, he brought them back and were all dead within three days. He did not find his hope or faith in God's grace, he just trusted the "safe" United States and all his family died. This is just one example of not trusting God's grace, we do it everyday. Why are we scared of the dark? You don't want to be killed? Why do we not go to Africa the share the GOSPEL? We have a chance to save people from eternal fire and we choose not to, mainly because of the fear of death. It amazes me at how many things we don't do just because of the fear of death. If you are a Christian and you are finding your faith and reliance in God and God's grace, we have nothing to fear."I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me."(Philipians 4:13) We are a faithless generation, and know nothing of placing our faith in God's grace. This is where I, and I know many of you lack also. Pray that we would find our security in Him.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Heavenly Minded

The other day as I was looking at some other people's blogs and I was noticing how everybody had an actual name to their blog. I realized how stupid my name was, which was,"The luggnuts blog". After pondering it for a while I came up with and idea and I think is a good blog name, "Heavenly Minded". The reason I made this the name of my blog is because I so often find myself so engrossed with the things of this world, and one of my prayers lately is that I would be more heavenly minded or have a heavenly attitude about me. Also, that I would never neglect a moment to praise and worship my Lord and Savior. I want people to be able to see reflections of christ in me.