…and with these last few precious seconds of this year of our LORD, I would like to pause in the midst of the silence of my house to close my eyes and contemplate the years I have seen and the years I have left to see. Temporal death is my Fate, though Eternal Life is … Continue reading Upon The Passage Of The Year
Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. In the last three hundred or so days, I have read many books – some of them quite good.
Following a new tradition that I started this time last year, I have sorted through lists upon scraps of paper (as well as the infrequently updated files I keep within my computer`s rusty transom) and composed a semi-exhaustive inventory of the many texts I have drunk into my mind.
To clarify my use of the expression “semi-exhaustive” I should explain that (in the interest of brevity, amongst others) I have chosen to omit certain types of work from this particular list – for example, I am omitting almost all of the poetry, sonnets, essays and articles I read during the past year, with a few notable exceptions (for personal reasons). Moreover, I also omitted the largesse of my Scriptural studies, choosing only to include Scriptures that I had read for sheer pleasure and in entirety – omitting isolated Scriptural studies and research. In a similar manner did I exclude other various texts that I read selected excerpts from – typically for inquiry of a specific purpose.
While my readings of this past year were each tiny worlds in themselves, I do indeed regret that this list is so pedantically voluminous – for, if I was able to steal away so many precious minutes to read such idle doodlings of the minds of foolish men, how much more so would I have benefited from allotting that time to further study of the Holy Scriptures? Do not these worldly texts pale before the pristine and inexhaustible Living Word of GOD?
May that be my prayer in the coming days – but for now, let me chronicle my readings of this dying year.
Thus follows my Reading List of anno Domini 2005…
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Tonight we played host to Aaron and his wife Heather, who were visiting Norman from planet Houston. It was good to finally meet Aaron in person – someone whom I have only known through his friendship to my Rond Brodir, in addition to some smatterings of correspondence and my regular audience of the theological contentions … Continue reading Fare You Well, Dear Friend
In the later hours of the afternoon, my children and I go for a long walk around our neighborhood. Though low upon the horizon, radiant still is the light of the Sun – refracting glorious through the barren brown branches of Winter trees. Winds are gentle and intermittent. Weaving across back-alleys and side-streets, tramping through … Continue reading Sunset Furrows Six O`Clock
Well, the year is almost at an end – 2006 will be upon us before the week is up. The clock hurries like a terrified animal and gains speed with each passing day… Back by popular demand (that is, three or four people), I am again asking those of you that might be willing to … Continue reading Another Year In My Life
Two of my dearest Brothers are involved in a discussion that was first precipitated by a vital Theological issue but, due to the reticence of the primary opponent, the issue currently at hand has more to do with proper conduct in the arena of public religious discourse than of a specific contention – as two … Continue reading Savoring But Of Shallow Wit