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2007 February 23 » Philoxenos

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Rivers of snot

23rd February 2007

Rivers of snot

And now something a little more lighthearted than my last post. Snot.

I’ve got a little girl on my lap that weighs about 25 pounds and, at the moment, is probably 5 pounds of snot. Both of my girls are sick and the youngest one hasn’t learned the trick of blowing her nose yet. Whenever she sneezes, a veritable river of snot comes pouring from her nose. I’m not kidding, I’ve never seen anything like it. She sneezes and is covered in goop. Then she looks as me as if to say “What is this stuff coming out of my head??” I have to get in there quickly to wipe it up or she’ll stick her hands in it and then things get really gross. So if I’m in another part of the house and she sneezes, I have to waddle over as fast as I can to clean things up and I’m not always quick enough.

We’re doing a lot of hand-washing around here.

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23rd February 2007

BSF, Lesson 2

Yesterday morning was Thursday morning, which around here means BSF!!! For those of you not familiar with Bible Study Fellowship, please follow the link on my sidebar to discover the most wonderful Bible study I’ve ever been involved in.

On a less spiritual note, the chairs where we meet are the most uncomfortable chairs I have experienced in a long time. I am not lacking padding in my bottom area so it’s not like my bones are grinding into the chair, but boy, it sure feels like it. After sitting for 45 minutes in my small group, there was no way that I could last another 45 minutes during the lecture. I very quickly decided that it was going to be less rude to sit on the floor than to constantly be switching and twitching in my seat. That turned out to be a good move. Heavily pregnant women get a bit of a leeway when it comes to sitting arrangements.

Anyway.

Our lesson this week focussed on Romans 1: 18-32, which talks primarily about the wrath of God (side note: in NZ, they pronounce wrath as “wroth” which I find very strange). You know, you don’t hear about the wrath of God much anymore. It’s just not, you know, cool. These days we’re much more likely to hear about the love of God or something else, like how we should all be green. Is it because we’re afraid that we’re going to offend someone by telling them that God hates sin?

The thing I got from lesson is that God’s wrath is 1) much deserved and 2) it’s a righteous anger. His anger is not even close to the kind of anger I experience, which is a result of sin. His anger is because he is a just God and cannot stand sin. But at the same time he is angry, he still loves us more than we can even imagine. He loved us so much that he sent his only son, perfect, to earth to die in our place, as a penalty for our sin.  So when God tells us that we are sinners, shouldn’t we listen?

The other thing that I still haven’t gotten my head around was there is a phrase mentioned in this passage of scripture THREE times. When God says something three times in a short passage, it pays to listen. It says in the NIV “God gave them over…” and then lists a different kind of sin. “God gave them over” indicates that he has let go of them, leaving them to experience the natural consequences of their sin. Which makes me ask the question - does that mean that He is actively involved in NOT allowing some consequences? Doesn’t that seem like interfering with free will, which is something I’ve always taken as a given.

I don’t have any answers on this one. I’d be very interested in hearing what other people have to say. Have a read of Romans 1:18-32. Tell me what you think. And if my husband is reading this, can you comment too? You had some good things to say last night and I don’t want to forget what you said.

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