I think it’s beneficial to occasionally remind ourselves of the things we experienced 5 years ago. Not that we should dwell on it, but just be reminded and reminded to pray for those who were directly affected. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years. On one hand it seems forever ago and I think we’ve lost a lot of the zeal and determination we had. But on the other hand it still hurts.
History unfolding. April 19, 2005
A German pope. That seems fitting, doesn’t it?
I made lunch today, and after realizing I couldn’t eat it in my room because it was leavened, I decided to sit and watch TV for a bit while I ate. I didn’t even clue in that the announcement of the pope’s election was being made. I came in just in time to hear the announcement and see him come out. And they call *us* a cult? 🙂 I can’t imagine the energy among the masses down on the ground. All the reporters are saying he’s a hardliner, conservative, strict theologian, academic, intelligentsia… I know I need to brush up on my prophecy, but it seems like all the signs are pointing in the right direction.
Oh, and did anyone else notice an eery similarity between Ratzinger and Ratzmann? But maybe that’s just me reading too much into things. “Ratz” is German for “rat”…
Martin’s Update March 27, 2005
Guest Books March 26, 2005
I was asked to pass along to everyone the links to the online Guest Books for each of the victims of the March 12th shooting. They are:
Sometimes I just have to wonder. March 25, 2005
I had the day off from school today because it’s Good Friday. In my un-thinking exuberance, I decided to go buy groceries. Let’s ponder this for a moment… It’s *Good Friday.* NOTHING is open. So I spent half an hour trekking across Kingston to find that the grocery store was closed. I had to resort to Cambodian Village (my favourite take-out place) to buy dinner for tonight, since I haven’t bought groceries in 4 weeks. The only food I have left is three eggs, expired sour cream, and butter.
Martin talked to Jon today. It sounds like Jon is in high spirits. He’s still making fun of Martin (Sister Sister, Camerican relations, etc.), so that’s a good sign 🙂
Marjean Gregory is being released from the hospital today (March 25).
The blood clot is being treated by shots to help it dissolve and the blood in her leg is flowing around the clot. First-hand reports say that she really looks good and is happy to leave the hospital.
She will be staying with the Diekmeier family for a few weeks. Cards can be sent to Marjean and Jonathan Gregory:
Glenn and Eva Diekmeier
19 North Lapham Peak Road
Delafield, WI 53018-1960
Your continued prayers for all of the brethren affected by the tragedy of March 12 will be greatly appreciated.
A final thought March 23, 2005
You know how we as second-generation Christians always talk about how it’s hard to find the “first love” zeal that many people have who discover the church on their own? I’ve experienced it myself, and I know that it’s true. It’s hard to be zealous about something you’ve known and taken for granted your entire life. Well…I think if anything is going to make the second-generation Christians zealous, this unbelievable direct attack on God’s Church, and specifically His young people, has been it.