03 June 2016

This 'n' That

It's been a long time since I've truly known the meaning of "bittersweet" but I vividly lived it this past weekend.

Cassette tapes seem ancient now, but as I was sifting through some boxes in the basement, I came across a homemade cassette that my grandfather recorded back in 1984. It was labeled as containing a bedtime story for my brother and I, as well as some Lawrence Welk polkas. Oh yes, you read that correctly.

Believe it or not, I still happen to have a cassette player in the house, so I put it to use playing this newly discovered "ancient" treasure from the early 80s.

My grandfather passed away in 2002. He and I were close, and hardly a day passes when I don't think of him with fondness and a bit of sadness. But until that tape started to play, it had not occurred to me in all those years that I had not heard his voice. You can imagine, then, how tears started to stream when that tape began to play. That voice that always brought me smiles and laughter as a child was suddenly in my kitchen 14 years after death had silenced it. It was such a sweet moment. I've never been so deeply grateful for a cassette player.

And the bedtime story contained on that tape? Well, let's just say that I've now been reminded of the real reason why bears have short, stubby tails and foxes have long, beautiful, voluminous tails.

He ended his audio message by reminding my brother and I to pray before we went to sleep that night, and to thank God for all that He's given us. This week, I thanked God for my grandfather, for the precious memories I have of him, and yes, I even thanked Him for the technology of a cassette player. It can be so easy to kneel in prayer and immediately delve into all of the supplications and petitions we desire to bring before God, but we must first praise and thank Him for who He is, for what He has done, and for the gifts, both eternal and temporal, that He has given to us undeserving sinners.

Well, thanks for indulging my brief walk down the proverbial memory lane. Now, before you start digging in boxes for your Walkman and your New Kids on the Block tapes, why not first take a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Seeing Charisma call someone a "loony" false prophet is like hearing the proverbial pot call the proverbial kettle black.
  • I'm sure many of us can identify with this latest article from Falsified Ministries.
  • Televangelist Jan Crouch, perpetrator and perpetuator of the prosperity gospel, has died.
  • Another "Christian" musician has announced that he is gay. Let me go put on my surprised face.
  • Awww, so glad the puppy is okay.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Interesting insight into one so-called "gay Christian's" experience at Wheaton College.
  • It seems to me that this may not be a bad thing.
  • True story: as a kid, I wanted to be an archaeologist and was always intrigued by King Tutankhamen.
  • Phil Johnson preaches from Matthew 14:


  1. Ummmmmmm, were Vince and Lori living with my wife and I for 20 something years, while we knew nothing about their presence, and wrote that article about us? Describes our existence, particularly my wife's up bringing and adult understanding, to a T....

    1. Glad you liked the article Dave! We are still un-learning so much bad theology and moralistic teaching. There appears to be many that were raised this way and all Glory to God for freeing the bondage of that.

      Thanks Erin for sharing our link! You da best :)

  2. What a heartwarming, touching story--and so well told! Thank you. Praise God for grandfathers, for nostalgic tears of joy, and for foxes with long, beautiful, voluminous tails. Two summers ago my husband and I took a leisurely drive through the gorgeous woods of Alaska one afternoon just outside of Fairbanks. As we rounded a corner, there in all of its colored glory stood the fox you described, right in the middle of the two-lane road! We stopped to look as the creature eyed us, too, then turned to amble off into the under brush, waving that stately "long, beautiful, voluminous tail." I truly enjoyed this post.

  3. Oh thank you for the link to "Falsified Ministries" latest piece, "Mortifying The Evil Twins." I too was raised with the heavy emphasis (actually a demand) on rule-keeping as well as perfect obedience, but without Scriptural explanation, teaching or encouragement. What countless years of spiritual chaos and demise...

    And thankfully, God through Christ rescued me -- and now ahead, countless years of true spiritual understanding and growth! YES!

    Blessings, Kay Cude


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