Friday, February 27, 2009

Casting Crowns

This is the song of my heart.

Life Song
Copyright Casting Crowns

Empty Hands held high
Such Small sacrifice
If not joined with my life
I sing in vain tonight

May the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to you
Let my lifesong sing to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
I want to sign your name
to the end of this day
Knowing that my heart was true
Let my lifesong sing to You

LORD, I give my life
A Living sacrifice
To reach a world in need
To be your hands and feet

So may the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to You


Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Let my lifesong sing to You

Monday, February 23, 2009

For two years every evening my daughter and I settle into my bed to read the Bible. I read it to her, and we stop frequently to discuss things that come up. It's such a precious time to me. When we're done reading she always asks, "Can we talk now?"

And the talks that we have can be serious, or goofy, but they too are precious.

She turned 13 last week. That's an incredible milestone. But every night she still says, "Lets go read the Bible and talk now".

And that is the greatest gift the Lord has ever given me. I know it won't always be like this. There will come a time when we won't read the Word every night. But I'm so grateful for this time that we have together. So grateful that she still /wants/ me to read to her, and that she still wants to talk every night before we sleep.

God is so good.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Timelessness of Jules Verne

I grew up reading Jules Verne and HG Wells – the fathers of 'steampunk' before moving on to Orwell, Asimov, Bradberry, and Gibson. Science Fiction has always been my genre of choice. Recently I began to reread 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and was again reminded of the creative and future-sighted genius of Verne.

From the submarine Nautilus to the spacecraft Columbiad Verne's fantastical machines were as much works of art as they were practical vehicles - all polished brass clockwork fueled by steam whose ethereal qualities added to their mystique.

When I saw an article about the Corpus Clock I was struck with the idea that Mr. Vern would be pleased to see a project like this come to fruition. And the fact that the art behind this practical clock is a metaphor for fleeting time makes this something that we can all appreciate.

Watch the video. It's incredibly cool.