Follow by Email

What is it about nice people that attract total idiots?Nice people are martyrs. Idiots are evangelists.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Love and Mercy

I was sittin' in a crummy movie with my hands on my chin
Oh the violence that occurs seems like we never win

Love and mercy that's what you need tonight
So, love and mercy to you and your friends tonight

I was lyin' in my room and the news came on T.V.
A lotta people out there hurtin' and it really scares me

Love and mercy that's what you need tonight
So, love and mercy to you and your friends tonight

I was standin' in a bar and watchin' all the people there
Oh the lonliness in this world well it's just not fair
This song was playing in my head this morning.  I pasted you the words first because they are the most important part.  Now, if you like, listen to Brian Wilson sing it.


And I thought to myself, how right he is.  But without God, without Jesus in your life, it's not really love, and it's not really mercy.  Love is Jesus dying on a cross for people who ignore, revile, spit on Him, and even when they listen, they still manage to just heap more on Him.  I know I do it all the time.  Mercy is God doing for us what we do not deserve, what He doesn't have to, in order that we end up where we could never belong.  And I felt a tear.  I said to myself (I thought)  how do we get the world to understand this?  How do we tell them that violence wins nothing, that people hurting should scare us, that loneliness can be conquered without suicide or murder or rape?

And I heard a Voice tell me, "Why don't you tell them?"

Okay, I am.  Listen to the song.  Doesn't it tell you that blowing up buildings is waste, making men live in fear robs all of us of the preciousness of life, that we don't have to be alone?


Hey, we have our first guest at the seed bell!  I heard him singing, and peeked outside:

Now here's the funny story about this.  We bought not only the bell Saturday, but two new bags for Laurie's feeder.  I encouraged her to buy this stuff called nyjer because it was supposed to attract goldfinches like our friend there.  As you can see, he preferred the bell.  Go figure.


And I have a brief bit about the Aussie Hockey League.  First, your web site SUCKS!!!  A day and a half later, and all I know about Melbourne Ice v. Perth game two is that Melbourne won 9-3.  The other two Sunday games, them I got. In a game scoreless going into the third period, Sydney's Bears scored first, but Newcastle scored twice for a 2-1 win.  In the other, Alaska native Jack Woglemuth scored twice to build a 3-2 lead for Melbourne's Mustangs, but Sydney's Ice Bears storm back with a goal and three assists from Pennsylvania native Matt Puntereri to win 5-4.  So the one division has a tie at the top with six points between  Newcastle and the Ice Dogs, and the other one Melbourne Ice already have a six-point LEAD!

By the way, I have checked local newspapers, and both teams websites.  At least Perth's site has the score, but won't let me click on the results;  Melbourne hasn't got both of last week's games in yet.  Ah, hockey in it's primitive state.  A lot like trying to follow the Israeli league without having to learn Hebrew.


  1. While Youngest was at Boy Scouts tonight I went for a quick 3 mile walk/run. I saw a mink!! She was bringing her babies from the water to their new den. I even got pictures... that at some point I'll put up.

    Totally made my whole night! :)

  2. Um, yep, hockey is pretty much an unknown here in Aus.
    I would be ignorant if it wasn't for my friend being into it in a big way (and that is probably her Canadian BF influence)

    1. Well, I'm going to shame y'all into paying attention! Or at least annoy the league...

  3. CWM:
    Goldfinches just LOVE thistles, but I would NOT recommend growing them.

    Good call w/ the Brian Wilson song, too.

    Well done.

    Stay safe up there in Sambonia.

    1. The main post made a lovely couplet with the next post, didn't it?