- I don’t know if I mentioned that my son, Jason, had a second interview for one job possibility, then they called him back for paperwork, drug testing, and began a background check, which all pointed to the likelihood of being offered a job. But then the management declared a hiring freeze until they could work out some budgeting issues. 😦 The man interviewing Jason said they were just about to offer him the job and he’d put his paperwork on file to call him as soon as the hiring freeze is over — but who knows how long that will be. Its frustrating and disappointing — sometimes I think, “Can’t these kids just catch a decent break?!” But I remind myself that God knows what He has in store for them. One person Jason interviewed with for another job said they had over 70 applicants….so that’s the kind of thing he’s up against.
- I’m having very conflicted feelings about the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. There is relief, on one hand, but fear of retaliation on the other. But I am even more conflicted by the reaction of fellow Christians on Facebook. The first response last night was cheering. It just didn’t seem right to me that we’d rejoice over anyone’s death. The verse that came to mind was Ezekiel 33:11: “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” Then someone posted this morning Proverbs 24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth,” and verse 18 goes on to say: “Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.” But then, I thought, there was rejoicing when Pharoah’s army was killed when they were after Israel at the Red Sea and when David killed Goliath. I don’t know how to square that with Prov. 24:17, except maybe the proverb is talking about a personal enemy, and the rejoicing in the other passages refers to God’s enemies. Then several people posted Proverbs 11:1o: “When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.” One friend said, “We don’t rejoice in death, but we rejoice in justice.” May be….some people were sure rejoicing in death! I don’t listen to talk radio, but my son said some people were saying things about being glad bin Laden was in hell. Those weren’t necessarily professing Christians, though — I haven’t seen any Christian going that far. A couple of people on FB reminded us that except for the grace of God we’d all be headed there. But it is a little hard to feel sorry for one soul going out into eternity facing not the 70 virgins he thought he’d see but rather the God of judgment when that soul was responsible for so many others going to their deaths. I’m still wrestling with all of this.
- I still haven’t seen all the royal wedding — I taped it, but I can’t just sit and watch for four hours unless I am doing something else at the same time, and my cross stitch project is at a point that needs concentration just now. So I am watching it in biys and pieces. But overall I’ve enjoyed it so far. Gorgeous music. There was a lot of truth being presented in both what was said (that I’ve heard so far in the service, i.e., the Biblical reasons for marriage) and the music, if anyone had “ears to hear.” I think we realized with the outcome of Diana’s wedding that there is really not such a thing as a fairy tale wedding in real life. Yet because her boys have been in the public eye and suffered such tragedy, I think we all wish them well. I thought Katherine was beautiful and loved her understated elegance. I like hats, but I thought some were outlandish and/or worn at odd angles. I liked the simplicity of Queen Elizabeth’s hat, though I am not fond of yellow. Though I wouldn’t want to live amidst such protocol personally, I did enjoy the “pomp and circumstance” involved. Ceremony is nice sometimes. I also enjoyed the deep sense of history — the commentator on the station I was listening to kept bringing up the history of various items and customs. And it was nice to have happy news for once on TV!
- But, alas, there were naysayers for the royal wedding as well. Some griped about the privileges of royal birth, getting such an expensive wedding and a dukedom when he hadn’t done anything to earn it. I pointed out that royalty has its particular stresses and pressures as well as its rewards. but the individual didn’t want to hear it and said if the royals didn’t like their lot they could just step down from royal life. 🙄 True, I suppose, but I think that reveals a lack of understanding of what the monarchy means to Britons. The commentator I listened to pointed out how many acts of duty various ones of the royal family had performed that year, and the word “duty” came up often. Sure, I prefer democracy, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the culture of other countries. Then some people commented on the young couple’s having lived together before marriage. Yes, that is fornication, and yes, that is wrong in God’s eyes. but who knows whether the prayer they wrote themselves that they “keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important” might be answered like Cornelius‘s was and lead them to know God in a real and personal way?
I probably should wait and go over this in the morning — I’ve been distracted and this isn’t as coherent or neatly written as I’d like. And I’m thinking there were a couple of other things I was going to mention, but I can’t think of them now….but I think I am going to go ahead and post it in it’s “off the top of my head.” state.
Edited to add: two other viewpoints on the rejoicing over bin Laden’s death (for the record, I don’t have a problem with war and I am not a pacifist and I appreciate our military.)
Is It Wrong To Celebrate Bin Laden’s Death? from NPR.
Some Thoughts on the Death of Bin Laden by Denny Burk.