New Wineskins, Old Year, or Old Wine, New Year, Something….

Jesus’ teachings on the wineskins has confused me in the past but I think I get it more than previously.

At our prayer meeting Wednesday we prayed to leave behind guilt, regrets, bad experiences, etc. from 2010 and not bring them into the new year.

When I get a new pair of shoes, I try to avoid wearing them in the rain and mud as long as possible.

When you get a new car, you don’t want to dirty it up.

Turning the page on the calendar is somewhat arbitrary but still useful.

At the same time, life isn’t so neat.  I have been sick all week and will continue to feel a little sick tomorrow.

On a more serious note, my friends who lost their 47 year old husband/father to cancer this week won’t have the first memorial til Monday evening, and the funeral (in another state) until Saturday.  The calendar is meaningless to them, I suppose.  They are starting over, have been for a few days, but won’t be leaving behind their grief or memories.

January 1st can also distract us, I think.  We can often think to big, bite off more than we can chew, when we should be focusing on little things.  Daily things.

Mainly because of wanting to meditate on scripture more, I have been thinking about “less.”  Smaller passages of scripture are better for meditation (not that I have done much yet).  I think in general, I want less in 2011.  Simplicity.  Keep in simple.

I don’t know.  I am tired and rambling and on drugs for a sinus infection.  In case none of this makes sense…..

Have whatever kind of year God has planned for you!!!!


Tweets I forgot to Tweet Last Week

“Trying to teach my girl about giving: “don’t you want others to feel good when getting stuff from you?” Girl: “no.”  (Friday, Dec 24th)

“my kids are scared of Polar Express, sigh” (Friday, Dec 24th, 4:00 pm)

“merry Christmas, got my wife a set of spatulas” (Saturday, Dec 25th, 10:00 am)

“Preaching on grief during the holidays this AM:  Prov 25:20, 2 Cor 2” (Sunday, Dec 26, 9:00 am)

“evening service canceled b/c of Blizzard” (Sunday, Dec 26, 4:00 pm)

“Switched AM sermon with PM, worked well, now I am ready for next Sunday AM”

“AAAGHGGHGHGHGH…someone put me out of my misery. DRUGS!!”  (Monday, Dec 27 3:30 am)

“snowblowers are my friend, shovels are my enemy”  (Monday, Dec 27, 2:00 pm)

“plow is broken, backup plan is in florida, used snowblower to clear a path for the car, mainly to go pick up drugs”  (Monday, Dec 27th, 3:00 pm)

“if we ever have another daughter, I may name her Clarithromyacin” (Monday, Dec 27th, 8:00 pm)

“it is important how we live, but I really admire how some people die, RIP Pat Casey”  (Tuesday, Dec 28th, 11:30 am)

“I love that my kids are old enough to go out and play in the snow by themselves”  (Tues, Dec 28th, 4:00 pm)


“Prayed to leave the bad in 2010 and for growth at all levels in 2011 at prayer meeting tonight (Wed, Dec 29th, 9:00 pm)

“another friend dealing with cancer, she has fought it off for 13 years, and is ready for one more round” (Thurs, Dec 30th, 11:00 am)

“just got surprised with an amazing collection of gifts from a generous friend–WOW!! (Thurs, Dec 30th, 1:30 pm)

“had a great visit with a great family who lost their husband/father this week to cancer;  pray for them” (Thurs, Dec 30th, 7:00 pm)

“Pelham 123 remake is awesome, loved it” (Thurs, Dec 30th, 11:00 pm)

“more shoveling, more guafenisen, more advil, more hot tea” (Fri, Dec 31st, noon)


Assimilate or Leave

There are too many immigrants who come to America but really don’t want to be Americans.  They want to keep their foreign language and culture.  Why even come if you don’t want to be a true, 100% American?

Just consider how people name their children.  What kind of bizarre names are these?  They surely aren’t good ol’ USA names.

I don’t know how many Declans, Aidans, Liams, and Kierans are at my kid’s school.  If these parents don’t want to be American and give their kids good American names like Brian, or Conor, or Sean, maybe they should just go back across the ocean.

We must to take back America from these Druid-worshipping, skirt-wearing America-Haters!!!!!!!!

What is our country coming to? Are you with me??

God Bless America and Americans!!