March 24th, 2009

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"And I will follow You all of my days"

I've been reading some stuff off of friendsfriends about Christianity co-opting Judaism (i.e., I'm reading posts by Jews who are reacting to ways in which Christians are discussing Kings), and my visceral reaction is reminding me of how some white people reacted to some of the discussions in RaceFail2009.

I feel like crying, "No! That's not how my personal Christianity thinks of Judaism -- and the ways in which my understanding does overlap with this one that you find offensive, let me explain how it's really not offensive."

I know that when people (who aren't even mutually friended with me) are sharing their personal pain, that that's not the time or the place for me to step in and share my alternative interpretation.

I'm still sitting with the issue (of how I should be responding in my own head -- I'm not gonna go start an argument in someone else's LJ).

Sometimes I think of Abraham
How one star he saw had been lit for me
He was a stranger in this land
And I am that, no less than he
And on this road to righteousness
Sometimes the climb can be so steep
I may falter in my steps
But never beyond Your reach
professional me, self

It's Tuesday?

"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Five good things about today:
1. Adorable story is adorable.
2. B was concerned to make sure that I was okay with coming in early to help with NEG.
3. L. articulated what she had been looking for from Jeff's book group (and listed some books she would like us to do or at least think about doing), which was really helpful to me (I haven't been able to really articulate my own sense of the purpose of the book group, but her articulation made a lot of sense to me).
4. A comm I'm in started a prayer request thread.
4a. And la bff knew exactly who to pray for :)
5. Chatting with mjules, and pretty songs on Pandora, and phone call with Ari.

Three things I did well today:
1. I did all of my requisite morning stuff and went to the Collapse )
2. When I was feeling cranky at someone at lunch, I reminded myself that I am called to love everyone.  This didn't actually change my thinking or my attitude, but the reminder is a good first step.
3. I put on headphones and Pandora so I wouldn't be annoyed at the woman who sits at the desk behind me talking on the phone nonstop.  (They were totally work phonecalls, but still.)

Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
["anything that you're looking forward to, that means you're facing tomorrow with joy, not trepidation," as Ari says]
1. Rest and Bread
2. "Making the Faith Our Own" -- topic: sexuality