Most of the female lifeguards at the pool were reading the Twilight series this summer. The book covers were appealing but I did not read them because they were modern books about vampires and that seems like a good reason to be cautious. I forgot all about the Twilight mania until the day I got really irritated with the Facebook flair application.
Almost every piece of flair was swooning over this Edward Cullen guy and somebody Black. “Who cares?!? And who are these people??” I thought they were actors or something. Mostly, I was just irritated that the flair had turned into mindless drivel about people I did not even recognize. (You might protest that flair was always mindless drivel, even prior to the Cullen/Black invasion, but that is not so. There are some gems of intellectual genius on flair. You just have to look.) Oh, and every piece of flair said the same thing: “I heart Edward Cullen” or “Edward Cullen is way better than whoever-it-is Black”.
Finally, I figured out that these Cullen and Black characters are from the Twilight series. I also learned that nearly every teenage girl (and many a lot older) are practically drooling over the books. And a movie based on the first book in the series was just released. Apparently you either love the books or can’t stand them.
If you love the books, have fun getting offended by reading I want to beat Edward Cullen with a stick. If you can’t stand the books you’ll have even more fun. Did you know that “Bella is Rendered Speechless by Edward’s Beauty or Touch 17 times?”
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. ~James 1:17
- God’s grace– It’s raining down on me. I am showered with more than I need and certainly more than I deserve. He never gives up on me, even when I’m stubborn and recalcitrant.
- Family– I know there are tons of great families out there but I’m pretty sure God put me in the best one! 🙂 Dad works so hard to provide for us and is full of wisdom. Mom’s love never fails. The siblings are good friends and lots of fun to talk and kid around with.
- Friends– It’s nice to know that there are people that you care about and who care about you. It’s also been great to have old friends back in the area and to get to know new people.
- School– I’m thankful that there are choices available. Not many people have the freedom to get the kind of education they’d like.
- Work– I’m thankful for what I’ve learned over the past five years in the work-place and that God has always provided a job for me.
I am disappointed. It is no surprise that Obama won but it I kept hoping that somehow, McCain would win. McCain, while not perfect, would be so much better than Obama. I get the feeling that we haven’t seen the real Obama yet. It doesn’t seem like he understands the gravity of the ideological Isalamsim threats. A lot of people seem to think that Obama is going to be America’s savior. There’s this clip on some of the talk radio shows from a citizen interview. A woman says she’s not going to have to worry about putting gas in her car, paying her mortgage, etc… Huh?? Where has she been? Not in the real world, that’s for sure.
The bright spot is that Proposition 8 passed. That was a nice surprise. Could have something to do with the record numbers of black voters, generally against homosexual marriage, that turned out to vote for Obama.
It’s tempting to worry about the bleak forcast, but ultimately, it’s God that sets leaders up and causes them to fall and I can’t put my faith in princes whether I think they will do a good job or not.
On another note, it was fun to vote in such a historical election and to participate in the election excitement, whether positive or negative. This is one I might be telling the grandkids about someday.
Psalm 146- The Happiness of Those Whose Help Is the Lord
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
The Lord shall reign forever—
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!