Sunday, January 19, 2014

This week I...

almost died: driving to church. If I hadn't decided to ride with someone else to their church, versus driving an hour to mine, I probably would have. Ice storm, peoples. Cars sliding everywhere - down hills, through intersections...even almost into our car. The guest speaker missed half of church. It was an interesting morning. 

read: a piece of Jessica Greyson's Becoming Hannah (all you Louisa May Alcott fans are in for a real treat in the future, I have to say...) and a piece of Mirriam Neal's Natural Disasters. (Isn't that an awesome book title? XD) And now I'm waaaaiiiiiiiting for more both...

listened to: Jonathan Maiocco's Epic Music II - it's epic. Go check it out. :) 

prayed that: among other things, I would survive Neuro and actually do well on social/behavioral. I am just a bit scared of what's coming... XD

wrote: Oh, a lovely bunch of scenes I'd been waiting to write for a while... :D

Ja-Il folded his wings and fell, shrieking as he came. He could hear the child whimpering softly, hear the boy panting, hear both their hearts pounding like a death march. 
It was silent beneath that churning mass of Amon-enslaved humanity that had converged on Petra.

learned from life: Those who insist you have to drink alcohol to be 'relevant' to those who do just want an excuse to drink. How about you go be a person and hang out with people? 

want to: sit down and watch mindless cartoons. :P I have a two-hour test on Monday. :P

The thing that stood out to me most in school was: genes which are associated with increased diabetes risk are as common in non-minority as in minority people. Meaning yes, your genes matter when it comes to disease...but when you get a people group with a high prevalence of a disease, it's not because of their genes - basically, everyone has the same potential for it. The difference is in some groups those genes are turned off and in others they are turned on...because of environmental influence and maternal stress/illness/etc. So do you just keep treating a bunch of people with diabetics or do you also see what you can do to better living conditions for people there so that their children will not be as prone to diabetes as their parents were?

Also, something to think about: If you don't want to die young...change your behavior, watch out where you live, and get a good doctor. You just lessened your chances by 55%. 
Proportional Contribution to Premature Death
Genetic predisposition 30% 
Social circumstances 15% 
Behavioral patterns 40% 
Environmental exposure 5% 

Health care 10% 

The thing that stood out to me in my Bible reading: I came home after a few hours of ethics discussions one day and thinking about my novels on the side, and read this verse in Isaiah:

and they shall look unto the earth: and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish: and they shall be driven to darkness.

It so fit with what I had been thinking about that day...I shivered and kept reading.

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

And I realized that we always seem to start with the second verse…but doesn’t that first make the second all that more incredible? There is so much incredible awesome power behind all this…and so many Christians writers just brush over the Epic beneath…sometimes it’s frightening, going into that darkness with a story…it’s not safe…it's scary…And yet oh, the gloriousness of that light when it overcomes the darkness! The horror of the trouble and anguish, the loss in that driving into darkness…evil is terrifying. But then the light shines…

For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.

The blood and the burning and the chaos of war…

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…The Prince of Peace.

Both those verses start with the same word…and oh, you lose so much when you skip that first For! How much more powerful is that Child’s Name as Prince of Peace, when you look up from the battle, worn and wearing and bleeding and sick to death of the torment you endure, and there He is, glory and beauty and Peace at a price too great too imagine!

I don't think as authors (or as Christians) we should linger in the darkness, should wallow in the filth that surrounds us...but people are living in that darkness. No, we shouldn't decide to live there. But sometimes rescuing requires us to step away from what feels safe, what feels proper, and go into the darkness to show them Light. To ignore the darkness and anguish and blood is to make pointless the shining of that Light.

5 thoughts shared:

Erika said...

Very interesting. I have been thinking about those verses this week and also these:

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Isaiah 60:1-3

Isn't that amazingly wonderful?

And so is Handel's arrangement of it in the Messiah:

Jessica Greyson said...

SO GLAD YOU ARE STILL ALIVE!!!!! *HUGS* sounds traumatizing.
*bawls over your writing*
All very interesting. <3 Your scripture insight...and I just realized I have COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN how to leave proper blog comments.


Katherine Sophia said...

Isaiah is such a gorgeous book, Erika...those are beautiful. And some of those is an incredible thing. Ah, now I want to listen to the entire Messiah's been a while since I heard it. :)

It was bad, Jessica...but definitely made for a good story later. XD
Ah, blog commenting is an art...not really...but I'm not very good at it. :P Comments are good, however proper they are. XD <3 u too. :)

Jack said...

That is scare, the ice storm. God is so good to have kept you safe.

I want to read Jessica's book too. I want to read everything by her. I love her books.

Oh! The snippet you left sounds exciting! It made me want to read more!!

Katherine Sophia said...

Amen, Jack! It could have gone bad.
Yay, another fan! XD It's so nice to have books you know you can recommend without having to add a dozen caveats... :D
Ooh, good! :D I'll probably post more tomorrow...and whenever I get around to another snippets post. XD It's a lot of fun to write.


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