Archives for: December 2004, 27
We are home from spending Christmas with my family, and things are getting back to normal. Normal chores around the house. Normal food. No more tasty desserts! The scale shows my normal weight - fortunately no price to pay in pounds for a few Christmas avoids. Not quite a normal schedule, because the kids and I are out of school, but that will be back to normal all too soon.
Lunch today was a veggie burger with jicama fries and a pear for my daughter. A chopped beef burger, jicama fries, and collard greens for me. I drank lots of water and had walnuts, raisins, and figs for a snack.
What is not normal is the destruction caused by the tsunamis. The destruction and loss of life is horrifying. The pictures give me chills. The account of the man who rode about the tsunamis clinging to a catamaran was incredible. The people left alive in the devastated areas will not be worrying about beneficials, neutrals, or avoids. They will just be hoping that their food is not contaminated. There is a lesson for us with our computers, abundant food choices, and affluent (by comparison) lifestyles.
I have blogged before that I've been reading through the Bible from cover to cover this year. It was a strange coincidence that this morning I read from Revelation 6:12 - 14. "I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquakeâ€¦and every mountain and island was removed from its place." That is one of those verses I read, wondering whether it is symbolic or real.
Among the news reports were quotes from scientists who said that the whole earth was disturbed in its rotation, and "Based on seismic modeling, some of the smaller islands off the south-west coast of Sumatra may have moved to the south-west by about 20 meters. That is a lot of slip. The north-western tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra may also have shifted to the south-west by around 36 meters."
This clearly, is not the earthquake referred to in scripture, but it affirms to me that the Bible is meant to be taken literally, and that God knew what he was doing when he appointed men to write His words.