Archive for September, 2004
I long for community. Back in my day on the Internet as an undergrad, we had usenet, unix ‘talk’, and IRC for communication. Maybe I’m getting older, but it seems to me there is a lack of cool places to go on the Internet these days. I long for a place to go that is updated regularly, a place to go that has thoughtful discussion and even some noise from time to time. *sigh* I’m afraid I’ll be looking for that place for a while.
It’s been a while since I posted last, and I really wanted to record this, else I forget.
Last night, MJ and I went to go see Garrison Keilor (sp?) at the Bone Student Center. He was (and I guess is) the host of Prairie Home Companion, a radio show that finds its home readily on NPR stations. It’s that kind of thing, and since MJ and I are those kind of listeners, it seemed appropriate that we get tickets.
Well, first, a good friend managed to hook me up with general admission tickets to the show (they were free), that guaranteed me a seat somewhere in Braden Auditorium. Another dear friend promised to watch Aidan that night, so we were set. However, we were shocked that when we got there 10 minutes after the doors opened that most of the seats in the mezzanine were already taken. The ground level was ‘full’, or so we thought until we looked down from the mezzanine to see that large sections were in fact, not full. They were reserved for ‘VIP’ seating, and VIP was very, very not full. It left a bit of frustration in my mind as we looked around the mezzanine just to see everyone saving (what seemed like) entire rows for their friends and loved ones. It was then that we overheard that VIP seating was going to be opened up shortly to we who had arrived late and were scrounging around for a seat.
MJ and I walked down to the door only to be greeted with a stern, but very thoughtful usher saying that the VIP seats needed to be filled and only at that the start of the performance would those seats be opened up for the rest of the masses. Well, we waited, and waited and eventually we heard clapping and it was at that point I confronted the usher to ask her if the seats were going to be opened up any time soon. I polite…Rudely got in her face to ask her to be consistent with what she was telling everyone else. It was at the point, coals were heaped on my head and I was given a picture of grace that I won’t soon forget. A friend from InterVarsity said my name and said that she had two tickets available for VIP seating that she wanted to give me; I wasn’t sure why they were available, but she gave them to me and MJ and I walked right in and sat down in the seats that we were viewing from afar not but 10 minutes earlier.
I couldn’t escape that lesson that I had learned that night. I ended up trying to seek forgiveness of the usher and to apologize for my rudeness. I also am planning on saving the tickets just because it reminds me how much God gave us that we don’t deserve, that we have been given VIP status not because of who we are or what we did to deserve it, but because God showed his grace towards us. Garrison was funny, but I’m really grateful more for the opportunity to see God’s grace in a practical way.
We’re entering the busy season here at the ol’ Juvinall household.
First off, the alumni of ISU will be gathering for a day of worship and celebration of 50 years of officially being on ISU’s campus. It’s been fun getting back some names that I’ve not heard for literally a decade or longer. Specifically got a call from an old college friend that it’d been 11 years since we talked. Wow, that’s crazy. I wonder why the first sentence usually begins with ‘We have a kid that is x months old’.
I was also sick today. My 32nd bithday was Monday and it seems that everytime my b-day rolls around I get the same ‘sickness’. My breath gets short and I cough and my whole body gets achy. hrmf.
The building is coming along. Not too long from now, it’ll be time to start coordinating the move of the OU and plan through some security measures for the new building. Namely, how to deliniate off the different VLANs that will be in the building and setting ACLs for the printers in the building, our crestron system, faculty and staff, and a DMZ for the servers.
Labor day is here and gone. Summer is here and gone. ahh well, it was fun while it lasted wasn’t it.
I saw ‘The Passion’ for the first time today. We’d meant to go see it in February but it never really worked out that we could see it. I was impressed. Somehow, though, after seeing it, it was hard to listen to any other music other than worship stuff when I took it back to the Video Store. I don’t know if I want to own it either; its something that I don’t want aidan to see until he’s made a commitment to follow Christ. It’s something for an adult to see that movie and come to grips that it was them that placed Jesus on the cross, but for a 4 or 5 year old to see it would just be too much I think.
I still wonder if anyone reads this; oh well, if you do and glance at this blog, ‘what up!’.
Probably my favorite political moment of the whole entire week of the RNC was zel miller (sp? name?) getting in Chris Matthew’s face and challenging him to a dual; hillarious!
Isaiah 6: 1-5
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”