quote from “Hammer of God”

He had never taken theology very seriously. The great philosophers had interested him most. But in all of Leibnitz’ Theodicée he could not recall a single line that even remotely dealt with such things as this. As a matter of fact, he could eliminate everything he had ever read, with the possible exception of Concordia Pia. In that volume there had indeed been something definite about the anguish of a frightened conscience. But what was it? He regretted that he had studied Concordia Pia so carelessly. He had, of course, always viewed the confessional writings as remnants of medievalism, understandable only against the background of papal darkness.

–Giertz, Bo; Giertz, Bo; Giertz, Bo. Hammer of God (pp. 12-13). Fortress Press. Kindle Edition.

Zion’s Facebook “READING RING” is tackling this book, beginning this week. Now… Online reading groups are a new thing for me. I’ve just read because I like it, but it’s kind of fun reading stuff with other people who enjoy reading stuff.

And this book is going to be a kick!

It is a cluster of three novellas, so even folks who don’t like reading will find this to be less painful than a tooth extraction. It deals with Lutheran teachings, but it isn’t preachy. Cocky and self-righteous doctors of theology wind up learning that they know less about faith than simple people who trust what God says.

As you can see from the quote, things have not changed much.

Written by a man who started life as an atheist, no less. I’m going to enjoy this so much!

Nifty quote I read today

In my devotions, I have been reading Johan Gerhard’s Sacred Meditations. While it is very Law-heavy, ever so often I find such joyous tidbits that I cannot help but find them… BEAUTIFUL. Here is an example…

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Adam fell from God’s grace, and lost, by his unbelief, the Divine image; but we are received into a state of grace, and are formed anew in the Divine image by faith. Through faith Christ becomes ours and dwells in us (Eph. 3:17); but where Christ is there is the grace of God; and where the grace of God is, there is the heritage of life eternal.

Johann Gerhard, Gerhard’s Sacred Meditations, trans. C. W. Heisler (Philadelphia, PA: Lutheran Publication Society, 1896), 65.

2+ Personal Care Assistant Positions

I am in Conroe (near I-45 and 1488) and am looking to create a caregiving team for myself to provide me with assistance seven days a week. Initially, I am looking for 2 more part-time caregivers to cover three days per week, three hours per day. Ideally, this position would be Tuesday and Thursday, 7 AM-10 AM and Sunday 6 AM-8:30 AM. While I can be somewhat flexible in selecting the time we agree upon, once we agree on the days and times… Please be here when you agree to be here.

Pay range is $10-$13 per hour.

I am looking for someone to assist me with personal care, household chores, and physical assistance. This includes but, is NOT limited to the following: bathing, changing, dressing, grooming, repositioning, and occasionally doing laundry, dishes, and light housekeeping. *NO EXPERIENCE OR CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED*

Applicants MUST:
– Be Comfortable Doing Personal Care
– Be Able to Pass a Background Check
– Be Able to Follow Directions
– Be Fluent in English
– Be Easy-Going
– Be Detail-Oriented
– Be Hard-Working
– Be Punctual
– Be Reliable
– Be Quick Learner
– Be Organized
– Be Careful
– Be Trustworthy
– Be Respectful of Our Home, Pets, and Privacy
– Have Reliable Transportation
– Have Ability to Comfortably Maneuver (Roll, Push, and Pull) 130 pounds
– Have Strong Communication Skills

While the selected applicants will be employed through In-Home Attendant Services I am something like the local (very local, my home) Human Resources branch office. I select, hire, train, do regular evaluations of my own caregivers.

Here is a little bit about me. My name is Lisa and I am a 50-something-year-old female. I was born with a neuromuscular disorder that was supposed to kill me by age 2, but I didn’t listen to the doctors then… or now. Currently, I am a quadriplegic but I do have full sensation. I get into my wheelchair (powered) using a Hoyer lift. Most times, you’ll find me attached to a computer or other device that broadens my universe. I enjoy teaching at a university level. Some of my hobbies include science fiction and Lutheran theology. Both my Mother and I have faced health issues this year. As a result, my sister, brother-in-law, nieces, and nephew invited us to share their home and made us quite welcome. We all are looking for a team of Personal Care Assistants to help make our lives run more smoothly. More importantly, this will help me gain more independence in my own life. I am eagerly looking forward to meeting you.

Serious applicants only, please!

If you wish to speed things along, I do have an online application:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P9QX2Z6

Snoopy’s Adventure for Today

A picture of Snoopy
Snoopy

Some of you know my long-time buddy, Snoopy. We think he is part Chihuahua, part Corgi, if anyone cares. He has been hanging around with us for about 15 years. When we got him from the rescue group, they said that he was about three years old.

That makes him “not exactly a spring chicken.”

He has had a big adventure today. It was another trip to the vet. He took it in stride. I’m not so certain that I am doing so…

He definitely has cataracts… He is not adjusting well to the new house. His peeing all over the house may be the beginnings of some sort of kidney issues, we are waiting to get the results of these tests. His hearing doesn’t seem to be very sharp anymore. We are awaiting test results to find out about his coughing fits, it doesn’t seem to be pulmonary but may be the beginnings of the beginnings of congestive heart failure.

They prescribed some senior food for him…

… And we will take it one day at a time while we can…

 

ANOTHER NIFTY QUOTE FOR THE DAY

‘The great mystery of Ephesians 6 is that God bestows his own armor on his people. The medium of the great gift is first Jesus Christ, God’s Champion, who is depicted by the OT and the NT as clothed in the same armor as YHWH, wielding his ferocious long sword against his people’s enemies (Is 11:4–5; 59:16–17; Rev 1:13–16; 19:11–15). But Ephesians takes this one step farther by arguing that, since the Christian is mystically “in Christ,” this armor is bestowed on everyone baptized into him.’

Winger, T. M. (2015). Ephesians. (D. O. Wenthe & C. P. Giese, Eds.) (p. 748). Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.

Learning to use a telephone

For years, I’ve been working on the assumption that I cannot use a cell phone. I can’t swipe or pinch or twiddle

Typical selfie
Where am I?

various thingies. After seeing what people post, I didn’t particularly think I was missing out on much.

Then… I discovered the awful truth! I WAS WRONG!

There is a device called TECLA. 

Tecla lets you use a single switch (on off) to use a cell phone or tablet. Granted, you don’t have to go THAT bare-bones. You can use as many as four switches or a joystick.

Today, I discovered the camera. (Yes, I knew it was there before. I had even taken pictures. I just realized how much fun this was!) Here is an intentional selfie. I deleted the unintentional ones.

I double-dog-dare you to come up with a caption for this one. Better yet, make up a story about where I am!

A quote to ponder today…

The order to “stand” that pervades Ephesians 6:11–14 does not imply that Christian soldiers are given a special tactic by which they are able to defend themselves, but rather teaches them that the battle is the Lord’s. They are to stand back and watch him win the victory for them (cf. הִֽתְיַצְב֗וּ, “stand firm!” in Ex 14:13 in the context of Ex 14:13–14, 30–31; and הִתְיַצְּב֣וּ עִמְד֡וּ, “stand firm! stand!” in 2 Chr 20:17).

Winger, T. M. (2015). Ephesians. (D. O. Wenthe & C. P. Giese, Eds.) (p. 703). Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.