Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Cathedral Windows

Storkyrkan Cathedral in Stockholm, Sweden

The ironwork throughout Stockholm is incredible--but this cathedral window in Gamla Stan (Old Town) caught my attention when we visited a few weeks ago. What can I say, I'm a sucker for any type of window in churches, whether stained glass or otherwise. There truly is something about this man-made (or woman-made) beauty that points me towards God.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Old churches and xrays

This is a church about 45 minutes away from us, in the town of Worms (pronounced with a "V" sound for the "W," and believe me, it sounds better that way...). Martin Luther answered questions about his beliefs at the Diet of Worms, so it's semi-well known for that. Mainly, though, I just like the church architecture and the juxtaposition of the bare tree against building and sky. My daughter's class took a field trip to Worms last year, also visiting a Jewish synagogue there and the oldest Jewish cemetery in Germany. That's one of the big benefits of living in Deutschland--all the historical landmarks and beautiful buildings!

Oh, complete change of subject, but thank you to those who asked about my dentist appointment. The guy was a jaw surgeon, so probably knows his stuff. I had panoramic x-rays, during which the assistant told me to "bleiben," which I finally figured out meant "stay in place." At this point, the doctor says I have excess bone growth under my gum, so they need to go in and scrape off the lump, but it sounds less invasive than other options I was fearing. And he's reasonably sure it's benign. So thanks again, I appreciated your prayers!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Dental phobias

Today I've been obsessing over a hard lump that appeared in my upper gum two days ago--worrying that I might need a root canal, concerned that I have an abcess the dentist will have to dig out with shiny sharpened tools, occasionally wondering "what if it's something even worse?" I have to wait until tomorrow (Monday) to call the dentist my friends in Germany have recommended. In the meantime, I want to stop worrying. I want to quit whining and trust in God's care for me regardless of the outcome. So I'm going to meditate on this verse:

For I know that my Redeemer lives...this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God...How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:25-27

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Unique traits

My family members and some of their unique traits…

Me – Collects foreign language dictionaries
Cries in church and embarrasses Anna

Jeff – Likes to tease the Welsh corgi
Half Norwegian

Danielle – Loves to drive cars with gear-shifts
Used to pour ketchup on broccoli & “goldfish” before eating them

David – Writes comical poetry when he’s in the mood
Has broken more bones than anyone else in the family

Anna – Watches DVDs of “Gilmore Girls” compulsively
Cannot stand long-sleeve shirts

Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Rainbow Centre

I added a new link today, to the Rainbow Centre. In their own words, the Rainbow Centre Project is a Christian ministry in Burundi, Africa, whose mission is to provide care, treatment and safe keeping of orphaned, abandoned and HIV positive babies. The ministry was started in 2001 and continues to grow and expand as God blesses and leads. Check it out, the site has pictures and newsletters. In a nutshell, all about Christians making a difference! I know the Johnsons and visited them briefly when I made a trip to Rwanda and Burundi in 2002 . They're some of the best people around.