Reading Ethics by Deitrich Bonhoeffer, personal stuff

Monday, December 27, 2004
CURRENTLY READING:  ETHICS by Dietrich BonhoefferInteresting thought on P. 32 Bonhoeffer states that what takes place between Jesus and the Pharisees is a repetition of that first temptation of Jesus. That both satan and the Pharisees are trying to get Jesus to do something of his own understanding, not the will of God.He also states that when questions are put to Jesus, he is not drawn into our problems. That there is not a single question that Jesus answers with acceptance of the human either-or that the person wants. He does not want to be held by human alternatives.Jesus’s main concern is to do the will of God, a will that was in place before the fall of man, before man ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Before man became conscious of good and evil.An interesting concept for me. I guess I always saw that if the actions stemmed from love, then we were doing God’s work. But sometimes what is love may not look like love on the surface.

Took my kids skiing today. It was bitter cold. Tomorrow they go to the dentist. To their way of thinking it is a waste of a good holiday day off from school.

I am surviving Christmas. I enjoy being with my kids and not having the scheduling that three kids with busy schedules entails. It is nice to relax. I spent time studying more of Revelation while the kids were skiing. I am not one for skiing – perhaps if they develop skis with cleats I might consider it.

Sometimes it feels like I am  navigating through landmines to walk through life. We never know when things will trigger memories, memories that one thought were safely buried. A look, a glance, a word, a smell, a sound can trigger the memories.

Has anyone wondered if God is as fickle as some of those  whom we have known. Can we blow it big time?



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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