Thursday, January 10, 2008

worship Reading through the biblical account of the Creation and the Fall get me excited. They are my second favorite part of the Bible "to story" to people who have never heard it before. There is some really great stuff in there that as people who've grown up with the story just totally miss. (Note to self: this is a post topic for another day.) But, the other day, in the midst of being excited about reading the opening chapters of Genesis, I saw something I'd never noticed before: it was during Seth's lifetime that men began to worship (call upon the name of the Lord or be called by the name of the Lord). I read my Bible with colored pencils near by so I can mark themes (kinda my own version of Kay Arthur's inductive study). One of the things I love marking is worship. So, perhaps that is why this time I actually saw this verse. This verse left me pondering much and asking lots of questions. I did look it up in a commentary, so I could get some of my questions answered. All this thinking about worship reminded me of a post I wrote last January . . . I share it with you again: Do you wanna know what verse my kid-brother (13 yo) counts as his favorite verse in the Bible? I'll give you a hint: it comes from today's chronological Bible reading. Sam's favorite Bible verse (if memory serves me right) is Job 1:21: "And he said, 'Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.'" (And this is coming from a kid who had all of his birthday presents and all of his Christmas presents from 2005 stolen during multiple break-ins in the course of just a few months.) I, however, tend to favor the verse right before Sam's favorite: "Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped" (Job 1:20). In a matter of seconds--in the time it takes to utter a few sentences--the greatest man of all the people in the east tragically lost each and everyone of his ten children, 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and all but four of his very many servants. And what does the grief-stricken guy do? He worships. I love that word: w o r s h i p. It has become so much more meaningful to me living here in Taiwan. I have seen people worshiping great, big, HUGE idols, people worshiping tiny 12-inch tall idols, people worshiping old trees, people worshiping even the stumps of old dead trees, people worshiping stones and tablets, people worshiping ancestors (both those from generations long ago and those recently deceased). My idea of what is worship has changed so much since living here. Before it was only something I did with others....
buying books overseas Living overseas has seriously helped me to curb my book-buying addiction. My mom says she can always tell when it is time for me to come home because packages start arriving. I start shopping my wish list and sending books to my parents' home to wait for me the month or two before I leave.'s international shipping on books is SO high--sometimes more expensive than the book itself. So, last year when I read on a blog about a company that ships books overseas for under three USD ($2.97) a book, I was giddy. I've ordered from twice. The first time it took about two months or longer to get my books (I was beginning to think they had been sent to Thailand), but the second time it took less than a month. The first time they come in an M-bag (I had ordered several) and the second time, they just came in a simple box. Both times they had been shipped from Switzerland? Sweden? I don't remember, but some "S" country. :) I've been pleased. It's nice to once again be able to order (cheap, used) books and actually have them shipped to me. I've not found every title I've searched for, but I have found many. If you live overseas and need a book craving filled, you might wanna check out Oh, yeah, and the profits go to fund literacy, and shipping is free to US addresses, so even if you aren't overseas, you still might wanna check 'em out. :) (I thought I'd read about it on a "girl blog" in the fall. But when I searched my g-reader, I only found a mention of it on the Bell Site in the summer. Anywho, thanks anonymous girl blog; sorry I can't give you a hat tip. And thanks to Jackie Bell for recommending good stuff to others too.)

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