Friday, June 19, 2009
1. Be able to do the one hour of work I had to do today from home, preferring, rather, that I spend two hours *trying* to do said work before giving up on my work laptop working, then having to go into the office anyway.
2. Get some serious yard work started, let alone done.
3. Feel well this afternoon, because I don't.
4. Go to three seminars tomorrow on Orthodox Christianity, because now I have to do yard work.
On the other hand, I think I will be able to go the Orthodox lecture tonight, which is the main one I wanted to hear anyway, which seemed to have been dashed when I thought work-work was going to delay the yard work, which would have kept me from going to the church, that is, until I got to feeling puny and didn't even start the yard work.
So, I reckon it could be that what the Lord wanted was for me to go this thing tonight, and it took a p.o.s. work computer, then my feeling unwell this afternoon, to make it happen.
But I doubt it.
I'll tell you one thing for sure: yardwork never came between a New Yorker and anything.
A fellow member of my leftish Congregational UCC church was there Friday night, and shared a pew with me. Neither of us heard anything we disagreed with in the introductory lecture, which will be the only one for me, since i do have to get this dang place in order.
Original sin is more of a spiritual health issue than moral failing. Agreed.
None of the well-known concepts of atonement quite fit: not ransom, satisfaction, sunstitution, etc. Rather, God saves us to heal us, and the life and death of Jesus, melding God's Godness and humanity's humanness, makes that mystically possible, the point being to draw us closer to God and to one another -- "so that they may be as one," and so on. And it's dynamic, not ststic, and transformastive, not juridical.
A very much more communal experience and concept, this here Eastern soteriology. My fellow church member and I agreed that it would surprise many of our fellow churchmen and churchwimmin to learn that the views and ideas of many of themselves are so close to Orthodox thinking.
It ain't about me, in other words. It's about all of us.
Yard work, too, has its place in the scheme of things.
Fie. Ya know, if think ya gots all the answers, just knock yerselfs out! (Neil, EL, et al.) :-)