Thursday, April 22, 2010
Ecclesiastes 9: 12: 'Shit happens'
Conversely, even resentments represent relationship - and admitting them can represent a healthy, mature and committed one.
Think Denys the Carthusian, St. John of the Cross.
My finer point here was that I didn't mean to be glib, or whatever, on the other thread, as you seemed to have interpreted. Redneck sacrament? Come on.
And, yes, it is just a blog! I have just so much time for critical thinking/writing, and frankly work and seminary has just abput tapped that well dry. Sorry!
I like this one.
Christ as a living dog. Perfect meditation icon. Loyal but not really a killer.
America seems to call out for a killer God these days.
These days? Or most of our history? Seems to me we've preferred a god that was quite willing to rid us of pesky Others who interfered with our Divinely wrought plans. We have yet, I think, to realize that the God of abundant life really has no truck with that kind of thing.
Spiritual schizophrenia, or simple socio-psychological projection, or perhaps a refusal to admit our own weakness as a people. Don't know for sure. And, yes, such praying does continue, and I really don't know what to feel about it other than shame.
Struggling out from under it because the live dog is, Lassie-like, calling us to the well where Timmy is trapped, might also serve, if one follows the metaphor . . .?
Two things though, if the dogs in the NYT article went up against seven coyotes that means they are "packing up" which is a shift in their behavior. Coyotes are solo hunters and highly territorial that prey on smaller animals. They only pack up when the smaller prey are scarce. Then they can take down almost anything in Oklahoma out in the fields and hills that they care to.
Secondly Teddy Roosevelt did hunt coyotes out of Snyder, Oklahoma in 1906 with two guys named Frank and Ralph Abernathy from Frederick, Oklahoma. Frank used dogs to scare up coyotes but then he chased them on horse back. When he caught up with them he leaned down and grabbed them by hand and killed them. Teddy just shot them however.
Historical footnote for you. Teddy came by train on the Frisco R.R. and stayed at the Harvey House R.R. Hotel in the Station at Snyder during the hunt. When the successor Burlington Northern RR tore the station/hotel down in the 1980s three people were there to protest its destruction.
Say, this should have been in the new Encyclopedia of Oklahoma.
It was Frank and Jack Abernathy,
Ralph was Jack's grandson. I think Jack was a U.S, Marshal as well.