Tuesday, September 25, 2001

You know you are a new millennium computer geek if...

You just tried to enter your password on
the microwave.

You call your son's beeper to let him
know it's time to eat. He emails you back from
his bedroom, "What's for dinner?"

Your daughter sells Girl Scout Cookies via
her web site.

You chat several times a day with a
stranger from South Africa, but you haven't
spoken with your next door neighbor yet this
year.

Your grandmother clogs up your e-mail
inbox asking you to send her a JPEG file of
your newborn sister so she can create a screen
saver.

You pull up in your own driveway and use
your cell phone to see if anyone is home.

The concept of using real money,
instead of credit or debit, to make a purchase
is foreign to you.

Cleaning up the dining room means
getting the fast food bags out of the back seat
of your car.

Your reason for not staying in touch
with family is that they do not have e-mail
addresses.

You consider second-day air delivery
painfully slow.

Your dining room table is now your flat
filing cabinet.

Your idea of being organized is
multiple-colored Post-it notes.

You hear most of your jokes via e-mail
instead of in person.

You get an extra phone line so you can
get phone calls.

You turn off your Modem and get this
awful feeling, as if you just pulled the plug on
a loved one.

You get up in morning and go online
before getting your coffee.

You wake up at 2am to go to the
bathroom and check your E-mail on your way
back to bed.

You start tilting your head sideways to
smile. :)

You're reading this.

Even worse; you're going to forward it.

Monday, September 24, 2001

Yet again I have failed in my attempts to keep constant with my blog. Ah well. When I post, it will be from my heart, that I know.

The events of the past few weeks have saddened me in ways that I cannot express. Fear, doubt, hate, anger, compassion, faith.....I pray that God takes my feelings and molds them into something of His using. I have just prayed for Him to show Himself sovereign over all the earth. I really don't have the wisdom to say what to do with the terrorist attacks, how the US should respond, and what I should think. I know that everything is connected by Him in which all things hold together.

I have not been praying. I am sure many other Christians have realized how lax we are, how lukewarm. Jesus is the Light of life. He will keep everything in His hand. That's about all I can trust. I realize more and more how little I know, how much of a fool I am. God, help me. God, hold all of us....

Saturday, September 15, 2001

"I just got home from a business trip...and man, it
feels good to be home!

When I got home, my sister, who teaches kindergarten,
had a story to tell me...

All the little kids kind of basically understand
what's going on (in NY and DC), and they've been
talking about it a little in class this week. Then
today, during morning announcements, the principal
said that there would be a jar set up for donations to
the Red Cross. Usually, at lunch, the kids bring
extra money to get ice cream, like a dollar or 50
cents. The principal mentioned that it might be a
nice gesture to donate the ice cream money to the Red
Cross today. So before the kindergarteners headed off
to lunch, my sister talked to her class, saying that
the Red Cross was helping the people who had been hurt
this week, so it would be really nice to give some
money to help them out. She was very clear about
explaining that since it would mean that they wouldn't
get any ice cream, they didn't have to donate their
money. Later, someone asked the woman who sold the
ice cream how many students had donated to the Red
Cross instead, and she said almost every student had.
Among the "almost every" students was every single
kindergarten child.

All week, I have just been thanking God that this
situation has brought out so much of the good in
people and so little of the anger and hatred."

-email from Rebecca Vahey