Monday, December 11, 2006

December 11, 2006 Daily-ish Readings

Readings: II Samuel 10-11, Psalm 138, I Corinthians 5
II Samuel 10-11: I hate II Samuel 11. It's one of the most depressing chapters in the Bible. Shakespeare had nothing on tragedies. This is the chapter where the great and powerful King David, a man after God's own heart, sleeps with another man's wife, has the other man killed by commanding Joab to send him to the front lines after she becomes pregnant, and marries the girl. I kept reading the chapter over and over again trying to figure out a way that David might have been innocent, but I can't find anything. The guy is an adulterous murderer.

And David went to heaven. So many times, we think we are righteous--or made righteous--by our works, i.e. the good things we do. That's not how God works, however. Paul, in Hebrews and in Galatians, tells us that we are made righteous by our faith in him. (That's what "justified" means: made righteous.) David the adulterer and murderer was made righteous by his faith in God and was forgiven by God. So tragic as this chapter may seem, it really does have a happy ending.

Out of Seclusion & Writing!

Well, I’ve finally taken myself out of seclusion. I timed the whole thing just right, as I came down with some really bad bronchitis/pneumonia thing and had to take these massive antibiotics. The side effects of these were scary. I think the pharmacy’s instructions said, “If you have bad dreams and wake up in the middle of the night, call you doctor immediately.” As someone who suffers from night terrors where I wake up in the middle of the night screaming anyway…. On top of coughing up chunks of green phlegm, my computer couldn’t access the internet for a week. My husband and I finally got it up and running today.

I see light at the end of this accursed sequel writing tunnel. I’m so excited. Hopefully, I’ll be done with it before the end of the year. Cheers!

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