Five things

January 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm 2 comments

*Well, I was on a blogging role for a while.  But then I had to get re-adjusted to the whirlwind that is school.  On the bright side, classes are going well!  I’m really enjoying (most of) my classes, especially creative writing and media effects.  My creative writing teacher starts each class by giving us a scenario and letting our imaginations fly.  We don’t always have to read it aloud or show it to anyone, but it’s just such a fun way to begin a class.  And we spent last class in Media Effects talking about Orson Welle’s “War of the Worlds” drama in 1938, a play that was broadcast so realistically that people were panicking about the fictional Martian attack.  Just shows how very effective media can be.  Do you think we could see the same mass panic from a (fictional) news story again today?  That’s the interesting question. 

*Speaking of classes, one of the girls in my speech class is Kaitlynn Lusk.  A really famous professional singer.  And I feel rather bad for her that she has to fulfill this requirement; after performing at the Grammy’s this little speech class must seem like a joke to her.  But she seems really sweet.  And my friend Christina, a musical theatre major, was a part of the National Touring cast of The Sound of Music when she was younger, as Brigitta.  Talent is everywhere.

*I went bowling last night with Navs.  I thought that after last semester’s bowling disaster that I’d figured it out.  Apparently not.  But it was fun and highly entertaining.

*The weather has been warming over the last few days!  And I have been so excited pretending it’s springtime.  On Thursday, the sky was blue and the sun was out and the windows were open in my classroom.  It made my day.  And today, the girls from my Cru Bible study and I decided to have a picnic.  It was lovely….albiet a little cold at the end.  🙂  Upcoming plans include a movie night tonight with the same girls, and then painting at a local pottery place with my amazing RA and some girls from my hall on Monday.  Yay!

* Haiti.  Everyone has read about it, talked about it, written about it.  I don’t think there is any need to add my voice to the chaos…and besides, I don’t know what to say except that it’s absolutely horrible.  My heart hurts so badly for these people, and I hate feeling so completely helpless.  It’s when we see things like this that I’m reminded, again, how very broken this world is.  There are wonderful days when life seems beautiful; days when I’m surrounded by friends and love and sunshine.  And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!  Those are the days when I catch a glimpse of eternity; when I see a preview of what this world was supposed to look like, and what it will be, for all eternity, in heaven.  And then there are the days when we’re blindsided by such a tragedy; the world seems full of unimaginable pain and tragedy and horror.  We don’t know what to do.  It’s awful.  And those are the times, like now, that I remember that this is not what the world is supposed to be.  And I praise God that even in the midst of such complete pain and disaster, we have hope.  We know that it will not always be like this.  We have the hope of a world restored and healed, for eternity.  I love the song “There Will Be a Day” by Jeremy Camp:

There will be a day with no more suffering!

There will be a day, with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears;

There will be a day, when the burdens of this place will be no more:

We’ll see Jesus face to face.

But until that day, we’ll hold onto you always.

That’s the promise I cling to.  There will be a day. 

And on a slight side note, Dr. Mohler wrote a wonderful article, “Does God Hate Haiti?”  It’s a question we probably grapple with in the midst of this total tragedy.  But this is his conclusion:

Everything about the tragedy in Haiti points to our need for redemption. This tragedy may lead to a new openness to the Gospel among the Haitian people. That will be to the glory of God. In the meantime, Christ’s people must do everything we can to alleviate the suffering, bind up the wounded, and comfort the grieving. If Christ’s people are called to do this, how can we say that God hates Haiti?

As Jessina wrote over on the Bloom! blog , Ministry Watch has suggested some “ideally positioned” ministries to donate to, if you feel so inclined.  The list includes Mercy Ships, Medical Teams International, and Danita’s Children, a local orphanage that is going to try to take in all of the new orphans they can.   I would also add the relief projects of World Vision and Compassion, two other excellent organizations that have been working tirelessly. 

And let us pray.  For the workers, the victims, and for people all over the world to help.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joanna  |  January 17, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Ah! Your friend was in the Sound of Music touring? Wow!

    Amen, m’dear! Haiti has been on my heart as well.

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  • 2. Becca Anne  |  January 19, 2010 at 1:17 am

    You have a beautiful heart, Megan 🙂

    And umm… Kaitlyn is AMAZING… I looked her up online. How cool!!! I wish I could meet her!!

    Reply

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