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Patience and sacrifices

Grilled basil chicken over linguine, red peppers, squash, and broccoli with an Australian Shiraz is my dinner tonight. I know how to do the bachelor thing right.

I've had unexpected free time since my coffee with Dave and Annette's move were both postponed. As usual, I haven't known what to do with myself, but it's still very good to have the downtime. Haven't felt so hot the whole time, either; could be any number of reasons for that.

Abraham took Isaac to the altar once, had to give him up once, and God came through for him. I find myself having to lay some of the same things down day after day, and I think I resent God for it. My view is narrow—there are doubtless many smaller sacrifices that prepared Abraham for that climax, sacrifices not only of property, but of will and of heart. The story doesn't include the daily detail of his preparation, but there's every reason to believe it's there. A man doesn't give up his son without giving up a thousand other things first. He doesn't do it without faith, or without hope.

I am a man of little faith or patience in my preparation. Waiting is not my thing; letting go is even less so.

Comments

Man, that's not bachelor-style living. Bachelor-style living is a freezer full of food-like frozen substances, like I have. Tonight's tasted like chicken, but that's not really a guarantee of anything.
I have more than my share of freezer staples!
I know that Australian Shiraz. It is my favorite. Ok I am no wine coneseur. See I even spelled that wrong. hehhehee
It was good, but I went easy. :)
Men who can cook: rock.
I'm ablush.
yeah. that's not really the typical bachelor thing. the bachelor thing is ordering a pizza and drinking beer, and i don't even mean good beer(is there such a thing? i haven't had it, yet), i'm talking bud.
perhaps you're part of a new breed of bachelors.
either way, sounds like a good meal.
Ah, I have the good beer. Red Hook and Alaskan are in the fridge now.
are those local beers? i know nothing about beer other than lots of people like guinness.

mmm . . cold pizza. ::munch munch::
They're local. I'd link them, but I'm lazy.
3 vegetables. WTF? Cats and dogs, living together.
That's one of my favorite quotes. I say it all the time.
shocker. can we get back to the vegetables?
Which one? Oh, that one...
hee!
How did I guess?
I'm reeling over here.
My deductive prowess is staggering.

Abraham and Isaace

Hi. . . You don't know me, but I found your journal clicking through Friends Of Friends (my friend mtl to your mutual friend journeyto to you).

This entry caught my eye because I too have been working on the idea of sacrifice. "Not my will but Thine be done" has been a focus of my meditations recently. I haven't looked at the story of Abraham and Isaac in a long time, but I never thought about what you wrote here, about the thousand other things Abraham must have sacrificed to get to the point where he was willing to trust God enough to sacrifice his son as well. "He doesn't do it without faith, or without hope."

Thanks.

Re: Abraham and Isaace

You're welcome...and welcome!