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Stories worth revisiting

Read one of my favorite stories from the Bible this morning: Luke 7:2-10, about Jesus, the centurion, and his servant. I've mentioned the story before over the years, noting what it reveals about worthiness, grace (quoting Brennan Manning), and authority. I was going to write about it again, but anything I'd have to say would be a rehash of these (I only have so much material in my head), particularly the last, which also connects well with the Tim Keller quote I posted yesterday. Authority is huge—even grace doesn't make sense without it.

I got a nice rainy Seattle day for my birthday today. Since it's Saturday, I had a yummy apple pecan scone from Irwin's (they don't make them every day). And better by far, I've got a surprise field trip with barlow_girl coming up within the hour. Surprises and secrets tend to fall apart around me, so I've been making a concerted effort not to figure it out. Whatever it is, it'll be great.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOODLE.

Thank you for being such an inspiring, challenging presence.
My mama always said I was a challenging presence.