Friday, September 30, 2005

The Friday Five and What do we wish to hear?

First, a disclaimer for this weekend:

I'll be away most of the weekend, so please do not expect posts until perhaps Monday. The Friday Five can be found below, and they are user submitted questions this week, but that user has requested to remain anonymous! Again, if you wish to submit questions for the Friday Five, please feel free to email me!

The Friday Five from Anonymous (btw, Anonymous, I do love your themes) :)

1.  When was the last time you went in for a checkup and did you follow the advice of the doctor?

Goodness, I can't remember the last time I went for a check-up. It was probably a few years ago, and he told me that my weight gain was unhealthy. I lost some weight, but not enough :).

2.  Do you know your cholesterol readings?

Nope, and frankly, I don't care!

3.  Do you know your family's medical history, i.e. strokes in the family, heart attacks, diabetes, etc?

Sadly, no. I'm adopted!

4.  When you were older and had a choice of either being physically healthy, but demented (Alzheimer's) or still had a good memory, but had poor physical health, which would you choose and why?

Memory - that is eternal, as are emotions, like love, and you can always live in a different time in your mind. The loss of one's mind is the loss of one's identity.

5.  Do you follow a healthy lifestyle; i.e. eat right, exercise daily, drink alcohol in moderation, don't smoke.

Yes....and no. Eat...ok, don't exercise, drink in moderation....most of the time (I'm close to quitting), and I do not smoke.


From Jeremiah, 26: 10-15

When the princes of Judah were informed of these things, they came up from the king's palace to the house of the Lord and held court at the New Gate of the house of the Lord. The priests and prophets said to the princes and to all the people, "This man deserves death; he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears." Jeremiah gave this answer to the princes and all the people: "It was the Lord who sent me to prophesy against this house and city all that you have heard. Now, therefore, reform your ways and your deeds; listen to the voice of the Lord your God, so that the Lord will repent of the evil with which he threatens you. As for me, I am in your hands; do with me what you think good and right. But mark well: if you put me to death, it is innocent blood you bring on yourselves, on this city and its citizens. For in truth it was the Lord who sent me to you, to speak all these things for you to hear.

In trying days, when harsh words meet our ears and lay our actions bare, our souls mirror our misdeeds. We try to hide them with consensus, compromise, and rational arguments. How futile. We cannot hide the lies that invade our lives and turn our hearts against one another.

Truth is a stark reality we too frequently hate to hear. Do we live in reality, or have we constructed falsehoods so complex the truth inspires anger, not love? Jeremiah spoke only truth. Our families, friends, co-workers, spouses and significant others have done the same for us, time and time again. Is their innocent blood on our hands? Have we chosen anger over love?

I hope that we find it in ourselves to honor love and cast down our pretenses and safeguards to accept truth, no matter how hard on the soul. When we face the truth, and embrace it with love, invariably we become like truth itself, a light, shining forth, illuminating the right way to live.