July 11, 2004 @ 1:30 am by sean
I hung out at Carley’s tonight. Mostly. I went over there after work because she was having a few people over. A few too many by my count. It wasn’t a large group by any means; 10 max. But it was enough for me to hang out away from the larger part of the group for the majority of the night. I laid on the trampoline for a while and Jeff and Jason joined me. He had some really neat discussions about time and God. Super interesting to think about. I saw 4 shooting stars! Maybe 5. One was in question because it flashed off really quickly. So it may have been a lightning bug. I’m not quite sure. Speaking of lightning. Since I’ve been little I’d been taught to count the seconds following a lightning strikes until the thunder cracks and that is how many miles away the lightning struck. That recently seemed a little fishy to me, so I figured it out some on my own and investigated some. If sound traveled 1 mile in 1 second, it would be going 3,600 mph. Sound infact, does not go that fast. Sound goes about 761 mph depending on air temperature and humidity. If sound travels 761mph, that is just over .2 mps. So, if you want to know how far away the lightning is, it is one mile for about every 4.7 seconds. So 5 would be easiest. And the thunder is infact produced by the lightning. The lightning bolt is hotter than the temperature of the sun, so hot that it explodes the air around it causing a shockwave. You hear that shockwave. 4.7 seconds per mile after the lightning.
I’m also not quite sure why I seperate myself from groups. I’m not afraid of them, and I don’t feel uncomfortable in them. I’d rather not be in them I guess. The one in particular at Carley’s had conversation I didn’t want to or couldn’t be part of, so I retreated to the trampoline or the lawn. But other times, even if I do have something to say, I’ll still walk away. Perhaps I feel unnoticed in a crowd, so I leave wondering, hoping someone will notice. I don’t really expect anyone to, and it often takes a while, but I don’t mind. Hmm.
Needless to say, I had a great time at Carley’s.
Elise had these Bible verses on her xanga, and I liked ’em. For those that don’t read hers, here they are. For those who do, here they are again. Read them either way.
…..Administer true justice; show mercy and compasion to one another.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien.
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement!
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without cloths and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.