Lent and other things

A short update for faithful readers:

This last semester of seminary was supposed to be a little lighter than the others. Alas, it was not to be. Due to a conflict last semester, I had to take one course as a directed study, which meant it got pushed to the bottom of the pile, which turned into two extensions. I’m nearly finished that course now, having recently finished the major paper. That paper, on the question of the authority (e.g. should it be in the Bible) of the story of the adulteress in John 7:53-8:11, turned out to be 35 pages long, including a 3-page bibliography. That’s over halfway to a master’s thesis, folks! I say this not to brag, but to note the ridiculousness of the work I did, given the paper could have been as short as 15 pages. And, quite frankly, I’m still not satisfied with the result. But it’s handed it. I needed to move on.

Why? Because I’m busy with the four other classes I’m taking this semester. Papers, translation, presentations, reading, teaching. The list goes on. But the end is in sight!

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Lent. I gave up Facebook. This is a legitimate, if lame, fast. I’ve also tentatively and half-heartedly given up several other internet things…I think. If I have, I’ve broken that fast almost daily already. I’ve also–again, tentatively, and half-heartedly, given up snacking. Mostly Facebook. Though even there I’ve already broken one of the purposes of a fast: to make room for God and orient myself towards him. I’m hopeless, aren’t I?

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It suddenly dawned on me yesterday that in a couple of months we will likely be saying goodbye to our friends here. And there are a lot of them. In fact, I suspect I will have many more people to say goodbye to here after 3 years than I did when we moved away from Prince Albert after seven years. This will be depressing. I am bracing myself for much watery emotion from myself. It almost gets me now, when I think about it.

And then I think of our children–especially Madeline–saying goodbye to their friends. That doesn’t help, either. We now carry not only our own emotions, but those of our children as well.

Life goes on, the blog remains silent. Things will pick up.

5 thoughts on “Lent and other things

  1. Mark

    Cool, I’d like to read that paper on John, if you don’t mind. Also, what are your plans after seminary, if you don’t mind me asking? I kind of know what you mean about having the realization that you are leaving Providence. I don’t think it hit me until I had graduated from college then the sense of panic set in as to what I should be doing now. Oh, the Prov blues.

  2. Rick Wadholm Jr

    Marc,
    I’m glad you finally finished that paper. I enjoyed discussing it several times with you and would LOVE to also read it (if you don’t mind). Also, I can’t wait to see you again before too long. I’ve been lacking for people to give a bad time to. 🙂

  3. Marc Post author

    I’m flattered that you guys want to read it. I’m not sure it’s that good. I have many regrets after having handed it in. I present a lot of evidence, but I’m not sure my argument is well-presented or coherent. Let’s wait and see what the professor says!

  4. Maureen

    At this stage of our life, we, too, realize the impact that almost ALL of our decisions will have on our kids. It’s a great responsibility to make plans that will be good for all, or at least, that all will eventually come around to.

    And I think that post-seminary “ocular leaks” are really rather painful. Seminary/Bible college is such a small, tight community with a specific set of goals – it will be hard to leave that secure, warm environment. But you have made lifelong friends and the world is much smaller these days.

    Thinking of you! Enjoyed the post and the catch-up!

  5. Toni

    Facebook seems not only a reasonable, but quite possibly healthy thing to give up.

    We could all do with a bit of Yoda’s “do or do not, there is no try”.

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