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.