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I did finish "War and Peace" before classes started.... but what can one say about such a long, classic, amazing book? The characters... I could understand all their emotions, so well that I felt like they had been my own at some point. That's how well Tolstoy wrote the characters. And it was fascinating to recognize a predestination-type worldview... over and over, in his essay portions, he said that one man was not the cause of a change in the course of history; one man could never be that cause. The millions of men that make decisions, and the millions more that carry out those decisions (or, just as often, ignore them completely) are, in Tolstoy's world, merely instruments of an inexorable path that history itself lays out, as if history were a being, moving men's hearts and beasts as it wills.

Last night I and several friends participated in a campus version of "Family Feud." I never felt so ridiculous in my life, but it was great fun. This impromptu team of sophomore girls managed to come up with a cohesive team theme ("Nefarious Nerds," for those who care, dressed in comically nerdy clothing)... and despite all expectations to the contrary, we won. The entire tournament. And we all insisted we weren't good at that game... at least one of us had never even watched "Family Feud" on TV. (Yes, I've seen it, and yes, the version with Richard what's-his-name that was on Home Improvement is one of my favorite shows.) Life never ceases to amaze me.

(I'm proud that I came up with the team name, by the way. "Nefarious" is a fun word!)

I am disappointed right now. My daily devotional, and my daily Bible reading, have not arrived in my Yahoo inbox yet. Usually they're sent out by about seven in the morning... and it's what, twenty minutes after two in the afternoon? I just now had to go looking for my normal ones on the website that sends them... no word as to the delay there, but at least I can access today's stuff....

...which happens to be quite interesting. is certain that Christ shall be the object of our eternal vision; nor shall we ever want any joy beyond that of seeing Him. Think not that this will be a narrow sphere for the mind to dwell in. It is but one source of delight, but that source is infinite. All His attributes shall be subjects for contemplation, and as He is infinite under each aspect, there is no fear of exhaustion. His works, His gifts, His love to us, and His glory in all His purposes, and in all His actions, these shall make a theme which will be ever new.
(from Charles Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening" devotional.)


RS said…
Yeah, that's the one--thanks.

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