Monday, March 30, 2009


By: Gary Soto

The first time I walked

With a girl, I was twelve,
Cold, and weighted down
With two oranges in my jacket.
December. Frost cracking
Beneath my steps, my breath
Before me, then gone,
As I walked toward
Her house, the one whose
Porch light burned yellow
Night and day, in any weather.
A dog barked at me, until
She came out pulling
At her gloves, face bright
With rouge. I smiled,
Touched her shoulder, and led
Her down the street, across
A used car lot and a line
Of newly planted trees,
Until we were breathing
Before a drugstore. We
Entered, the tiny bell
Bringing a saleslady
Down a narrow aisle of goods.
I turned to the candies
Tiered like bleachers,
And asked what she wanted—
Light in her eyes, a smile
Starting at the corners
Of her mouth. I fingered
A nickle in my pocket,
And when she lifted a chocolate
That cost a dime,
I didn’t say anything.
I took the nickle from
My pocket, then an orange,
And set them quietly on
The counter. When I looked up,
The lady’s eyes met mine,
And held them, knowing
Very well what it was all

Outside, A few cars hissing past,
Fog hanging like old
Coats between the trees.
I took my girl’s hand
In mine for two blocks,
Then released it to let
Her unwrap the chocolate.
I peeled my orange
That was so bright against
The gray of December
That, from some distance,
Someone might have thought
I was making a fire in my hands.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Faithful

"You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." - 2Timothy 2:1-2

It is interesting to me that Paul chooses to use the term "grace" in this passage, because it seems that Grace, God's grace, is the hardest concept for us, as Christians, to understand. So often we make the mistake of equating God's grace with our own understanding of the word; as if we have any idea what true grace actually looks like. We must remember that we, in no way, can measure God's attributes against our own. There is absolutely no basis of comparison.

And what about the later half of this passage? About us entrusting what we have heard to faithful men who will be able to teach others also? Have we, as the western Christian community, failed to do this? Is this why so many of us proclaim to non-believers, "Jesus loves you!" but lack the sound, theological doctrine to explain why this is true?

Where has this disconnect come from? And how can we, as the living church, bridge this gap?
Who will make us "faithful men"?

None other but Jesus Christ Himself.

Stay in the word.


Thursday, March 19, 2009


........ is a GREAT number

XO to him.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Itch.

To live as we were meant to.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Lamp, you alluminate my I guess you're doing your job

I found this fantastic lamp for only $35!
I was so happy about this find, that I decided to blog about it.
officially an addict.