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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Backyard Theology

I spent a good portion of the day Saturday clearing out brush out in the backyard. We live on a small - very small - lake, and Mrs LarryD enjoys the evenings when the sunset reflects off the still water in shades of red, orange and yellow. Makes for a peaceful end to many a hectic day.

Unfortunately, the brush and small trees have this nasty habit of growing, and they do a great job of blocking the view. So - send in LarryD with the gas-powered brush-whacker.

But wouldn't you know it - the gas-powered brush-whacker was kaput. So, it was just me and the long-handled lopper.

As it usually happens, while engaged in yardwork, my thoughts turn to the theological. The intersection of daily life with the mysteries of God. And on Saturday, this is what I came up with.

Sins and bad habits serve to block our view of God and His will for us:

But when we open ourselves to God's grace and mercy - through confession, hard work and practicing the virtues...
...the sins and bad habits get removed, enabling us to better see God's will, which leads to greater peace.

Repeat as necessary...

That is all.