Tuesday, 7 April 2009


One of the enduring aspects of traditionalism is predictability. It's precisely this part of change that will annoy a conservative who finds it so painful to adjust to new things. Predictability can bring comfort to those whose elasticity in life is stretched to its limits or whose energy is beginning to wane. In itself I don't see it as a problem.

The difficulty emerges when it becomes a dominant force on the journey. It means we have traveled this way before or that the perspective is so similar that we recognise the position. Some things in life will always be predictable. When it dominates our lives, we aren't moving forward.

Joel 3:9 (MSG)
9 Announce this to the godless nations: Prepare for battle! Soldiers at attention! Present arms! Advance!


mdb said...

I'm not sure who is responsible for this quote but it does sum matters up:

some would rather face ruin than change

As I read Matthew 9:11-13 it strikes me that we need to be constantly changing just as Doctors do as new illnesses and treatments are found.

Personally? Change is easier to face than ruin!

Beijing said...

A Para phrasing of some of Thomas Hardy’s work? perhaps the “The runed maid
"O 'Melia, my dear, this does everything crown!
Who could have supposed I should meet you in Town?
And whence such fair garments, such prosperi-ty?"-
"O didn't you know I'd been ruined?" said she.

As an Urban sociologist I wait with a chuckle when revelations suggest the first Peoples Republic national as General of the Salvation Army, I’m reminded of the poem by John O’Brien’
"We'll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
In accents most forlorn,
Outside the church, ere Mass began,
One frosty Sunday morn.

The congregation stood about,
Coat-collars to the ears,
And talked of stock, and crops, and drought,
As it had done for years.

"It's looking crook," said Daniel Croke;
"Bedad, its cruke, me lad,
For never since the banks went broke
Has seasons been so bad."

May God bless your Salvation Army but may I gently say do not forget who really pulls the strings-Jesus.

Off to the NZ consulate on the 25th to remember what could have been, a real good breakfast though,cobba.

Jim Knaggs said...

Thanks, both. You make the journey interesting.