Thursday, January 12, 2006

Thoughts on Providence

I did a TV interview last night for a local television station on the proposed moratorium on the death penalty in California. I always have a few butterflies when I do something like that and I've been ruminating on why that might be. (I had more butterflies when I did a live interview a few weeks ago. Taped interviews are a lot easier.) I think it is because I don't have an experiential understanding of Providence. I've been readying a book on John Adams that was given to me for Christmas. (Great book by the way. David McCullough is the author.) I've been struck by his peace later in life, even when things seemed to be going haywire. He always referred back to "Providence" and placed the outcome in His hands. I think the reason I get nervous before I do something like that is that I'm too worried about the effect my failure might have on the "cause" or my own personal welfare (e.g., if the failure is for a client in court). No matter how much I intellectually assent to the idea of God's omniscience and omnipotence, if I don't practically experience the reality of those omni's (i.e., His peace), I am not really believing Him.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

In the beginning...

Peter sat me down last night and told me that I needed a blog. That sounded fine to me, so he set me up. The only problem is that I feel that I have nothing witty or profound to say!

In the absence of the former, I will settle for something I think everyone would rather see anyway... now if I could only figure out how to put it where I want it...

This is the four (actually five) of us at Thanksgiving in Florida.