The heart of a psalmist

June 26, 2012Dan No Comments »

But I am poor and needy, Yet the Lord thinks upon me.

You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.

-Psalm 40:17


Lord, I don’t know what to do. I pray for Your deliverance, Your peace.

The calm

November 14, 2011Dan 1 Comment »

Welp, many things have changed for me since the last time I posted an update on this site. School at MTU started a long time ago, and this Fall semester marked the first Fall that I was not enrolled in classes at Tech. Work has been crazy, with our office moving once and then me moving in to my own office. But that’s settled down a bit, and I’m working on some interesting projects.

I snapped this picture a week ago in Copper Harbor, MI. I felt like going for a drive after church – the weather was nice and there was good music on the radio. Partially thanks to a busy schedule, I didn’t get a chance to motorcycle up to Copper Harbor at all this fall. So I took my car for a nice little ride, and walked along my favorite stretch of beach for a while. There’s actually a freighter way out there on Lake Superior, but it’s almost impossible to see in the picture. There won’t be many more freighters coming through, as the Soo Locks will be closing for the season.

The weather was sunny, almost warm and very calm last week. Very peaceful, but I definitely got the sense that less peaceful weather was on the wing. Sure enough, last Wednesday we got a couple inches of snow, and it even stuck on the ground for a while. The days are getting extremely short, winter will be blowing down our doors (and through our coats) very soon. To quote scripture from Ecclesiastes:

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:1,11a

Some thoughts on Saint, by Ted Dekker

August 14, 2011Dan No Comments »

Many months ago, I borrowed the book Saint from a friend of mine. I had heard of the author Ted Dekker before, he is a well respected fiction author in many Christian circles. The book is very action-packed. Probably spends a lot more words on a romantic relationship than I would normally prefer. I did finally make it to the end of the book, and did enjoy it. I didn’t decide that I wanted to finish the book until I was at least 1/3 of the way in – another hint that the book is probably a little bit wordy/slow moving for me.

There were a couple parts of the book I did really enjoy. Probably my favorite quote from the book is on page 274. As you’ll see, the main character Johnny is in a bit of a depressed state:

He walked into the canyon, bearing an ache in his heart that hurt worse than any needle he’d received through the shoulder…
He felt nothing but utter loneliness.
He wanted Kelly to come and hold him.
He wanted to die.

It’s a feeling I think I can sympathize with. In my lowest moments, I have similar thoughts rolling through my mind. It’s a couple pages later that Johnny learns that his purpose in life is not to be happy, but to selflessly love others.

Honoring God by loving others is our purpose in life. I would encourage checking out 1 Corinthians 13 for a quick refresher on what this kind of love looks like. Done properly, I think it will bring about the most complete kind of happiness.