!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> rachman-unprecedented: April 2007


So what is this going to be? A little bit of everything I think. Maybe that's it. What I'm thinking. What I'm believing. I hope what I'm knowing. And why would anyone care what I think I know? There's no reason in the world that you should. But then why are you here? Cuz you have to be somewhere I suppose. I've never been here before. I may not be back. I might get too busy to care; time is short. That's fine. Nobody can deal with it all at once. There is a lot to deal with.

My Photo
Location: The Great Plains, United States

I try not to take myself too seriously, but I know I have far too much. So I'm trying to learn how to laugh again, as I had forgotted for a while there. Also I'm relearning to enjoy life; you know, like when we were kids. The biggest challenge ahead is learning how to love God with all my heart, and soul, and mind, and strength. This one is not really that hard when you know the truth. But along with it comes learning to love others as I love myself, and that one is, as they say, "a horse of a whole different color." I think I need to learn to love myself a little more, but the problem may be that I know all these facts about me. Sometimes the facts are simply wrong or they are just stuck in the past. I'm trying to get my facts to line up with the truth. As someone once asked a great man, "what is truth?" If he had only known.

rachman's weblog

Friday, April 27, 2007

Inner Peace?

I received this message from a friend and I'm sure it's a joke, but you can't help but wonder:

"Rachman, I am passing this on to you because it definitely works, and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives.

"By following the simple advice I heard on the Dr. Phil show, you or anyone you know can find inner peace. Dr. Phil proclaimed, 'The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished.' So, last night I looked around my house to find all the things I had started and hadn't finished. Then before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Jack Daniels , a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream, a bottle of Kahlua, a package of Oreo's, the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake, some Doritos, the last of the pizza and a box of chocolates.

"You have no idea how fabulous I feel. Please pass this on to all those whom you think might be in need of inner peace."

I guess you could give it a try. What have you got to lose. But I might have some better suggestions.
~ rachman

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Heaven On Earth

When it all began, Heaven was here on Earth. The physical plane, more than any of the higher spiritual worlds, was the place where the Divine Presence yearned to be. But Man, step by step, banished the Divine Presence from its home , with a tree of knowledge, with a man who murdered his brother, with all those things that human beings do. Since Man chased it away, only Man can bring it back. And this began with Abraham, who proclaimed Oneness for all the world. And it ends with us. Our generation will bring Heaven back down to Earth.
~ a bit of Jewish wisdom

While there is wisdom in the lines above, I disagree with some important points. This world was created to be a place like heaven to be sure. Human kind did indeed banish God from His home away from home. However it was not step by step, but rather by one giant act of treason. When man did those things which human beings do, he made the enemy his new god, and a cruel god he is. When people wonder why God lets evil have its way with us, it is because the god of this world is not the God of love.

Now it is true that the long road back to the God of love, the God of the Universe, the Divine Presence, was begun by way of Abraham, however the journey could not be undertaken by man himself. (When one switches gods, to a cruel god, you don't switch back if you decide you don't like it.) Rather it was the Divine Presence who did the traveling if you will. This God of love did work His way through Abraham, the father of our faith, and then through the Jewish nation, who gave us the very words of God. And Jesus, the God-man, was the "Word of God," Himself (Revelation 19:13). You see the stumbling block to the faith of some is the cornerstone of mine. This Jesus provides the way back to the Divine Presence, our creator God, who continues to give us choices, even when our choices may not be for the best. But the fellow above is right that it all ends or comes down to us.

Our generation will bring Heaven back down to Earth. Through Jesus, the Word of God, Himself, each generation, and more specifically, our generation, can have Heaven on Earth today.
~ rachman

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Men, She Said

A woman I used to work with sent me an email with the following list. I'm pretty sure it was because she thinks I have a good sense humor. I usually do so I will share it with you, in case you miss it as it makes its rounds.
1) Men, she said, are like laxatives because they irritate the crap out of you.
2) Men, she said, are like bananas because the older they get, the less firm they are.
3) Men, she said, are like the weather because nothing can be done to change them.
4) Men, she said, are like blenders because you think you need one, but you're not quite sure why.
5) Men, she said, are like chocolate bars because they can be sweet and smooth, but they usually head right for your hips.
6) Men, she said, are like commercials because you can't believe a word they say.
7) Men, she said, are like department stores because their clothes are always ½ off.
8) Men, she said, are like government bonds because they take soooooooo long to mature.
9) Men, she said, are like mascara because they usually run at the first sign of emotion.
10) Men, she said, are like popcorn because they satisfy you, but only for a little while.
11) Men, she said, are like lava lamps because they are fun to look at, but they are not very bright.
12) Men, she said, are like parking spots because all the good ones are taken, and the rest are handicapped.
~ I saw a list for women, and if I can find it I'll post it later--and send it to my former co-worker of course.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

He is Risen!

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”
I wish you all a joyous Resurrection Sunday.
~ Matthew 28:5-7
~photo by Ian Britton

Monday, April 02, 2007

Where Have You Been All My Life?

from Longfellow’s "Endymion"

"…O drooping souls, whose destinies
Are fraught with fear and pain,

Ye shall be loved again!

No one is so accursed by fate,
No one so utterly desolate,
But some heart, though unknown,
Responds unto his own.

Responds, as if with unseen wings,
An angel touched its quivering strings;
And whispers, in its song,
‘Where hast thou stayed so long?’…"

A reminder, gentle reader, that there is someone for everyone! Someone who comes along and says "Where have you been all my life?" To spring, to new beginnings, to life!
~ rachman