Wait for the Lord

Hello World!

The advent season is coming to a close. I’ve wanted to give a reflection on waiting for the Lord earlier this Advent season. Then, things just slowed down to a near stop. It wasn’t the hustle and bustle that caused it to stop. Usually, it is the doing and giving of Advent that prepares you for the Christmas season that can be overwhelming. Not this time. Things got harder for the circumstances out of my control. Then I learned what patience really means.

Patience isn’t just standing there, waiting, doing nothing. It’s an action. Patience in itself requires you to slow down and realize what life is really all about in this Advent season: Hope.

Of course, we can talk about the gift of Jesus, but before he was born, there were prophecies. Messages of hope proclaiming than a savior will come. That’s what Advent is all about to me.

I’ve previously talked about what faith, hope and love are in a previous post, but I want to talk about it a little bit differently. Faith is trusting in the Lord. It’s letting go and holding on God. Love is giving of the heart. It is essential. God is love. Hope, I feel, gets overlooked sometimes. . Hope is the longing, the promise of something better.

That something better is the gift of himself. The gift of love to save us all. He didn’t come in a big flashy way. He was not rich. He was poor. Jesus was born humbly just as we are, and maybe more than some of us would believe. As Christmas is approaching rather quickly, we anticipate the coming of Jesus, the birth and the Second coming. We listen to the words of St. John the Baptist to ” “Repent,” and prepare the way. Now, we let God into our hearts. He is present as much as any present under the tree. This gives us hope, to continue each day.

Wait for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the Lord!

Psalms 27:14

I want to end with a poem, which at one point was a song about waiting. Initially I think of a hard guitar rock sound. I also imagine a bit of the solemn Taize singing of the refrain of “Wait for the Lord.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7GexIvX8HU Either way, here it is.

 "Wait for the Lord"

 I have nothing to offer
 I thirst for the living water
 I long to see your face
 I’m longing for your grace
  
 I’m giving up control
 Of my life and my soul
 I’m not living in the cold 
 With no hand there to hold 
  
 All my cards are on the table
 If you can and I am able
 To walk on top of the cable
  
 Wait for the Lord, Wait for the Lord
 You don’t know what’s going to happen next
 Wait for the Lord, Wait for the Lord
 He’s coming at an hour you might not expect.
 So, I am waiting 

 My lamp is filled and ready
 I keep my eyes steady
 I’m prepared for you to come
 I’m awake before the sun
                           
 All my cards are on the table
 If you can and I am able
 To walk on top of the cable
  
 Wait for the Lord, Wait for the Lord
 You don’t know what’s going to happen next
 Wait for the Lord, Wait for the Lord
 He’s coming at an hour you might not expect.
  
 So, I am waiting for the light 
 In the middle of the night
 I can see it coming, coming, 
 While I’m waiting!  

Merry Christmas,

The Nerd of May

Next Bus Home

Hello World! Happy Halloween! Another month passes by and yet this blog passes my mind, I don’t have nearly enough time or commitment value to keep it going. So this month, I’m just going to include song lyrics from a darker time of my life, a couple of summers ago. The lyrics below are for a song called “Next Bus Home.” The songs that are somewhat similar to what it could sound like would be “More Heart, Less Attack” by NeedtoBreathe or “Sink or Swim” by Jason Wade. I was staying the summer in Austin, but I couldn’t keep myself busy enough between my two jobs after finishing my summer class, so I had to go home. I am grateful that God has gotten through those hard times where I all I wanted to do to go home rather than keep going. Here’s “Next Bus Home.”

 Every time I have tried
For every tear I cried
There’s no reason to deny
I was never satisfied
 
If I had a reason to stay
To not want to go away
I remind myself that I’m okay
And that’s all I have to say
 
I didn't know I would get this far,
I thought I would've fallen apart.
So take my broken open heart.
Let me be a light in the dark.
 
Dispel all my doubts and fears
I want your love to live here
I want it all to disappear
I’ll hold on and kept you near
 
I didn't know I would get this far,
by now, I should've fallen apart.
So know the desires of my heart.
Give me a place to start
So take my broken open heart.
Let me be a light in the dark.
 
The epiphany I’ve been shown
To the all fear I had known
I don’t want to go it alone
I’ll be leaving on the next bus home.
 
I’ll be heading, to where I am home.

Until next time,

The Nerd of May

Ash Wednesday

Hello! Welcome!

You may wonder why so many Christians wear ashes on their forehead. Ashes are a symbol of repentance. Ashes remind us that “[we are] dust and to dust shall [we] return.” c. Genesis 3:19 Catholics wear ashes to symbolize our repentance, and the useless of other pursuits besides the gospel.
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Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time of repentance, introperspective focus, and a reexamination of our lives. Jesus went into the desert and fasted for 40 days before doing his ministry. He was tempted by the devil, and had to grow in spirit in order to do his ministry, work miracles, and preach about the Kingdom of God. So we fast by giving up something, and focus on drawing closer to God before Easter.

Lent has three pilars: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We focus on prayer to have communication with God, and to draw closer, We fast from certain things that distract us and do not lead us closer to God. We fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstain from meat on Fridays. This may be a certain food, or a harmful social media. We give away money to charity, and focus on serving others before ourselves.
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Different people approach Lent as a time of solemn reflection, or even as a sad time for the Church. It is more of a concern for our belief, and readjusting our focus than feeling bad for ourselves. It is a way to prepare for Holy Week and Easter; where the focus of the faith is Jesus’s death and resurrection. It is not waiting like Advent, but rather actively seeking Jesus,believing in the Gospel, and how that reflects in our life.

I pray that Lent is a time of repentance and reflection.

Sincerely
Andrew Maynard

“This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” Mark 1:15

Rain, Rain… Really Just Go Away

Hello Peoples.

I am tired of rain. It has rained almost every day for the last week, and I’m sick of it. I’m lucky though. At least my house isn’t flooded. Or the power isn’t down.Or whatever.Rain can be good, as in watering plants, and a part of the water cycle. The bad things include flooding and cabin fever.

In Houston, it has rained a lot recently. There are reasons, but I’m not a meteorologist, so don’t ask. Rain is part of the earth sustaining factors. Without participitation, drought will occur. Our plants and food supply will be ruined, lessening the amount. Trees will die and may fall. We need rain.

Rain also is not good. Too much can cause creeks to flood. Mayde Creek and Bear Creek are the two closest creeks and if they fill up, I can’t go anyway north of Bear Creek or south of Mayde Creek. Flood can ruin houses, costing hundreds of dollars for repair. Cabin fever will set in. Like right now.

Rain is a a good thing and a bad thing. Rain will never really go away,unless in the Amazon or other rainforest. It will always come back, unless it’s in the Sahara or any other desert. But then, you really can’t win with rain. That’s the good, the bad and the truth.

Until I write again,

Andrew Maynard

Cima Again

Hello Peoples! I returned from a week-long Boy Scout campout over at Cockrell River Camp in El Rancho Cima yesterday. This has not been my first time there. I found this trip both delightful and dissatsifying, but more delightful.

One thing I liked about it was good friends. I went with Troop 1001, the troop I had joined earlier this year due to my former troop, Troop 1031, dissolving. I was a bit fuzzy on the members, because most are younger than me and I only knew the names of some members.Despite this, I became good friends with many of them and had fun with them.

Another good thing is merit badges. For those who don’t know, merit badges are badges you earn by completing certain requirements within a specific topic, such as Art, Personal Fitness, Orienteering, and Emergency Preparedness. I completed leatherworking and made a leather pocketknife pouch.  I finished up Enviromental Science, which I orignally had partially completed. I did Cimeatogothy, but I might have a requiremnt or two left. I worked on Orienteering and received a partial. I put in work and got this done in a week.

Third, it was the week of the 4th of July.  On that day was lot of activites. I did the Tomahak toss badly, got LRC branded on my hat, and drank some homemade root beer (technically, it was more tan sugar water than anything). I saw a flag retiring and the movie Johnny Tremain. The flag retiring was sad but proper and respectful.  The movie was good except for fake shooting, singing Sons of Liberty, and a plain ending.  

A bad thing is the hiking. Of course hiking is fun, but in order to eat breakfadst and dinner most nights,you have to hike up hill to the dining hall. I hiked on Death March 1 which is a short 5-mile hike, but ended with aching feet. I did it for fun and to entertain some scouts.

Another bad thing was the area.You will expect a loss in living arragements, but they were livable for a week. Showers had bad curtains and ranged in temperarture of the water and shower head. The food was good, but in large, filling portions. The area is dusty, hot and rocky. When you walk, feet pick up dust and that hurt your eyes, lungs, etc.  The area is beatiful, but a pain to live with.

Overall I had fun. Cima has been a positive experience for me, and I may return again for work or scouting. The campfire were great, and the atmosphere is enthuasic. That’s the good, the bad and the truth.

Until I write again,

Andrew Maynard

 

Deja Vu

   Hello Peoples! This is my blog. It will  now focus on my life, instead of my videos. For each post, I will explain a topic, and say the good side and the bad side. I want this blog to see both sides of my life and its events and dilemmas.

   For example, life is full of deja vu moments. Deja Vu is a French pharse meaning “already seen.” You say deja vu when you think you’ve seen a situation more than once. My life is chocked full of these moments.

   The good thing is that I’ve seen this before, so, I might know what to do that solve problem again. If I had not solved the problem correctly previously I can try a new way to fix it. It is a second chance to do it right before it can ruin you again.

   The bad thing is I get tired of solving the same situation over and over again. Can somebody stop pressing the repeat button so we can move on to something different? I mean really. Let’s just work this thing outso it does not happen again.

  One truth behind it all: Some things never change and others change it all the time. So every repeat is slightly unlike the other. That’s the good, the bad and the truth.

Until I write again,

Andrew Maynard