The Eds were eager to make a brief appearance!
Laughed: with friends while playing Apples to Apples at our Memorial Day gathering on Monday night
Amused: when Michael - 8 years old - recently began a sentence with "When I was a kid..."
Enjoyed: my first tomato sandwich, fried squash & watermelon of 2010 within the last few days
Visited: my grandparents & parents with Michael yesterday
Played: baseball with my 4-year-old neighbor, Walker, and Andrew on Saturday evening. Walker thought Andrew calling me "Susie" was so funny that he wanted Andrew to have an "ee" ending nickname and called him "Andrewi."
Determined: to finish my translation of the Quran, God & Government and A Christian Guide to the Quran this month
On that note here are a few thoughts from the next sura!
Sura 23 -- Al-Mu'minun
"The True Believers" was a nice sura with characteristics of the believers and some descriptions about creation and resurrection day. I liked quite a bit in this chapter and didn't make note of much for this post.
Except for this because it was a bit amusing how this translation put it.
41. So they were rightly seized by a mighty blast; and We turned them into mouldy rubbish: A good riddance of the wicked people!
See what I mean? :) Not that the destruction is funny just the wording here in English. :)
43. No nation can live beyond its allotted time, or lag behind.
made me think of how empires have risen and fallen. Empires that were so mighty and majestic that likely no one would think they'd ever have weaknesses. It made me realize how the status of our nations are dependent on God alone. It's not because we are somehow good that we are in great nations or not. It's all in His hands and we would be wise to realize this and live according to His standards of righteousness.
78. It is He who gave you hearing, sight, and hearts, but only few of you give thanks.
This verse was convicting! How often do I take my abilities to hear, see and love and feel for granted.
102. Only those whose scales are heavier in the balance will find happiness. 103. But those whose scales are lighter will perish and abide in Hell for ever.
The scales analogy always takes my attention. I agree that we should have lots of good deeds, but not for the hopes of our salvation. I find it interesting that Isaiah has this to say about our righteous acts.
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
As my post about the mechanic with dirty fingers described the other day, how can we clean ourselves when we are dirty?