Tuesday, February 28, 2012
As I walked past a co-worker's desk this week, I noticed the roses that she had gotten for Valentine's Day. The once gorgeous flowers that represent the love of her husband are now wilted. The beauty of the flowers short lived. Their death started the minute they were clipped from the rose bush where they grew. Their demise was certain and foreseen.
As I looked at the wilting roses, I thought how short life really is and how temporal the things in this life are that we value. Today's news heralded a report that a shoe store had to call in 100 police officers to quell what was turning into a riot over the sale of the newest Nike glow in the dark basketball shoes (USA Today). In a few months, no one will be willing to fight over those shoes, and whoever bought a pair will be out trying to buy something else. Thousands of people stood in lines outside Apple stores in malls overnight recently to get their hands on the latest iPad. The iPad 3 is soon to be released, and many of those same people will be in line again.
As I thought about how temporal all of these things are and how hard we seem to pursue these temporary things, the words to a song began to flow in my mind:
Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains
One thing remains
Your love never fails it never gives up it never runs out on me
On and one and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
One thing remains
We can take great comfort in knowing that all that is around us can come and go, ashes to ashes, and dust to dust, but the love of our creator, father, Savior never fails. His love remains.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. - I Corinthians 13:4-8
Friday, February 24, 2012
Day of War is the first book in the Lion of War series by Cliff Graham. Graham takes the story of David and ancient Israel and sets it to life. Graham does a masterful job at capturing the brutality of the battles that David and his thirty mighty men while detailing their struggles. The men are faced with difficult choices in their allegiance to King Saul and David, the Lion of War. Besides warring with the Philistines and Amalekites, Benaiah, one of David's men also battles two Lions which thoroughly test the man's metal.
The story is graphic with it realistic depiction of the battles and the crude weapons of the period. A great deal of blood shed is detailed in the 362 pages. If a reader enjoyed the Patriot and Braveheart, it would be a safe bet, they will thoroughly enjoy this book. Although this book is fiction, it is written well based from historic research regarding battlefield strategies, tactics, weaponry, etc as well as details from the Bible. But again, this book is fiction as the author has relied on his own creativity for some details on weaponry and movement.
This book grabbed me from page one and held my attention until the very end. I could not set it down and read it cover to cover in one day. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that can stomach the details of ancient war. I am impatiently awaiting the release of the second book in the series, Covenant of War.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday we woke to mild temperatures, 48F when we woke and a high of 60F. Rain was on the forecast for the afternoon. We took care of a few errands and then returned to the house. I put on my leathers, fired Rosie up and headed for Rider's Hill in Dahlonega, GA to see the guys a the Tire Service Center. The 45 minute ride was wonderful. Three different times I could smell the pleasant aroma of someone's fireplace and the crisp air against my cheek made me feel totally alive.
Once I arrived at Rider's Hill, I found half a dozen bikers kicking around the new and used bikes in European Motorsports and at the Six Gap Cafe', but there were no customers in the Tire Shop. No lines, no waiting! I had grown accustomed to dropping Rosie off when she needed new shoes and picking her up the next day. But, by bringing her in on a winter's day, they quickly offered to have her ready to roll in an hour and a half.
So, I wandered through the inventory of new Moto Guzzis and the array of consignment used bikes. And let me tell you they have an impressive inventory of bikes sitting on the floor including two brand new 2012 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8Vs and a 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King Police Edition. And of course, I wandered through the soft goods and found a Nolan Hi-Viz modular helmet with flip down sunshades - something I am definitely going to consider.
The folks in Six Gap Cafe' had the weather radar on one of the TVs and were speculating I was going to have to contend with rain on my ride home. I had a cup of coffee and hoped they would be wrong in their conjecture.
As promised, the guys at the Tire Shop had a new rear tire and new rear brake pads on Rosie as well as having given her a test ride to verify everything was up to snuff on the dot in an hour and a half. I greatly appreciate their professionalism and the impressive selection of tires they keep in stock.
I mounted up and started my journey home. Happy to report, it began raining about 30 minutes AFTER I reached the house. It was a great day to get in some riding as well as getting errands knocked out.