Sleep debt

Is it really possible to get rid of an accumulated sleep debt? Because I think that that is exactly what my body is trying to do.

I woke up with a headache, took HappyChild to school, and now keep dozing off as I sit on the couch. There’s work to do, but I know i’ve got time.

Maybe sleep isn’t such a bad thing.

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I just received a letter…

(And, no, it didn’t come from anyone in my congregation.)

April 25, 2011

Dear Church member,
We write as Christians and concerned fellow-Canadians with faith in God to beg your earnest prayers that the upcoming Federal election will result in a majority government, enabled to support the Christian principles and strong family values upon which this country was founded.

A repeat of a minority government, vulnerable to overthrow by opposition parties, could result in the introduction of radical elements that will degrade moral standards in our country.

We are united in fervent desire for God’s intervention in these coming days.

Sincerely, C & LB

My response:

Dear C and L,

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our guide and our Lord! I just want to thank you for the letter that you sent me this week. I, too, am hopeful for a majority government that would work out of principles that we Christians could support – things like caring for those most in need in our community; good stewardship – not only of the earth, but also of the financial resources we entrust to the government; and, of course, being careful to not bear false witness.

Sadly, the only group that might have a chance at winning a majority is the Canadian Conservative Party, who have repeatedly shown their contempt for those values that Jesus preached and lived on a regular basis.

I’m sure you recognize that we don’t live in a Christian theocracy – so no one political party represents Christian values. We live in a multi-ethnic and multi-faith secular democracy, in which each citizen’s voice (whatever their worldview) has value.

Again, thank you for your call to action. I will be sure to vote for the candidate that I believe most closely represents my values.

Christ’s peace –
Richard Bott

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No sticker for me, thanks.

Just had a conversation with a guy who wanted to paste a Conservative sticker on me, “Since you’re a Christian.”

I asked him how he thought a Christian should vote, remembering that the Conservatives were found contempt of Parliament, the Conservatives are poor stewards of the country’s resources ($13bil surplus to $56bil deficit), and the Conservatives cut back on programs to help families in need (both in Canada and in the rest of the world) while lowering taxes for the wealthiest Canadians. (I didn’t think about mentioning the whole Bev Oda/Kairos debacle or a myriad of the other things that would make it nigh on impossible for me to make my mark in the Conservative circle.)

He just looked at me and said, “Do you really believe all those lies? I guess you aren’t really a Christian, then.”

OMG. OMG. OMG. (And, yeah, I mean that as a prayer.)

Give me my ballot please.

I want to vote.

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