So. Yesterday I slept in under my electric blanket turned up to level 5. Toasty and comfortable! And then I went for tea at the Fine Art Cafe with Corrina from my church and we talked about art and disabilities and other things. After that I picked up some extremely fine grit sandpaper and mac-tac from Co-op hardware, which I am much more fond of than any other hardware store... I ran into Stella, the receptionist from the Lung Association where I used to work and she said she'd thought of me today, and in fact I had thought of her as well since when I went past today, there was a 2 foot magnetic sign cutout of a guy with an oxygen tank that was something I created while I was working there. It was neat to see it displayed because it wasn't ready when I first did it until after I left.
I did a couple hours of reading (Silas Marner. Not a fan.) and hang out time with Ricki and finally got to see her new and very green room. After that I went with Roberta and her sister to see Changeling, which was an emotionally powerful, disturbing, challenging and overall truly excellent movie. I'd recommend it, but not before bed.
When I got home I had several hours of conversation with my Mom about a few aspects of theology that have been lately coming clear to me. Tonight I told Mom it felt like being redeemed all over again. I've been getting into Romans, chapters 4 and 5. Here's the latter, which I find breathtakingly beautiful.
Therefore, since we are justified, acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God through faith, let us grasp the fact that we have the peace of reconciliation to hold and enjoy peace with God through our Lord Jesus the Anointed Messiah. Through Him also we have access by faith into this grace, the state of God's favor, in which we firmly and safely stand. Let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God!
Moreover let us also be full of joy now! Let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance develops maturity of character: approved faith and tried integrity. And character of this sort produces the habit of joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.
While we were yet in weakness, powerless to help ourselves, at the fitting time Christ died for and on behalf of the ungodly. Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die. But God shows and clearly proves His love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, the Anointed Messiah died for us.
(Romans 5, from the Amplified Translation)
After this I spent an hour on the Nikon D300 User's Guide by Ken Rockwell. I spotted him $5 so I can print out large swaths of this resource, which is at least 10x as useful as the manual. I take Engagement photos in less than 2 hours. Looking forward to it now.