I’M SORRY. I haven’t written a blog article in nearly a month. My agent hates that. But I’ve got other stuff to do.
I ought to be able to stop explaining myself after saying I’m paraphrasing the whole doggone Bible. That’s a job.
Here has been my day today. I’ll start at midnight last night, when I was sleeping in my recliner. My workday had finished at 10 p.m. I crashed in front of the TV in my basement man cave and fell asleep about one and a half episodes into an Apple TV series I’ve been watching.
Awake at around 2:30 a.m., I slipped out into the garage to see how the stain was looking on the coffee table I’ve been trying to build for my daughter. Not good. That gel stain clumps too much. I’ll have to sand the top again.
Passing by my office on my way to the bedroom, I figured I had just enough energy to post a few more Bible intro notes for the Casual English Bible. My New York City editorial advisor, a job paid in sincere “thank you” emails, said I should add short intros for each book of the Bible. It’s not enough to paraphrase the Bible books, I’ve got to explain them. Here’s what the Matthew intro looks like.
Odd lady at 3:30 a.m.
I think I went to bed about 3:30. But only after answering a lady’s bizarre comment on one of my YouTube videos. She was arguing against wearing masks because Jesus told us not to be afraid. Here’s one of her quotes:
“I just can’t picture Jesus wearing a mask. Being afraid. Promoting fear. Especially not for a virus that has a 98.9% recovery rate.”
I told her to tell that to the dead.
And I added some facts. One in particular:
“I just checked the CDC for the latest numbers. As of July 23, and reporting since the first case of COVID in February, we have had an average of 921 people die every day of this disease–that we know of, not counting others unreported. That tallies over 330,000 deaths in 12 months. That would make it the #3 killer, after heart at number 1 and cancer at number 2.”
I also asked her a question: “Are you Russian or Chinese? It sounds like you are sowing the seeds of distraction, disunity…If you’re not purposely trying to undermine the health of this nation, I don’t understand the absence of common sense.”
I don’t have much patience for the idiocy that feeds this lady murderous ideas like this. I’ll be voting against All Things Obviously Stupid in a few weeks.
And I still hadn’t gone to bed.
A dog begins my day
Buddy the Dog woke me at 7:30 in the morning. Why does he always come to my side of the bed, when my wife goes to bed at 10 o’clock?
Here was my agenda for the day, yesterday.
- Sand that doggone tabletop again and try my own dark walnut stain instead of that hair gel coffee stain.
- Paraphrase at least one psalm, since there are 150.
- Post a few more book intros into the Casual English Bible. I think I’m up to Philippians.
- Videotape myself reading Matthew 6 and 7 for the Casual English Bible. Matthew 5-7 is Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. I already recorded and posted Matthew 5 for people who would rather have the Bible read to them, with video background features.
- Write this blog article. Almost done.
- Write my Bible study newsletter for the class in the church I attend.
- Start preparing the Bible study lesson for Sunday.
I’ve done everything up to finishing this article. I still have makeup on my face from recording the videos.
My wife just got home from the hardware store, on a run for foam brushes, rags, and mineral spirits. Thank you, dear.
I’ve got words to write before this day is done. And I’m checking that table again.
On Monday, I have a project I need to begin writing for Guideposts books. They’re doing twenty something fictional books about women in the Bible, and they’re having me write a non-fiction feature for each one, with suggested accompanying art. But that’s for Monday.
The Casual English Bible is what weighs most heavily on me. But it’s my choice. If you get a chance, take a look at it.
Next time I’ll write something more interesting and Bible-related.
Oh, here’s a Bible thing. It’s a first pass at part of a psalm I worked on yesterday (Psalm 8:3-9):
When I look at the sky you created with your fingers,
And the moon and stars you hung there,
I have to ask why you bother with people.
Why do you care about us at all?
You created us just a little less than yourself.
And then you glorified us with high honors.
You put us in charge of everything you made.
It was your decision for us to manage
Every sheep and cow in the fields
Every wild critter in the woods,
Every bird in the sky and fish in sea,
And any other animal that gets wet in the water.
LORD and master,
There’s a majesty to your name, spread throughout the earth.