Monthly Archives: August 2012


I'm sitting in the shade, at a picnic table, with the ruins of an old cabin behind me. I have iced water with me, my iPhone, typing on my iPad.

To my left is an outcropping of serpentine. To my right, a eucalyptus tree. Down the hill is a rotary furnace, where men worked in the heat, extracting mercury from cinnabar. In front of me, Silicon Valley.

A few generations ago, there was a town here...well, around the bend, the ruins are still here.


There is no running water, no electricity. There is a church, a school, a barn. Down the hill...a cemetery. The cometary makes me sad. The thought of a woman, following a cart carrying a casket...a long, winding trail down the hill to a flat spot on the hill. This is a small cemetery, surrounded by a white picket fence. The gate is shut and the grass, like all the grass here this time of year is dry and crunchy. There are no grave markers.

No grave markers. Because the family of a miner couldn't afford it? Because nobody wanted to carry stone up the hill? Maybe there used to be wooden markers that have long since rotted away...

Above me...turkey vultures.

Around the bend, down the hill is a geocache. If I find it, it's my first one.


(yes, I did find it)

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From Matthew 19 (ESV)

“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.

"They" asked..."why did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"

I believe that what Moses commanded is that IF a man is going to send his wife away, then he must give her a certificate of divorce to leave with, so that she could legally marry again.

Moses did not command a man to divorce - he regulated divorce.

As Jesus corrected "them" - Moses allowed divorce, not command it.

It reminded me of Eve in the garden - She changed the command of God ever-so-slightly from "don't eat" to "don't even touch"

What I'm taking away today is that when God gives a command...follow it.

Adding to the Law doesn't make us more just gives us more chances to mess up.