If you missed it, I started a Top 10 list on Monday of some of my favorite things. This is the second half of the list… Here we go:
5. Downtown Des Moines. Maybe it’s true, the old adage: “You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.” Although Downtown isn’t in any danger of being “gone”, the floods that are slowly creeping in down there made me think twice about what a nice place Downtown has become (in the words of a friend of mine from Denver, “Des Moines looks cool”). Let’s hold those waters off and continue making Downtown into everything it can be.
4. “Friends” on DVD. Shut it. Just save your snickering and snide remarks – my wife made me do it! She’s a full-blown “Friends” addict from her college days and after two years of marriage, she has slowly roped me in. Alas, I stand defeated.
3. “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin. Good. Old. Fashioned. Rock. And. Roll. Plus, I had it on repeat last night while driving around downtown Des Moines, praying for the contrary.
2. Martin Luther. I grew up in a Lutheran Church, but I never really got into it as a kid. Now that I’m in seminary and working in a Lutheran church, I have had a chance to dig just a tiny bit into Luther’s theology and teachings. God used him (and continues to use him) to liberate a lot of people from the spiritual imprisonment of a corrupt and damaging doctrine. He helped shift an entire culture’s picture of God and the Bible, connecting them (and us) with a clearer picture of their Heavenly Father.
1. Free time. The older I get, the more I covet time to do simply nothing. After I got married, I finally surrendered to the inner-homebody lurking within me. The “nightlife” for me is my favorite spot on the couch with my wife on the other end, a bowl of ice cream, and maybe the latest flick from Blockbuster Online. Hands off my time, suckas!
With that said, for those of you who are so inclined to pray, I’d like you to all join me in corporate prayer for our beloved Downtown. This prayer was originally posted here:
God of Creation, we come before you asking for your mercy. Just as you quieted the waters of a raging lake and walked on water, so now weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re asking for you to calm the waters of the Des Moines River. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re asking that you would move in power and strength and would supernaturally cause those waters to recede. We declare your mercy for the people of Downtown Des Moines – mercy for their homes, businesses, families, and lives. We stand in agreement with your word in that you promised Noah that you would never send another flood that would wipe out all living things on the earth. We stand on this promise for Des Moines, specifically. Would you cause this flood to purge and cleanse what needs to be cleansed – not only in our city, but in our hearts and minds as well. We love you, God, and declare that you are the giver of all good things, even the very next breath in our lungs! We desire your mercy, in JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Name, Amen.