This week's First has been a 9 month work in progress. This week I finished my First Year of graduate school at Duke. Last year I was still holding on to the last few chances to make memories at UVA before graduating. Now I'm saying goodbye to friends that I have spent countless hours, day in and day out with for a year. (See above).
You offered up your life
For one and all, For one and all
The perfect sacrifice.
Atoning blood was shed
Love conquered when you said..
It is finished, It is done
To the world salvation comes
Hallalujah, We're alive!
Hell was silenced when you cried..
It is finished, It is finished
Who is this king, Who is this king
So mighty and so mighty and so strong
He is the one, He is the one
The earth has waited for
God's remedy for sin, With mercy for all men
The earth shook and trembeled
The sun bowed it's head
The veil of the temple was open for men
As Jesus went down in the cold of the grave
Defeated the darkness when He overcame
The keys of the kingdom were placed in the hands
Of children and priests and of fishers of men
Through all generations his voice will be heard
Creation resounds the victorious words!!!
It is done
Now completed the work of love.
Hallalujah, He's alive!
Join the song of the ransomed bride!
It is finished, It is finished
It is finished!"
This week's First is slightly less difficult than last week's. Just an update from that one though: Today was Napali lessons round two, and I managed not to embarrass myself or offend anyone. That's all I ask for in this life.
This has got to be short. I'm in the middle of a research paper that MUST get written by the end of this day.
Try to think of a concept that is really foreign to you...
I've made a decision. I'm going to try to stick with it. It will require creativity, and occasionally a bit of fearlessness...
(Wow, that sounded like I'm starting a cheer. I am not.)
Several of my favorite bloggies have a weekly post series that they do on the same day each week. I like this. It's consistent. It gives me something to look forward to. It's comfortable to someone who is OCD and likes a plan and a method. Steph does her Must Have Mondays. My friend Linnea does Fifty-two on Friday on her photography website. And Marcy May does Fill in the Blank Friday.
So, I've decided that I don't try enough new things. Not because I don't want to. Or because I don't love the rush of doing something I've never done before...or something that no one's ever done before for that matter. Basically it's because the things I always do do take over my life and my time and my brain and...well you get the picture. So, I want to intentionally try doing something each week that is a "First." Well since First starts with "F" and there is only one day of the week that starts with "F" I guess my day of fearless firsts is going to land on Friday. This is good. Occasionally I have free time on Fridays.
Sooo...since Friday is the day and tomorrow is Friday I am going to tell you right now that I am trying something VERY new tomorrow: I am having my first Nepali lesson. Yep, Nepali. As in the language they speak in Nepal. I bet you can guess why....
I am terrible at languages. The only reason Italian worked out for me was because I'm so obsessed with it and desperately love being able to speak to Italians, in Italian, in Italy.
And it may just come in real useful the first time I find myself in some kind of crazy predicament. This is inevitable when you are the clueless American in a brand new country.
So here is to my first "First Friday" and here is to my "First Nepali lesson."
Maybe y'all can try some Firsts with me and we can all expand our repertoire of "Things we've done so far in life."