Saturday, September 26, 2009

Love versus Fear....Bible Study for Autismspeaks!

Bible Study for Autism Speaks:


Fear hath torment. Because it fills us with forebodings.







NIV© There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
NAS© There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
ISV© There is no fear where love exists. Rather, perfect love banishes fear, for fear involves punishment, and the person who lives in fear has not been perfected in love.
GWT© No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn't have perfect love.
KJV There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
AKJ There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.
ASV There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.
BBE There is no fear in love: true love has no room for fear, because where fear is, there is pain; and he who is not free from fear is not complete in love.
DRB Fear is not in charity: but perfect charity casteth out fear, because fear hath pain. And he that feareth, is not perfected in charity.
DBY There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has torment, and he that fears has not been made perfect in love.
ERV There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.
WBS There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth, is not made perfect in love.
WEY Love has in it no element of fear; but perfect love drives away fear, because fear involves pain, and if a man gives way to fear, there is something imperfect in his love.
WEB There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.
YLT fear is not in the love, but the perfect love doth cast out the fear, because the fear hath punishment, and he who is fearing hath not been made perfect in the love;

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dialogue in the Dark.




Ben and I got free tickets to go to Dialogue in the Dark in Atlanta, and discovered what it felt like to be totally blind for one hour of our lives. We went through a series of rooms, each portraying a common venue: one was a grocery store.Dependent only on our hearing, sense of balance, touch,smell, and our white canes, which we had been taught how to use...and our beloved guide who we came to trust more than any of us had probably trusted any stranger in our lives.

A group of 8 of us were led through a series of what seemed like winding paths, but I'll never know because my sense of direction was gone except for left and right. Walls were comforting! We tried to listen for others voices so that we didn't run into them, again...it was like "Keep talking so I know where you are!" Ben and I kept grabbing on to each other, we hoped! Once, the little poop says "Excuse me, ma'am!" in a deep voice as I grabbed an elbow and said "Is that you?" I could have died as other's laughed. It was kind of funny.

In the "store" our guide asked if we could tell where we were, as he did in each room. Shuffling with our canes and feeling out with our hands to try to grab on to something familiar, hopefully not another person, we picked up apples, onions, lemons, cans of food, and what one man described as what he "hoped was a carrot"! And each time the guide led us through the next door.

At this point, I was getting tired of not being able to see. I wanted to say, "Somebody turn on the lights!", but knew we weren't done. The end was the most surprising. Our guide was totally blind, and answered any questions we had about blindness. We, who take for granted our sight, were dependent upon a man who had none.

I've been through little "empathy" sessions before. We put vasoline on our glasses and got around in wheelchairs in a nursing home to sympathize with the plight of the old. But we weren't dependent on them. We didn't "look" to them for help.

Way too cool.
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