Dim Lamp blog 10th anniversary today

Ten years ago today, I entered the world of blogging with my first post ever on my WordPress Dim Lamp blog. Needless to say, much has happened in the world at large and in my personal world since then.  One of the constants in life is change, and this blog has gone through a few. If anyone actually reads this post/blog anymore, I’d appreciate hearing from you in the comments below about the content of Dim Lamp.

Here, once again, is the first blog post from April 5, 2006:

My weblog name, Dim Lamp, is a variation from verse three, chapter forty-two of Isaiah, or referred to by scholars as Second Isaiah. This is the first of four Servant Songs in Second Isaiah (see Isa 42:1-4; 49:1-6; 50:4-11; and 52:13-53:12). Scholars hold a wide range of views about the identity of the Servant–everything from a contemporary prophet (perhaps Second Isaiah him/herself, or a child of the prophet’s), to collective Israel, to one of Judah’s kings or future kings, to the Messiah. Many (perhaps most) Christian scholars have viewed the Servant as Jesus, hence interpreting the Servant Songs as references to the future rather than the historical circumstances out of which they were written.

I love the picture of the Servant’s tenderness and compassion towards those who are suffering or in exile. The Servant shall not break a bruised reed, he will not quench a dimly burning wick. This is a classic example of God’s “preferential option for the poor,” as the liberation theologians speak of it. It is a reminder to all that God loves and has a special place in his heart for the underdog, the outcast, the forgotten, those who suffer, those who feel life is waning, the weak and the dying. I like this Servant Song because I think it speaks to my existential state of being. I am a sinner-saint, who stumbles and falls, my light is not very bright most of the time. Sometimes I wonder if it’s even a dim light. Yet, I’m encouraged by the Gospel parables of Jesus concerning salt, yeast and light. Too much salt and yeast ruins things. Too much light can be blinding, and death-dealing, life-threatening hot. Yet no light or hidden light is not an option either. So, here I am, a dim lamp, living with life’s greys, complexities and ambiguities, and realising that God works in rather unorthodox, mysterious ways in, through, with and often in spite of me/us.

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Around the Lutheran Blogosphere


Professor Kirby Olson over at Lutheran Surrealism asks whether individual states in the U.S. have the right to overturn federal laws.

Over at On The Fritz you can read a reflection on Rosh Hashanah-Birth of Humankind.

Visit the Sundries Re: Blog  to view a video a Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem, and a lengthy post titled: “The great financial crisis: A biblical diagnosis.

Read a daily devotion by Pastor Kerry Nelson here.

Over at faith in community, a pastor walks her dog and meets a couple of people, which cause her to pause and ask what attracts people to a congregation?

 

 

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 64 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 234 posts. There were 20 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 29th with 535 views. The most popular post that day was Sermon Trinity Sunday Yr C.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were textweek.com, deaconsil.com, wehrhan.tripod.com, en.wordpress.com, and search.aol.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for writing on stone provincial park, shepherd me o god lyrics, writing-on-stone provincial park, ottawa, and i am.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Sermon Trinity Sunday Yr C May 2010
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2

Sermon 5 Lent, Yr C March 2007

3

Sermon 1 Christmas Yr A December 2007
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4

Sermon 20 Pentecost Yr C October 2007
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5

Sermon 17 Pentecost Yr C September 2010
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