Saturday, 29 March 2008

Illumination hour

All of you kids out there of the green persuasion will be delighted (sorry) to know that due to ...er... family pressures, we will not be observing Illumination hour at 8.00 tonight, whereby all household lights were going to be turned on in celebration and thanksgiving for God's gift of ingenuity and creativity to humankind.

We even had to take our Christmas lights down at last.

And, it was too dark to do my usual Bible reading with the girls.

This symbolism is killing me.

Anyway, we prayed, and I did a bit of Romans 1 from memory with Matilda, so that was nice, sitting there in the gloom. We prayed for Fifi's mum, whose 80th birthday we celebrated today.

Oh, and the candles, although they pump out a shedload of carbon, looked very nice. And the girls loved them, and said 'Can we do this every night??'

Eek!

Oh, and don't worry, we had taken down the Christmas lights already.

9 comments:

Pete said...

Normal lighting at the Denham household...

No lights on except in rooms we are using.

Giraffe Pen (기린 만년필) said...

Hi Gordo, may you enjoy the night of senselessly silly symbolism (SSS). I'll be following your lead in defiance of the SSS crowd.

Giraffe Pen (기린 만년필) said...

I spoke to Craig the other day and he made a really good point about the ridicularity of the SSS. He said that observing Earth Hour gives people the false impression that they're making a big difference to the environment by doing it. He also said it'll be interesting to see how committed people are to this pro-enviro stuff if they're willing to sacrifice more...
I honestly don't think people will want to sacrifice more for the environment. The best thing we could do- and I say this tongue-in-cheek- is to simply cease existing or living in the nighttime, work on no computers, stop blogging, and go nowhere. Sound plausible?

Michael K said...

Do you remember the Festivus Seinfeld episode. George's father's passion for Festivus reminds me a bit of the hype around Earth Hour.
At least with Festivus you get to air grievences and do feats of strength!

Giraffe Pen (기린 만년필) said...

I completely agree with you Micheal. We need Festivus for the rest of us!

aussiekristian said...

Edison would have been disappointed in your bowing to family pressures, Gordo...

Ruth said...

I went outside our house to see if other houses had turned off their lights....initially I thought, 'Wow, it looks really dark out here'...but then I realised nearly every house had left their lights on, but for a change had shut their blinds and pulled their curtains!!!

Gordon Cheng said...

There's 8 months worth of sermon illustrations in that one, Ruth!

Giraffe Pen (기린 만년필) said...

That's really interesting Ruth. Hmmm.... Gordo's right. There's enough juice in that for a sermon series :P