When I arrived at Sprite’s Site today I found things much as they had been when I was here last.
“Where have you been all this time?” demanded Sprite.
It was a reasonable question.
The last time I posted on Sprite’s Site was 1 August last year. That post would have been written in mid-July and set to go live on 1 August for Hoagies’ August Blog Hop: Gifted Social Issues.
In late July Rainer, my husband of 43 years was admitted to hospital suffering from pancreas and liver cancer and he passed away on Sunday 14 August 2016.
I am now living with my daughter and son-in-law which is great because they are looking after me very well and they have two Stumpy Tail Australian Cattle Dogs and an elderly ginger cat who are great company.
But it meant that at the same time as we were organizing the memorial service and working on winding up Rainer’s affairs we were also packing up and cleaning the home in Rosebud and unpacking and settling in here.
So I have neglected Gifted Resources website, the Gifted Resources Newsletter and the three blogs.
Adding to the difficulties in July my old faithful laptop’s hard drive failed due to old age and being over worked and I lost my list of contacts and some of my favourite programs. My kind brother in law Rick Freitag gave me a new laptop/tablet with Windows 10 and I set to work loading it up and learning the new system.
I am still in the process of learning and working out how best to manage the Gifted Resources website; so until I have it all sorted out I am going to post the Gifted Resources Newsletters on the Gifted Resources blog, starting with the spring 2016 Holiday Programs Newsletter.
“I thought you had gone away and left us!” Sprite said.
“I’m sorry!” I said. “I have been busy and sad and not feeling very creative. What have you been doing?”
“What could I do without you telling me what to think and say and do?” she replied. “I thought you had created us and then just left us alone. Would your creator do that to you?”
We have talked about the differences between me as Sprite’s creator and God as my creator before https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/creator-is-to-creation-is-as/
The main difference is that unlike God, my Creator I am not omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent.
I realize that I am more like the creator described in various heresies which beset the church.
The Puppeteer God
Although my storylines describe Sprite using initiative and acting in ways that surprise me, in truth I dictate all her thoughts, words and actions.
God, my creator gives us free will to think, speak and act.
The Watchmaker God
The intricacies of the watch propose that the watch had an intelligent creator in the same way as the intricacies of the natural world speak of an Intelligent Creator. This analogy is also used to suggest the heresy that God designed the creation, set it on its course and then ignored it and now allows it to run according to the laws of nature which He had installed.
It describes a God who is transcendent but never immanent.
It fails to account for God’s continued presence in and ongoing sustaining and interaction with His creation.
I acknowledge that I have been acting in the manner of the watchmaker lately.
The Absent God
This heresy suggests that because evil things are happening in the world it indicates that God has either died or gone away.
It denies that God is infinite, eternal and omnipresent.
We have talked in the past https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/donkeys-live-a-long-time-5-intermission/ about the fact that I will not live forever and at some point will go away.
“Will I die when you die?” Sprite had asked.
I had never contemplated having a discussion about the likelihood or otherwise of a fictional character living after the author’s death with said fictional character.
“I don’t know!” I said.
However I know I have the promise from God, my Creator that he will never leave or forsake me.