Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
-Coming downstairs to discover that Jonee put a ticket to a play I want to see on the steps for me. So nice.
-Calling the primary school to ask what they wanted me to do an assembly on this week and them responding with "the world." Through laughter I said, "Ok, no problem, should be able to cover all that in 15 minutes!"
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
-My ladies Bible study met yesterday and they were just so enthusiastic and engaged. With about 5 decades of an age difference between us, I'm so honored that they want to hear what I have to say and that I can learn from them.
-Seagulls calling outside my window, making me feel like I'm on a beach vacation.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
-Laughing really, really hard.
-A sunny afternoon warm enough for me to sit outside Common Grounds and read.
Friday, April 23, 2010
-After dance, Denise and I decided to get a pizza at a place near where we both live ("They're real Italians!") and we sat in her house devouring an impressive amount of pizza and chatting.
Monday, April 19, 2010
-Catching up with Tom over lunch and talking about life transitions, calls, expansive theology and even how much we adore coffee.
-A little boy walking down the street with his Mom loudly singing, "Don't stop believin', hold on to that feeeeeeling..." I'm pretty sure he thinks Glee invented the song, not Journey, but it was great to hear.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
-Sunlight illuminating a cloud so brightly that Jonee exclaimed as he pointed at it (we were in his convertable on one of the rare days the top can be down), "Oh, wow, take a picture!"
-A Sunday full of thoughtful and engaging prayers, remarkable recitations of scripture with no notes whatsoever, music to connect me with God and my sense of calling and simple, articulate wisdom on the heart of the gospel. Fitzroy really is a talented place.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
-Exciting things in the works.
-Our Romania Mission Trip Team meeting was last night and it was so much fun. We were talking about how important it is to think about how we go about sharing our faith and ourselves with people and letting them share with us and we gave them scenarios they would face and they had to create skits to show how they would show love in that situation. The night was honest, vulnerable, hilarious, encouraging and energizing. It's going to be a great trip.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
-A well-timed text from Catherine: "sending love and sunshine your way." Such a great friend.
-Waking up from a bad dream with my heart pounding and seeing chinks of light coming in through the slightly open window and hearing birdsong drift in with the breeze. It was 5am, but the days are getting much longer and so the sun (and the birds) are up much earlier. I drifted back off to sleep relaxed.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Also, I preached this past Sunday and decided to wear my clerical collar. My text was Jairus' daughter and the hemorrhaging woman. It was fascinating to discover some of the Greek text and how shocking it really is and try to strip away some of the sanitized way we read familiar texts. We talked about this concept in the text of being made well, and I began by sharing a story of my time as a chaplain at Grady Hospital in Atlanta where a family were praying for the healing of their son at the same moment I had to tell them he didn't survive. Then, I told the congregation that in the reading of our text, we weren't going to glean any easy answers out of it that we wouldn't tell that family in the midst of their grief. So we entered into the text again, and ended with questions, not answers, but I think discovered something about the profound presence of God in suffering. It was a great Sunday.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Friday, April 02, 2010
-Seeing a video of some of the kids from church dancing to "Nooma, Nooma" during our Easter Party last week. It's absolutely hilarious, and great to see Roma kids dancing with them.
-Texting back and forth to my Mom and feeling a bit closer to home.
-I can't believe it's already Good Friday. This Lent has really been a journey of discernment and attempts at patience, and I can't wait for Easter. I'm going to a Good Friday service at St. Anne's Cathedral (also called the "Belfast Cathedral") this afternoon to contemplate the last three hours of Jesus' life. Frederick Buechner had some good things to say about Good Friday:
I believe that by dying [Jesus] released into the world an entirely new kind of life, his kind of life, that has flowed down through the tragic centuries like water through a dry land, making alive and whole all who will only kneel to drink. That is the only reason it is not blasphemy to speak of the Friday of his unspeakable death as Good Friday.