Friday, September 22, 2017

Day #1360

September 21, 2017 

I’m very thankful for the care a leader took in looking over things one more time. All was ready to go, we thought, after weeks of planning and working. Yet, a critical piece had been missed, one that could have resulted in angst and creating many questions. So while it seemed odd to put a hold on something that looked ready to go, I’m thankful it happened. One more look is like the old adage, measure twice and cut once. It can certainly save some embarrassment...and wasted lumber. :-)

Thank you again!


Day #1359

September 20, 2017 

Wednesdays are busy again! Early mornings and late evenings with all sorts of fun in between - and the last piece has been added. Confirmation has begun!!! Yay! Looking forward to another awesome year! 


Day #1358

September 19, 2017 

“I love this time of year,” the clerk said as she made small talk. “I love the smells, and the coolness, and everything about it.” “True,” I said, “and as fall comes and things seem to be dying, it’s good to remember that spring will come and rebirth will happen.” She paused, “Yes. Exactly.”


Day #1357

September 18, 2017 

On a difficult day walking with folks experiencing unimaginable grief, it is a good reminder that Jesus is the one who perfectly "accompanies." He is the one who walks with us in the midst of overwhelming pain, anger, frustration, and who also walks with us in joy. As Jesus accompanies us, he gives us time and space to feel the pain and the anger without pushing us to “get over it.” But also doesn’t leave us there alone - and that’s great, good news. Prayers for those in the midst of the valley - remember you are not alone.

And at the end of a day like today, a smile is a good thing. Boomer has discovered his tail, but hasn’t quite figured it all out. So this was just perfect for a chuckle:

What a gift that as Jesus accompanies us, he also leads us to what we need when we need it.


Day #1356

September 17, 2017

What an awesome day of worship - a joint service with the neighboring congregation across the alley; a joyful, upbeat liturgy with jazz music and talented musicians; bittersweet moments saying goodbye to our very talented pianist/organist, who leaves for another “gig”; lots of people and lots of pie and conversation and smiles. And a reminder of the Good News by a talented, engaging preacher! What a joy to worship and give thanks to God!

Oh, and on the home front, our boy is growing up fast - he needed his bowl graduated to the taller setting. Goodness, time is passing quickly. 

But while he’s getting taller and a little wider, his puppy stage isn’t going anywhere anytime soon from what I can see. 


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Day #1355

September 16, 2017

Why is there never enough time to get everything done? With needing to do bills, laundry, write, read, clean, etc. one day isn’t ever quite enough. Well, some things just have to wait. 

Oh, and it’s another beautiful day to celebrate some rain!!! Thank you, God. And the earth thanks you, too!


Day #1354

September 15, 2017 

Another day of RAIN!! Thank you, God!!! And there is even snow in the mountains - oh, it’s good!!


Day #1353

September 14, 2017

RAIN!! Beautiful, amazing, slow, soaking RAIN!!! After 3 months of dry, fires, smoke and the desperate need of water from above - we have R.A.I.N. Thanks be to God.


PS It's not a Simon says, but a Simon self-portrait. Think there’s a real budding artist here!

Day #1352

September 13, 2017 

Again, the word is thankful - for youth, for men, for women, for kids and parents, for music, for meetings, for food, for things being back in the swing and the possibilities of things to come. Again, “it’s all good!” And the work that folks are willing to do to make it all happen - inspiring. 


Day #1351

September 12, 2017

The word for today - thankful. For colleagues, for possibilities of new things, for being able to host/provide a peace-filled/grace-filled place for a grieving family, and for energy. As the saying goes, “it’s all good!” Even in the midst of busy, it's all good!


Day #1350

September 11, 2017

The descriptor for today is Jesus as patient. The patient love, grace, and forgiveness from our Lord and Savior is evident in the number of times we are forgiven for not loving others as ourselves, treating others with less than the respect and honor they deserve, and not being a good steward of all the gifts provided for us. How fortunate we are to have Jesus as the example of being perfectly patient - and helps me realize how deficient I am in that regard. Thank you, Jesus, for your patient love and grace. A good reminder on this 9/11 remembrance day.


PS Speaking of patient, it’s definitely needed with a puppy. :-) Here’s a good/patient moment in the latest picture of Boomer with his “daddy.” 

Day #1349

September 10, 2017

The generosity of others gives me pause each time! I’m so thankful for all who contributed to the collecting of school supplies for Lutheran World Relief School Supplies Bags. And to all who helped today with the packing - many hands made light, and quick, work. 

Later that evening we enjoyed the company of a colleague and spouse. I’m so thankful for those who share in this ministry adventure. It’s good to have understanding conversations and visits.


Day #1348

September 9, 2017 

What a wonderful event - the Fall WELCA Potluck Salad Luncheon. It was an enjoyable time with an inspiring message about women, an amazing musical sharing/solo, delicious food, fun fellowship, and jolly jokes by a dynamic mother/daughter duo. 

So very thankful for the gifts shared by women! There is so much to offer!


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Day #1347

September 8, 2017 

Something I have saved from Richard Rohr caught my eye today. It’s been quite the week, and while I am thankful for so much in it, I do have a city policeman I need to forgive. And myself. Anyway, Richard Rohr wrote:
When we forgive, we choose the goodness of the other over their faults.
Something good to remember! And practice!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Day #1346

September 7, 2017 

Thank you!! 

I cannot say that enough for helping me feel the love on my birthday. Cards (paper and many e-cards!), presents, calls, emails, Facebook posts, text messages, cake, singing and well wishes have all made this a very special day. 

Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!