Saturday, December 9, 2017

Day #1439

 December 9, 2017 

Speaking of decorating and Advent (Day #1435), here is a picture of our tree for this year. 

It’s our first artificial :-( but the memories brought to mind as we decorated it with ornaments from years gone by are just as precious.


Day #1438

December 8, 2017 

A friend sent me this picture:

Yes, that is an ironing board. She had just finished ironing pillowcases that were once my mother’s. They are actually old flour sacks my mom turned into pillowcases. 

While some of you reading this may find it hard to believe, in my youth I also ironed, yes ironed, these dozens of times and slept on them hundreds of nights. But what is amazing is how a simple photograph can recall so many wonderful memories. Thank you!

And speaking of wonderful, the congregation’s staff (all but one - healing prayers!) gathered at our home for dinner and celebration. I’m so grateful for the gifts of each one of these folks - the joy they bring to me in their work ethic, the help they provide not only to me but to the ministry of the congregation, and for who each one is. We laugh together, plan together, struggle together, work together - and are better as a team! Thank you - every single one of you!!!!


Day #1437

December 7, 2017 

A trio of us took to the streets today to deliver brochures to downtown businesses. It’s the culmination of a project the Downtown Samaritans have been working on for years - a brief resource guide to places that provide things like a free meal, clothing, assistance, etc. 

While the services do sometimes leave folks short and still needing, it’s a helpful tool for business owners to have. And it was a joy to be welcomed warmly in every place because we had something they might be able to use to help others - at least to give them hope. 

In this season of giving, sometimes a glimmer of hope is just what is needed.


Day #1436

December 6, 2017

This learning patience just keeps coming around and around. With adults and with children, it’s sometimes really difficult to be patient. Maybe it's just that it's a time of year when we get excited, anxious, overwhelmed. 

Either way, I suppose, it is a gift. And we can choose to not accept it. Hmmm…


Day #1435

December 5, 2017 

As Advent begins, it’s time to begin some decorating at home in preparation of the season. A little at a time, perhaps, but it's a beginning. 

I love this season of waiting and preparing. I enjoy the lights and the sounds and the smells - goodies that only come with preparing for Christmas. 

May your Advent preparations be filled with hope and expectation of the celebration of Jesus. The waiting is worthwhile! 


Day #1434

December 4, 2017 

The word describing Jesus for today - patient! Certainly Jesus is patient with us when we make decisions that go against his desire for us, when we try to do things on our own and forget to pray or seek his guidance, when we hurt others or overlook others, and when we simply go our own way. 

I’m thankful for Jesus being patient with us - me - and hope he continues to teach me the way of patience every day.


Day #1433

December 3, 2017

When I was much younger, one of my favorite nights of the week was the one when we watched the Carol Burnett show on tv. Her show was funny, entertaining, and memorable. Tonight Carol Burnett gave us all a gift with her 50th anniversary show (hard to believe that her first show was 50 years ago - I really was much younger!). 

While we watched tonight, we laughed and laughed and LAUGHED - to tears! Some of the skits they did on that show will be funny no matter how long they run and how many times I see them - ones like the dentist, Gone with the Wind, and more.

So thank you, Carol Burnett, for your career and love of helping people laugh. It’s definitely a gift I’m thankful you share with the world!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Day #1432

December 2, 2017

A clever…

What else would you do when it’s too much trouble to take down Halloween skeletons (see Day #1400) but turn them into Santa!

And a precious…

A Simon does. :-)! He's watching us - guess he's getting ready for Christmas!


Day #1431

December 1, 2017

Thirty colleagues, including spouses and friends, gathered for the annual Cluster Dinner at a local restaurant. Lots of good food, good conversation, laughter, and getting to know one another better. Unfortunately, there wasn’t space to mingle more, but it was still fun and great to be with friends!

Also, unfortunately, it meant missing the annual Christmas Stroll in downtown. :-( Oh well, next year.


Day #1430

November 30, 2017

What a fantastic evening! Singer/songwriter John Floridis performed for just about an hour at a Family Promise of Great Falls fundraising event (held at our congregation, by the way). He is quite talented, and personable, and it was a really good event.

And we were doubly blessed as former guests of Family Promise shared their story. Truly an inspiring evening, and organization!


Day #1429

November 29, 2017 

So the question of the day, do you have more patience with yourself or with others? Hmmm….what would you say?


Day #1428

November 28, 2017 

Once again, I am thankful for having good, trusted colleagues with whom I can laugh and share. I’m grateful for the monthly time of meal and discussion - it is always good. Thank you all!


Day #1427

November 27, 2017

The word - well, picture word, for Jesus today is somewhat self-explanatory (thank you to the person who posted it).

Good to be reminded that not only Can Jesus, but he did/does!!

And such a treat at Book Club - the author of the book we read for November (Love and Other Consolation Prizes) joined us for the meeting. 

Thank you, Jamie Ford, for your enjoyable time with us, your personality, and your honesty. Very informative and inspiring. And his books are just the same.


Day #1426

November 26, 2017 

Whatever you have done to the least of these, you have done to Jesus. That is something Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew. So I suppose it should be no surprise to see Jesus in folks, maybe those on the street, sick from drugs and alcohol, etc., you would least expect. And sometimes you have to look a little harder to recognize Jesus. Yet, Jesus always recognizes us. Comforting!!

However, a question I have is that when you walk through the door, Jesus, must we “do” for you every time?!?! Is it sometimes better, or even ok, to say no?!?! Is that the most loving thing, albeit done with respect and honor. These are hard choices! Yes, these can be difficult words from Jesus. 

So on a lighter note, the Christmas tree for Washington, DC, that came from MT (see Day #1416), has been delivered safe and sound. Here’s the path it took. 

Pretty cool. 


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Day #1425

November 25, 2017 

Well, he just keeps on growing. Today (actually yesterday - I was a day off!) marks his fourth (another correction - not fifth) month with us. He’s lost all his “baby” teeth and grown to a whopping 55 pounds - hardly a puppy anymore. :-(

This I snapped quickly while he’s waiting for breakfast. Not the best time to try to capture a “willing” model. :-)

And then the day ended with seeing Santa at the Parade of Lights:

And watching the lighting of the tree: