Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Day #1246

May 30, 2017

As I consider the young folks who are affirming their faith this coming week, this from the "Daily Grace" blog through the Women of the ELCA spoke to me:
Adapted from Psalm 34, the hymn “Taste and See” (This Far by Faith, Augsburg Fortress) offers rich lyrics that can be useful in exploring a healthy relationship with God and with food. “Eating” and “tasting” mean different things: Eating involves the physical action of food consumption. However, it is when we taste, that we fully experience the food. Likewise, in our relationship with God, we can go through the activities of prayer, reading, singing, but it is when we are fully engaged and present that we truly taste the goodness of God. This message is an excerpt of “Taste and See” by Tiffany C. Chaney from the December 2016 issue of Cafe.
Being a follower of Jesus, a Christian, is more than simply going through the motions. Every day I learn more about what that really means. And every day I am grateful for God’s goodness!


Day #1245

May 29, 2017 

On this Memorial Day, as we remember those who have died in the line of service, the descriptor for Jesus is Peacemaker. And that there is hope in the promise that one day there will be no need for a day like this to remember those who die in service, for there will be no more need for war. 

But until that time, may Jesus guide us individually to be peacemakers, as he has shown us the way.


Day #1244

May 28, 2017

And on a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend Sunday, the new cross structure for the Memorial Garden is dedicated. Those in attendance laid hands on the cross and locked arms with one another as we heard these words: 
This cross structure has been given in memory and love of all those who enter this place - those who come for comfort, those who come to find peace and rest, those who come to remember, and those whose final resting place is here. We desire that many will find these crosses to be a reminder of the love and grace that our Lord Jesus Christ has for all creation.
Amen. Let it be so!!


Day #1243

May 27, 2017

When you do what I do, you never know what a single day might bring. A simple phone call itself can bring about a drastic change in a schedule that may have changed several times already. It certainly keeps life interesting. 

So when this day went from planning and writing to a funeral to a graduation party and then to some exercise and some more writing, I’m reminded of just how varied this type of call can be. I am thankful, however, for the diversity. And I know, and am comforted, that no matter what, I’m not alone. Thanks be to God for that promise!


Day #1242

May 26, 2017

And just like that, after what seems like a LONG time of planning and waiting, the new cross structure for the Memorial Garden is in place. Just in time for Memorial Day and its dedication. 

Thank you for the hard work and planning!! This is an inspiring addition to a holy place.


Day #1241

May 25, 2017

On the anniversary of my own baptism, I am humbled to be having conversations with youth who realize the importance of their baptisms and are now ready to affirm their faith. Who would have imagined all those years ago where my baptism would take me?! Wonder where theirs will take them, especially in light of the promises they will soon make. What a comfort to be a part of something (God’s kingdom) that is so much bigger than just me! Can't imagine what I would do/have done without this huge Family of God!


Day #1240

May 24, 2017 

What an amazing night as the 2016-17 confirmands enjoyed a Celebration Dinner and the presentation of their “projects.” Their assignment was to make a creative expression of the thing/learning/event that stood out to them the most in their last year of learning. There were musical presentations, a “news brief,” baking of bread for Holy Communion, art work, and a poem. Quite creative, all of them! And a reminder that even when they don’t seem to be paying any attention, the Holy Spirit IS at work. 

And when we ended our gathering, as we do at the end of each lesson, with prayer, the Holy Spirit was surely present as adults and youth prayed together. God is not only good, but awesome!!!


PS I have said this before, but I’m certainly going to miss meeting weekly with these youth!! 

Day #1239

May 23, 2017

What a joy-filled time at the annual WELCA Family Potluck to honor the graduating seniors of the congregation and enjoy some good food and fellowship. Very proud of our youth!!

And speaking of youth, how fun to wander the halls of one of the local High Schools in preparation of an upcoming event with them. Honestly, it’s hard to believe it’s been as many years as it has since I graduated. My goodness, if it goes as quickly for those I saw today, they’ll barely have time to turn around. My advice…make the best use of your time!!  


Day #1238

May 22, 2017 

The descriptor for the Mystery of Jesus for today - Advocate. As in the first advocate sent by God to walk alongside, accompany, stand with, teach, guide, and plead on our behalf. Jesus, who called his 12 disciples, advocated with and for them for several years and when it was time for him to go, promised to send another advocate to walk alongside us, accompany us, etc. The Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God that we are, therefore, never alone!!!

Also, I find myself very excited for a colleague and a new workbook/learning tool he is working on. I’m honored to be able to peruse his work before it’s published. It promises to be a valuable tool. What a gift he is to others!


Day #1237

May 21, 2017 

Rick Steves, the travelogue guru from many PBS specials, is a Lutheran. That may not be news, but it’s pretty cool. Especially when he made available to all ELCA congregations his DVD on “Luther and the Reformation.” And we made good use of his generosity when several enjoyed a good time of learning and fellowshipping following worship by watching his work. And some really fine work it is!

And then later in the day, an information meeting about the upcoming 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX. Oh, my hopes are high that some will be able to attend what most certainly will be an amazing experience.

Yes, lots happening. Busy. And all good stuff!!!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day #1236

May 20, 2017

This prayer from the Moravian Daily Texts: 
Sometimes we have difficulty seeing you, Lord, because we look for conventional signs of power and strength. Help us to notice your presence in all things. Amen. 
Must be that many of us are thinking along the same lines of “practicing” seeing God’s love at work in the world (see Day #1223). Not surprising, however, because when we see God at work, that helps us believe in God’s presence and power. At least it does for me. And helps me trust that the Light really does scatter the darkness, and wins over it!! Thanks be to God!


Day #1235

May 19, 2017 

For a few minutes of wind-down time, hubby and I took a short drive just outside of the city limits and discovered a new spot of beauty on the river. 

With all the rain, the falls are gorgeous. It is certainly amazing to live in such a beautiful place!!! I’m grateful!


Day #1234

May 18, 2017

Whew…being back in the saddle, so to speak, means being really busy. Lots to plan for in the next couple of weeks. But it’s all good! And I’m rested from vacation, right!? Suuuurrrreee!


Day #1233

May 17, 2017

And all too quickly, it comes time to say goodbye. Thanks to the hospitality of my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, we stayed with them part of the time. Which meant that before we left we were able to spend a little extra time with our great-niece who had spent the night. 

She took her great-uncle’s nose (he would like it back, by the way), 

and gave me the biggest hug I think I have had in a long time (good because it has to last). 

So when my sister-in-law asked on FaceBook, “who had the most fun,” I called it a toss-up. 

Then another couple long, bumpy flights and we're home. It sure is good, too, and way cooler!


Day #1232

May 16, 2017 

What could be a better way to wind down our time in North Carolina than by eating BBQ, slaw, and hushpuppies and drinking sweet tea. LOTS of sweet tea. And, having more great conversation with long-time friends. It has been a great trip!

By the way, I think we’ve managed to hit all the food spots we were hungry for. I surely dread getting on the scales! :-(


Day #1231

May 15, 2017

As I ponder the mystery of Jesus for this Monday, I’m drawn to think of Jesus as relationship. Being one of the "thirds" of the Holy Trinity of God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Jesus is a part of the epitome of relationship. There is no beginning or end with the three-in-one. It is relationship at perfection. 

This particularly comes to mind as we reconnect with friends and family this week in North Carolina. Relationships begun and continued from long ago, new ones more recently formed, and ones to come (our nephew’s wife is expecting another child in just a few weeks), are very important and it is so good to spend time with people we love. It’s wonderful to celebrate our past, laugh over so many good memories, and in most cases, pick right up where we left off. 

If relationships on earth can be so wonderful and life-giving, imagine what it must be like for the Holy Trinity. And, even better, knowing that we are a part of that perfect relationship is amazing!!

And, speaking of relationships, it is our godson’s momma’s birthday - so a Happy Birthday to you! Love and hugs!


Day #1230

May 14, 2017

And the visiting continues - uncle and aunt, long-time friends, tears, laughter, food (seafood twice - yum!!), and more. Oh, the time is going quickly, but wonderfully. 

Oh, did I mention it is HOT!!


Day #1229

May 13, 2017 

Another day of celebration with a brunch for our niece and husband (sorry, no pics taken) and then more time with family, including dinner with my aunt. Precious times - joy-filled times! 


Day #1228

May 12, 2017 

A wonderful day began with some country ham (one of those foods we’ve missed)…

But then there are more important things for the day, especially our niece’s wedding. Here are the lovely bride and groom - the newest Mr. and Mrs. in the family.

And here’s most of the family ready to celebrate. 

Suffice it to say, a fabulous time was had by all!


Day #1227

May 11, 2017 

After a couple of long, BUMPY flights, once again travel takes us to North Carolina. I have said it before, but there sure are a LOT of people here!! And it sure is HUMID!

But with that said, looking forward to a wedding, much visiting, and some food we have missed. More to come…


Day #1226

May 10, 2017 - The Daily Intersection - Day #1226

After months of meeting regularly with a great group of youth, it’s getting close to the end of confirmation class 2016-2017. Soon five will affirm their faith at worship and we will break for the summer with the others. 

It’s hard to believe time passes so quickly! And can be sad, too!! It’s been a great honor to walk with these fine, young people. As you can tell, we've had fun while learning and relationships have been built. I look forward to what and where their life of faith will take them as we continue in Christ’s service.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Day #1225

May 9, 2017

The word for the day - patient. As in a very patient husband who understands a crazy schedule with trying to get ready to be out of town, along with a busy time of year. I’m so thankful for him!!! 


Day #1224

May 8, 2017 

The word for the day for who Jesus is - the Gate. From Sunday’s gospel reading (John 10:1-10), Jesus describes himself as the gate for the sheep. What does a gate do? Keeps some things in and other things out. 

But what does a gate also do? Provides protection and a way in. Which is more in line with who Jesus seems to be - not so much the quintessential judge and gatekeeper, but the one who loves us enough to watch over us, call us by name, and provide the way into the Kingdom of God. Good news!


And not to forget, Happy Baptism Birthday, Simon!!!! What a joy to be your godparent! Please know we pray for you regularly and love you!

Day #1223

May 7, 2017

For those who guessed what Sunday the “flock” was gathered for on Day #1222, you are correct if you said “Good Shepherd Sunday.” What fun was had with the sheep and the children, especially to see their eyes really widen when we called for the errant sheep to “come back” and several from the congregation came back obediently. It was a LOT of fun for some cotton balls with faces and feet. :-)

Then the question to the congregation of “where Jesus’ love has been evident in the world to you” brought forth many slips of paper with written experiences. Can’t wait to read them all and celebrate Jesus always being present with his flock!


Day #1222

May 6, 2017 

Understand it’s National Nurses’ Day, so I want to convey how thankful I am for all those nurses I know and have known. There have been some wonderful nurses who have lovingly and patiently cared for me in the past and they are most appreciated. I wish I could name them all, but unfortunately they often go about their work anonymously to their patients, especially this one. Also, thank you to those nurse friends of mine who have cared for me and my family!!! You know who you are and I love you for all you’ve done.

Then there is this. 

What Sunday do you suppose this flock has been “gathered” for in order to celebrate with the children? Any guesses?


Day #1221

May 5, 2017

On a beautiful spring day, what does hubby do? Goes fishing!! What do I do? Stay home feeling puny from all the gorgeous blossoming flowers, preparing for Sunday. What’s a pastor to do?!


Day #1220

May 4, 2017 

This date has become a fun one for Star Wars fans - May the 4th (force) be with you. I especially love this meme:

After all, it’s sooooo Lutheran. :-)


Day #1219

May 3, 2017

The question asked to the confirmation students has me thinking: is stewardship a spiritual matter? 

The quick answer is a resounding, YES! After all, everything we are and everything we have comes from God - the one who made everything and placed us here to tend to it. Therefore, what we “give back” to God’s work in the world is a reflection, I believe, on how grateful we are for God’s gifts to us. Can be quite a sobering thought - and one that can/should spur us to action. For stewardship isn’t just about money, it’s the “giving back” of our time and talent, as well. 

Good learning for young adults - and us all!!


Day #1218

May 2, 2017 

There are often “Simon says” notes here at the Daily Intersection. After all, this blog is dedicated to our godson. One day, hopefully, he’ll appreciate being reminded of some of his wisdom from his younger years. 

Today, however, I’m wondering how many things Simon has trouble saying now that his 4th front tooth is missing. :-)

No worries - they will come back soon!


*Note - for those who I am honored to have regularly read this blog, please accept my apology for being so far behind. I will be catching up - and I haven’t abandoned the sharing. Thank you for your patience!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Day #1217

May 1, 2017

Happy May Day!!! The beginning of a month that can bring new birth, new growth, new life - Spring. Prayers that your May will be filled with the knowledge of the presence of God and the assurance that Jesus’ love is "all over the world" (thanks to d365 and Elizabeth Cervasio for this insight about Jesus’ love).

And that would also be the descriptor for Jesus today - Love. The Love that is present in the breaking of the bread of Holy Communion, the meal Jesus gave as assurance of love and forgiveness. The Love that is present in the reaching out of others to care for the sick, the poor, the hungry, the oppressed. The Love that is present in the Word, the Holy scripture. The Love that is present in the ways that worshippers will hopefully bring to worship next Sunday that they observed in their own corners of the world! Jesus - the unconditional and overflowing Love!


Day #1216

April 30, 2017 

The word for the day - glorious!!! A glorious day of worship - and celebration. Thanks be to God! Simply, thanks be to God!!!


Day #1215

April 29, 2017

On a spring day, nothing brings a smile like watching a man, his dog and some ice cream - for both of them. While we enjoyed our own treat, we watched a gentleman enjoy his cone and the special one the store gave him for his four-legged friend. 

It’s the simple things in life!


Day #1214

April 28, 2017

The word for the day - good! Some sermon writing, some planning, some visiting, some time with the hubby, some good food, some extra sleep - all somewhat “normal.” And normal is good!


Day #1213

April 27, 2017

The Women of the ELCA study from the Gather magazine this month comes from Galatians, chapter 5. As we gathered to review, the reminder to “treat one another with gentleness” when there has been an offense is a good one. It seems this could be very helpful in our world today since there is often the desire to not only point a finger at the offender, but to jump to quickly punish, banish, and/or shame them, as well. And don’t we all need a second chance once in a while?!

Then to make me smile, there was this picture of our Godson enjoying the springlike weather. 

Certainly the face of a boy glad to be at play outside!!


Day #1212

April 26, 2017 

Following a long hiatus for Lent and Easter, it is time to resume Confirmation Class. Wednesdays are back to normal and I’m grateful. 


Day #1211

April 25, 2017 

What a busy week - one thing after the other. Which is not a complaint, for most of it is really good busy, especially as we prepare to celebrate on Sunday - new members, a roof update, thankful for Sunday School teachers, special music, and the love of God in Jesus revealed in the breaking of the bread. 

Life is good! And so is God's work!


Day #1210

April 24, 2017 

Mystical Monday and the descriptor for Jesus was inspired by the water tank at the local cemetery. Sounds strange, but as I drove by the huge tank, water was overflowing from its top like a waterfall and in that moment I thought how much it reminded me of Jesus - the Water of Life. It was a visual reminder of how his love and grace overflow like a water fall: abundant, overflowing, raining down, way more than enough, unable to be contained - all ways I think of Jesus’ love and grace. It is more than I can possibly imagine and for that I am grateful and humbled. 

Thank you, Water of Life, for raining your love and grace upon me always. 


Day #1209

April 23, 2017 

It is customary that at the end of each Time with the Children during worship I invite them to pray with me, repeating after me the words of the prayer. So when something happened, or more accurately did not happen, on Easter Sunday, I was shocked. What was it? It was that I forgot and didn’t pray with the children. What has become one of the most precious parts of spending time with them was missed…and on EASTER! 

When I realized later in the day that I had forgotten, I just kept saying/lamenting, “I didn’t pray?!” In fact, I said it so many times that my dear husband finally said, “Let it go!”

So when I asked the children this week what we missed doing on Easter, one of them knew exactly what I meant. Almost immediately he said, “We didn’t pray.” 

What a wonderful thing that the children have come to expect prayer each week…and that it was missed! 

Then there was this:

Our Godson’s loss of another tooth is just another reminder that time is passing quickly and he’s growing up. Sigh!!