Monday, April 30, 2007

Mini Me

Lately my mom has been spending a lot of time scanning my baby pictures to preserve them. The 1970's was not a great time in photo technology, so many of the pictures have already started to yellow and discolor. After scanning them, my mom has been sending them to me in e-mail, which has been great fun. I knew I was a cute kid, but isn't this photo just adorable!!

Who knew this sweet little girl would grow up to be a United Methodist pastor? It is hard to believe that at the time this picture was taken my parents were 26 and 27.... Six years younger than I am now.

I'm blessed with great memories of my childhood. Playing with my stuffed animals, going camping with my parents, tea parties with my friends. Many of those memories are captured in photos. My prayer would be that all children would have such positive experiences to look back on ... and my reminder to you is to preserve those 'old' photos before its too late!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Late to the Playground

I'm late getting to the Friday Five. I'm sure most everyone has already left the playground, but oh well! Here goes anyway:

Friday Five: What are you........

1. Wearing

At the moment I'm wearing a Nike hoodie and blue sweatpants. Today is my day off, so I'm pretty casual. No make-up!

2. Pondering

The meaning of authority. Specifically, what it means to 'take authority' at my ordination.

3. Reading

I'm into a novel at the moment ~ Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland St. To see what else I've been reading, see my link to the left.

4. Dreaming

Ordination, Vacation, Confirmation (lots of things that end in 'ation')

5. Eating

Gary and I just got back from Dairy Queen. Mint Oreo blizzard. Yum!

My New Link

Check out my new 'Books I've Read' link (to the left) and see what I've been reading! My librarian husband introduced me to LibraryThing which allows you to enter books into your own 'library' and see who else has read what you've read. As a way of tracking the books I read, sharing favorite books and getting reading suggestions, I decided to join. Check it out! You might like it too.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Sun is Shining: Friday Five

For the Friday Five Songbird suggests:

Tell us about five people, places, or things that have brought surprising, healing joy into your life.

Healing has certainly been a theme for me this week. Healing from wounds I thought were already healed. Healing from the shock of some recent news. Healing from the realization that sometimes, despite how 'in-control' I think I am, I can't do it on my own.

So, for my Friday Five, I am going to talk about healing joy that I have experienced this week:

1. Garlic Bread Sticks, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Pasta with Chicken and Mushrooms. (Yes, all from Olive Garden.) Good food that my husband brought home to tempt me to eat when I wasn't feeling hungry.

2. A New Blue Jacket. Just looking forward to wearing it for the first time motivated me to get out of bed. It made an otherwise difficult day a little bit special.

3. An unexpected call from a good friend. (Thanks, Linda!) She said she had been thinking of me. I guess the Holy Spirit does work in unexpected ways.

4. Sore calf muscles. The aches in my legs reminded me of the hike my husband I took the day before the big storm. While Case Mountain really isn't a mountain, we could see the Hartford skyline on that clear day.

5. The giggles. Funny how, even when you both are dealing with difficult things, good friends can still laugh together over the silliest things. (Good luck at the Ultimate Frisbee Tournament Stephanie!)

Healing does not come all at once. In fact, we are probably all on our own journeys of healing, whether we realize it or not. Yet, I think it is the joy that comes in the midst of healing that makes healing possible at all.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Following the Storm

In case you haven't heard, New England was hit by a major Nor'easter last weekend. The effects of the storm still linger as it continues to drizzle cold rain from the sky. We haven't seen the sun since Saturday.

All this seems very appropriate to me as I have been hit with a storm of sorts myself. Most of what I have been dealing with over the past days is unbloggable. Yet, as the sky lightens and the downpours cease, I do feel my own life coming back together in bits and pieces (peaces, too).

I hold fast to the hope found in our lectionary reading from Psalm 30:

Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes in the morning.......
You have turned my mourning into dancing.

My prayers go out to the families, friends and students of Virginia Tech and all people who struggle with tragedy, loss, fear and despair. For now I follow the storm, watching the horizon in hopes that I may catch a glimpse of the sun.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Resurrection Sunday

Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed....

Even if the Easter lilies didn't open!

The Light Shines in the Darkness...

Here is what we did at the Contemporary Worship service...

As a witness to the risen Christ, we placed lit tea lights at the foot of the cross. It was beautiful....

Still no blooms on the Easter lilies, though!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Joy Comes in the Morning

Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Happy Palm Sunday! Today was one of our four annual "One Service Sundays," meaning that we had one combined service at 10:00, instead of our regular 8:00, 9:45 and 11:30 services. It was wonderful to have the whole church community together at one service. And for me, it meant that I could sleep until 7:30 and get home by 11:45. Wow!

The funeral I officiated at yesterday was a joyous celebration of life. All turned out well and the family was very understanding about the change in clergy. After the service, burial and reception I was pretty exhausted. I decided to go home and just relax, which was nice. Gary and I got to spend some much needed time together after all. (Amen!)

As for the cinnamon french toast, I'm still waiting.... maybe next weekend. But we did go to Denny's for brunch today after church. The French Toast Slam was pretty good.... It wasn't a substitute for the cinnamon french toast, but it will hold me over.

Blessings to all in this journey through Holy Week. And may you meet Jesus at the cross so you may truly celebrate the joy that comes in the morning...