Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Isaac and ricci moved

The boy and his wife (and 2 dogs) have moved from their home of the last 3 years on Ellis Rd into a new house. They are actually further into Stone Mountain than they were before, but it's a much nice house and nicer location too. They are house-sitting for some other people for a year. We drove by it on our last visit and it's pretty nice. The Ellis Rd house was very cozy and served it's purpose well, but this one will be a good move upward. It has a garage and a lot more room. I believe last night was the first night they slept there.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Liturgy of the ordinary - a brief review

I recently finished Tish Harrison Warren's splendid little book "Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life." I discovered this book through the Renovare book club, and I really enjoyed it. The best description is actually right from the back cover:
"In overlooked moments and routines, we can become aware of God's presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred?

Each chapter in this book looks at something that the author does during the day - making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys, [etc.]. Life is viewed through the lens of liturgy - small practices and habits that form us. Drawing from the diversity of her life as campus minister, Anglican priest, friend, wife, and mother, Tish Harrison Warren opens up a practical theology of the everyday. Each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship. Come and discover the holiness of your every day."

To offer a fair critique of the book I should point out that this is not heavy reading. It's light and joyful with humor sprinkled throughout. It is not an academic book and it's not about 'the church,' but if one allows, it can open up for you fresh encounters with the Spirit in the very heart of your soul.

I think this would be a good book to read with a group - whether that be a small group of friends, a Sunday School class, or whatever. There are both study questions and "Suggested Practices" for each chapter. I honestly wasn't overly fond of some of the questions, but I like the idea nonetheless. If I were a pastor I might use this book for a study, or maybe even a preaching tool.

As you may know, I don't really like to "recommend" books or movies. I don't know enough to know if something is truly good or not, but I really liked the book. It may even be one of those that I re-visit from time to time. It makes me smile when I think about it. :)

My favorite chapter was probably #3. The title and subtitle are: "Brushing Teeth: Standing, Kneeling, Bowing, and Living in a Body." It's on the importance of embodied holiness. Faith and worship are not just things done in the mind, but God has given us bodies, and it's important that we use our bodies to worship and enjoy God and His creation - as opposed to worshiping or neglecting our bodies.

So, from the peanut butter and jelly on the cover, to the rhythms suggested, I liked not only the contrast of earthy to spiritual, but the connection between them as well.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Haircut and jane visits home

I gave myself another haircut yesterday. I just used the #2 on my head and the #1 on my face. It's a pain doing it, but it always feels nice to have nicely trimmed hair. Though if I were able I would still grow it down to my butt.

Also, since I had to work Saturday, Jane went back home and visited my parents again. I'm so glad she doesn't mind doing it. I think it helps my mom out a lot. Carrie also went and took the kiddles along. Sounds like they had a fun time.

Other than that, there's not a lot going on. I guess I missed church Sunday. I rarely miss. Apparently I forgot to set my alarm and I didn't wake up until after TEN O'CLOCK!!! That's what I get for staying up late Saturday night and watching stupid movies. I don't even remember the movie, but then I started watching the old TV show "Twin Peaks". It's kind of stupidly funny. Anyway, I felt bad about not going to church. Not because I feel guilty for missing, but I LIKE attending our worship gatherings. I miss the people, and I think it does me good. But, such is life. Apparently I needed sleep even more this week.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Short day

Now that I am working Saturdays more regularly I need to take a "short day" during the week. We aren't allowed overtime, so if we work the 5 hours on Saturday, that means there is one day during the week where we only need to work 3 hours. Today is that day for me.

I also "get to" go in and work the last 3 hours, instead of opening and being done after 3. That was my choice. I would much rather have the morning off and just work 2:30-5:30 than work 9:30 am to 12:30. I like being able to get up slowly and ease into the day. That's what I did today.

I intended to go watch the granddaughter practice baseball, but didn't get out of bed in time. So instead I just read through news and articles online. Then I meditated for awhile (and fell asleep). After that I did a 45-minute run on the treadmill. I like being able to start my day like that. It reminds me of the summer I was on sabbatical.

Now I need to head off to work. I will spend an hour on the road to work 3 hours. But I don't mind. If I could afford it I could handle working 3 hours every day. :)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekend, ribfest, fathers day, and so forth

Well, here it is Monday again. This seemed like a long weekend for some reason - what with having two whole days off and everything. I am fairly wiped out today though.

I suppose part of the length can be attributed to Fort Wayne's Ribfest @ Headwaters Park. It has always been my favorite of all the festivals. This year I think I am taking away that designation though. The music has taken a real downturn in recent years. The bands no longer seem to be all blues oriented, and the sound quality is just atrocious. I actually sent them a message the other night. It is simply way too loud for the quality of system they are running it through. I've no problem with loud music - I even LIKE IT when you can feel it in your chest - but this is all high end noise, so it just grates between your eardrums. I think it's the company they use, because I've heard plenty of concerts at Headwaters and they are not all like that.

At any rate, we went to Ribfest both Thursday night and pretty much most of the day yesterday. Thursday we paid too much for pulled pork sandwiches for supper and then stayed and listened to music for as long as we could stand it. Sunday we went for lunch right after church, and ended up eating supper as well. The weather was nice and it didn't seem like the music was as loud at first. The Feipel five showed up in the afternoon, and then some friends joined us in the evening. We didn't plan to stay for 7 hours, it just sort of happened. I even had to borrow some money from the daughter at one point. So we were pretty well spend by the time we got home last night and went to bed at 9:30.

Friday night we went out to eat at the newly opened 07 Pub (2nd time) and then just went home. Saturday we did the usual trek to the downtown library to listen to free live music. It rained on us briefly but we just took shelter under a tree for a bit and then it turned into a beautiful evening.

Sunday we gathered for worship and bible study. Jane is in the women's study and I am in the "open" study - both before the worship gathering. There aren't very many in my class. Usually the pastor teaches it, but he was leading singing yesterday so they had the new intern lead it. James is from England. He and his wife and 10-month old are in the States for the first time for the 5-week internship. They seem like a really nice couple. He also preached during the worship gathering. On another note, Jane was asked if she would be part of the group to alternate doing the prayer time on Sunday mornings. I think she will be good at it. To be honest though... I kind of felt a little left out that I wasn't asked. It's not a big thing, and I really don't mind, but sometimes I feel like maybe all the negative voices are right about me and I really can't do anything church-wise anymore; maybe I am crazy after all. I don't know. I'm trying not to think about it. I probably wanted to be asked more than I really want to do it anyway.

Father's Day is always an odd day for me. My dad and I have never had a very good relationship. It's awkward for me as well. But, I appreciated the bottle of Monkey Shoulder scotch Jane got me. It was nice seeing the Feipel's Saturday and Sunday. Son Isaac called late Sunday night as well. I feel blessed.

All in all it was a pretty good weekend. It's the first Father's Day weekend in a long time that I haven't run a race though. I wish I were running. I miss it. It just seems like so much work anymore. I do the treadmill from time to time. I wish I could get motivated to run outside again. I haven't done so one time this year - and it's almost July!

Well, it looks like a storm is rolling in as I type this. Better buckle down the hatches, or however the saying goes. Until later...