(Now, let’s not get carried away about the fact I’ve blogged for the first time in seven months.)
My Sunday School class has been discussing the lectionary texts during this Advent season and yesterday we turned our attention to Mary’s song in Luke. Mary’s song, or the Magnificat as it is called is found in chapter one of Luke as Mary visits with her pregnant cousin, Elizabeth.
So at the end of Sunday School the class re-wrote the Magnificat in their own words for our own time period and context- note: Oval Office. (I had to run out during this time to help the youth and children practice lighting the Advent candle, so the first time I read it was this morning as it was on my desk).
Today, it’s my prayer with them…Barbara Brown Taylor calls it “singing ahead of time.”
I feel the Lord inside myself multiplied 100 million times and I’m pretty excited about it. S/he has blessed me and everyone is going to know about it. God has really looked out for me even though I don’t deserve it and I’m not really sure I want to do this. Praise God for what God has done forever and God is in charge no matter what place in society one has. God changes the power from the Oval Office to the people working minimum wage. God has given those in need the power to remind those in worldly power of their humanity. God is the great equalizer. God is keeping the promises made to our ancestors and to us.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. I just can’t seem to find the time to write. I suppose I’ll never find the time to write unless I just do it though.
But it’s Tuesday and for what it’s worth, here are 5 things that I love…
1. My sister. Lara’s graduating on Friday from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in Social Work. How could I not be excited to go and celebrate with her from Thursday to Sunday? We’re hoping to take a better picture than this one to the right. We were soaking wet from a rainy ghost tour in Wilmington in 2008!
2. The Pastor, by Eugene Peterson. My pal Katie told me to read it because it’s like someone wrote about your life. She was right. I put it up there with This Odd and Wondrous Calling.
3. Farmers’ Market open again! My joy was made complete Saturday morning as the friends and I headed over to Mt Pleasant for the opening day of the farmers’ market. There were heaps of asparagus. The fresh bread smell was floating along and calling people into the market. We also bought bacon for brunch. Then, we feasted on a farmers’ market brunch. Is it Saturday yet?
4. Hebrew Bible. Well yes, I love it general. That is thanks in part (in most) to my wonderful Hebrew Scriptures professor Dr. Ngan, but also I love story. We are about to begin a new Sunday School series on Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah and Jacob, Leah and Rachel called Dynasty. I’m so excited I could pop. I can’t wait to spend hours each week delving into commentary on these all-too-familiar stories, which have more depth than we’ll ever know.
5. Waffle House. I had never been until two months ago. How did I miss out on this my whole life?
1. Goooooood morning Spring! Finally, Spring has sprung in your nation’s capital. Our beautiful cherry blossoms were in bloom before it was really nice out, but now the weather has caught up with them and I celebrate. The light rain this morning smelled of spring and the flowers got caught up in the breeze.
2. Lewis Fellows. I’ve written about these colleagues before, but last week we gathered one last time. It’s hard to believe this was our last meeting and that we’ve been together for almost a year. We have laughed and cried together and talked late into the night over beer about the future of the church and what part we might play in that. I’m so deeply thankful for these 16. We already have reunion tour 2012 planned! (Everyone hates this picture, but it’s the only one we have. Yes, I ruined the photo opp in Miami).
3. Spa World. I recently made my first trip to SpaWorld. BooP told me that it would be life-changing and he was right. My friend Kate recently wrote about her experience on Fidelia’s Sisters. Check it out!
4. Keeping the Feast. I’m reading this fantastic memoir right now about a journalist couple who suffered great tragedy and eventually ended up back in Rome. Healing from their trauma, all the writer could really do was cook and visit a little church near her home on the way back from the market. I love the story of sitting around the table bringing healing. Eucharist, anyone?
5. Spinach and Shrimp risotto. Speaking of good food, I enjoyed this little treat for dinner last night. But we substituted Parmesan for goat cheese and vegetable stock for chicken stock as I am currently vegetarian during Lent. We also threw in some mushrooms because…you can’t go wrong with mushrooms. I can’t wait to eat my leftovers in a little bit!
Last night it rained and then it poured. Figuratively, of course. We only received a little drizzle mixed with some sleet and freezing rain. I could hear the sleet popping off the windows as I sat on my couch completely overwhelmed with life.
In 30 minutes, life poured on me. Nothing that isn’t manageable and nothing that we don’t all have to deal with, but it poured. And I wasn’t prepared. For all of you clergy pals out there, let’s just say the annual taxes owed were a bit higher than I was expecting. As I was opening them, I received some sad news and while I was on the phone receiving that news, a call beeped through saying the hotel room for my sister’s graduation had been canceled because they overbooked. It poured.
The amusing part of all of this is that while I was picking my jaw up off the ground from the taxes and wiping my tears from the sad news and re-booking a hotel room for May my dog Moses, just home from the vet from his neutering was licking his stitches incessantly. They told me he wouldn’t need a cone because he hadn’t licked at all. Classic. Moses and I got back in the car as rain drizzled down the windshield and I held him down so as not to rupture his wounds. It poured.
But then, my person called. If you don’t know what a “person” is, check out this clip from Grey’s Anatomy. She was just checking in with me in life as we do often for our famous “in town chats.” I told her about my previous 30 minutes as my earpiece clicked in and out because of the weather. She asked, already knowing the answer if I needed anything. I said I just needed to go home and get some stuff together and make my dog look like a conehead. She agreed, knowing me well enough to know that if I really needed something, I would ask.
Moses the now conehead and I were sitting on the couch around 9pm watching some mindless television when my person called to tell me to come out front. There she stood with her dog and a box of Fruity Pebbles, my all-time favorite cereal. She said, “I’m your person. This is what I do.”
This morning, I poured a bowl of Fruity Pebbles and let the milk soak in to those sugar-coated pebbles. As I sat there, conehead beside me, I thought about the gesture of bringing Fruity Pebbles to me in the rain. She’s right, she’s my person– that’s what she does. It’s not pouring today. I’m thankful.
Christine Sine’s entire blog and lenten series is worth much of your time. She is an excellent writer and I love starting my day with her blog, Godspace.
by Christine Sine
We have chosen to fast
Not with ashes but with actions
Not with sackcloth but in sharing
Not in thoughts but in deeds
We will give up our abundance
To share our food with the hungry
We will give up our comfort
To provide homes for the destitute
We will give up our fashions
To see the naked clothed
We will share where others hoard
We will free where others oppress
We will heal where others harm
Then God’s light will break out on us
God’s healing will quickly appear
God will guide us always
God’s righteousness will go before us
We will find our joy in the Lord
We will be like a well watered garden
We will be called repairers of broken walls
Together we will feast at God’s banquet table
1. Lent. IT IS FINALLY HERE. I love the solemnity. I love giving people permission to grieve. Our culture doesn’t do that too often and it is a deep sign of sadness. Lent is here and it is time to turn inward and outward with patience and thought. Also, I would like to put it out there that I’m tired of people being annoyed at what other people give up for Lent. It’s the idea of giving something up- it is a marking stone on our path each day as we pause to remember. So, who cares if it is chocolate, caffeine, the radio or facebook? What matters is that we pause and remember.
2. Vacation. I have the travel bug again. Where will the next trip be to? Stay tuned.
3. Birthdays. Mine was two weeks ago and I celebrated the big 2-9. It was a perfect day with all the ones I love around me.
4. Sushi. This is a new found love in my life. For so long I just couldn’t take the plunge, but recently someone encouraged me and it’s been an obsession since then. I had the perfect peanut-avocado roll the other day. Sigh…
5. Sex Series over at The Young Clergy Women Project. Finally, a group of female clergy who are writing about sexuality, theology and life. I find the approach refreshing and I am so proud to be a part of this organization.