And now back to your regularly scheduled programming…
- Communication– Seriously. Good lines of communication between husband and wife. Open communication with loved ones. Honest communication about even hard stuff with even new friends. Love it.
- The Sermon Doctor– This is my new name for my friend, Jay. Another friend, Tici, was my regular sermon listener when I was in the parish. I like to run sermons by someone and get feedback before I stand in a pulpit and deliver them. One week she was in Chicago working on her D.Min. in preaching and she said a friend of hers wanted to listen instead of her. I didn’t know what I thought about reading a rough draft to a stranger, especially a likely gifted preacher, but… I gave it a whirl. And WOW, what outstanding feedback he gave. I ended up with several sermon listeners, but I always knew I could count on him for honest and incisive feedback that invariably made my sermons better or helped me feel better about sermons that he thought didn’t need tweaking. Jay and I haven’t had much cause to speak as I haven’t preached much in the last year, though we have had some good long catch-up calls, or at least one such call! But he called this morning… and listened to what was then quite a weak sermon. And pinpointed the primary issue immediately, in a way that didn’t hurt, but made a lot of sense, and I was able to make significant revisions (though no major overhaul was needed- phew) and I feel SO much better about the sermon I will preach for a people I’ve never met tomorrow. Yup, love the sermon doctor!
- The Zoo in our New City– I love it and I love the fact that I realized in my anxiety on Monday what I needed more than three hours of intensive study was a walk outside with people I love. We had never been there before, and we didn’t see everything there is to see. It is a beautiful place to walk. We’ll be back for sure.
- When Things Just Work Out- See below. Truly, I could not have been tested on better passages. Love it. But also… being able to schedule my German exam for near the end of the week my mom was able to visit (and ALL the help she was in this last week of study!)… and also… my first time preaching in forever… a unity text?! Really? And this is my primary area of academic interest! And the next time I’m preaching? TRINITY SUNDAY! One of my favorite Sundays to preach in any given year (yes, I am a theology nerd!) And I have a minimally contextual Trinity Sunday sermon that I really like… so… it might be revisited!
- Eating Produce from our Garden- Spinach and Lettuce, earlier this week, and again tonight, I think! How satisfying!
- Watching my Daughter Play with Another Baby– Caroline has a friend (and so does mommy!) And is utterly delightful to watch these two play together. When they first got together they were all on open mouth kissing each other. So. cute. And I feel like she’s learning from this friend who’s almost exactly a month older than her. It seems her vocalizations increase within hours of being in her company! Love it!
- Surprising Belly Laughs– I was reading O magazine while nursing Caroline the other day and came upon an article written by a dad that started off interesting enough (he was talking about this being the dark age of fatherhood because there are no norms or clear expectations anymore- his share in parenting is considered neanderthal by some and incredibly modern and generous by others- and it is FAR from the role his father played in his life), but all of a sudden got REALLY funny. I laughed HARD. I had a sense from the beginning, from the tone of the article, that it would be amusing, but I had no idea it would be THAT funny. It had been a bit of a low day and this pulled me up and out. Love it!
I really think I should do this every day. There are so many that came to me through the week that I could not think of now. Hmm… maybe I will. Maybe at least three things a day, seven on saturdays. Or… maybe… 1 on Sunday, 2 on Monday… hmm… I know this is just another way of keeping a gratitude journal, but… whatever. It helps the spirits. It gets me blogging. I’m glad to do it! In fact, I LOVE IT. Hey, there’s 8!