Sunday, December 28, 2008
Our bizarre weather in Chicago has preempted some of the news of the governor of Illinois and his travails. From record cold temperatures and snow to tornado warnings and 60 degree weather with flooding, things are pretty goofy here. It's been a good few days to stay in, when church life doesn't call.
It's been a wonderful few days, with services that couldn't have gone better (a 5:00 p.m. family service that was raucous and joyful and filled with children and their families and an 11:00 p.m that was moving to the point of tears, thanks to a brilliant young musician who partnered with me for a homily that interspersed thoughts about making a home for God in our hearts with the Christmas hymn, "In the Bleak Midwinter.")
Today, DH preached, I assisted, we had more glorious music and very thankful hearts for the gifts of young musicians home from college who were willing to share their gifts.
Now DH, FBC and SBC are off to southern Illinois to visit with grandparents, cousins and their four dogs. I'm going to stay here to celebrate a pillar of the church who passed away last week. Her service is on Tuesday, and afterwards, I'm going to hop on a train and head to the city, hop on another train (thanks, Amtrak!)and meet up with my family for two days of board games and storytelling.
The dog and I are having a lovely, quiet afternoon at home. I'm making lists, slowly putting away some of the Christmas decorations, rearranging some books and making plans for the new year. The sky is clear and blue, the air is crisp
Hope you're doing well.