Monday, March 2, 2009

Monday, Monday



It was an action-packed weekend. Chaperoning the dance turned out to be a startling, yet fun evening. I was an excellent coat checker and refreshment refresher, but it was a little bit harrowing to wander around the actual dance. A thousand kids in a gym with music that made our insides vibrate was nearly as daunting as the gyrations of the masses. I've been living in a bubble... Our SBC reports that we were not at all embarrassing. I think we've fulfilled our obligation for the duration of his high school career.

Worship yesterday was a quiet beginning to Lent. Our wonderful organist played subdued music throughout the service, reminding us all again of the profound influence the music and the musicians have upon the entire worship experience.

I spent the early part of the afternoon with our More Mature Members group, out to brunch and am pleased to report that I made healthy choices therein. I made hospital calls and bought healthy snacks at my favorite grocery, Trader Joe's. In the evening, we had an evening educational program on addictions and resources to help individuals and families find help.

Overnight we had a small snowfall and today's day office promises some fabric shopping and more preparations for my dad's arrival.

So, with thoughts from the weekend swirling in my head and looking at the texts for next Sunday's lectionary, I'm pondering God's covenant with Abraham and Sarah, how congregations reach out to people living with addictions, and whether or not we should paint the upstairs bathroom the same color or change things up. So many decisions are made in crisis or at the point of transition. I find that's true in my own life. How interesting it would be to experiment with that a bit in Lent, and seek help or wholeness because it's a free choice, unaffected by an ultimatum or a catastrophe.

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7 comments:

mompriest said...

One of the foundations of a good recovery program for addiction is an active Spiritual life. I did some research on this while at Loyola's school of Social Work and while working at Evanston Hospital's rehab center (before it moved to Highland Park)...anyway...

sounds like some wonderful things to ponder...

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

How interesting it would be to experiment with that a bit in Lent, and seek help or wholeness because it's a free choice, unaffected by an ultimatum or a catastrophe.

That is an interesting thought.

Diane said...

hmmm.. didn't take my comment

just wanted to say, I thimk the same as Ruth....

that was what struck me.

Jan said...

I agree with Ruth and Diane. Something to ponder.

A little snow--how long will it last?

I applaud you for chaperoning along with everything else you do.

Rev SS said...

" ... and seek help or wholeness because it's a free choice, unaffected by an ultiimatum or catastrophe" great thought to ponder

Barbara B. said...

I'm glad you were a skilled refreshment refresher :)

Katherine E. said...

I love your reflections, Jennifer.

(That dance must've been a hoot! Did your hearing suffer a bit for a while afterwards?)