Friday, November 30, 2012

Fun Friday Five

I havent blogged in what seems like forever so I thought I would join in with the fun of today's Friday Five! A little something to brighten my reader's day. Besides that Im not feeling the greatest today....think I caught the flu bug! Its miserable...chills, fever (currently at 100) and the works! ICKY!!!

These Friday Five questions courtesy of Friday 5:

If you suddenly received a ton of money and could open up some kind of store or service just for the pleasure of having it (assume it wouldn’t have to be too financially successful!), what would it be? Ive always wanted to have my own publishing company!

What service or store that no longer exists do you miss most? Hmmm thats a hard one. I would have to say the Quiznos that closed near my apartment!

What local business do you think you could make better if you were to take it over? Thats a hard one..Walmart I guess if I had to say something.

And if you don’t mind sharing, what changes would you make? I would not make their employees work on Thanksgiving, and would try to get it back to Sam Waltons original view for it.

What spot nearby seems to be impossible for businesses to survive in? Downtown Fargo is awesome and has awesome shops. But it doesnt have the best parking so if there was more and better parking, I think more businesses could survive there.

We’ve all seen stores that combined books and records, beer and laundry, or coffee and whatever. One of my favorite places to get coffee in Honolulu is a cafe and florist, and there is a car garage that’s also a diner in a town nearby. What would be a cool hybrid of two disparate ideas for somewhere you’d like to hang out? Hmmm this is a fun one. It reminds me of an idea some friends had at seminary. They were going to create a pasta/spaghetti restaurant and then have the top be there apartment or a bookstore or something if I remember right. I love the idea of a bookstore and a restaurant together!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Community in the Midst of Sorrow

Our faith community is hurting! And as we are hurting, we are also remembering our own losses! We cannot not remember the other losses: the losses in our own life!

Earlier this week a dad (a member of our church) passed away unexpectedly leaving behind his wife and three children: a 7th Grader, a 4th Grader and a 2nd Grader! My heart hurts for this family!

And yet in the midst of this tragedy, I have seen God in work through our family of faith! Things as simple as bringing them toilet paper and other paper products, bringing them food and simply wrapping them in love and prayer! (I hope they are feeling this love and prayer!)

I keep coming back to the Romans text where it says: "Whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lords!" So true but it is hard to trust in that promise when hurting so deeply!

More often than not, a hand on the shoulder or a shoulder to cry on is all we need to know that we are surrounded by love and community! There is something incredibly beautiful about a community founded on our own faith and God's love for us! So for now, the best thing we can do is be community; holding each other in the midst of pain and sorrow!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

An Underground Spring...

We celebrate All Saints Sunday on Sunday. On that day we remember all the saints that have passed away over the past year. However there are saints in our life who have already gone before us and those who are still among us. One of my favorite seminary professors posted a quote this morning on his FaceBook account from Frederick Buechner's book "Now and Then." (I haven't read that book yet so I had to ask the professor which of Buechner's books it comes from. I will be reading this in the near future) The quote reads "More than anything else, to be a saint is to know joy, not happiness that comes & goes, but joy always there like an underground spring."

I love the image that this quote conjures up. For me it immediately reminds me of my mama...this wonderful woman of God who has lived most of my life with a mental illness. She is one of the most gracious people I know. I am not saying that she never gets sad because she does. She misses my sister and I and wishes we could visit more. I wish we could too. She misses her parents who have passed away. She mourned the loss of her marriage and our family when her and my dad divorced. Yet even through all these trials, she, more often, than not exudes joy! At our recent synod gathering, we were talking about joy and happiness etc. I used my mom as an example. Pure joy was seeing her face when my sister and I walked into her room at the nursing home/assisted living facility. Joy in my mom is like that underground spring always ready to burst forth. May we too be more full of joy like that underground spring springing forth for all to see. Thank you mama for showing me what that underground spring looks like!

So I will close again with the words of Buechner,"More than anything else, to be a saint is to know joy, not happiness that comes & goes, but joy always there like an underground spring."