Friday, December 23, 2011

How I Know I Am In The South...

I am still exhausted from the semester. I flew across the country, with an unexpectedly long delay in Phoenix (we were held in order to avoid stranding some folks from Denver whose flight had been delayed significantly by snow... after experiences I have had in the past, I totally support this). I met a couple of very nice folks who were also going through to RDU from SFO via PHX on the flight; I love the random assemblage of people who can end up on a plane: a lawyer from Michigan, a web designer who works at Stanford but who is from Indiana and whose parents settled in North Carolina, a nice young visual effects artist from Greensboro, an absolutely fine guy from Durham who works in solar panel engineering... and me. Seminary student. Dirty old man. Minister-in-training.

Oh how I love the LORD!

Anyway, here's how I know I am back in the South: today my mom and I went to lunch before picking my dad up at the nursing home; I took my cup to the drink-machine. Saw the "tea" container. Wondered... would it be real, traditional, Southern sweet tea if not labeled as such?

Yes, oh yes it was.

It was beautiful and tasty and I could feel my waist expanding as I drank it. And of course I refilled just before leaving. Jesus loves me, this I know. Amen!

Monday, December 19, 2011

It Was What It Was. And It Was.

Friday 12/16/2011. 412PM. Last paper submitted. Semester over.
Όλα επαίνους προς Θεό. Γίνεται!

Due to how the fares were lined up when I booked my ticket, I am still here for a few more days. I think that's a divine thing... I have time to rest, to watch a shit-load of stuff on my TiVo, and to just enjoy being. I could write more, and probably will, but for now? Coffee, morning news, and leftover cake from last night's closing Advent service at school. Wow, simply wow. What Meredith, Jason, and Kelly have managed to do with <awaken> is truly beautiful. I was so honored to be asked to light the final Advent candle and say a few words about what peace means to me. Just beautiful stuff, it was. And that song which they used to frame the entire set of services... The World Stood Still by a Christian folk-rock group from SoCal named Future of Forestry. (Yes, the name of the band is from the C.S. Lewis poem.)... wow. Gonna definitely download that song when/if I get that iTunes gift certificate from my mom for Christmas.

All in all, life isn't so bad.

Time for my mid-morning nap!