Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
‘ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today.
We are working very hard around here at finding the joy despite the
seemingly neverending rain, so I thought I would make a list of a few joyful things in my life today.
First, I have more yarn than I know what to do with, although less than some famous stashers. At the moment I have three projects on the needles: a baby-sized Prayer Shawl for Small Church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry, which we are hoping to expand to include addicted infants being treated at the local hospital; a shawl for The Princess made with the yarn I purchased in New Orleans in January; and a pair of socks using the eight-stitch basket weave pattern in Sensational Knitted Socks and some really pretty KnitPicks Essential Sock Yarn in Cocoa.
Second, I saw two wonderful movies yesterday. In the afternoon, the kids and I went to see “A Prairie Home Companion.” It’s only playing at one theatre in the area, with about 130 seats available, and the theatre was packed with people who were, well, let’s just say The Princess leaned over and whispered, “Everyone here is really old, Mom.” The music was wonderful, the plot eccentric, the theology intriguing and the jokes by the cowboys exceptionally bad and hilarious. Later, #1 Son and I watched “Capote,” with its brilliant performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. I guess now we will have to read “In Cold Blood.” That will add another book to my summer reading list, which you may find in the sidebar. Book #1 was disappointing, but the next book is great.
Which brings me to the third joy: “Leaving Church,” by Barbara Brown Taylor. Clergy friends, if you don’t have it yet, get a copy. And then let’s all talk about it.
Fourth, we are planning what I hope will be a wonderful and exciting trip to England and Scotland in August. I spent time today booking accomodations. It’s beginning to feel real! #1 Son will be performing at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and we will have a chance to see him in the play, meet Kathryn and, I hope, Sally, and visit some places I have always wanted to see but did not on my other trips to the U.K.
Fifthly, #2 Son received some exciting news. Remember the day his clarinet failed him? I guess his sang froid impressed Dr. Conductor, and his playing must have, too. When the letter came confirming his place in City By the Sea Youth Wind Ensemble, it also announced that he had been chosen as a member of City By the Sea Youth Symphony Orchestra. We had to read the letter about four times to believe it. Only two clarinets from CBtSYWE are chosen for CBtSYSO, the principal and the first runner-up (whatever that may be called). To go from being the 4th chair 2nd Clarinet to a 1st Clarinet is hugely exciting for #2 Son!! Also a little scary.
And finally, tomorrow is a big day at Small Church. Two women who have just begun a ministry to the homeless in City By the Sea are coming to preach and talk to us about becoming their sponsoring church. It has been my prayer that Small Church might find some further local outreach that people would really feel called to support, lots of people and not just the usual few. Nine lay leaders met with the two women recently and all felt the tingle and the pull that I had felt upon first meeting them. Now we’ll see how the rest of the church feels!
I, meanwhile, will be covering for Rev Fun and preaching in the afternoon for his folks. My sermon is written and my Power Point prepared, so I will not need to participate in the Saturday Night Preacher’s Club this week. Phew!
I can’t be contented with yesterday’s glory
I can’t live on promises winter to spring
Today is my moment, now is my story
I’ll laugh and I’ll cry and I’ll sing.