I’ve been gone for a season, but I’m glad to be back. It seems like a long time, but I was glad for the break from weekly posting. My fingers haven’t been idle, though.
Here are a few of the things that kept my mind and fingers busy:
A good garden was planted, tended, and most of it is harvested.
A five session study booklet on the topic of the many different ways Mennonites celebrate Communion has been conceived and developed. Yesterday, after a twelve hour day at my laptop, I mailed out the draft to a response group. I feel a little like having given birth.
I swam in the river as often as I could. Loved it! But now it’s too cold. last weekend the water was 15 Celsius. Even toes hurt after about a minute in the water.
I’ve listened to the wind in the trees and the birds in the sky. Two weeks ago, gardening was accompanied by Sandhill Cranes overhead. Last weekend the Canada Geese held centre stage. In the evening, as they settled on the river, some coyotes added their song.
Soon the geese will be gone.
I enjoyed friends and family, a lot. I’m glad they don’t migrate.
And I’m glad for the rhythmns of fall and the chances to reconnect more deeply with my church family again.
I’m leading a 3-5 year old group of kids during a Thursday morning Mom’s program for the third year. The oldest kids from last year are gone and in grade one, and the group mood is totally transformed. No more crafts for now.
I’ve started teaching the 3-4 year old class in Sunday school as well. It’s a blast. they love the new Shine Curriculum sessions, and so do I. It a lively group and I’m also extra glad for a Sunday afternoon nap.
These little ones are my new favourite age. Bigger issues of post modernism, post- denominationalism and post-Christendom fade away when we live into the good news together that God is our shepherd, he knows us each by name, and he gives us everything we need.
Even if you don’t get to enjoy worshipping with these precious little ones, I hope you can claim and enjoy that good news, too.
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