No, not a sermon this time. I have so wanted to get back to actually blogging instead of just posting sermons and yet life has gotten in the way! I am trying, now that we are back on "normal" fall schedules, to get back into my old routines as well--blogging a couple times a week, posting sermons, and playing the Friday Five with the RevGaBlogPals.
I have spent my summer on the road, more or less. Last fall I reconnected with a friend from high school. This summer she needed some help at the motel/campground she owns in God's Left Pinky, so I have spent three or four days at time in GLP--taking reservations, checking people in and out, running errands in town, etc. I also made some wonderful new friends, and had a lot of fun. However, the days were full and left little spare time, so when I was home in River City, it meant longer days...and then there was Pride in there, and a few weddings, and a trip or two to see my mother, too. And a new relationship. :) (How did I manage that with all that on-the-road time? Good question. Somehow it worked.)
But now the summer is over, kids are back in school, and I am trying to settle into a new routine that will let me do all the things I want to do as well as those I have to do.
I am dreading the US presidential campaign. Although I do not live in the US, we do receive US TV and radio, so we will be hearing it. This is shaping up to be a very nasty campaign, and I am not looking forward to it.
However, on a more frivolous note, I am looking forward to this Saturday--a community group of which I serve as president of the board is having a gala evening, complete with gourmet dinner, a celebrity guest or two, music, and an after-glow party, and I am attending with someone special. So I went shopping this afternoon (something I have not done in a while) and found an outfit I adore, it fits me and it looks good on me. So now I just have to get the sermon done before Saturday!
I am still processing all that I have experienced recently, but several posts are developing in my brain. The nature of choices, choosing to be changed, being open to change, patience, new friends, the experience of reconnecting with someone from your past and realising how differently they experienced events that you shared. Overcoming past pain and preventing it from affecting present happiness. All that and more, coming soon!