I pigged out on meat at lunch. I never do that. Why did I do that today? I’m a “flexitarian,” as House-to-House pub calls vegetarians who like their sausage now and again. (The spiritual point was negative.) Still lunch was unusual for me. Haven’t figured that out yet.
• The Maiden has gone over the holidays with a group to a Christian retreat. We’re getting a feel for what it’s going to be like before long, when she leaves for work, school, life.
• I love this passage, used it this morning for the communion meditation:
18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. Isaiah 43:18-21 NIV
Want to take a shot at how I connected it to the Lord’s supper?
• Don’t tell anybody, but I have on one of my Twitter accounts a Catholic who posted today’s liturgy (English version here). Out of curiosity, I clicked on it, saw this passage, and thought it a good one to use. So while I read this passage this morning in the church, it was also being read to thousands of the pope’s followers.
• The speakers this morning and this evening were both good, as they usually are. We don’t have a single preacher in either congregation. The men rotate in the pulpit. What we may lack in continuity of thought (not a lack of continuity of doctrine; we speak the same thing), we gain in richness of each man’s perspective.
• Some outside interference has been thwarted for now. Amazing how some authoritarians want to show up and run the show. Our people here have the spirit of cooperation. We pray it may always be so.