Tonight I have been busy – not much time to spend in front of the computer. Worship practice and then coffee with a friend and a good long chat.
I have been reading Blue Like Jazz again – I picked up a few copies so I could give some away. As the book opens Donald Millar says in his first paragraph;
“I am early in my story, but I believe I will stretch out into eternity, and in heaven I will reflect upon these early days, these days when it seemed God was down a dirt road, walking toward me. Years ago he was a swinging speck in the distance; now He is close enough I can hear His singing. Soon I will see the lines on His face.”
It just occured to me that “close enough to hear His singing” is already a sweet place to be. And as He gets closer how much better it will become still.
Maybe friendship and a good chat is a small preview of heaven too.
Jordan Cooper has linked to a very interesting and imformative article on women in top positions in the workplace. Read it here.
Now, I’ve got to run back to the business I partially own. It gives me the luxury of running home at noon to eat leftovers – just a five minute drive from home. The down side is that if I’m not working, my staff, who need to work to live, end up shorted on their income. And expenses go on and on. So sometimes work becomes a slave.
Randall reflects in his blog on what pastoring us has been like over the past six years. What he says is pretty much true.
One of the things I was reflecting on this morning were the following verses from Hebrews 12. I think this is also true of the work he has done – he has led us a lot by example.
Hebrews 12: 12 and 13
“So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong.” (NLT)
Last night as our group of women met, one of the things we discussed was our need to live our faith in such a way as our children will see it and will see the power of God working in us. We were looking at the way the ressurection changed the lives of the disciples – they never went back to unbelief that Jesus was the Son of God after seeing the ressurected Christ. They went on to change the world and so here we are. I like those couple of chapters in Hebrews where we are reminded of how we follow each other on this path of faith – a great cloud of witnesses has preceded us. And it reminds me of how I also want to be part of this succession to those coming long following me.
This afternoon, I spent a good part of the time sitting in my office chair – it’s a big old recliner, not a work chair – reading. The CD player was on and I listened to U2, a Worship Together disc and Joshua Bell’s Gershwin Fantasy. In the living room are three sleepers – Dave, Annette and Kieran, our grandson. This is the way I love Sunday afternoon’s to be. Lots of good reading time, cozy and quiet. And I was commenting to Leo that it feels good to have our kids home under our roof. Its one of the nicest things about having them return to worship with us – besides the faith which is coming to life in them – these Sunday dinners together and then a quiet lazy afternoon.