If you take a peek over at Randall’s site, you will get a look at what we were doing early this morning. It was good, if a bit on the wintry side. It really wasn’t as cold as it seemed last year when the snow had already gone. But the sun – well saying it rose did require a bit of faith – but we were sure it was up by 6:48 as predicted. It is always fun having everyone in to our home for hot drinks after.
And there were a couple little spiritual treats to the morning. My partner(business) apparently wanted to be there this morning. I wonder sometimes at the circumstances that provide the incentive for faith to take small steps in the right direction. It is good to see.
Then an Easter celebration. To say that it was “good” to be there this morning worshipping with this community of faith that has become so close to me is an understatement. I don’t have a word that describes the feeling of support by friends during a time of trouble. The love shown to us by these people is as much proof of Jesus’ resurrection as the witnesses that saw him in person. Jesus’ Spirit was there working through just ordinary transformed people saying his words to us, letting us lean on them right now. And the other thing that I celebrated today was just the way that the fledglings are trying and starting to flutter their wings of faith. I celebrate the fact we have people in our midst that are free to come and learn and check out what this whole God thing is about. I hope we can show them how much we care about them too.
This afternoon was another reason to celebrate. Dad got to attend church today and this afternoon we got together at the home to spend the afternoon with him. We had our dessert together, visited in his presence. (He mostly stayed awake) Then we brought out the violins and my recorder and we sang and played some of the old Easter hymns. My kids stayed and sang along with the others, bless them. Well the dessert was a pretty good reason to be there but they could have chosen to take off and not stay for two hours.
Then to top it off, I was napping on the couch and Grace came by. We had a good, not-angry, kind of mother – daughter talk. Some stuff about pregnancy. Some stuff about the boyfriend. And a lot of stuff about faith, some differences that are important between our faith and the Muslim faith, and how we might explore together what faith in Jesus is all about.