And very tired.
Conference was very good in so many ways – in connections with people; in inspirational speaking; in challenging stories; in new ideas for old programs. Oh, yeah, and the food was terrific.
My sister was there and I love being with her. She amazes me with her energy and passion for the Sudanese families she has befriended, for the children she teaches and with her interest in helping other cultures. I think I absorb energy just by being around her and come away inspired myself. She gave me a new book called Sex and Money produced by The Voice for The Voiceless. It is gut wrenching to read and look at. It is pretty hard to stay untouched by the women’s stories and the photography.
It was also good to do some spiritual direction. Listening and attending to the movement of God in people’s stories also nourishes my soul as does the privilege of praying with and for others. God is good.
Filed under church, Travels
A bit ago the people who make these interactive maps asked if I would consider allowing them to shortlist a phot I took last summer when Leo and visited The Field Museum in Chicago.
The museum is a fascinating place holding a collection of archeological finds to insects and natural science displays. It holds something that will entrance people of all and almost any interest. My photo looks down into the open main floor and entrance hall. It really requires more than a day to explore. Only problem is sensory overload – there is so much to see.
Slipping in some work on this weeks sermon in between cases today. This week has come so quickly and I have been so busy the last few weeks that it seems as if time has simply vanished.
Today has been good though. I was really tired yesterday. I do have a quiz due in Greek but I think I can do it either tonight or tomorrow. Then I will take a bit of a break from that subject over the holidays – just will need to review the vocabulary from time to time so it doesn’t disappear from my memory.
Today has also been cold and has felt really cold and wintery all day. I just heard the radio folks say it is -21 with the windchill. I think this is about as cold as it has gotten so far this winter.
Tonight, Rachelle and Ronin should arrive in Saskatoon. They will visit a friend there tonight and then come up her tomorrow evening. I can hardly wait to see Ronin – it has been almost 4 months since they moved to Toronto.
This weekend I traveled out to Calgary to a retreat centre called Entheos where the Canada Covenant was holding a leadership retreat to help with Spiritual Direction.
The weekend was rewarding in many ways. I met new friends, was able to do some spiritual direction and heard some phenomenal speakers.
And for me it was great to get out into nature again. There were some great walking paths and so I’ll post some more pictures on Flikr. That will probably happen tomorrow since I am tired from the long drive home and have a full day of work tomorrow.
Update: you can see more photos here