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Evening Prayers

Today, in my spare moments, I have been pulling together some of the resources I’ve collected and trying to finalize the Evening Prayers we will use at the woman’s retreat.  I love doing this.  I have no idea if I am good at it though.  That assessment is always so subjective.

I hope that the prayers I collected will be a blessing to all of us as we pray together in the quiet of the evening before we head off to bed for the night.

Of course at a women’s retreat there is no guarantee that having said Evening Prayers, we will go straight to bed.  There is always visiting to do, and sometimes that goes on into the wee hours of the night.

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Every Now and Then

For my sanity, I have to get away by myself.  I need solitude in order to regain my balance.

Solitude plus nature is just about pure bliss.

So – this weekend was a treat for me.  It was needed for many reasons and it was good.  Here is where I stayed.

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But now, I’m back and this week will hold many things, including my midterm in Greek.  I spent a lot of good time studying this weekend and I guess that  is what every spare minute this week will be composed of.  It seems as if every time I go back over the paradigms, there is something not quite remembered, so I repeat it again, write it out, read it out, look at it, listen to it.  I have learned a lot but there is so much more to remember perfectly.

Well, I don’t suppose I will do perfectly, but I will do my best.

Anyway, I have put a few of the pictures I took this weekend up over at Flikr if you want to check them out.  I’ll also be posting some of them this week on my Click blog.

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Heading north

Well, in a few minutes I am heading upt o a cabin at Waskesiu for one of my solitude weekends.  Things will be quiet here since there is no internet out there.  But that will probably be good.  More space for God to speak into the quiet.  It’s funny maybe but going away for a weekend of quiet and prayer is so inviting to me – like going away to have an intimate visit with my best friend.  And I can hardly wait to be on the way.  Just a couple of errands to do on my way out of town.

I do regret that I chose this weekend to be away since it is communion Sunday and it has been too long.  but I need this weekend.

I will also be studying for my mid-term in Greek which happens next Saturday.  And reading some other good stuff that is packed away in my bag.  Snowshoes and camera are in there too.  The weather should be perfect temperature wise although it is very grey and overcast.  Maybe some snow in the forcast?  We’ll see, I guess.

Now I’m off.  Back Sunday night.  Have a good weekend all.

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It’s a dog’s life

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but as for me, I was in another corner of the room close to the fireplace,   dscn1903

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It was a great day, in terms of getting things done.  Groceries, studying, a walk on the river (check out an ice shot on Click) and even a very short nap.  I did not make much headway on getting all the rest of my Christmas decorations down and put away.  Tomorrow.

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Week of Prayer

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The week of prayer at our church has become an important marker in our church year.  We usually do this just before Advent starts although our denomination marks the month of January for this emphasis.  This year things were just too full of events, besides just getting used to functionning without a pastor, to arrange a week for it so we chose the first week in January to set up our stations of prayer.

They went up on Sunday Jan 4 and came down on the 10th.  Pictures of what we did at those stations can be seen and followed on Flikr and on Resonate Stories.

This is some of the work I love to do most in the church – hoping that others will experience some of the relationship with God that is so good.  Walking around the church with the best friend who loves me and doesn’t mind if I come back and walk this path many times, telling him my same old stories, listening to my concerns and sometimes letting me catch glimpses of what he is like.  It is a good week no matter what time of the year we set it up.

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I need QUIET. Please!

There are times when I realize that I am pretty much the only solitude loving introvert living in a crowd of extroverted party lovers.

Maybe that is why I am up at this crazy early time. It is quiet. No one else is up for sure. This is beautiful.

Children come home and make my life joyful – for awhile. Chaos can unfold around me for awhile and I will survive – if I have some solitude to help me recover.

Trouble with finding solitude in the wee hours is that it necessitates a nap in the afternoon. That can also be a good thing.

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