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Yay God!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Hallelujah!–Psalm 150

On our Youthworks mission trip to Kansas City last summer, we spent time each night sharing “Goooooals!” (great things we saw each other do that day) and “Yay Gods!” (great things we saw God do that day).  Today, I’m going to have a “Yay God!” blog post:

Yay God for . . .

Your funny and faithful people.  Who are such good sports when their pastor does something silly like forget that they install council members immediately after electing them, thus ensuring that the installation is brief (since she forgot her occasional services book and doesn’t know all the words).

Your bountiful creation.  Which provides material for a bountiful Annual Meeting Potluck, from deviled eggs to hot dish to jello salad to something that is apparently called “cheese salad” and is truly spectacular.

Your overcast skies.  Which may or may not be responsible for the gloriously long nap a certain toddler took today, allowing her tired parents to take one, too (even the parent that crept in after said meeting and potluck).  God is good.  All the time!

P.S. If you think my “Yay Gods!” sound like “Gooooooals!”, you may be right.  God has this funny way of working through means, and sometimes the means are people.  

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From Gloomy to Merry and Bright

Ready to head into the fog: hat, scarf, coat, doctor kit, and tiny purple monkey (not quite pictured--sorry, monkey).

“What happened to the sky?” Zoe asked when we stepped outside yesterday morning.

“It’s foggy,” I said.

“What happened to the ground?”

“It’s wet.”

“What happened to the . . . sky?” she asked again.

“It’s foggy and gray and yucky.”

“It’s foggy and gray!” she repeated with a satisfaction that must come from learning new ways to talk about the weather rather than the dismal fact of the weather itself.  Right?

It sure was foggy and gray (and let’s not forget yucky!) yesterday: supremely unmotivating weather.  After a hospital visit, Bible study, and lunch, I spent a while staring at my computer screen before deciding to take advantage of one of the perks of being a pastor: if you don’t want to write your sermon, you can go visit someone.  (The reverse may also be true, but it is not such a friendly sentiment, is it?)

So I visited 98-year-old Millie, who is always a delight.  I admired her Christmas decorations and shared communion with her.  Sure enough, I felt the gloom of the day start to lift.

I keep seeing these on my home visits, and I think I want one.

And then, I got to pick up my dissertation-writing husband and my daycare-playing daughter and take them home.  Zoe and I snuggled in the living room, listening to Andy Williams and looking at our Christmas tree, while Mike made waffles for supper.

What lifted me out of my fog-induced funk wasn’t the things I did or the places I went or the music I listened to.  It was the people: the parishioners I visited, the colleagues I talked and ate with, the family I came home with.  Which just goes to show: Barbra Streisand was right, and people who need people really are the luckiest people in the world.

Although: if you think you need Omar Sharif, Barbra, think again.  Because that guy will break your heart.  (If you haven’t seen Funny Girl, that was possibly a spoiler, but I think the real issue there is that you haven’t seen Funny Girl.  Get on that, please.)

Funny Girl (1968) directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis

image via altfg.com

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