Saturday, August 18, 2007

Rain and other gifts


I do believe the drought is over. Officially.

It started raining at 9:00 this morning. It is not done yet. I got a good walk in with the dog before the rain started, one in which she was profusely admired as beautiful by a man up the street from me. I agreed.

I took communion to the retired pastor and his wife this morning. She is in the nursing home, and he visits her. We talked about tomatoes. He has a large garden. I have one tomato plant, planted too late. I said it looks like a tree, but has few tomatoes. He said I should cut it back. It is putting too much energy into getting big, and not enough into bearing fruit.

I do believe there is a lesson in there someplace.

Later on he brought tomatoes from his garden to church. I can't wait to eat them. Perhaps at my husband's birthday party tomorrow?

One of my favorite people came to church tonight. Wait, wait -- two of my favorite people, D and A. I officiated at their wedding back in April, and then they went and moved to New York City! Manhattan, of all places. You can read portions of my wedding sermon here.


A. used to come to my Bible studies all the time. In fact, she is one of the reasons I started the Bible studies. She always came to the Saturday night chapel service. Then she started bringing Someone with her. This was intensely interesting to all of the widows who attend the service on Saturday. They have all taken her under their wing.

They were in town for her high school reunion this weekend, and came to the chapel service. It was so great to see them. They said, "Come and visit any time." I would love to go to New York! I visited once in 1981, when I was interviewing to be a missionary in Japan. It was my first time 1) hailing a taxi, 2) taking the subway, 3) seeing a Broadway play. If we could see the Twins and the Yankees play, I'll bet I could convince my husband to go.

For Lutherans: They attend Robert Rimbo's church. And they have also attended Heidi Neumark's church. And they still like my preaching. They are people of taste and discernment.

11 comments:

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

glad the rain has come...
glad yesterday went well for you...
glad you are taking care of yourself and the tomato plants and finding God in the small stuff because that's not always as easy as one might think.

more cows than people said...

ooh! visit them! and let me know when you do, i'll come down and meet you. it's not close, but it's a heck of a lot closer than MN.

YAY FOR RAIN!

Serena said...

I don't know of Robert or Heidi ... but I do agree: "They are people of taste and discernment" And, I am really wanting a week in NYC ... maybe a RGBP meet up there would be in order.

Tripp Hudgins said...

It is raining in Chicago as well. The church basement is likely flooded...Thanks for swinging by and posting your comment. I appreciate it.

Gannet Girl said...

Yes, clearly people of taste and discernment!

"PS" said...

What a great re-connection and surprise at the same time.

Marsha said...

Some observations:

Enjoyed reading your comments about building a strong foundation from their wedding service.

They are certainly 'people of taste and discernment'.

Jump all over the chance to visit New York City. My second visit was better than the first and I would go again in a heartbeat.

It seems once the rain starts, there will be a deluge, an abundance that will leave your area begging for a reprieve.

LawAndGospel said...

Praise God for rain! It's raining here in PA too. I suspect while I am st Greek my tomato plants will suffer greatly. what a great glimpse into your people and yes you should go to New York- and the Yankees game and eat a knish. It's only a train ride from where I live to get there if there was a chance for a meet up. Well, of to church and then more Greek. Reading your post made me miss my home congregation today- but in a good way.

lj said...

Good tomato illustration. Very John 15.

Diane said...

lj, you are the only one who gets my little metaphors!

Grandmère Mimi said...

It is putting too much energy into getting big, and not enough into bearing fruit.

Diane, there is definitely a lesson in there for church people.

I must be a person of taste and discernment, too, because I like your sermons.