I'm absolutely exhausted.
When I got home tonight, we had a little birthday party for #2 Stepson. In case you are wondering, I had absolutely no responsibilities for it except to show up. And apologize to my inlaws about how messy the house still was. Interesting factoid: they are members of my church. So they knew where I was all day. Mother-in-law even went to the funeral. So they were gracious and understood. But still, I feel bad. I don't want people to know what our house really looks like when company doesn't come over. Just like I don't REALLY want people to know what my sins are, either. Just that I'm a sinner, in theory.
Anyway, afterwards, I did do the dishes. Which had stacked up all day. I didn't really want to, but I knew I would feel bad tomorrow when they got even higher (and I am even more tired) so I did them.
Everything went really well. There is a really good group of third graders learning the Bible this year. We were in a room which was really too small for us this morning, which hampered some of our activities, but otherwise, it was great. I love this age group. It's fun to take them through the basics of the Bible. Next week, we do it all again with the New Testament. And next Sunday, they get their Bibles to take home.
The funeral went well, too. The family provided some special music. I especially liked Chris Rice's Untitled Hymn. Two grandsons gave fabulous eulogies. I did all right, too. They are a talented bunch.
The couple tied the knot. The bride wore a beautiful white gown with red trim. It was a small simple ceremony: the kind I like.
I want to tweak the sermon I preached next, but I'm kind of tired (okay, really tired). I have a couple of small ideas. If I go to bed right now, I can try them in the morning.
Ever since becoming a pastor, Fall Back is my absolute favorite day of the year.