Friday, March 14, 2008 case you were wondering

....I got up at 4:30 in the morning, and ate one half of a banana and took Tylenol. I felt somewhat better, so I did go to church (though a little later than usual). I kept to myself all morning and started writing my sermon for Sunday, which will be a monologue called "Bystander." I do think it was one of those 24 hour things, but I am going to bed pretty soon.

I'm feeling bad about losing the day, because there are shut ins I need to see. Not that they want to see me if I'm sick. I know that.

I am trying to remember what Paul said, about God bringing Easter. It's true.

I did a little Jazz Preaching this afternoon, at a small church service I lead once a month. There was a new person at the service today, a little African American lady named Margie, who nodded at everything I said, and even said, "Amen" a couple of times. It made me want to go on and on. I talked about the two parades on Palm Sunday, Jesus' and Pilate's, and which one are you going to be in? Which kingdom do you want to be a part of? And when you think about the first parade, don't forget the one on Friday, the lonely one. That's the one where the only followers were soldiers, and bystanders, and mockers. But that's the one that brings us life.

After the service, I stayed a little longer than usual, talking to Margie, who has been a missionary to Africa and China. She plans to go again. She says that God always provides the money somehow.

Thank you for your prayers.


Grandmère Mimi said...

Diane, I'm sorry that I missed your post about being sick. Prayers that you're restored to full health quickly. Try to take it easy for a bit, my dear.

Lindy said...

I wish I could have heard that sermon. I might have chimed in with an Amen or two myself... raised by Baptists, you know.

DO take it easy. I always jump right out of bed and get going at full-tilt as soon as possible... and I often wind up right back in bed too! Snuggle up with Scout and give yourself some extra rest.

RE the banana... you know that Grandmère Mimi has revealed to us the proper way to peel them? It's from the bottom up. Keeps you from getting those little stringy things. It works too. She's so wise.

Continued prayers for you as it will be a busy week. Fortunately we know how it ends!


Chris said...

Two parades. I like that.

I hope you feel better.

davenu said...

Glad you're feeling a bit better. I too like the "two parades" illustration.

FranIAm said...

Diane, hope you are feeling better today.

Your sermon sounds wonderful- two parades, really good.

I am glad that Marjie was there to add to your own experience. My pastor often tells us about how we feed him with our nods, our facial expressions and so forth. It is not just a one way street.

Bless you sweet sister and be well.

lj said...

Sounds like great preaching for someone who is sick, especially. Stay well.

gartenfische said...

Glad you are recovering. What a blessing to have Margie there at your service!