Thursday, April 24, 2008

Like the Energizer Bunny....

..... last week I just kept going and going, meeting with a young man who wants to be baptized, doing hospice calls, presiding at a funeral, going to community meetings, meeting with a baptismal family, having coffee with parish members, planning Bible studies. I also planned to attend (as always) our Synod Assembly last weekend, where we would introduce our churchwide Book of Faith initiative, a plan to get our congregations more deeply into reading and hearing and discerning God's Word in the Scriptures.

And I kept thinking, hmmm, I have a little sore throat.

And a little cough. But just at night.

But I wasn't sleeping all that well, because of the "little cough".

And on Friday I got sick. Really sick. I had to leave the Synod Assembly and go home. Actually, someone took me home. We went back and picked up my car on Saturday night.

On Sunday I went to church. I did feel much better, having slept and slept and slept. I also Prayed in Color for the first time, and found it a really meditative experience. Maybe I should have stayed home again on Sunday, but I just couldn't bring myself to miss Sunday serivces for the second time in a month. And I really really really wanted to be there for the baptism, for the little red-headed baby who would stare at me for the whole baptism, and whose fingers curled around mine.

After church, we drove out of town to my mother's home town, where several of my relatives still live. Let's just call it "the farm." It's down in southwestern Minnesota where my grandfather farmed, and where one of my uncles and his two sons farm now. Another aunt and uncle live in town, in my grandparent's house. Going there is like going home.

Scout went with us. She rides well. She had never been to the farm before. We haven't gone down there in years. Too busy. And I told my aunt, "I don't want to do anything. I just want to relax." She made hamburger stroganoff for supper.

After supper, she had invited everyone else in from the farms, for cake and ice cream, for my birthday. It was a little surprise.

Just for a little while, I could remember that I'm not the energizer bunny. I'm not. I'm a sinner, and a child of God, and I live by grace, and by God's love for me.

And the occasional cake and ice cream doesn't hurt a bit.


Hot Cup Lutheran said...

so happy you had a great time at the farm! and a reminder of the you behind the role of pastor... we all need that!

i had a professor at seminary who was an artist and he did very similar exercises in prayer with us - drawing & praying & whatnot. so fuN!

more cows than people said...


Jan said...

((Diane)) I'm so glad your aunt took care of you. What a sweet thing to do to celebrate your birthday. Hope you're feeling much better by now.

FranIAm said...

Diane, this post made me cry a little. It is beautiful.

I love that you went to the country. That is beautiful - and healing.

And the Praying in Color! Wow!!

Rev SS said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love the Praying in Color Site ... thanks. Hope you're feeling better.

Barbara B. said...

I'm glad the Energizer Bunny got her batteries recharged at the farm. :)

emmapeelDallas said...

Happy Birthday!

And I hope you're feeling LOTS better!


Jiff said...

Oh! Good for you for unplugging when you need to.
And happy, happy birthday.
You are a freind and a pastor to many, near and far.
Thanks for being mine.

P.S. an after-thought said...

Going back to something from one's roots is good anti-energizer-bunny medicine.

gartenfische said...

Glad you got to take this little trip. Sounds lovely.

Hope you're on the road to recovery. :)

Lindy said...

Yes... cake and ice cream and love can go a long way.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Diane, I have not been around in a while, so I'm late. I have too many friends with blogs, and I don't get to visit as often as I would like. I'm so sorry that you were sick and so happy that you're better. Nothing like TLC and cake and ice cream.

Praying in Color is a wonderful idea.

May God bless you and keep you, my dear.

Diane said...

Mimi, I'm often late too. I'm not doing "blog management" very well either.