- a conversation with a parish member about our Adult Forum with the Superintendent of Schools and about education in our community in general
- a meeting of local clergy for prayer, support and visioning about what our role in our community just might be
- re-typing the worship notes for those who could not read my original handwriting....
- a physical I rescheduled from Monday. (I left angrily after waiting an hour and a half). Today everything went well, except that I had to get two shots.
- a hospital visit to an elderly woman.
- a community organizing meeting where new dreams are just beginning to be born, and I am imagining what my role in it all might be.
In the midst of it all, I'm thinking about that strange command from John's Gospel, "abide." What does it mean to abide? It's such a simple thing to ask, but actually it is such a lot to ask of us, simply to abide, to stay, to hang in there, to not give up, to bear with one another, to keep going and going, to keep trusting God's vision and trusting God's love.
Abide. All we ask is that you stay: it's as simple as that. But not so simple, really. After all, about half of married couples don't end up "abiding" with one another.
To abide is to be faithful, to our call, to one another, to God. It's not to give up, on the simple, mundane things, on the difficult things we will never be good at (like human relationships, for example).
I had simple goals this evening: eat dinner, do the dishes, take out recycling, walk the dog. I saw the moon rise as I walked down the street, the last task of the evening. I saw in a picture window a mother holding her baby, and I waved to them.
Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide