Friday, November 5, 2010

Revgalblogpals Friday Five: It is Well With My Soul Edition

Kathrynzj at Revgalblogpals has this great Friday Five for us:

We lead privileged lives.

True, some are more privileged than others but the fact that we are communicating right now via technological devices puts us in the privileged category.

There are many perks in my life for which I give thanks and then there are some that make everything right in the world during the moment I am enjoying them. I'm wondering what a few of those things - five to be specific - are for you.

To help you along here are just three of mine that I will write more about on my blog: drinking coffee out of a real mug, walking into my home after the domestic goddess has been there, participating in the RevGalBlogPals Big Events.

Here are five "perks" that I can think of, though I'm not sure they make everything right with the world. 

1.  Knitting.  There is so much in my life and in my work that never seems finished.  I preach, and then I preach again.  I visit a shut-in and then I visit again.  I go to the hospital.  And when I think about the justice work I do in my congregation, this is even more true.  We are never "there."  We're always "on the way."  So it does my soul good to see a pair of socks, or a scarf, or a pair of mittens that I made.  Something, at least, is finished.  And, even if it is not perfect, it is beautiful, to me.

2.  Wearing my Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services T-shirt.  It has a small Statue of Liberty flame on the front, and on the back, all of the countries that refugees have come from, starting in 1939 and continuing today.  I love this t-shirt, and feel proud whenever I wear it.

3.  Though I love my computer, writing with one of my good pens, real cursive writing, makes me feel grounded and sastisfied.  Even if it is just a grocery list.  Or a list of names.  Or the hope of a poem.

4.  Having a dog, even a neurotic dog with golden retriever big brown eyes and a curly husky tail and an independent streak, makes me feel grateful beyond measure. 

And this one is just one week old, but:
5.  Our membership at the "Y", which means that now we can go swimming a few times a week.  I have noticed that I already feel calmer.

Finally (and I know, this is more than 5), I feel grateful for all the ways I can connect with friends, so that we can keep each other going.  That means email, facebook, blogging, as well as going out for coffee, lunches, and those essential meetings with co-conspirators/friends who have not given up on trying to make the world a better, more godly, more compassionate, and just place.

1 comment:

kathrynzj said...

I enjoyed this list. Your knitting is my small projects around the house. I just need to know something in the world is complete!

I also write things out using pen and paper to get centered on whatever it is I am working on.

Thanks for playing!