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Sunday, September 14th, 2008

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10:20p
"and the angels were on hand to stand in for everything"
Meck (Laura Ruth's partner) asked me what it is that I love about church that I go to so many.

Her first Sunday back from a summer sabbatical, Tiffany preached about Sabbath (Exodus 16:10-30 and Mark 6:30-32).  She talked about not just mindless vegging but intentional calm -- and mentioned that this church is heading into its 7th year :)  She also talked a lot about justice . . . about how the Sabbath was instituted after the Israelites were freed from Egyptian bondage, and how this is one of the reasons given for the Sabbath commandment (Exodus says, "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."  Deuteronomy says, "Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.").

I was thinking about these on my way home from CWM tonight 'cause extension school classes start up this week, and I may be adding yet another church activity (MCC Boston Jesus and Pasta Bible Study out in Dorchester, two Mondays a month), and Singspiration starts up again this Friday, and I do actually want to spend time with my friends.  Oh, and I should unpack and stuff.  And I hear there's this thing called fall tv.  (Jonah tells me HIMYM premieres Sept. 22.)

This is not the first time I've said I'm gonna need to be really intentional about my time in order to not burn out, to make sure I get enough rest and to make sure I get the most out of what I'm doing, but I'm saying it again.  Also not the first time I'm gonna suggest I could do with some more intentional prayer time.

What really struck me about the stuff from both Meck and Tiffany was the idea of thinking about why I do the things I do.  Meck's question reminded me (as did explaining my ecclesial poly-ness to UCC-Ian earlier) that my approach to all my church stuff is much more academic than devotional . . . that I'm very attached to this whole endeavor but I'm not necessarily soul-engaged.


P.S. I got my voter registration in too late to be able to vote in this Tuesday's election, but my polling place is at Tufts!  This is so much more convenient than where I used to live where it was like a mile from my house and in the complete opposite direction from Davis T Station.

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