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My youngest...

My youngest is a bit silly and has a pretty wicked sense of humor. 

Today when I walked into the house after my middle daughter's softball practice, Ains greeted me as Lady Gaga in her big (est) sister's snow boots, crazy hair, and a skirt used as a shirt/mini-dress singing "Rah-rah-ra-ra-ra" with some crazy dance moves.  It was pretty darn cute.

Like most 8 year olds she still stalls when it's time for bed.  Tonight she brought me a note from her teacher.  I then proceeded to read it out loud "Ainsley is getting one of the special awards...she does not know she gets one."  She burst out laughing.  I asked if her teacher had told her not to read the note.  Her face lit up as she said, "No!  She didn't say a word!"  She had already read it.  Too funny!  It wasn't taped together or anything.  I guess she'll have to act suprised on Friday!

Another

This morning I found out that another member of our church has passed away.  This will be 4 funerals in 2 weeks.  That's a new record for me.  One I'd rather not have.  I realize I need to stop being whiny.  I'll work on that!

Another wonderful person has left this world for a better place, place where everyone is whole and in the direct presence of God.  That's a beautiful thing but it's a bit much for those of us who are still here.  I was looking forward to this person's return and getting a hard time from them and some direction with my preaching.  This person really listened and gave me real feedback--not just, "that was  a nice sermon, pastor."

They were well loved by our community and their family and will continue to be loved through stories and memories.

Peace be with you B.  Say hello to Jesus for us!

I pushed the button

I pushed the hot-button issue today in church--I cowardly did not take "a stand" but said that we are a church and that as a church we welcome all people no-matter what.  Really not very radical at all but in our little corner of the world saying homosexuality in church might be enough to get in hot water.  I say that all the time--church is for everyone--no matter what, today I just mentioned homosexuality with it.  At the small church it was fine--heads nodded right along with me.  At the city church it was pretty quiet and no one even mentioned it.  I'm not quite sure what that means.

On a completely different topic--I bought a fabulous new luggage bag!  FABULOUS!  It's a Heys USA Exotic in Black and White Zebra stripes, 26in and so it will have to get checked but that's ok. 

RevGal Friday 5: Family Tree Edition

1. Do you have any interest in geneaology?  Yes, I like getting the stories behind birthdates, weddings, and deaths.

2. Which countries did your ancestors come from? Holland, Germany, Scotland, & England (there are some rumors about American Indian bloodlines but I haven't seen that verified)

3. Who is the farthest back ancestor whose name you know?
Off the top of my head it's my great-grandfather, Casper Yockey (now, my hubby could probably name off someone much further back in my family cuz he's the one who does the research!)

4. Any favorite saints or sinners in the group?
Daisy Belle Yockey--my grandmother who is definately both saint and sinner!

5. What would you want your descendants to remember about you? I hope to live a life worthy of the names Christian and pastor.  I hope that people can honestly say that I loved like Christ.

Liturgical Snobbery

I am a liturgical snob.

We buried my grandfather today.  The pastor used the time to do an expanded altar call rather than celebrate the life of my grandfather or to offer any words of comfort whatsoever.

I thought that surely he would offer some traditional prayers at the burial--you know, some ashes to ashes, dust to dust, recieve this man into your open and loving arms, comfort this family, something!  I must admit--he did ask God to comfort us but that was it.  I wanted to hear about my grandfather being received/admitted into heaven, being made whole through Christ Jesus.

I did not want to hear that it was the time to decide whether or not to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  I did not need to hear that  going to church, belonging to a church or denomination did not guarantee me admitance to the afterlife or that heaven is a litural place somewhere in the sky/up above. 

I've been to one other funeral that totally upset me as much as this one did.  That was for my cousin, …

welcome to ministry

this week has been one of those "welcome to ministry" weeks.  it seems as if there are certain events/times/whatever that one "truly" gets introduced into ministry--sometimes they are wonderful and beautiful like when i was honored to baptize a little guy on Easter morning.  more often it/they are the moments that sear with pain and confusion or insane business.

yesterday was a very emotional day.  this week has been a heavy one. 

a wonderful and beautiful man passed away on Sunday, we'd been waiting for him to let go for some time.  he was also a man of devout and inspiring faith so while it was sad to lose it, it wasn't a horrible shock to the system.  he had a long and good life filled with faith and love.  i hope to die like that too.  his wife has been amazing and strong--she is an inspiration.  her faith is immense and beautiful to see.

this week begun with a mix of sorrow and inspiration.  then my grandfather had a stroke.  my grandfather who chewed…