Some stuff I’ve been thinking about:
Really sad, horrified, mourning the stuff at Penn State. What a loss to Joe Paterno and his long career. What a horrible consequence to these boys. If you are a parent of kids from 7 on up, take a moment to talk through it with your children. Make sure they know good boundaries, the kinds of people who are out there, what they should do. We want our kids to be aware and prepared. We want them to know that Jesus is always with them. Use the opportunity to help them be vigilant.
I have spent a lot of time this week thinking about the inverse relationship of eating and hunger when it comes to Jesus. I want to be ravenous for him. I don’t want my heart to be cold. I don’t want to be satisfied with checking a demographic box that I’m a Christian. I want to consume Christ and come back wanting more. I’m tired of trying to fill myself with myself by myself. Really doesn’t work.
Today I am thankful for our veterans. In fact I took one to lunch. Last week I was with a different one. I was privileged to give the invocation (fancy name for opening prayer) at (now) Rear Admiral Lower Half Dietrich Kuhlmann’s promotion from Captain. The Navy did a great job honoring his baptism vow(!), his marriage vow, and his vow to his country. They told stories of his career. I loved it. I was proud of Admiral Kuhlmann and proud of our nation. This is a great church with great people.
On Sunday we have vestry elections. This group of 9 men and women provided spiritual partnership to me and fiscal oversight to our church. We are so blessed by the folks who lead in this way. So blessed. Please pray for the election. Please pray for our vestry. Because we have so many great opportunities as a church, they have to work extra hard to listen, discern, and follow in faith where God is leading.
Have a great weekend. See ya on Sunday. Come early to get a seat. 🙂