Last week at work — I work at Love In the Name of Christ — we had a visit from several people from other Love INC affiliates in the area. It was a great time to get together to discuss our jobs — how we handle similar situations, how we set policies, etc.
I recently bought a new scarf. This isn’t unusual for me. Not that I’m buying scarves all the time, but I do wear scarves virtually all the time. Except when I’m doing the dishes or gardening or going to yoga class. So like once or twice I week I don’t wear them. For like an hour at a time.
You’ve probably heard people say, “I couldn’t have done it without you!”
In 10th grade I took a “Careers” class. This class was fairly forgettable, but I do remember taking tests. Not the type of test one could study for, but rather the type of test that, apparently, my entire life had been preparing me for. The type of test in which they asked you your interests and goals and the things that you were good at, and then pigeon-hole you into a future deemed best for you according to the results of your tests. The career they said I’d be successful at was radio work.
Watching the waves on the lake these days makes me remember the ocean. When I was a kid growing up on Orcas Island, Wash., we used to access our beach from a place called Onion Point, a small, grass-covered promontory which jutted out from our neighbor’s land, just a quarter mile down the dirt road from our house. There were wild onions there (surprise!), but not much else.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I spoke on the topic of the senses in scripture. I also mentioned last week that ancient Israel wanted a king so they could be “like the other nations.” Today, let’s combine those two topics! King Saul had gotten out of control. He had been chosen by God to lead his people after they demanded a human king. He was tall, handsome, and admired. But he failed the Lord one too many times. And God had had enough.
I was going to write about the wind today. That will have to wait. I considered writing about Mr. Rogers. That will also have to wait. This morning, as I sat down to read my Bible, I found all the inspiration I need. Our oldest child and only son will graduate from high school in less than three weeks. As you can imagine, this brings lots of emotion (for Mom at least), lots of plans, lots of “lasts” and “firsts” and “nexts.” Indeed, Ian is “commencing” a new season of life.
WORTHINGTON — Every Tuesday at noon, in the Love INC office in Worthington, a small group of women (and occasionally men) join together in prayer for our community and our nation.
Every year, when the temperatures begin to warm and the lake begins to open up, the birds return to Lake Okabena. First come the Canada Geese, loud and insistent. We had thousands this year, along with a few Snow Geese and the occasional swan, showing stark white for all the world to see amongst their black and brown cronies.
People often ask me how I come up with something to write about week after week. They say how amazed they are that I can write about common, everyday things like going to the grocery store, throw in some old memories, and come up with a Bible verse that completely applies. I have two answers: notes, and God.