Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Snippets from My Life

So...a question for the pastoral types who read this. Let's say that you serve a church whose governing board meets every month. Let's say that the day and time for this meeting never changes month to month, and there is only ever one announced month when it doesn't meet. Now...let's say that due to a few oversights, the meeting for a particular month doesn't get announced--bulletin, during morning announcements, and it doesn't get put on the calendar. This month is not the month when it is not scheduled. Would anyone be justified in not coming to this meeting because 'they didn't know about it?'

Right, so I haven't posted in a while. I had a great time with my Dad's family the second half of last week. My grandparents help lead a worship service at a nursing home and they noticed that I'd brought my guitar along. So on a couple hours' notice, I printed out the chords to 'Here I Am, Lord' and played it for them. Later on in the week I got to jam a little with my cousin and uncle, and even learned a little guitar theory (something I've been working on learning lately).

I've decided that I don't really like nursing homes that much. I've actually known this for a while, but I verbalized it for the first time to my wife. There's so much about them that leads me to wonder just how well its residents are being cared for. Tired, fallen faces watch you pass their room on your way to visit someone else (it's always someone else)...there's always that smell of human waste mixed with cleaner...the walls are painted an institutional green and everyone is provided a TV and a cot and not much else, and meanwhile there's a nice setup with a leather couch and coffee table in the front room where potential residents' families are taken to show how wonderful and warm a place this is. I want to believe the best about the staff...I just wonder how much better care we could be taking with those who can no longer care for themselves.

New Year's was its usual mix of fun, food, and 'Why do we fool ourselves into thinking that this means anything?' feelings. In short, I played some games, ate a lot, and didn't feel any different the next day. It could have been a weekend get-together in the middle of May, for all I cared. New Year's...bah, humbug.

I have two more anniversaries to celebrate this month...I'll have been with my wife for 7 years on the 15th (been with...not married to...that's not until June), and I celebrate my first year of ordination on the 23rd.

That's enough for now. This was really an entry to force myself to write something new. I haven't been inspired since coming back from vacation.