January

Hey. Anybody else up yet? It's after 7:00, so I'm guessing that some of you are.

Me? I'm the only one awake so far. That could change at any moment, though.

I'm just sitting here, enjoying some coffee, thinking about the day.

I've got my non-notes ready to be preached. Last Sunday was low-energy, so that felt stunted. But I've got some good stuff for today. I think. The lectionary included 1 Corinthians 13 this week, and I figured it'd be good to reclaim its message as something more than just a wedding text. Because it really is much more than that. "Faith, hope, and love abide...and the greatest of these is love." How many Christians disagree whether in word or action whether love is the greatest out of those three things? How many would rather slide faith in there when nobody's looking? Yeah, that's pretty much the Corinthians' problem, too.

So then it's our annual meeting. Approving the budget, a change to the by-laws. This meeting always makes me antsy. It's mostly unfounded anxiety, but I always worry that somebody's going to use the opportunity to...what? I don't even totally know. Like I said, unfounded.

It's the last day of January. January's been a good month. It's been a good start to the year. February should be good, too. We're now two-thirds through the winter months, more or less. And now we're on the verge of Lent and all its invitation to reflect. Have I mentioned that I love the seasons that bring out the purple paraments? I probably have.

But January...January was good. I started some stuff, like bass lessons and preaching without notes. I continued some stuff, like ministry and family and breathing. I celebrated some stuff, like blogging and birthdays and anniversaries and ordination. Yep, I pretty much have nothing but good things to say about January.

But I'm also ready to say goodbye to January, and hello to February and all that it will bring.

There's no real point to this post, I guess. It's just...January was good. And I wanted to celebrate that with you all.

And now I'll continue with my day.

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