Blech, winter rain! Hands down has to be my least favorite weather. 8:44 am and the house is cold. The dogs are shut up in the laundry room until they dry out. If I was staying home today I’d build a fire, drink tea and read all day. But alas, I am not a bear and hibernating is not a choice. International friends will arrive at church at 1 pm, expecting their coffee, crafts and conversation and I’ll be glad I showed up.
Sloth is one of the deadly sins, I suppose for the way it kills the spirit. The moment I choose to stay home, I make tea and decide to read in bed. The next thing I know kids are coming through the door and I’ve slept the day away in a pile of books and golden retrievers. Just writing this makes me sleepy. Of course I’m writing while wrapped in a quilt. A day long nap isn’t a sin if it’s my day off or if I’m sick. No and no. It’s Tuesday. Tuesdays are for column writing, sermon study, email, Global Women’s Gathering, more study or phone calls, making supper,* eating supper, reading or quilting, bedtime. Rain or shine.
Showing up is half the work of any project don’t you think? My mother-in-law used to say, “Getting out of bed is the hardest work I do all day.” No wonder those desert monastics slept on the ground with nary a blanket or pillow. The lumpy bed made getting up to pray at 3 am lots easier ~ rain or shine.
This time tomorrow it will be snowy slush which I consider a slight improvement. A new day to be out and about the Lord’s business, including Wednesday Night Supper. It’s one of your favorites - meatloaf and mashed potatoes - so I hope you’ll come - rain or shine. peace & prayers, pastor annette
*Truth be told I sometimes grab a little couch snooze if dinner is an oven dish.