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The Beautiful Things

Monday, April 05, 2021

So much to catch up on I hardly know where to start!

People I love are going through some really difficult things, but today I am choosing to focus on, and write about, the beautiful and wonderful instead.

For a pastor, the 40 days of Lent are incredibly busy, and the solemnity of the season, along with the dreariness of late winter, seems a very appropriate prelude to spring and the glorious joy of the resurrection.

It was an exhausting, but wonderful, Holy Week. It began with a festive Palm Sunday service and then a trip to another town for scripture, prayer, and Commendation of the Dying for a lifelong Christian. There was a solemn Holy Communion service on Maundy Thursday. Then a poignant Tenebrae service on the evening of Good Friday, a funeral on Saturday morning providing another chance to proclaim the hope of the resurrection, and then home to cook and clean and garden, preparing for a family Easter gathering. Then back to Blue Hill for a wonderful and festive Easter service, and back home for Easter dinner and egg hunting and supper around the fire pit and lots of fun with family.

Here's our church on Easter morning:

It was crazy, but it was beautiful! All of it. I LOVE what I do. It is a great privilege to share God's wonderful promises of hope and healing. The best thing of all was a completely unplanned opportunity to visit a dear nursing home resident whom I haven't seen for over a year due to COVID. She is not a member of my congregation and has never attended a church, but I became friends with her and have been visiting her and sending cards and notes and praying with her--and for her--for more than two years. She is ninety-nine years old and has the sharpest mind and best attitude of anyone I know. But her health is failing and she has entered hospice care. Her daughter found out I had been visiting her prior to COVID and asked if I could try to see her. I had to take a COVID test at the door but I was able to get in and we had a wonderful and precious time together, with the beautiful outcome that I had the privilege of baptizing this dear soul on that very day--Good Friday! It was one of the most moving experiences of my life.

There are lots of other small and beautiful things to share--a visit from our Indiana son, James, a good heart-to-heart talk with my sister, the first cheery daffodil blooms, and good progress on our garden projects.

The most exciting beautiful news to share is that we are going to become grandparents for the first time! Our daughter, Juliana, and her husband, Jeremy, are expecting a baby at the end of August! We are so happy for them! (And excited for ourselves, of course!) They broke the news by giving me a regular "mom" birthday card and then a "Happy Birthday, Grandma" card which I thought was a joke until I saw the sonogram picture inside!

At the end of an exhausting, but wonderful, week, I am looking forward to some vacation days spent reading, gardening, and puttering around the house. Easter blessings to all of you, dear friends!
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    67 days ago
    Congratulations. I remember how excited I was when I became a grandmother. You will be amazed at the love you feel.
    67 days ago
    My goodness, I'm exhausted just reading all you've been doing. You are blessed, congrats Grandma.
    67 days ago
    What a blessing for you and your friend to perform a baptism on Good Friday. emoticon

    Congratulations on becoming grandparents. Another blessing. emoticon
    67 days ago
    Triumphant indeed! Oh honey this is so full of joy and beauty and my goodness - what a thing to share with your 99 year old friend. Just imagining it makes me feel happy while it tears up my eyes.

    You sure do deserve a break and what better place to spend a little vacation time than in the garden. Thinking of all the fun you're going to have as a grandma!

    gigantic hugs to you sweetie
    67 days ago
    What a lovely first blog for me to read this morning!
    From the description of your Holy Week Services to the Good Friday baptism to you family news
    What a wonderful future you have ahead of you awaiting your new grandchild and watching him grow
    Made me think about the significance of today's date in my own life
    Thank you for posting this.
    67 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Wow, what great news all throughout your blog!
    Congratulations on your soon to be status of being a Grandmother! How exciting, and what a blessing! Woohoo! emoticon

    And how wonderful that you baptized your dear friend. Very moving and special.

    Thank you for sharing all your good news! Iā€™m happy for you.
    68 days ago
    How wonderful! šŸ’•šŸ‘¶
    68 days ago
    Congrats on being a Grandma .... what a whirlwind of activity ... glad you love what you do :)
    68 days ago
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