"How good, Lord, to be here." It's the first line of one of the hymns for this coming Sunday. I'm not sure how many times I said that, or a variation of it, during my time in Spain. It was a time of healing; my mother's ashes are now in some of her favorite places along the southern coast of Spain. The time spent with her friends was truly a gift for me and for Billy. It was a time of gastronical delights, from the many tapas restaurants, to a search for the best churros and chocolate (a national breakfast of skinny donutty dough, formed into ovals or long sticks, fried and served with pudding thick hot chocolate), to trips to the grocery store yielding a bag full of fresh crusty bread, delicious juicy oranges, tangy manchego cheese and a good bottle of $2.20 wine. It was a time of adventure - Billy and I went to Granada, then I went to two small towns by myself, one because I heard my mother went there once and one that just sounded like an interesting place and I wanted to ride a bus along the coast. I also went to several flea markets, the best one covering acres with every kind of goods you can imagine. It was a time of rest, with lots of sleep and long beach walks, two times down a few miles to where the planes coming in or going out of the Malaga airport fly right over your head.
I am so very grateful to be able to take such a trip and to fulfill my mother's last order to Billy and me to "take a nice trip to Spain next year." Thank you for so graciously allowing me to be away and covering worship and other matters while I was gone.
"How good, Lord, to be here." It's good to be back with our parish family, to sleep in my own bed, to look ahead to Lent and our plans for that (they are coming, I promise.) It's good to see signs of spring like blooming daffodils and forsythia. Though they often get hammered in March or April cold spells, they are pretty now.
Needed: A few people who care about good music and the mission of the Oak Grove Pavilion. The team that puts things together needs some help. Bands are being contacted right now and already Vickie is putting her diabolical thoughts to paper for the play that will run the last two weekends in August. The committee needs some help getting things organized. It is a wonderful ministry, now in its 23rd year. If you are interested in helping, please let one of the following know: Billy Motley, Rebbecca Jackson or Virginia Neukirch.
Did you know that Lutheran World Relief is on the ground and active in places like Syria and Indonesia? Click on the following link to see how our church is feeding people and giving them hope:
Don't be afraid to be Christians out there this week!