Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday Five: Moving

Moving is on the mind over at the RevGals. Here's my play:

1. A big move is looming, name one thing that you could not possibly part with, it must be packed?
My collection of journals that I have kept just shy of DAILY since 1985.

2. Name one thing that you would gladly leave behind...
The crickets that have infested our basement this spring. My bedroom is in the basement.

3. How do you prepare for a move

a. practically?
Poorly. Very poorly.

b. spiritually/emotionally?
Spending a lot of time with people to be sure I make the most of my time. This is part of my problem with part A of this question. Also, I think moving is INCREDIBLY exciting, so I spend a lot of time thinking, planning, imagining what life will be like in a new way and find things I want to get involved in when I get there. Whether I do or not later on doesn't matter too much. It's finding the new things I MIGHT do that's exciting.

4. What is the first thing you look for in a new place?
Fastest routes to the grocery store/wine store (if it's a state that separates those things out).

5. Do you settle in easily, or does it take time for you to find your feet in a new location?
I settle in very easily. Granted I haven't lived anywhere for more than 5 years since I left home after high school. I wonder what will happen when I hit that point in this new place. We've been here a year and plan to stay for an indefinite while. I wonder if I'll get the moving itch, and how, if I do, I'll overcome it.

The bonus for today; a new opportunity has come up for you to spend 5 years in a new area, where would you go and why?
Africa, without thinking twice, and with no regrets. I have lived for 3 months each in Ghana and Kenya. I'd go back there or just about anywhere else at the drop of a hat. I think I could even convince my husband if it were for a definite period of time.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I hate Trinity Sunday.

I don't like Trinity Sunday. Oh, I like the Trinity alright, but I don't like it's own Sunday. I hope I'm not bursting too many bubbles when I say that the Trinity as a doctrine or organized thought about God is not spelled out in Scripture really. There are trinitarian formulae in a few New Testament spots. The persons of the Trinity show up throughout Scripture, but it's not like a book is spent talking about God's revelation of the Trinity on stone tablets or anything. That makes it real hard for me to do a Trinity Sunday sermon since I tend to be a pretty biblically based preacher, really digging into the text and the plot and the characters. Preaching a doctrine that has limited direct biblical support from ONE text is sort of hard for me to get behind. It's hard for me to do and feel like I'm doing well. Not saying it's impossible. Just saying I might not be the woman for that job!

Anyway, I hope I can honor the Trinity in all of our worship all of our Sundays. I'll try to find a way to do it with integrity this week, too, but I don't think we'll hear a Trinity Sunday sermon. I did one last year, and I think that was enough for a three year cycle. Maybe I'll pull it out again in a few years if we need to go down that road again. For now, though, I'll play with Nicodemus and rebirth. That passage has enough baggage to unpack on it's own.

Maybe the Spirit will surprise me, though, and wiggle the Trinity into it anyway!