Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Do It Again

I'm so thankful for this good and full life God has given! Fascinating conversation today over coffee with a new friend, excellent lunch with Dan & Shatera, Downton Abbey this evening with Toni. Tomorrow I plan to be at "Bridging" ( volunteering from 9:30a-1p. And yes, work still occupies me mornings 5-8 and then again from 2:30-7 PM. On Friday I'm hoping to meet for an hour or so with Nate Johnstone about ministry with young adults. Praising God for every day! Even with the snow (or whatever it will be... now looks like more fog!) coming tonight which should make tomorrow's driving challenging.

The conversation I mentioned above was with Doug Johannsen, a pastor of two small churches affiliated with Grace Communion International. He and I share a zest for life that we can only attribute to God. I quoted a Dylan lyric: "I was so much older then/I'm younger than that now." He replied something from G.K. Chesterton:
Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” (quoted in _Invitation to Theology: A Guide to Study, Conversation & Practice_ by Michael Jinkins)
As I prepare now to go to bed, setting my alarm for shortly after 4 AM, I say, to the Lord, yes! Let's do it again!

Peace and joy to you my brothers and sisters.

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