Something changed in the way I think about Easter - I noticed it in my preparations for the speeching... Can't quite put a finger on what the change was exactly, but I can describe the absence of something... no angst caused by approaching a familiar topic - at various times coming up on past Easters, I've had a tension in my gut, a feeling that I needed to have a good speech for the day, or a gooder speech than I would normally bring (it sounds silly when I read those last sentences to myself, but they're staying in.) This time, not so much - it was a very simple preparation time - born out of some Bible reading at a time when I wasn't even "ON" (translation - phishing or studying for speeching material...)
Spent the afternoon with dear friends - great pizza, wings, & french dips - chocolate fondue, & a great Bordeaux. A fitting way to celebrate the Risen Christ.
On that note, I had the most amazing realization - I am a musical kind of guy - goodness. Who'd a thunk it? Looking back, I should have known - My Fair Lady, the Sound of Music, & even Doctor Dolittle (Rex Harrison Version please) etc...
Had an answer to prayer this week, specifically on the issue of pain I blogged about before... And I can see the glimmer of hope -not because the situation has changed, but probably because of my perspective. Approaching life with pessimism & realism can be such downers, esp. when it's HOPE that is needed to carry the day. I'll be revisiting that idea - that I need a HOPE infusion as a part of my Jesus life is a surety.
I wish to be more proficient on the guitar - that I would be able to play with my fingers what I hear in my head.
Last week, while in conversation with a friend, I heard him speak almost apologetically (ok, no almost about it, he was seriously qualifying...) about some nice things that he had. It wasn't like he got them from any illegal or illicit activity - he was blessed - he bought a nice car - & a nice home. Had some disposable income. And felt like when talking to me (& others) that he needed to give a disclaimer as though a Christ-follower shouldn't have nice stuff. He's definitely not the guy that is trying to get people to sow their "RESURRECTION SEED into his MIHN-uss-tree" - not a charlatan - but it was still there. I'll have to ponder that.