Cool water

So this past Friday afternoon was quite eventful as I knocked out a big chunk of applications, bit the bullet, and sent them in. In celebration, I drove into the suburbs and spent the night with some friends. There’s something refreshing and life-giving about being with people who really, truly know you, and vice versa. And when you’ve known someone for a long time, it’s just that much sweeter.

Seeing Jeff and Megan and their beautiful daughter was long overdue, a breath of fresh air and cool water and warm sunlight. Sitting on the couch in the living room next to a fake fire (or rather, a real fire that burned on a fake log), laughing, telling stories, asking questions, challenging and encouraging each other…

Anyway, I’m grateful. Grateful for family, for friends both old and new, for those who know me, and who have allowed me to know them. Grateful for those that are exist and those that are developing. I am so rich, so blessed.

So much of this past year has been transitory – leaving Brazil, moving to the US, adjusting… saying good-byes – so many good-byes… preparing for the future… trying to figure out which doors to knock on, which to pursue, which dreams are worth fighting for and which dreams should be left to die gently… discovering what friendships look like now that I’m here, and not there… stumbling towards home, seeking clarity and wisdom, hoping and praying for grace…

An Easter Sermon

…First and last alike, receive your reward.
Rich and poor, rejoice together!

Conscientious and lazy, celebrate the day!
You who have kept the fast, and you who have not,
rejoice, this day, for the table is bountifully spread!

Feast royally, for the calf is fatted.
Let no one go away hungry.

Partake, all, of the banquet of faith.
Enjoy the bounty of the Lord’s goodness!

Let no one grieve being poor,
for the universal reign has been revealed.

Let no one lament persistent failings,
for forgiveness has risen from the grave.

Let no one fear death,
for the death of our Savior has set us free…

~ St. John Chrysostom

(yes, I have put this up here before. but I needed to remember it again…)

Happy Easter.

He is risen…