It’s Five Minute Friday time (on Saturday, of course). This week, however, I am going to suspend the rules. I’ll write around the prompt — CELEBRATE — but I know I know I’m not going to stick to five minutes.
However, I do suggest you visit Kate’s place (http://katemotaung.com/2015/09/17/five-minute-friday-celebrate/) to see what the rule-followers had to say on this subject.
So, without the timer constrict, here we go.
There were two distinct issues I wanted to address with the prompt. First, I am back in the pulpit tomorrow at West Fayette Presbyterian Church. So, please lift me up so the words from my mouth bring glory to the Lord. That’s always the challenge as this elder stands behind the pulpit. And the topic is just as challenging … wisdom … more specifically Wisdom From The Father, not to be confused with Wisdom From A Father. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, if anyone is in the West Fayette, NY area (in the Finger Lakes off Route 96A just south of Geneva) at 9 a.m. Sunday, stop in and celebrate with our congregation. We are not big, but we are loving.
Worship should always be a celebration … be it formal or informal. When we come together as a faith community, we are not individuals but a family of believers coming together for a celebration of our faith. This celebration happens at all services — not just Christmas, Easter and weddings. Every gathering is a celebration … a celebration of our beliefs. Even with our doubts and questions, even when we are hurting and/or lost, when we gather, God joins us and celebrates our oneness with Him.
My second take is a celebration of three years on WordPress. My blog officially reached the milestone Sept. 2, and you’ve been putting up with my ramblings for 474 posts. I said it on day one, “I have no idea what I will write about. I have thousands of ideas collected over the years, but sharing those ideas with strangers (who I hope will soon become friends!) is the challenge. That’s where you come in. I need feedback. I need suggestions. I need constructive criticism.”
That still holds true. Through the years, I’ve found my posts about Karen and our relationship to be most widely followed and well received. And I’ve enjoyed writing them. She was the light of my life, the wind under my wings and the best thing that ever happened to me. It’s more than cliches; it’s the reality of 40 years together, cut short because of the Big C.
So I celebrate three years of writing on this platform — part of a 50 year writing career. I hope you have enjoyed the journey from “Don’t Flinch” to the current “In the Blink of an Eye” serial. But I continue to ask for your feedback, suggestions and constructive criticism.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: If someone betrays you once, it is his fault; if he betrays you twice, it is your fault.