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One Month has Passed

Yesterday was a freaky day, not one crash and burn thing. My guess this has a lot more to do with a cloud of witnesses praying for me, than it does any internal stuff getting fixed, but either way such is pretty cool. Its pretty freaky, in that my old tech group has really rallied to my aid. Its not that they did, as for the most part we’ve all been there for one another over the years… but the fact that God is using this bunch of guys to speak to me. Its a fascinating thing to interact in such a fashion as we’re normally chasing electrons and/or trying to solve the impossible tech issue… go figure, but then again where the Holy Spirit blows, things do happen.

Earlier this week I encountered the most unwelcoming church ever. I’m sure the members are very welcoming in and of themselves… but when the only unlocked entrance to the sanctuary requires you to  walk right in front of the pulpit to get to the pew…. its not exactly welcoming, especially if you arrive 60 seconds late. Alas, I was not up for that, so just hung in the hallway up through the homily and then left. This is a holdover recurrent theme for me… insiders know the doors to use, so far too many churches leave the main doors locked, its not a very welcoming practice when a visitor arrives and has to walk around the building to get in. And yes, I’m generally in people avoidance mode, at least for a bit longer I think.

I also intentionally skipped church last Sunday. The Gospel reading was from John 17:6-19… and it was one of the Gospel texts I considered for my wifes funeral. In fact it was the first text I dug through, albeit on my notebook, as had I used a paper based Bible it would have been soaked. I sort of get the feeling I’ll probably be skipping out on the 7th Sunday of Easter in year B for a while. Its just too close to home… and *&#(*!@ I blew my streak of not crashing and burning.

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This Sunday is Pentecost, and in year B, the Gospel reading is a pretty deep one. I find the John 15:8-11bit  to be on the mind blowing side.

When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin,because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

… so what gives with that? I’m not sure, but I think its cool…

Where the Holy Spirit blows, stuff happens.