April 3, 2017
it’s because yesterday, we played a little hooky. (Also, if you are wondering why Steve is suddenly sporting a beard, it’s for his role in the upcoming Easter drama.)
In a timely confluence of events, Steve had booked a guest minister (actually, a whole family) for our Sunday service; they not only preached but also did music. This worked out well because it just happened to be the same Sunday when a dear pastor friend of Steve’s was retiring from ministry and it freed us up from our usual responsibilities so that we could be away for the morning.
And so Steve and I, in our great hooky escapade, left town at 9 a.m. yesterday and drove an hour away to Grandy, NC to be with Steve’s friend, Pastor Steven King. Steve hadn’t told him we were coming so it was a happy surprise.
Pastor Steven and his wife, Lynn, have been through enormous health challenges over the past few years. Lynn (who is in the first picture above) had breast cancer and suffers from long-term fatigue and side effects from her treatment regimen. (Although thankfully, she is cancer free.)
Pastor Steven had a paralyzed vocal cord which has required 16 surgeries; he still has a difficult time speaking. He also went through a health challenge last year where he could hardly eat anything solid for six months causing him to lose fifty pounds.
But to spend time with the two of them, you would never know they had been through such difficulties; they are truly amazing people, very much others-focused without a trace of bitterness or self-pity over the hardship they have experienced.
Steven has been a great help to Steve over the past few years, serving as a prayer partner, a counselor, and a sounding board when Steve has needed someone trustworthy to talk to who understands the unique challenges of pastoring.
It was such a privilege for us to get to share in Pastor Steven and Lynn’s last Sunday at the wonderful church they have pastored for the past fourteen years.
I was reminded of something I had read that said when you buy a new vehicle in a particular color, it seems like you suddenly start seeing that color everywhere you look.
That seems to be true. Here is our Ford.
And here is the lineup of the vehicles parked in the next row. Red was definitely the color of the day– including the roof of the church!
Steve and I stopped for a quick lunch and then popped into a convenience store for a little heading-down-the-road treat.
I was delighted to see that the store carried Cow Tales Crispy Moo, one of my favorite sweet treats. (And only 140 calories.)
Steve opted for a cup of coffee and this bag of delectability.
We stopped at this place to pick up some concrete planters for the church . . .
then went by Walmart to get something for the Easter drama. (Since I quickly get overwhelmed by enormous stores, I only go to Walmart about twice a year so it was definitely a rare-ish outing.)
From there, it was on to a nursing home to pray with a failing relative of a church member and then finally back home to where Summer was waiting for us to join her for our traditional Sunday afternoon nap.
this would just look like an ordinary, run-of-the-mill day. However, for Steve and me, it was a lovely opportunity to just get to be “regular folk” on a Sunday. We love Sundays and we love getting to be with our wonderful congregation; however, the day is often physically and mentally exhausting with all the activities and responsibilities involved.
Steve not only preaches (which is demanding in itself) but also leads a 90-minute Sunday morning rehearsal, plays bass and sings. I play keyboard and sing and am also in charge of everything that goes up on the screens during the service (videos, lyrics to songs, sermon notes, etc) There are always last minute changes and challenges to juggle which sometimes fry my brain into a veritable frazzle.
And so I can’t tell you how utterly lovely it was for Steve and me to walk into a church building yesterday morning, sit down in a chair and have zero things to be concerned with. We got to sit back, soak in, and celebrate–a much needed change of pace.
It was also an especially timely day of rest because we are headed into our busiest week of the year with drama rehearsals this Tuesday through Friday night and performances on Saturday through Monday night. (In addition to our usual Sunday morning service and a funeral.)
So every once in a great while, when a pastor plays hooky– it’s a good thing!
I wanted to mention the bargain-based outfit I wore yesterday.
The skirt was bought with a store credit at a favorite consignment store (credit earned from selling clothes to the store) and the necklace was purchased with a gift card. The rest of the items (including shoes and purse) came to a grand total of $15.
Hooray for bargains!
Hooray for spring!
And hooray for you, my wonderful Smithellaneous reader. Have a great week!
What about you?
Do you have any special plans for this week or are your moments mainly going to be filled with the wonderful blessings of everyday-ness?
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.