TGIF Friday May 11, 2018
I am sitting in the Whole Glow Café in Cumberland this morning sipping on a steaming cup of joe and munching on a delicious breakfast cookie. I love the sense of community here in Cumberland, the chit chats and laughs I get to have with folks who come into the café while I’m working away. Here are my thoughts for the week…what are you trusting? What are you grateful for? What is inspiring you this week? How are you practicing your faith or spirituality?
Don't forget to join me at either 10am or 7pm on Tuesday May 15th for Coffee and Conversations that Matter at Whole Glow Cafe at 2713 Dunsmuir in Cumberland when we will be chatting about prayer.
What I am Trusting
This is one of my favourite times of the year: it is warm and sunny during the day but still cool and crisp overnight. The sunshine of the daytime lifts everyone’s spirits and it seems to help us all slow down a little. The coolness of the evenings and mornings lends itself to a certain coziness. I am trusting and leaning into this slowing down where neighbours linger a little longer to visit, where we catch a whiff of the sweet blossoms opening around us, when we find ourselves wrapped up in a blanket on the patio in the evening with fingers curled around a warm mug of tea.
Slowness in our culture of speed and productivity is an act of rebellion. I am going to rebel and trust in God’s springtime cycle that encourages slowing down and noticing.
What I am Grateful For
On Monday evening I graduated from the Vancouver School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree. I am the first in my family to receive a graduate degree and I am so filled with gratitude for all the hands that helped along the way to get me here. All the meals that were made while I was studying, all the childcare that was offered while I was in class, all the prayers for perseverance through the tough times and all who celebrated each win along the way. I am grateful for a mother (and grandmother!) that taught me the value of educated women in society. I am grateful for a spouse that has encouraged and challenged and supported me through these past years of study. And I am grateful to have finished!!
What Inspires Me
This week my daughter had her bicycle stolen from the bike rack at her elementary school; Monday morning the principal found a cut lock in the schoolyard. We are a family that does our best to cycle to school most days when the weather shifts, it is a fabulous way to start the day and clear our minds to be ready for whatever comes at us. We also just love cycling together as a family, especially while we are camping (which we are this weekend!). We thought this theft would bring some grief with it, but it was taken with remarkable acceptance and grace by Miss E. At the dinner table last night, we were talking about the incident and Mr. X noted that probably whoever took the bike either needed a bike or needed some money for food so they must need it more than we do. Indeed.
How I am Practicing My Faith
This is sort of stealing from the what I am trusting section of this blog, but I am practicing my faith today by wading into the slowness. As a Christian, I believe that God created and loved the world so much that he just had to throw some skin on and hang around with us for a little while (Jesus!). Which teaches us a lot about how we are to love. When we love someone we just need to be with them sometimes. Not doing, doing, doing but just hanging out. I am loving my neighbours when I am just standing around chatting. I am loving the new mom who pops into the café and I stop work to play with her baby. I am loving the earth when I lay down barefoot in the grass, close my eyes, and feel that sunshine on my face…I am loving myself as a child of God when I do this too.