Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Five: September

The RevGals offer this Friday Five today:

One thing I've learned with blogging and social media is that the where I live is not necessarily where you live. And so I want to know what September means to you, in your place of the world and time in your life.
This week's Friday Five is:
What are 5 things that the beginning of September mean to you?
Bonus: What's one thing you could do without?
So here goes.
1.  A break in the heat.  Already this week has cooled off just a touch, enough that our stay-at-home vacation this week has been quite pleasant, in terms of just hanging out at home.  We don't have AC in the house or car which makes stretches of hot days very difficult.  The sun angle is starting to shift now, and the temp dropping just enough, that comfort is returning.  Thank goodness we figured out how to cool down the bedroom to a comfortable temp so that we can sleep.  We did not have that in our old place.

2.  New possibilities forming for my ministry setting.  As my faith community grows in depth and commitment we look ahead to new opportunities for community building and solidarity.  In addition, our association, the local regional expression of the UCC, is launching a fund to help support "covenant communities" like ours which don't fit "traditional" categories.  That financial support would mean a great deal to our faith community and my vocation, especially if it means I could do my ministry work full-time rather than split between that and another job.

3.  Opera is coming soon.  The first HD broadcast is not until October but we're getting closer!  Fleming, DiDonato, Netrebko, Voigt...what's not to like?

4.  Integration.  This summer has been a time of major spiritual wrestling...being wrestled out of old paths and ways into something new which I do not know what that is yet.  Will autumn be a time of harvest?  I go back to Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, which I posted about here.
O Pain, You piercer of all things,
From you, I have been wrestled!
O Death, You masterer of all things,
Now, are you conquered!
With wings which I have won for myself,
In love’s fierce striving,
I shall soar upwards
To the light which no eye has penetrated!
Its wing that I won is expanded,
and I fly up.
Die shall I in order to live.
Rise again, yes, rise again,
Will you, my heart, in an instant!
That for which you suffered,
To God will it lead you!

5.    The work continues.  I have sure enjoyed this week (8.5 days!) off.  I have got to figure out how to incorporate more rest like this into my/our schedule...there is good stuff coming up, AND if I let myself get this exhausted again, well that won't be so good.

And one thing I could do without:

Hmm.  I've been sitting here thinking about it and can't come up with anything other than over-scheduling myself per #5 above...So I'll go with that!