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Thank God for company…

…or I’d never do any housework at all!

An editing client is coming by this afternoon to pick up their work and I suddenly find myself strongly motivated to clean up my unconscionably messy office.  But if a cluttered desk indicates a cluttered mind, what does an empty desk mean?  No time to figure that out right now – I gotta hide my bedroom slippers.

Much has happened since my last post.  Turns out a few days after I was removed from the promotional venture I spoke about – at my own rather desperate request – I received an urgent phone call from our church organist who informed me that our minister’s husband was dying, and since she didn’t want to leave the bedside, could I take the Sunday service.  This was late Saturday morning.  Normally I would have deferred to one of the two other ministers in our congregation, but neither could be reached.  So, I said yes.

Consider the timing – I’d already written all six of my summer sermons and was in the process of editing each one, running it off and printing up the bulletins.  I wanted to get this all completed by mid-March so I could put all thoughts of preaching aside for a while and concentrate on the new manuscript.  All I had to do was pull out one of the two sermons already run off, read through it a few times, send up some emergency prayers for help and inspiration and I was good to go.  I told the mister never to make fun of my obsessive-compulsive tendencies again, cuz you never know when they’ll come in handy!

Now the really interesting part – as the time drew closer, I found myself growing calmerWhat? Usually I’m cycling up to the frenzied stage by the time I have to take the pulpit.  But not this time.  And as the service goes on, because I have to expend so much energy in leading worship and singing, I find I have very little energy left for preaching.  It is my lowest ebb in the service – something I struggle with.  But this time, mercy! I felt stronger and stronger as the sermon progressed.  It was a rare moment of grace.  One instant when I knew, maybe for the first time, that I was standing in the will of God.

Almost immediately after the service, all my energy drained away and I spent the rest of the day on the couch, exhausted but blessed.  So blessed!  And if I had not gotten things straightened out with that promotional thing, I don’t think I could have done any of this with a good conscience, and oh! what a loss that would have been.

Well, some dust bunnies are giving me the evil eye.  Back to work for me.

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