Sunday, July 18, 2010
A relaxing Sunday
This morning was our time to serve with the kid's ministry at church. Again, I found it really enjoyable. There are a few kids that need some extra direction but for the most part they are pretty good 3-year-olds. After that, we stayed to hear about mission trips to Honduras and Peru. I brought J with us and was glad there were a couple other kids there. Our pediatrician was the presenter who went on a medical mission trip with several others to Honduras. One of the doctors (internal medicine) was the brother of a childhood friend. It was incredibly interested to hear about all they were able to do in a short time. J was a bit of a mover during the time but never strayed too far. For the second group talking about Peru, he started to get antsy and was talking loud so we left and wandered around the large church lobby until L came out.
We all had quesadillas for lunch and then stopped at Culver's for some ice cream. This has definitely become a summer habit, which is OK as long as the rest of my diet is balanced and there's exercise. I'm still not regularly getting in 3 days a week for exercise and I'm not extremely focused on regulating my eating. I'm not really losing anything. Not very inspirational but true.
We were low key and stayed around home today. During J's nap, we spent some time reading which is one of our favorite things to do. I was reading They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky and it is really gripping. It's about the "lost boys of Sudan" who were a group of tens of thousands of very young boys who faced the dangers of traveling 1000 miles across the country into Ethiopia looking for refuge from civil war. This story is told by three of the survivors. I cannot believe all they went through. When J got up from his nap, he was pretty tired. He came downstairs and just lay on the floor. He said "I'm sleepin'". Then he stood there doing a goofy handstand thing. It was pretty funny.
Tonight we went back to church to go to the actual service. J got to hear the children's message twice. We are in the 2nd to last week of Ecclesiastes and tonight's message was about death. We viewed a brief video of our pastor walking in a cemetery. Not a place we go to unless we have to, he says. Today we looked at two different passages in the Bible, Ecclesiastes 9:1-10 and 2Timothy 1:3-12. in Ecclesiastes, the writer is very pessimistic. The outlook is bleak. He says whether we live our life for good or for evil, the same destiny overtakes us all. While in 2Timothy, the message is filled with hope. The highlight being verse 10: "it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. This speaks of the promise of what is to come for those of us who believe and have put our faith in Jesus. Death is destroyed. I like how Paul puts that. So a reminder that as a follower, in this life we are only passing through. We are being prepared for our real life, the one that is eternal and will be spent in the company of our Lord. How comforting!
It was pretty late by the time we got home and we hadn't had dinner yet so we ate quick and then J got a bath. His Aunt Carrie was on the phone and he said hi and told her "I'm taking a bath". When I was drying him off he got away and started running around the upstairs al natural. He really didn't want to be caught and was laughing so hard. Finally, it was time to say goodnight.