It's been quiet here, I know! And I am behind on my First Date Schedule, as well. Here is a quick recap of my last two weeks:
I attended the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Columbus, Ohio, from June 21 to 27. My head is still spinning from a week full of business meetings, chats with friends new and old, and fabulous music and worship. Here is a sample: poet/musician's "god is no noun", the meditation from the Sunday morning worship service. And a nice Storified look at the week on social media. These are the kinds of experiences that convinced me to get a UU flaming chalice tattoo on my 60th birthday.
Then as soon as we got home, I went back to work on the worship service I was leading at my church on July 3. We have two professional ministers, but in the summer, our services are led by members or visiting speakers. This year the worship committee organized a series on aging, with speakers representing the 30s, 40s, etc. (ages, not years). They wanted me and Jim to do the 60s, but I suggested doing a "framing" sermon on how our culture shapes our stories about age. It was perhaps half done. By June 30, it was 2/3 done. (I will post a link when I am done tidying it up.)
I got up on Friday morning to a husband in pain, and spent most of the next 14 hours in the emergency room with him. Life is what happens when you are making other plans, right? John Lennon was so astute. Somehow, between trips to the hospital as they moved him from ER to observation to a regular room, I finished the sermon, found a replacement pianist for my musical partner, and delivered the worship service. Whoosh!
So now it's Monday, and he's still recovering. I just finished answering all my emails and am about to head to the hospital again to check up on his progress. This will probably be a great night to watch Dil To Pagil Hai! I am accepting all thoughts, prayers, meditations, candles, and other expressions of care and healing.