And it's the Second Sunday of Easter, the 8th day of the Great Fifty Days. Here's today's sermon; I'm also going to give links to my Holy Week sermons. When I forget to post them here, they can always be found at our parish website.
Enough with the files! If I had to choose a couple to recommend, it would probably be Good Friday and maybe Maundy Thursday, but of course, I like them all!
Today was a stunningly gorgeous day, mostly sunny and mid-70s. It was a perfect day to spend doing any number of things: a bike ride, reading and writing on the back porch, a little yard work. Unfortunately, Sundays are usually "lost days" for me, after I've had my lunch. Introvert that I am, church wears me out more than the work I do any other day of the week. I love church, don't get me wrong -- and love seeing the people and being the extroverted "shepherd" for the day. But it truly does wear me out. Anyone who understands introversion from the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory will understand that. So usually I go to lunch with one very gracious parishioner; today we went to Cookeville (next town west of here, twice the size of Crossville), ate lunch at Cheddars, and shopped a bit at TJ Maxx, one of my all-time favorite places to shop. Then, as usual, it was home to the sofa for a nap. Zzzzzzz.
Now I'm about to watch Gloria Steinem on Oprah (two of my heroes, right together on the same show), then a new reality show on Bravo that I've become addicted to ("The Shahs of Sunset"), then my evening journal reflection, complete with list of gratitudes for the day, then it will be bedtime already.
It was a perfectly lovely day. I'll also read a little before bed -- 2 pages of my AA Big Book, then a bit from a new Kindle book I got, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia Bourgeault. I enjoyed her The Wisdom Jesus immensely.
Let me know what you think of Oprah, Gloria Steinem, Mary Magdalene, and Cynthia Bourgeault.