(1) Though I’d felt tired and innervated for weeks, my energy level definitely increased throughout last week and on into the start of this week. Walking into town, I easily turned left and scaled up a hill that often has intimidated me. A roundabout route through campus was not only beautiful, but brisk. Moreover, I notice I’m getting to bed early these days and waking up like clockwork at the same time every morning, very naturally. Grateful for the gift of health.
(2) Wrote a column for the religious news site, first one since the five-week series. Kurt had a chance to go through it with suggested edits, many of which I accepted, prior to turning it in yesterday. (It’s about hidden meaning that may be found in the pandemic.) Grateful for this writing gig, and for all the journalists I’ve met here who encourage me.
(3) Had a wonderful experience yesterday providing special music at the United Church, where Cody is the regular church pianist on staff. He played the service with great sensitivity, and Pastor Jodie preached a provocative sermon. I played my “very Irish” version of Be Thou My Vision, and it was a warm, spirited occasion.
(4) Keva’s delivery of Reaching for Your Hand is almost too good for me to listen to. She was practically sight-reading off of a score on her smartphone — that’s how little we had practiced it – and yet she nailed it. I knew she was good, but I didn’t know she was that good! I gave her another song I wrote for female voice called “I Am the Blues” that we’re practicing to record on Sunday.
(5) Getting up at 4:30 every morning again has been good for my spiritual health. My friend Danielle in Georgia leaves at 7:45 to drive to work, and so at 4:45am PST we often have a conversation. Lately the conversations have been very encouraging, mostly about how to be forgiving, in an ongoing way, in human relationships, and how we can feel free to solve our problems knowing that we are forgiven, for we can see ourselves without shame. It’s inspiring how both Danielle and I have been positively influenced by our respective churches over the past few years. There is new life all around me, and I am grateful.
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