This one’s from Friday morning (edited slightly toward the end).
1. Slept a lot, from around 9pm till just 5am, about eight hours. Only got up once to use the bathroom, at around 1:30. Next thing I knew, it was morning.
2. Man, I just remembered sleeping cautiously outside of St. Joseph the Worker church, waking up at least five times in the middle of every night (if I even was fully asleep) having to clandestinely urinate behind a designated bush, and eyeing my surroundings at all times with great concern before stealthily finding my way back to my two layers of cardboard, in order to crawl underneath my two blankets. Contrasting that with #1 above makes me know what I have to be grateful for.
3. Am on 3rd cup of nice Co-Op coffee I brewed in the Black & Decker. Had a dark Hershey bar with almonds and a larger Quaker oatmeal with peanut butter.
4. There was a time when in order to get my morning cup of coffee, I had to stand beneath an outdoor church stairway while an angry black man barked orders at me and others. Eventually, we were all permitted to step upstairs and into a large hall, where one by one we obtained our cups of coffee from the same angry man. We then waited for about a half hour under strict surveilance before permitted to stand in a long line to obtain our oatmeal and peanut butter. If I ever think my life is hard today, I am mistaken.
5. First Presbyterian Church. Great teaching, fellowship, and resources.
6. The location of my apartment is an ongoing blessing. I’m just distanced enough from the hub bub that it makes it difficult to go down to Main Street and get into any trouble even if I do have that anxious hankering on a Friday night.
7. The community of this intriguing, quiet college town is an easy access to inspiration as well as to renewed motivation to cease from unsavory behavior.
8. Today in particular is a new day full of blessing and promise.
9. Outstanding rehearsal last night. For my part, it was a turning point. I made a point of being well-prepared, of having a clear purpose. I think the director and the two actors present picked up on this. Kelsey and Marshall sang Turns Toward Dawn extremely well, and I like what Dave began to do with their scene. It was a pivotal point, a fulcrum. I see pretty clearly a very positive direction, from here.
10. Seven-thirty in the morning, and time to get on with the day. God is Good.
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