Sunday, August 29, 2010

Celebration of my Godmother

A committal service at graveside

Let us pray:
Gracious Spirit of all mercies
Through the abundance of your love
We are your children.
You have promised to be with us forever.
Comfort us in this time of grief
With the precious and sure hope
of Resurrection.

Revelation 7 ".... for the Lamb, who is at the center of the throne, will be their shepherd and will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe every last tear from their eyes."

Job 19:25 "For I know that my Redeemer lives....."

John 11:25 "I am the resurrecton and the life..."

1 Corinthians 15:57 "... thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Precious words in the liturgy:
"...keep our sister, in the company of all your saints..."
"In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through Jesus Christ..."

Praying together the Lord's Prayer.

God of all life, grant us grace to walk with you
in sure confidence of your eternal love.
Energize us to comfort one another as we
have been comforted.
May we go in unity of Spirit with all creation,
remembering that we are Easter people.
Inspire us to do justice,
share and receive forgiveness,
love kindness,
and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

Receive the blessing
May God bless you. May the peace of God which passes understanding sustain your heart and mind in Jesus, the Risen Christ. Amen.

"Jesus Loves Me" sung by the great-grandchildren, placing flowers on the grave.

Back at the house, the gathering of family and friends

The dessert table... and through the window you can see the luncheon table, all graciously set as she would have chosen.

Lovely weather, with a breeze off the lake, and lunch and conversation under the pines

Youngest of the great-grandchildren

My Godmother was there at my baptism, my ordination, and most important celebrations in between. I can picture her in their kitchen preparing Thanksgiving dinners.
At 18 months, I was flower girl at her wedding.
Deepest and highest of honors to be asked to officiate on this day.....

The prayers at the beginning and the end of the committal, based on Scripture of course, were written by me.
Liturgy was from the pastors' Occasional Services book, an ordination gift (twenty-five years ago!) from my brother, his wife, and their family.
The benediction is the one I used in all the years of my interim ministry.

Let us go in peace.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Carter Presidential Library

Make It By Midnight in Macon Georgia:
Evening marathon races on Saturday, July 17

Sunday morning on the way through Georgia, we stopped by the Carter Presidential Libray. The buildings were not open yet for the day, but the gardens were lovely.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Raise Myeloma Awareness

Myeloma patient Keith May and the IMF have entered a racecar design called "The Survivor" in a contest called Sponsafier. The winning entry will be built as a full sized car, showcased at a NASCAR race, and your votes can help push us across the finish line.

This will raise awareness of myeloma, the International Myeloma Foundation, the great work being done to change the course of myeloma, and the work that still needs to be done. Here's what you can do:

Just take 30 seconds every day until August 28, click, wait for the screen to develop, and simply click the “vote” button. You don't have to log on or enter ANY information. For extra credit, you can do this with every computer that you have available, every day.

“The Survivor” is one of several hundred entries in the Sponsafier contest. Some are just artistic designs and some like Keith’s support a cause. Now we all have the opportunity to support Keith, myeloma awareness, and the IMF by voting every day for the next 11 days, and by asking your friends, families, and colleagues to vote too.

The messages on the car are simple: “Beat myeloma to the finish line,” and simply “Beat Cancer.” What better way to get there than by racing? Click

The Survivor

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bridge on Gateway

Oh glorious re-use!
Instead of tearing down the ancient weak bridge, they are bringing it to Gateway Trail for runners, bicycle riders, walkers, skateboarders to cross a
busy highway.
Click to enlarge; the details are on the sign.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Buy Local

Vidalia onions:
What fun it was to "buy local" in MACON Georgia when we were there for the marathon.

In June we bought local organic Idaho potatoes in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

When we were in Charleston, South Carolina, we ate fried green tomatoes.

Dew points are nearly as high as the temp, but we are running.

Good article in "Runner's World", September issue, about grief... when the loss is "not being able to run".
Also, as always, information about healthy eating.