Sunday, October 31, 2010


So, I'm not really sure where October went. 

I definitely wrote letters for at least the first dozen days and well, after that it gets a bit blurry.
So I can't say that 30 letters were written...but alas it's not the end of the world.

I've been thinking for a while about the next 30 days and I have been inspired by three things:
1) a person who in the context of the congregation has people send pictures of times they see God at work in the world around them. 
2) Back in the day, when working with the awesome youth at Resurrection Connection Day Camp in New Haven, CT, Peggy had this thing called "Caught ya being good" she would highlight different cool things that campers did throughout the day.  (what a cool thing)
3) Something I saw in church today.  With less than 5 minutes before worship, I had a moment to talk and pray with a woman who lost a loved one this past week.  As we wrapped up our conversation, another woman walked in and continued to offer words of love, compassion and support...she walked in at just the right time.  It was wonderful to see the Body of Christ alive and in action. 

With those three things in mind...I've decided that the next 30 days will be about seeing God at work in the world around me and telling others about it.  It'll mean blogging more often, which I had missed doing.  I also hope for the opportunity to share with that individual or group that she/he/they are the God's work in the world around us. 

We'll see how it goes.  You'll definitely be in the loop...

Until the next spotting...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

time for bed

Let me start by saying this letter writing thing is great. 

So many moments pass in each day that I, I'd love to share more with that person, tell them how awesome they are... how I appreciate their honesty, their character, their chutzpah, or I just appreciate something they have said or done.  Now I'm actually getting around to it. 

So Omi, if you're listening...I'm finally getting around to notes and thank you notes that are long overdue. 

All you folks who have been reading the blog helped keep me accountable last month for both 30 Days of Biking and Blogging...this month, I don't want to blog every day in case someone who reads is a recipient of a letter...but just to let you know...I've dropped notes to folks in Indy, Terre Haute, the East Coast and just down the road.  I'll post a final list at the end of the month. 

In the meantime, I'm riding the Hilly Hundred this weekend in Ellettsville (just west of Bloomington) IN this weekend.  100 miles in 2 days...and I believe there will be a few hills.  Prayers and thoughts appreciated. 

Oh, this past weekend I went to the IU/Michigan game...and we LOST! Argh...but the stadium was full.

A sea of crimson. 

With our church's Chili Day tomorrow...and breakfast at 6am...I should call it a day.  

Until next time...

Friday, October 1, 2010

the simpson stamps are on a new mission

So I just finished writing a letter. 

This letter was long overdue.  Sent to a friend I met several years ago, who shares wonderful stories with everyone she meets.  Not only does she share stories, but she honestly cares for the people she meets and talks with.  She used to tell people that she would pray for them, but in her honesty, she would often forget to pray for those folks later on.  So now, in the midst of conversation, she will say, can I pray for you?  She stops what she's doing and prays.  She will do it over the phone, or in an email.  She has been blessed with this gift and she is not shy about sharing it...what a gift. 

I think I'm going to like this letter writing thing. 

And for the record, to celebrate the end of 30 Days of Biking, I went for a bike ride :)

Until next time...