Lost in all the craziness of the last week was a beautiful moment we were able to participate in on Sunday (a week ago, which feels like a million years past now). We dedicated Marina at REUNION (our church partner and home church). I’ve always had mixed feelings about these moments, but what I appreciate about it the most is the love shown to us by our community and the reminder (and tangible practice/expression) of the truth that in the church we raise children as a community, not simply as individual parents.
Now for the cute pics:
I can trend in the direction of cynicism. There are all sorts of reasons to be skeptical,
to be aloof,
to stay removed,
and to avoid getting to emotionally attached to anything.
The world works against joy:
trains don’t arrive on time
and people cut you off
and employees at businesses treat you poorly and have bad attitudes
and other people talk smack about “those” people
and your neighbors are annoying
and your co-workers are frustrating
and I’m just getting started.
I could go on.
But there is a better way to live. Cynicism is just too easy.
My daughter consistently reminds me that the world is actually an amazing and endlessly fascinating place.
There are so many things to see
This weekend we discovered the joy of splashing in the bath.
Such a simple joy. Just flailing arms
and water all over the floor
It was beautiful.
There are so many things to wonder at.
Sunsets and sunrises.
A good meal.
Sitting around and talking
I could go on.
Here’s to the simple joy of splashing in the bath.
On Friday’s I get to hang out with this beautiful little girl.
I don’t get work done on Fridays. Maybe a few emails, maybe a couple of minutes on this project or that assignment.
But, for the most part, normal work ceases.
However, Friday is not a sabbath.
It’s still work.
But in some ways, Fridays work like a sabbath. I have to let go of my work…of being productive…of getting everything crossed off my list.
Because there’s always more to be done…always another meeting to take…always another project to tackle.
So, thank you Marina, for helping to slow me down.
This beautiful girl has been in our lives for 5 months now!