2. In case you haven't been following Caine's Arcade, a lot of stuff has been happening. They've set up a fund for his education (not just college, but anything he might need before that, like tutors or special classes), and folks have donated $180,000! The New York Times finally got on the ball and wrote a story about it. Caine visited a NASA scientist who built cardboard rockets when he was a kid.
3. North Carolina's High Country United States of Christ, and their campaign against an amendment banning same-sex marriage. Along with these Ministers, "Traditional" families are part of the campaign to combat the amendment.
4. Last night I was at a bar with some friends, and noticed that this man in a black jacket had stationed himself near where we were sitting. When I talked to him briefly, he had a strong Russian accent. He interacted minimally with the ladies in our group, and I didn't think much of it. Then, this dancing dude tried to approach my friend, BOOM! there came Russian stranger out of nowhere! "No no no, you don't talk to her," he said. Words were exchanged, dancing guy went back to dancing, Russian stranger went back to sitting near us and not saying anything. He was our guardian! Later on he told us he was leaving, and we decided to give him a group hug to thank him for looking out for us. He happily shared the hug, said "Be care-eh-ful, girls," and left.
6. Okay, as may be evident, I've been spending a lot of time recently focusing on my spiritual life. It's not a crisis of faith or anything, just a time when a lot of things happened at once and I've been trying to figure out what it's all been about. But I was talking to Chez about it, and she said "I don't know that we're given things to figure them out."
Figuring things out is pretty much what I do. It's my approach to everything - if I think about, or discern about, this thing enough, I'll figure it out. But maybe that's not always the thing that needs doing. Maybe it will make sense in time, but also (and this is the scariest part), maybe it won't.
This is another song that I had as part of my College Meeting for Worship. Chez sang it, incidentally. It worked really well with the subject of my talk - which involved the story of important female figures in my mom's life appearing to her when she needed reassuring. Now I'm wondering if the "there will be an answer" is too assumptive. My faith leads me to believe that there is an answer, and maybe in order to be truly faithful I have to accept that I might not ever know it.
When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness She is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be. And when the broken hearted people Living in the world agree, There will be an answer, let it be. For though they may be parted there is Still a chance that they will see There will be an answer, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Yeah There will be an answer, let it be. And when the night is cloudy, There is still a light that shines on me, Shine on until tomorrow, let it be. I wake up to the sound of music Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be. There will be an answer, let it be. Let it be, let it be, Whisper words of wisdom, let it be