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Patches of Godlight [Dec. 14th, 2003|02:34 pm]
Yesterday, I went to a funeral. Like Tyr and so many others, I had to make a choice between going to a party at the Baron and Baroness's on Friday night and to the funeral (for FairyDarkFire's father) on Saturday. I made my choice, although I was questioning why I didn't take the easier option as I drove around Rockland for 1/2 lost on Saturday. I got the directions muddled up and underestimated how long it would take to get there. (I thought Highway 174 was a real highway like the Queensway, not a 2-lane windy thing with traffic lights.) I ended up being a half hour late. I hate being late for things, let alone something as important as a funeral and was tempted not to go. Except that after spending over a hour in the car, I knew it would be stupid not to go in.

I missed Fairy's talk, which was too bad, since supporting her was the reason I went. But I was so glad I went. It wasn't just the best funeral sermon I've ever heard, it was one of the best sermons I've heard in a long time. (I complemented the minister afterward on it.) All funeral sermons have the same basic topics, like eternal life, not mourning like pagans, how sad was are to lose so-and-so, but how great it is that s/he is with God. But this guy just bumped it up a notch and really spoke honestly and passionately about the true meaning of being in a relationship with God. It wasn't just the normal bland pseudo-religiously comforting li-service gloss that often gets put on these things. I came out of there energized.

Driving back, I was still wrapped up in that sermon. I noticed the sunlight kissing the water as the highway snaked around the river's edge. (I had been too busy worrying about being late on the drive up to appreciate it.) I thought about how a character in a book had once talked about patches of Godlight. Yes, God is omnipresent and always with us, but there are moments or times when we are just more aware of it and we catch glimpses of the kingdom - patches of Godlight.

I started reading an awesome book "Everyone is normal until you get to know them". I've only read 2 chapters, but they talked about relationships and community and the issues that Fairy and I were discussing a couple of weeks ago before all this happened with her father. More to say about the book later.


From: fairydarkfire
2003-12-15 01:02 am (UTC)
I am sorry hon my directions did not help either. I really should have reread them before Saturday. :( I am glad you enjoyed the sermon though and I am really glad you came even if you were late.

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[User Picture]From: vesta_venus
2003-12-16 06:36 am (UTC)
No apologies needed. I dreadfully under-estimated the time I should have left. (Although I left as early as I could after Christmas pageant rehersal.) I suspect I would have been a couple of minutes late even if I had turned left at Landry.

How are Rebecca and your son doing with all of this?

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From: fairydarkfire
2003-12-16 08:44 pm (UTC)
They both seem to be doing ok. At least I have not noticed anything unusual. My step mom is having a tough time this week though.

Last week there was so much to do that she did not have time to think but this week she has more free time on her hands. :(
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