Tuesday, July 10, 2007

you can't take the country out of the boy

We've had a very fun and busy July so far. Here are just a few pics of what's been going on with us during the past 2 weeks.

On the 3rd of July we went to downtown Columbus with some of the people from our house church (and about 300,000 others) for "Red, White and Boom" the annual fireworks show. I waited in line for over an hour to get a funnel cake! After that, it even tasted better than the ones you can get at the sale barn in Belleville!

On the 4th July we made a little garden in the back yard. OK so it isn't a farm, but it's about the best we can do. Gaby and Marcus would like to get a horse and a cow but, we don't quite have enough pasture space for that.
This garden is our little experiment to be sure that coffee doesn't dig it up. If she lets alone then we are going to make a bigger garden next year.

Here's coffee, staying away from the garden! We also put up a hammock the other day adding a piece of Costa Rica to our back yard.

Who's that monkey?
Marcus took this picture, not bad eh?

Yesterday we had this racoon visit the tree behind our house! It slept there all day and then finally went away at night. So I guess we can't get away from the country either!
We're all lovin' the summer, and hope you are too!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

what's worship?

OK so I've resisted any deep thinking on this blog for quite some time so I think I'm due to just write down some of my thoughts for a change.
Today we had our "big church" as our whole house church network met at a metro park just west of Columbus. I realized during the worship time that singing modern worship songs doesn't necessarily lead me into worship anymore as much as it used to. I fould myself worshiping in many other ways as well. Contemplating all of the life around me in the trees, the bugs and the people. To be honest, the one thing that showed me that God is still alive and well more than any of the songs was watching a mother play catch with her son at the picnic pavilion next to ours. OK, so you think I was just daydreaming, but I found it interesting that in my class at OSU this past week we were required to read an article from an educational journal that talked about how the breech between adults and youth in our culture is increasingly wider and I had just been talking about that with two of my churchmates right before the worship time started. So seeing mom and son play catch was a reminder that there are still others out there that value their relationships even if the general trend in our culture is heading the other direction. So, I saw God this morning in a very ordinary way. He is alive!
I just read a bit of Alan Hirsch's blog entry entitled 'beyond the sacred and secular' and it really clicked with me. You may want to give it a look if the thought of God being alive in a game of catch resonates with you. As I've walked along this journey of following Jesus, I've found God in so many places and times that I least expect. I'm realizing that he is more alive than I ever gave him credit for!