Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Blessed Rainy Days

When I got up this morning, it was a deliciously cool 66 degrees...and it still is!!! Barker and I were able to get in our 3 mile walk before the light precipitation began, and we have enjoyed a rather gentle rainfall most of the day. Lord knows, we need it!!! We have tickets to tomorrow night's Braves' game in Atlanta, and since tonight's game was cancelled due to weather, we will get to see two games! WooHoo!!!

I spent most of today working on and completing a Christmas gift. I wish I could show it to you, but it is for someone who often reads my blog, and I don't want to spoil the surprise. So, you'll just have to wait for another few months! Can you stand it??? I've gotta tell ya, it's pretty darned cute!!! The best part is, I couldn't decide what to give this person, made several attempts at something, then woke up in the middle of the night Friday night and just KNEW what I was going to do (and how to do it!!). I started it on Saturday, knew that it was possible to complete, and worked on it all day today. Blessed Rainy Days!!! I've just now completed it at 10:30 PM.

In one of my last blogs, I alluded to the new book that I was reading, or rather, which has consumed me! Now that I have lumbered over that particular Christmas gift hurdle, I can get back to my book! This is it:

"Leaving Church" was written by Episcopal Priest Barbara Brown Taylor, who was named by Baylor University to be one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. I had the pleasure of listening to Ms. Taylor speak, and then sharing lunch with her several years ago. She is a fabulous preacher/speaker (well if Baylor and I both say it's so, it must be!) and while reading her book you feel like you are sitting in a very comfortable easy chair chatting with her. Taylor began her preaching career as an assistant at a very large and prestigious church in Atlanta, grew weary of city life and moved to an idyllic parish in northeast Georgia (just north of where I live). Her dynamic and down-to-earth preaching packed the pews and most Sundays it was SRO. Then, she resigned her post and began teaching religion at Piedmont College. "Leaving Church" is her memoir, so to speak...although I expect (and hope) that we will hear much more from her in the coming years! I highly recommend this book to you...even if you are not an Episcopalian!! Over the years, C has given me many collections of her taped sermons so that I could listen to them while I walk....I have kept them all and continue to receive enlightenment, comfort and guidance from them.

1 comment:

Gerrie said...

Don't you just love Barbara Brown Taylor She was here in Portland last spring for a seminar at our spirituality center and then preached on Sunday. The dean said she is one of the most gifted preachers in the Christian church - I agree.