Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Gratitude Journal - Day 8

Today I am grateful for....fulfilling distractions.

For a morning spent wrestling with the question, "WHO is God?" and then contemplating how all our attempts to answer this question miss the mark by a thousand miles.

For a lunchtime meeting with my "havruta" group - a study group made up of seminarians and rabbinical students - where we discussed our thoughts on the above question.

For our Wednesday Community Chapel service, where we sang some good ol' Baptist hymns, listened to the Word of God from the Gospel of John, and contemplated how we're all called to be "born again" - resurrected to a new life...again, and again, and again.

For an afternoon spent reading Wendell Berry, where he describes the Bible as being "a book open to the sky. It is best read and understood outdoors, and the farther outdoors the better."

For an early evening spent in my Biblical Ecology class, where we will discuss the creation stories of Genesis and the implications of the Scopes trial - where science and religion converge.

For an evening meal with my classmates, where we will no doubt discuss the nuances of Systematic Theology and the believability of Gilligan's Island...(why did Mrs. Howell pack all that luggage for 3-hour tour?)

Fulfilling distractions are good.
They keep me from fretting over the past, and worrying about the future.
They keep me in the here and now.
And for that, I am grateful.

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