So here I am, another 7 Quick Takes. This time I may even remember to link up my blog over at Conversion Diary instead of just sending my (likely non existent) "readers" over to Jennifer's corner of the world. Anyway, here it is my Seven Quick Takes spring edition!
(1) 70 Degrees
It was 70 degrees yesterday. Readers from other corners of the globe (aka Texans like our QuickTakes Host) may be wondering just why 70 degrees is so exciting. But it is March in New England, and a 70 degree day is something to be celebrated, even after our mild winter! Breezy days in the 60s or low 70s are my version of weather heaven. I'd take 'em 350 days a year.
(2) 350 Days?
Yes, I am fully aware that there are 366 days in the year 2012, and 365 in it's non-leap year counterparts. But I want 350 days of 65 with sunshine and a breeze, plus a week of beach weather and a week of snow. Preferably coordinated with my vacation week and Christmas respectively.
(3) The Winds of Pentecost
Yesterday was very, very, windy here in Western Mass! But it was also our day to talk about the Holy Spirit at our Alpha follow-up, and my grandmother pointed out that at Pentecost the Holy Spirit came from Heaven like "a strong driving wind" (Acts 2:2).
(4) Scary Winds
Even with this concept of the Holy Spirit arriving as wind in my mind, the wind is still scary for me. Ever since the tornadoes and micoburst in WMass last summer, I still get a little nervous every time we have a bad storm, especially one with lots of wind. It is unfortunate because sitting on the porch and watching a lightning storm used to be one of my friends. But I'm reminded that if I - a grown adult, who did not physically see the tornado, and was not directly affected by the tornado, and rationally knows how unlikely it is that this area will see another tornado in the near future - am so scared, then I can only imagine what the children who saw their homes, schools, and neighborhoods destroyed feel like. There is still a lot of healing to be done in this area, and I can only pray it happens quickly.
(5) Alpha Program
In #3 I mentioned the Alpha program. It is a great program led by an Anglican clergyman, Nicky Gumbel, and used in Churches throughout the world. It is used in Anglican, Episcopal, Catholic and non-denominational churches. Gumbel, has actually spoken to the College of Cardinals on evangelization. He also has a fabulous British accent which you can hear in all of the videos. The program has been in my diocese for about 6 years, and is actively expanding to more Churches in our diocese. It is a great program for evangelization to un-churched individuals, as well as for a deepening of faith in practicing Catholics/Christians. I highly recommend the program! For those of you here in WMass, there is a new program starting in Chicopee after Easter, email me if you want more info!
(6) Super Tuesday
This week was Super Tuesday. I think the only thing it did was remind me how little faith I have in our politicians. I am not a very big fan of any of the current candidates. I wish that for a change we could have leaders who cared about people instead of politics.
(7) Next StepsI am 8 months into my commitment with Americorps*VISTA. In many ways I feel like my service is just beginning. I am just starting to feel as though I am making progress, as if I have things to do which are interesting, and meaningful. I can't wait to see the direction our project continues to take! And then there is reality. The reality wherein I realized that I went to a private college. Have so much college loan debt I want to vomit just thinking about it, and likely can't afford to do another year of service. And so, it's time to discern my next steps, and decide what happens next, and what direction I want to take with my career and my life.