I felt autumn in the air tonight and I started making preparations for the new season by doing the following: taking out all my pumpkin and spice candles, buying two coats this weekend at Nordstrom Rack, contemplating how much squash soup I can make and freeze this year, looking up when the time change will happen on google and daydreaming about flannel sheets. It was glorious.
Labor Day weekend was a perfect end to summer. We celebrated Kristi’s birthday one night with a big game of soccer and matching TEAM PEACH shirts. Then, my parents were in town all of Saturday and we floated the river and got dinner at Aioli Bodega Espanola. The food was delicious but I especially loved the atmosphere. It was soooo hot outside but we sat in the courtyard by a little fountain and had great conversation and just a happy, family time. I loved having them here. On Sunday we hit the State Fair with a bunch of people including Lori who was in town visiting from San Jose. Jonathan tried so hard to win me a stuffed animal but the only thing we left with were stomach aches from the fried cheesecake. This weekend we spent a lot of time with the Boekesteins, playing games (Settlers of Cattan is my new fav) and Erica and I saw the Nanny Diaries. Despite the bad reviews, I loved it.
Keeping with my new passion to try and eat more locally grown foods, I found this pie place downtown by accident called The Real Pie Company. Mmmm…the place is delicious and uses all locally grown, seasonal produce to create fresh pies. LOVE IT! Sacramento has a lot of hidden gems that are fun to find.
So, as promised, my thoughts on a few deeper things. First, I read a book while in Hawaii that I really liked– Walk on the Spiritual Journey of U2 by Steve Stockman. (Thus, the large and hard to ignore picture of Bono, in his signature shades) Anyway, I’ve always loved U2 because my dad listened to it when I was young. I feel like it’s music that I’ve grown with– I appreciate and love the stuff from the 80s and the newer albums that came out while in college remind me of Jonathan and a few great concerts we went to together. Anyway, Bono is a mystery man in a lot of ways and has definitely hinted at his faith in most songs and in interviews, although for a long period during the eighties many people felt he left the faith. The book has a few great quotes that I found interesting:
“It’s lukewarm believers that drive me out of the church…. If there’s a God, it’s serious, if there’s not a God, it’s even more serious.”
“Dream up the kind of world you want to live in. Dream out loud at high volume. That’s what we do for a living.”
“To me, faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned to social justice–that is not alighted with the poor–it’s nothing. (Said in 1988)
I get a couple things from Bono’s thoughts. First, if we call ourselves believers, if we believe in God, we better get serious about it. Second, when we are serious about our faith, we start to dream about what the world should look like. In church today our pastor talked about how as Christians, we want something more than just a day job that pays the bills. In us, we have an burning desire to change the world because we know that this is not what we were created for. Our world is a messy place but we can be used by Jesus to help make it better. I found great encouragment today at church when we attended the annual ministry fair. There are so many ways our church is involved with our community- literacy and mentoring programs to adults and troubled teens, serving weekly lunches to the homeless, mentoring to prisoners and taking special offerings for the poor. Still, there is an option not to get involved and its very easy to want to shy away. Truthfully, what do I have in common with prisoners or troubled teens? I’m hoping to start a class this week on discovering my spiritual gifts so that I can best figure out how to help. The person, their skin or socio-economic background or age should not matter. What should matter is how I can best help them. God will figure out all the rest… If you like U2 you should definitely check out the book. I got my copy at the library which was perfect because I could skim through chapters I didn’t love and concentrate on some of the albums, lyrics and faith journey that I was more interested in reading about.
My blog took a little longer than I thought and I’m not going to go through and edit because I’m tired! (and, I have clean sheets to go sink into! I love clean sheets!) Wake up tomorrow with this thought from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: ” At the threshold of the new day stands the Lord who made it. All the darkness and distraction of the dreams of night retreat before the clear light of Jesus Christ and his wakening Word. All unrest, all impurity, all care and anxiety flee before him. Therefore, at the beginning of the day let all distraction and empty talk be silenced and let the first thought and the first word belong to him to whom our whole life belongs. ‘Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Ephesians 5:14)