I went to my grandma’s funeral a couple of days ago. She died at 101 and 1/2. We lost her several years ago to Alzheimers. She lived a good life and had lots of loved ones with many happy memories of her.
The funeral wasn’t especially sad. The Scripture passages and reflections were nice. The sermon was odd, but whatever. Most of the hymns were good. The familiarity of “In the Sweet By and By” and “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder” compensated a bit for their lacking theology.
It was nostalgic to see so many of my dad’s cousins. One of the things that struck me was the family resemblance. It was interesting to look around the room and see women of all ages – 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s – who somewhat look like me. There is a sense of belonging and connection in that.
I finished up the final projects for my online classes before I left for the funeral. So, now that I’m home, I have a week to get ready for Christmas. Whatever that means. I should probably make a list.
I haven’t registered for classes for next semester, but I probably will. They actually sound pretty interesting – “Ethics & Social Responsibility” and “Social Change & Diversity.”
I haven’t been reading much outside of school stuff. In theology group, we discussed Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer. I found it disappointing. We are currently talking about Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton which isn’t as good as I hoped either.
At our coffeeshop gathering, we are slowly going through So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore. It has a lot of good stuff in it about freedom from religious obligation, but I tend to worry about communicating an anti-institutional message, which I really think misses the point. Anyway, we’ll see what next year brings.
Over Christmas break, I hope to read . . .
- The Great Divorce – CS Lewis
- The Weight of Glory – CS Lewis
- On the Incarnation – St Athanasius (finally)
Probably my favorite book from earlier this year was Transformational Architecture by Ron Martoia. If you missed that one, it’s worth checking out.
When I walk, I mostly listen to Baxter Kruger these days.
My two oldest kids moved out this month and a third is already making plans to leave in June. I guess the nest that fills up quickly also empties quickly.
One of the nice things about school is that it mostly keeps me too busy to think or feel. Sometimes that’s okay.
My other plans for Christmas break include tax work, dusting, and putting away the laundry from the past 3 months. Woohoo!
It will be nice to catch up with reading blogs too.