February 24, 2005

Off to camp

Tomorrow I am off away with a bunch of 40(?) women from church.

We are going to have a weekend of relaxation and fun,
getting to know each other better
and hearing and sharing some of our stories of life.

I have enjoyed putting together a programme
that allows us to reflect on our lives,
share stories with each other
and in doing so honour the God who created, redeems and sustains us.

I have treasure boxes to source and fill.
Colour coded questions to cut up

Videos and games to collect.

And time to get nervous!

(I am glad to report that I have passed through the,
“This is all totally useless, i will need to redo it all” stage
into the “OK, that’s cool. It will work out OK” stage.)

Tomorrow the girls are home from school
(Teacher Only day)
so I am glad to be far enough advanced in prep
to enjoy a day with them.

(Besides they can help make a treasure map with me!)

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 04:57 PM

February 23, 2005

Home

Home again.

Since my last post
I have been literally to Auckland,
but am no longer figuratively stuck there.

Figuratively,
I am blasting down the country,
up to Taranaki in my updates.

Literally,
I spent last night in Auckland
speaking at a meeting of the Trust Board that funded the research –
presenting results and looking like a worthy project for ongoing funding.

I also got to see my brother
and to share the end of Jan and Tony’s last bottle of summer wine
to see Callum and Joseph
and have coffee with Annette and Jan
and catch up with work colleagues
(and I bought Steve a lemon tart –
from Take 5 in St Lukes – one of the things-he-misses-from-Auckland).

Twas good.
Now I am home
catching up on emails,
cooking a chicken
to take into the botannic gardens to eat with (extended) family.

I need to prepare for camp at some stage soon
– that would be tomorrow! –

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 03:52 PM

February 18, 2005

Stuck in Auckland City

I am stuck in Auckland City.
I have been here before.

I am updating the data on our Baptist churches
for the Church Planting Project
I researched in detail in the middle of last year.

It takes a LONG time to make the changes about Auckland.

I need to make reassuring comments to myself, like
“Lots of our churches are in Auckland City”
“Auckland City is one of the most complex because of the ethnic factor”

But, OH NO,
then I think,
“But Manukau City is next
and they are the most ethnically diverse city in NZ”
(begin hyperventilating)

A quick look ahead at the Manukau data
suggests it won’t be as hard to change as the Auckland stuff
(phew)…

OK
I’m off,
back to Auckland City.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 12:20 PM

The gift of hope

Alternative title: I like good news!

Tuesday night meeting,
I showed some people the Blessing Beads I make
cos we’ll use them for an up-coming event.

I had some Advent ones that I showed them,
Peace, Hope, Joy, Love.

Four people at the meeting
one bead each.

They pocketed them and took them home.

Yesterday morning
I saw one of the women from the meeting.

She described how she had met with a friend
who was deeply troubled about some upcoming medical tests.

Pulling out her glasses,
whilst with her friend,
she saw her bead
– hope –
which she had placed there for safe-keeping.

“This is for you”, she told her friend.
“We can hope that all is well, that the tests come back clear.”

The friend planned to keep it in her pocket.

Later,
I received an update:
the best kind!

“The tests came back clear”.

Here’s to hope.
And to joy, love and peace.
And to the author of them all.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 10:25 AM

February 17, 2005

Heavy hearted

Yesterday the son of two of our (NZ) Baptist pastors
collapsed and died at school.

I feel terribly sad.

And yet my sadness is tiny
compared with the gut-wrenching grief
that must be theirs.

Today I know of another family
whose child faces surgery.

I feel terribly sad, I feel anxious.
And yet my sadness, my anxiety is small
compared with the all all-consuming sadness and anxiety
that must be theirs.

And I remember lovely velvet-heired baby M,
and others I have known,
or never had the privilege of knowing.

And I feel sad.

These things are “unfixable”.
We can’t make them better.

All we can do is hold those we love
in arms of care and love.

All we can do is be in their space
showing grace
moving in and out as appropriate.

May all those who mourn
the loss of life, the absense of health
Be comforted by our loving God.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 10:23 AM

February 15, 2005

More grace

Here’s a recent blog post of Larraine’s .
I thing the answer to my questions
must be YES, YES, YES, YES

And why does
He Tangata come to mind?

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 10:10 PM

Grace applied … reapplied

Ummmm, random ramblings
(let’s not read too much into it
nor assign a time, a place!)

A desire to live always presuming the best
forever extending grace
Consistently hoping for hope
Daring to dream that the unlikely could be possible
that the dream could come true…

is sometimes/
often/
painful

and there can be wee holes made
by misspent/ill-timed/
even unintentional missiles

and it is hard to lift the head up for more.

But it is a commitment
often made at new-years-resolution-time
(mine tend to be life goals!)
and one i’d like to think i can make again now.

Can I?
Am I brave enough?
Can I be bothered?

Does it HAVE to be totally unconditional?? 🙂

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 01:36 PM

I have a cold

(sniffle, sniffle)

Health is something you can so much take for granted.

Ironically I was thinking yesterday
that I haven’t been sick in ages.

And I wake up this morning, sniffing and feeling clogged in the head.

And then there are others I know-
one who has spent the weekend in hospital
another who faces time there later in the week…

All the uncertainty and angst and worry and pain.
Families whose routines must change
Empty places at the table
Frantic scrabblings into the hospital
and discomfort, pain, boredom for the poor souls in there.

My cold is a minor inconvenience.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 09:06 AM

February 11, 2005

The night sky

This is very cool.

You can choose your city and see a map of the night sky at your place.

I can imagine us lying out on the grass at the bach,
with the laptop and compass, peering at stars and screen!

(in fact if it was raining or cloudy,
we could just stargaze from the comfort of our sofa!)

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 10:33 AM

February 10, 2005

Happy coincidence?

At the counter
clutching, and about to buy,
a new printer,
in a fairly large box,
thinking about the bus trip home,
I was “hello”ed by a friend from church.

She lives 15-20km south/west
but was off to her mother’s for tea –
which meant she was heading (east) past my place.

A car trip
with air conditioning
and hearing what she’s up to,
with her youngest son and my girls chatting happily in the backseat,

sure beat a wait in the sun for the bus
a clutching of printer box
– and A2 size cardboard –
all the way home!

Thanks!

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 10:12 AM