Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010

It is hard to believe that a month has passed since I last wrote anything on this blog. But, I guess the reality of the "first jump outta the chute" as I returned to Laramie and St. Matthew's is that it is a busy place and there are lots of things to be done. I have not exercised sufficient discipline to just be, to take time to reflect and think deeply as I would like. But I've felt more relaxed, rested and confident that all will get done when it needs to be done.
Still, in returning I want to incorporate the sense of peace that I enjoyed without deadlines and urgent contingencies. I sense a greater appreciation for all that gets done without my control and interference. I want to keep my sense of enjoying the present moment, the people I am with at the time. to continue to grow in my ability to taste and see where and what God is up to, so that I might just join in where I can. I do know just how much I really enjoy learning something new. I'm not sure how all this will work out in the New Year, but I hope to find some new ways of caring for my body (swimming perhaps), some new things to learn, some more opportunities to enjoy the people around me, sharing food and conversation around the table.
The photo above was taken in Rawlins while we (Mother, Daddy and my nephew, John) were in the midst of making sausage. The photo below was preparing the "stuff" for our favorite fruit cake. In the case of both sausage and fruit cake, there is the wonderful combination of ingredients. It is like the world and the church, the diversity of "stuff" or "people" is all important. We like the spice, the variety, the diversity.

One of my great memories of 2009 was the return celebration. A goodly assortment of friends gathered with me in the Undercroft to prepare a dinner for 60. I'd planned a menu that would represent the places and recipes I'd learned on sabbatical. It was kick with a dozen of us peeling, slicing, dicing, stirring, tasting, serving. The five course dinner included tapas, a Greek salad, a pasta course, Spanish Fricando (Beef and Mushrooms), Sweet potato chipotle gratin, and cherry chocolate cake. Working together-young, old, men, women, pros and novices--was just the best way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my becoming a priest on that date and my return to the St. Matthew's family.

So in closing this blog for 2009, I anticipate great things for 2010. I intend to blog with greater regularity as a way to be more thoughtful. I hope to be kinder, more appreciative, more relaxed and have more fun. I want to share the faith, hope and love I have been given with greater enthusiasm and integrity.