Photograph by Beth Sands
Today it was bitter cold outside, and yet the sun was shining and bright, and the sky was blue. It was a lovely day to be out of doors. It was a busy day, too, and I was in and out of church and hopsital doing spiritual things that left me feeling very good inside.
I performed Communion for someone today, for the very first time. Certainly I've shared bread and wine before, even in ceremony, but not in a Christian sense. It was... interesting. It was much needed (a friend is in hopsital and unable to come to church), and it felt good. I recounted the morning's sermon message to her, read a couple of passages from the Bible, and then we shared Communion. It was powerful in its simplicity. She enjoyed it, and seemed at peace after, and I enjoyed it as well.
The ice of winter will eventually thaw. My friend will go home, and the snow will disappear, and all the winter's illnesses will be gone. I haven't suffered as much this winter, for whatever reason. I haven't felt as cold, though it's certainly been cold at times. I haven't felt as barren within, either, and I credit seminary with a lot of that. I have done so much personal work this year, and I'm proud of myself for the strides forward that I have made. It feels good.
By the by, the photo is by my daughter. She's an incredible artist - please take a peek at her account, linked through her name above. I'm definitely the proud mama here. :)