unday’s Spiritual Spin
I am thankful for Fellowship. What is called the Communion of the Saints in many of Creeds. You may have noticed that.
What you may not know is that most Believers spell Fellowship this way: F O O D*
With a potluck lunch after service today, what can I say?
Om, nom, nom, nom…
*And for good cause. For those so inclined, try doing a bible study of all the things God does around food or the table. From eating the Fruit in Genesis, to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb in Revelation, God says a lot when there’s food around…just sayin. Almost like He invented the idea…
I am thankful for books like Culture Shock: Korea. For me, it was a relatively quick read, about a half a day, but it has all manner of cultural information that I’m sure I’ll be looking up again before and after I get to Korea. Some of the information wasn’t new; the internet is a wonderful thing, don’t ya know.
Some of it wasn’t new, per se, but offered some insight as to why–and that kind of info makes it well worth the extra shekels for real hardcopy (paperback).
And, since I don’t spell my name G O D (‘cuz I really don’t know much of anything, being a pieriansipist and not all knowing), there was a lot of goodies that were new to me. Thus adding value to my purchase.
I have no doubts that I will have my feet both firmly planted in my mouth on more occasions that I care to imagine, but I’m also thinking that it probably won’t be as bad as it could be, due to the information available in this wonderful little cultural guide.
Makes me wonder what parallels I’d find in a book called: Culture Shock: America-A survival guide to customs and etiquette in the USA. I doubt it would be so compact…
I am thankful for my small group that meets Wednesday nights, usually for a bible study.
Tonight, we did our (roughly) quarterly dinner. And since I am gluten intolerant, they got me some Chinese take out instead of the pizza & salad they all had. I had offered to bring my own to save them the trouble–I do it all the time.
It was pretty tasty. And I am thankful for that too. Lots of “healthy gluten free” foods (mostly the processed crap) are extremely bland. Flavorless, if you ask me. And I know you didn’t ask me, but there it is.
I am blessed by such thoughtfulness…
I an thankful for THON–aka Penn State Dance Marathon, a philanthropic phenomenon that raises funds to fight pediatric cancer care of The Four Diamonds Fund.
Forget about the so-called scandal of last year. This is what Penn State is about. I am thankful for a community that cares about children and is motivated to do something–40 years of community service. From 38 students dancing 30 hours and raising $2000 to last year’s 708 dancers pulling a solid 46 hours and $10,686,924.83 raised For The Kids. To date, THON has raised over $88 million.
I encourage you to dig into the phenomenon that is THON on their website: http://webcast.thon.psu.edu/
From the thon.org website:
“THON was first organized in 1973 by a group of students looking to add excitement to a dreary February in central Pennsylvania, and for a way to give back to the community. Today, Penn State’s THON continues to be the longest dance marathon in the country lasting 46 hours. THON has grown to engage more than 15,000 students each year and has inspired other university, high school, middle school, and elementary school students across the nation to start dance marathons of their own all in the hopes of conquering pediatric cancer!”
Then watch this video (make time–it’s nearly an hour) to learn…
unday’s Spiritual Spin
I am thankful for friends, real, honest friends. Friends who can act like mirrors to show you things you can’t see for yourself. Light in dark places. Eyes for the blind spots.
Blessed is he who has friends.
Blessed is he who has a Friend Who sticks closer than a brother.