Sunday, October 21, 2007

And What I Anticipate

Actually, I anticipate nothing. My life has taken so many previously unimaginable twists and turns over the past six years that I have abandoned the concept of predictability.

But this is one of the churches in which I preached last month. The community reminded me so much of the one in which I spent my childhood that I felt at home immediately.

I have spent most of my adult life in a suburban city of tremendous energy and diversity, a city in which graduate degrees and liberal politics abound. The American cities I like best are Chicago and Portland, and the small town I dream of is Silverton, Oregon.

But there are lots of ways to live and be in this world. As the husband who thought he was getting a lawyer wife and ended up with a seminary student said last summer, "Life is full of surprises."

7 comments:

Quotidian Grace said...

El Jefe would certainly relate to your husband--though I haven't been called to seminary!

Jan said...

Your attitude is the best possible. I like Portland, too, and Silverton is very nice. Thanks for posting again. I like the picture, too.

Katherine E. said...

Definition of "picturesque," I think, GannetGirl.

Glad you're feeling better!

Kathryn said...

Beautiful church in a wonderful setting. You never know - do you?

emmapeelDallas said...

Or as one of my grad school profs used to say, "Life is filled with OPORTUNITIES!" Embracing surprises and changes is pretty much always for the best, I think...although I'd be first to admit, it isn't always easy to do so...

What a beautiful church!

Judi

Lisa :-] said...

And he did get a lawyer wife...for awhile. And then she grew and changed, as one is bound to do over a lifetime, and one's mate learns to deal...

Lovely church! And I do live in a small town in Oregon...though it's not nearly as picutresque as Silverton.

Diane said...

very evocative image.