Our response at the end of Friday and Saturday? Best summed up in our Saturday supper prayer — Jill asked that we have enthusiasm and excitement in the Sunday coming. That is based on faith! In reality we have both stretched ourselves physically. Let’s see how God does (of course, I expect he expects us to get a good sleep!).
Friday we headed to our church sponsored children’s camp to help with cooking. We returned over 12 hours later. I am not a cook, although I am a Baker. So, simple instructions about simple kitchen tasks! I was asked to boil some eggs — and the head cook thought I would know exactly what to do. Well, I made my way through that one. I found life a little easier when I was asked to haul the garbage out to the garbage pit! Meanwhile, the head cook is whipping up a recipe from her head. I find that hard to fathom — but I know my wife does it all the time. So, in faith I watched the food evolve to where I could gladly partake!
Camp fare? Morning breakfast had home-made cinnamon buns, cereals, fruit, milk, and other goodies. Lunch was lasagna with salad and dessert baked goods. Supper we feasted on stew, mashed potatoes, salad , home-made biscuits and ice-cream sandwiches. Now, I’m usually one who can’t remember what I’ve eaten. And camp has often implied simple and non-nutritious. Not here — try Luseland Bible Camp next time you’re looking for a camp for friends, your own kids or grandkids!
At home finally, we turned to a DVD that had been recommended to us — Shattered Glass. A story of a reporter who "cooked" his stories. What an eye opener about lying. Based on a true story (which I remember hearing about in the late ’90s) I could not believe the portrayal of someone who was a pure "con" man. Well done acting – scary story! Great sermon illutrations!
Saturday morning I went to the church to work on my sermon. Standing in front of the chairs, speaking out loud, always makes me evaluate what I say and how I say it. For the rest of the day, and even into my sleep, I’m thinking about how to tweak the sermon — an illustration here, a change of phrase there — whatever might help.
Afternoon and evening we worked on putting in flooring in the basement. It’s basically done (we have linoleum in one closet and some risers at doors to complete). This is where I have fun. I love wood, power machines and picturing how things look. Over the years you learn a few tricks to make things easier. In the end the floor looks good, the rooms take on a new shine and we will be glad to have relatives out in the next few weeks!
When I get into a task, I’m all there. We quit around 9:30 or so — then we had supper!
So endeth two full days!!