Gathering Graces 1/21/2018

*The day began at church with Paul leading worship, followed by Simon Miller sharing the message this morning.  What a wonderful message he shared, based on Colossians 3:9-17, that share the Apostle Paul’s thoughts on dealing with people you don’t agree with in life.  He says,  clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Instead of reacting immediately to what people say to you or you see on social media, take time to think, meditate and ponder about how you will respond, or, if you even need to at all.  And then have your response be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Simon shared about how everyone around us has pain in their lives, and we need to learn to respond to others in love.  Oh, I could go on and on, but I loved his sharing this morning, and he really gave me a lot to think about.
*I did give my office a bit of attention this afternoon.  I went through piles of things on my desk, and threw away a lot of things, or got items in piles to be filed.  I boxed up some items that need to be returned to the theater.  At one point Paul came in to ask if he could help in any way.  I started having him take things out of the office and put away in various other parts of the house.  After a couple of hours, I was ready to return back to my knitting.
*The knitting of the dishcloth project continues.  Knit a row...purl a row...knit a row....purl a row. 
*Family dinner was at Christy and Everett’s house tonight.  They recently finished the remodeling of the shed in their backyard, and it now has electricity so there is light and heat.  Christy prepared a delicious beef stew.  She got the recipe from one of Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa cookbooks she owns.  She also prepared a wedge salad, and made a batch of Mom’s Roquefort salad dressing (which actually has bleu cheese in it) and we enjoyed that every much.  Homemade Italian Peasant Loaf and homemade mincemeat pie and ice cream were also on tonight’s menu.  The shed was a nice, cozy place to enjoy our meal together.  It will be nice to continue enjoying the shed throughout the different seasons.

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