Back in the game

Hey, first I want to point you to my sidebar, where I just figured out how to add back my blogroll.  (I’d been missing it since the switch over to WordPress.)  There’s some good stuff over there!

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

On my way home from Chicago, my back went out.  It’s such an old-fashioned phrase, but it really sums up what it feels like.

I missed work.  My parents came for three days to be with the children.  Sam rearranged meetings and worked an abbreviated schedule.  My friend Lori drove the carpool.  My friend Renee brought us dinner.  All the while, I laid flat on my back in bed and prayed this would end quickly.

The view from my bed:

This happens to me periodically.  The last time was in 2009, so I can’t really complain.  But it makes me appreciate all the folks who come to my aid.  And it makes me realize all the little things that don’t seem like much as I do them (you know: doing laundry and making bread and yogurt and emptying the trash and making meals and driving kids here and there and vacuuming…) add up to a lot.  Maybe I need to cut back on some of it.  Maybe I need to teach the kids to do more of it.  And for sure, I need to pray more for those around me who suffer this way on a daily basis… and need to be stepping up to bringing them dinner, vacuuming now and then, and volunteering to help with their carpools.  Back to margin.

From the Book of Common Prayer:

This is another day, O Lord.  I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it will be.  If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.  If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.  If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.  And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.  Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus.  Amen.

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