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26 to 26: My Weekend

I know that I made a promise.

I know that I said that I would finish this.

I intend to.

It’s just, this past weekend was a little crazy and a whole lot of wonderful.

In the spring, I was invited to help out with administration for the Simply Worship Conference—a conference for worship and tech teams from New England churches. This was their third year running the event but this was a year that they were really looking to grow.

What was last year a conference of 150, this year grew to be a conference of 400.

I spent Friday walking the halls of a massive church and stuffing goody bags and assembling name tags and poking fun at my new friend, Tommy.

Saturday started at 4:30 am and ended at 11:30 pm.  The time in between was stuffed full of driving and coffee and coordinating volunteers and coffee and answering questions and checking in registrants and schmoozing with presenters and vendors and making more coffee and finally, a concert.

And then stacking chairs and cleaning up and stealing snooty Perrier from the Green Room and  a long drive home followed by lots of the sleeps.

Honestly, it was a little crazy seeing so many ministries and churches from New England represented in one place at one time. It was a humbling reminder that God is still very much alive, very much active, and very much busy here in the Northeast. It was inspiring to hear stories from tiny churches to I-didn’t-think-churches-in-New-England-got-so-big churches about how God is moving in their communities and congregations.

And to have this one day, this one time to educate and encourage and serve people who spend so much time serving their congregations from the stage (or the sound booth). It felt like such a blessing to be a blessing to others.

Not to mention the volunteers. Oh! The volunteers. It’s always wonderful to meet wonderful people. Like, really truly fun, beautiful, lovely, genuine people. I made a few new friends.

I realize that this puts me three days behind both in sleep and blog posts. So, here are three tid-bits I picked up this weekend:

  1. Working at camp equips you to do just about everything/anything. Stacking chairs? I don’t bat an eye. Coordinating volunteers? Yes, thank you. Fielding 400 questions? I’ll pretend that I know the answers. Remaining calm in crisis? Bring on the crazies. As weird and taxing and undefined working at camp can sometimes feel, it sure prepares you for just about anything.
  2. Parents are awesome. My parents took care of my dog most of Friday and all day Saturday. This began when I left at 5 am and Olive decided to bark for an hour. My mom finally managed to snuggle her back to sleep. Thanks, mom.
  3. Wear sensible shoes. Hah. This is a lesson that I will probably never really learn. It’s kind of my thing, to never be wearing appropriate footwear. 
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26 to 26: God is in the tremors

Ann Voskamp has been speaking Truth into my life, through her book One Thousand Gifts, for the last three years. I’ve read it and reread it and reread it again. Each time I work through it, whether with my small group or on my own, I am struck by different parts of the text, different principles.

This felt close last I read. I need this Truth in my heart and my flesh and my bones.

‘When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand util I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back’ — (Exodus 33:22-23)

“Is that it? When it gets dark, it’s only because God has tucked me in a cleft of the rock and covered me, protected, with His hand? In the pitch, I feel like I’m falling, sense the bridge giving way, God long absent. In the dark, the bridge and my world shakes, cracking dreams. But maybe this is true reality: It is in the dark that God is passing by. The bridge and our lives shake not because God has abandoned, but the exact opposite: God is passing by. God is in the tremors. Dark is the holiest round, the glory passing by. In the blackest, God is closest, at work, forging His perfect and right will Though it is black and w can’t see and our world seems to be free-falling and we feel utterly alone, Christ is most present to us, I-beam supporting in earthquake. Then He will remove His hand. Then we will look. Then we will look back and see His back.” –Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, p 156

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