Mostly cloudy in the morning, then clear with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 104F. Breezy. Winds from the SSE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Cloudy.... then CLEAR with a chance of a thunderstorm.... Huh. A clear thunderstorm....
My weather gadget also says that systems have stalled on both coasts east and west, so this wet heat is being drawn up from the Gulf. That's also how tornados happen --stuff being drawn up from the Gulf, and things moving east to west.... One good thing --by the time it gets way up here, it's not as wet as it is in the south.
But, it's still gonna be miserable today. And the folks are here from Michigan --one group is meeting in the parish hall with local children for vacation bible school --another group is meeting out at St. Thomas, On the Tree and fixing the foundation of the church building.
What a God-send these folks are. And, they are working their butts off.... There is the controversy over whether or not such stuff ought to happen --people coming in from far-away places to do this kind of work. But, what I see is that these folks have been coming here for years --and relationships have been built and are being built, and that's really what it's all about. And that is good.
That is very good. One of the guys who had been coming for years and had built many relationships here --he was an electrician giving his time, he died unexpectedly this past year. The folks from far away brought a gift of a stained glass window to hang in the window of St. John's. We will have a dinner later this week, and exchange gifts --it will be good.
Tonight is our Itacan's (Mission Council Leader) birthday. For his birthday, he asked the museum to be opened after hours up in Timber Lake --we will go up there and tour the museum. And then we will eat cake!
All this. But the words of one young lady are still resonating in my ears --why don't we get in vans and go to podunk anywhere USA and put on programs?
I'm still thinking about it... but, in so many ways, it takes the whole context, the whole thing to make it right --and taking the gifts I see here and taking it to Elsewhere USA would be like trying to fly with butterfly wings in a tornado... or something like that.
At prayer this morning (beginning at Matthew 19:23)
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, “Then who can be saved?”
But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
We had a terrible/terrifying storm last night.... The night sky was boiling with lightening which turned the clouds magenta and inside out with its light....
--and butterflies do fly thousands of miles, through thick and thin....