Today I’m grateful for a full Friday! More goodbyes with the children of St. Clement’s School (last chapel), for joyous singing, smiles, innocent delight and wonder, praying, staff aloha, parent support and enthusiasm. For lunch with Australian friends visiting and a (recently unusual) trip to Waikiki for me, for tourists from everywhere, for people on vacation, for aloha on the streets and on the roads, for food and beverage, and for waitstaff and hosts at restaurants. For my vegan Doc Martin’s on a rainy day, and for kindness, patience and professionalism from strangers and colleagues.
Today I’m grateful for the start of significant goodbyes from the Parish of St. Clement (more to come!) For an individual pastoral visit (and handover) in the parish, for lunch with the Adult Formation Group at Kahala Nui, for their love and support, their kindness and generosity. And I’m grateful for the gift it is in being a dad, for my own kids and babysitting friends kids, for pizza and milk, plastic plates and booster seats, for smiles and bubbles in baths, for bedtime books, and PJs, for the glow of downlights and Christmas Trees, and for the indulgence of a frozen vegan meal.
Today I’m grateful for the weekly Hearing Eucharist at St. Clement’s, for the faithfulness of that small but intentional group, for the opportunity to preach the word and administer the sacraments, and for an early birthday lunch with St. Clement’s staff at my favorite restaurant, for the beautiful and hospitable service of the staff there, for vegetarian Gau Gee and mock-Kung-Pao chicken (vegan!) And I’m thankful to those who in our lives who intentionally listen and truly trust and understand where we are at, those guides in life that we are given to confide in, and for the beauty and love found in this simple but complicated act of supporting the other.
Today I’m grateful for the Family Ministries Team of St. Clement’s: for their faithfulness and generosity, for their wisdom and creativity. And for James’s 4 year old physical and immunizations, for the gift of modern medicine, for the attentiveness of doctors and nurses, for the wonders of preventative healthcare, for all who give their lives to others as healers.
Today I’m grateful for a Sabbath day off, for running kids and Julia to school, for Holy Communion at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, for the blessings of the community there (both parish and parish school), for their support of Julia, for their faithfulness with Phoebe and James, for an effective and diverse curriculum, and for faith based education (complete with the sign of the cross!) And I’m grateful for ducks and geese in a morning stream, the smells of: fresh cut grass, freshly printed paper, eucalyptus oil, spaghetti sauce, and my children’s clean hair.
Today, the Second Sunday of Advent, I’m grateful for the Holy Eucharist at St. Clement’s, for the beautiful music of Advent Carols, for a new family who joined us today, for old friends from Australia visiting, for smiles, hugs, and much aloha at the cookie slam to follow the service, for our Advent Discussion Group, for playing children, for walking sticks and wheelchairs, for broken bread and pungent wine, for new grown beards and freshly made faces, for angel earings and aloha shirts. And I’m thankful for our fresh smelling Christmas Tree, for time with friends and locally made Manoa pizza, and theology read before bedtime.
Today I’m grateful for Saturday, for kids off school and hanging out with friends, for afternoon naps and more cough drops, for toy cars, and stuffed animal friends, for drawing and play dough, for German chocolate vegan cookies (OMGoodness!) and decaf coffee, for phones loaned to strangers, for shakas and thank you waves, for safe travel on wet roads, for green mountains and blue oceans, for young and old, trans and queer, and for the Spirit who dwells in us all.
Today I’m grateful for more sleep in attempting to shake this cold, for Tylenol and cough drops, and comfort food. And I’m grateful for washing machines and dryers, and microwaves and ovens, and all the things like that I so often take for granted. For clean, fresh smelling clothes, warm blankets, iced water, green tea and lemon, Terrace House on Netflix, the gentleness of the Japanese, the gift of human interaction, and the time to ponder it all.
Yesterday I was grateful for my for my being with the folk of Arcadia Retirement Community for my final Eucharist there, for their faithfulness in attendance and faith, for Chaplain Cindy and for her hard work and dedication to those she ministers to. And for a quick grocery shop, for the ability to pick from a wide range of goods and produce, for those who get it to the store, the farmers, packers producers, drivers, the ship’s captains and crews, sellers, distributors, and for the many who manufacturer and maintain the systems for doing so.
Today I’m grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, and to remember my 5th anniversary of my ordination as a priest in Christ’s Church. I give thanks for the opportunity to serve in this way, for the many and varied blessings of ministry. For the people, places, and programs, for the deep honor of administering the sacraments, and of journeying with God’s people as a fellow pilgrim on The Way. I’m grateful also today for more rain and wind upon my face, for Oreos (and the wicked fact that they are vegan), for green tea with lemon, for my favorite mug, and for the simple joy of changing calendars with Phoebe and James in preparation for December 1 tomorrow.