43: Against Abstraction

This week I started reading the letters of C. S. Lewis.  I’ve skimmed them many times before.   But I’ve never done a full reading like I did with Tolkien a few years ago.  So as I start a new cycle around the sun, I thought I’d try and recapture some of the own concrete details of my life, much like Lewis (and so many others) did in the letters that they wrote.  It is definitely one way to fight off the odd abstraction of the single adult in contemporary society.

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The last day of 42 was actually pretty sweet.  As usual, I met a friend for breakfast before heading to church.  I helped with the worship team.  After service, I made a quick call home to check on the parents before heading over to the pastor search committee (which I’ve been a member of for some time now).  On the way home, I decided to stop by Raising Cane’s Chicken to get lunch for both Sunday and Monday (because Monday’s are crazy).  The afternoon was full of pastor search duties and getting ready for Monday’s chapel time at school.  I spent the evening over in Kailua and Kaneohe.  I hadn’t visited my friends’ church in Kailua in a while.  Even though we have some theological differences, I quite love the church and the things that God is doing there.  After church, I grabbed some dinner and dropped in on a friend I had not seen in some time.  We had a good conversation about life and the changes it brings (and our difficulties in understanding and navigating such changes).  It was a full day, one that was topped off with a quick load of laundry.

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The first day of 43 was equally packed.  I was up to school and early as usual on a Monday.  After hearing from the parents, I proceeded to get ready for chapel and classroom.  Classes were good today.  The gift of a wonderful lei by a friend made my day smell much better than usual.  We also had a guest speaker in chapel, which is always interesting.  I had a good conversation with my brother in between classes (you could hear the birds in their yard over the line: so jealous!).  After classes and a couple of meetings, I made my way down to the gym before heading over to the neighbors for a birthday celebration.  Hot pot-style food all around!  Music and culture trivia!  Amazing birthday cake!  It was a great time with good friends, which is always nice.  Then it was back home to prepare for tomorrow morning’s “Holy Week” devotional time and for other things that will make tomorrow good and full.  Spent some time responding to a few texts and Facebook birthday messages, which is one of the best things Facebook allows for.  Now it’s time to get some sleep.  Looking forward to reading some good, friendly emails before shut-eye.

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