Checking in with thoughts and reflections from the weekend ...
--A precious new great-niece was born Friday. I really wanted to make the couple hour drive to Texas to see her and all the family but just couldn't do it. I'm thankful for phone conversations and pictures and comments on Facebook. I hope to get to see her in person in two weeks.
--"Trust and never doubt. Jesus will surely lead you out. He never failed me yet!" The choir's rousing Gospel anthem is part of why I stayed in Oklahoma instead of going to Texas this weekend. Our director has us singing with joyous hearts in ministry to God. And the director did a stunning solo of "Give Me Jesus." The sermon and Sunday school and fellowship were good, too.
--I went to a piano recital last night by a friend who is chasing a dream as a concert pianist. She'll be in Washington, D.C., this week in a big competition. Her playing is beautiful and soul-stirring. And her passion inspires me. I wish her the best.
--The "Friday Night Lights" TV show officially ended Friday night. I haven't gotten to watch this Texas-based drama, which is built around high school football but includes so much more, as regularly as I would have liked, but I've watched when I can and feel sad about it ending. There are so many things I could write, but I'll just leave it at this for now: I don't like that it ended with Coach Taylor in Pennsylvania. What is Tami thinking? Certainly a Texas college will lure her back to be its dean of students so Eric can get back to coaching Texas kids. I just don't see how they can be happy in Pennsylvania! Yes, I know it's a tv show, but as a native Texan in her 29th year living in Oklahoma -- and that's just one state away -- that just did not resonate as a happy ending for me. Just as I believe in my heart I will finish out my days in the Great State, I would love for that show's creators to revisit it in a couple of years as the Taylors, like so many before them, come home. "Texas forever."
--There is probably more worth writing about, but considering that just 30 minutes ago I had about decided not to post anything, I'm gonna be satisfied with this. I keep intending not to wait until "deadline" to write, but I'm still not having much luck with that, as continues to be the case with many of my other intentions. But there also continues to be something positive about "checking in on deadline," just as there continues to be much positive about doing whatever right thing I can even when it seems like I miss so many opportunities to act. I remember when it was worse. I believe it can be better. I trust God to show me His way. And He's never failed me!