Wednesday, April 06, 2005

More ruminations

O.k., I've taken another break. This one has reasons behind it... the reasons have become more clear over time. They are (in no particular order):

1. I have inadvertently "blown my cover"-- blogs are definitely different when one is writing with friends/family as potential readers. I strongly feel that this shouldn't matter, but I feel equally strongly that at the moment it does matter.

2. I have no real expertise in matters theological. I'm not a role model of any sort. Just a normal, average Joe with a few observations to share. So on occasion I feel "tapped out." I just don't feel like I have a lot of wisdom to share. If it ain't there, it ain't there.

3. The neighborhood work was slowed down a bit by the Easter holiday. Many of those in the group are clergy, and they are understandably busy around that time of year.

BUT, we are on the move again (and hence I'm blogging again).

The "big meeting" is on April 16th, a week from Sat. Very cool. I'm really excited. I'm eager to see things happen.

One thing that is happening in parallel, but not (I don't think) directly related is that there is an empty carpet store/warehouse across the street from my church. This is a relatively new building, and has a massive amount of space. It is currently empty. My church has started exploring the feasiblity of buying it. Part of the process is that we have formed a committee to explore potential uses. Some uses mentioned briefly at our last church council meeting include 1) providing health care services, perhaps by partnering with a local university medical school/clinic, and 2) Youth services/programming. There are many other potential uses, but I'm just ecstatic that this is happening. To be honest, I don't think the timing is coincidental. There is something positive afoot in the neighborhood; God is at work. And there are many good people who are listening hard to Him and working diligently to do His work.

This would be a major investment for the church, we'd incur