Overwhelmed

I wrote a post today, using the Quick Draft feature. It was a list of the things that are overwhelming me in varying degrees at this time. I saved it and then it was gone. It is not in drafts. It did not post to the site. It is gone. I’m trying to determine if there is a message in that or if it’s just gone. For now, it’s late, I’m tired so I’m gone (to bed).

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Today or Tomorrow

I’m still working from Thursday, so while this post will have Friday’s date it is really for Thursday. Annual push of software to a client portal has taken much longer than it normally does. I got a 2.5 hour nap but certainly need more sleep. 3:20AM ET, 4:20PM Singapore and something like 1:50PM in India. Too much for my brain to handle at this hour. So, is it today or tomorrow? 

Listening to SSJE Love Life series – what is the new word? What is the new word of Christ in the modern world? Is there a new word or is the word we’ve heard for these two millennia the real thing? the only thing? Does there need to be a new word? The world changes, people change – does the word need to change? Does the love of Christ in our lives change over time? Wow, lots of questions. 

I don’t think the love of Christ changes, we change, our individual needs and relationship with Christ changes but the love of Christ being and working in our lives, doesn’t change. I think the word is the same; it is ever more important and needs to be heard by so many more people. Social media has brought the brokenness and triumphs of mankind into our homes. We see moment by moment how people are hurting and excelling. It can overwhelm the senses. Christ has enough love for the world and it seems, at times, the world needs it more today than ever but I don’t think the word has changed.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:1-5

 

Bookended by Church

My day was bookended by church. I was the acolyte at the 7:00AM service. We had about 30 people at the service this morning. Ash Wednesday is a pretty solemn service. I think the time being just after dawn may have had something to do with the solemnity. 

This evening I was the Altar Guild Crew Leader during the children’s service at 6:00PM. We had about 50 people and at least half of them were children. It was a much livelier service. There was lots of chatter and banging.

The message delivered was the same, each adjusted to the audience. We get ashes to remind us that Christ died for us and our sins. We worship in community because Christ lived in community, taught in community and died for the community of the world. 

A holy Lent is hoped and prayer for during this time. I will do some reading and a lot more thinking. There’s always tons to think about and read. I hope to do some writing and some picture taking. I am going to wander less on the interwebz. I will also turn the TV off if there is nothing on that I am truly interested in watching. 

I want to reduce the noise in my environment. Reduce the overflow of information. Reduce, relax and renew.

Information

There is so much information available to us today that it is often overwhelming. Well, it’s overwhelming to me. Emails, links, websites with other links, things I share with friends because I think they might enjoy it; things friends share with me for the same reason. How do we pick and choose? How do I say no when a friend thought of me and I might like this link?

I miss notes that come to my inbox for my (four) email addresses in my personal life. I miss notes in my inbox for work because there is so much information.

I have no answers on this one, only questions. I cut myself some slack. I try to remember to cut my friends some slack too. This is one more stress that technology has put on us and I’m not sure there is a solution.

I think I’ll go look at cute kittens on the interwebs. That kind of information, I can handle with ease.