I checked out a different church today – Silverlake Community Church – just out of curiosity, but MOSTLY because it’s only a mile from my house, I am obsessed with time management, and it’s dangerously close to Broome Street General Store, where I can gorge myself on Gimme coffee and pretend I live in Brooklyn still. I was delighted by this place: more intimate, a beautiful interior, a pastor from South Carolina who referenced not only Lord of the Rings in his sermon but also ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything,’ and a slew of old ladies named perfect things like ‘Ruby’ and ‘Evelyn’ and ‘Fran’ who would not let go of my hands during the greet your neighbors time. I’ll definitely be going back. A passage from today that resonated, especially in terms of New Years Resolutions:
Now, listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow, we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:13-17.
Oh, hello nihilism. This could be a super depressing passage, but as the pastor – Reverend? – pastor? person told Fran and myself, this is more of a reminder to marvel out our own existence. Take an hour once a week or month to sit and look at something beautiful, and just marvel in it. That I can definitely resolve to do.