Thursday, December 15, 2005

Trumpets, cymbals, rejoicing

By Jove, I think I've got it! The job, that is.

I've had an unofficial notification, a call about salary requirements, and a promise of a final offer in my inbox tomorrow. More details to follow once things are firmed up and it feels real.

Most of all, I am inexpressibly thankful. I plan to start work the day I stop getting paid at my current job. To have that seamless a transition, and furthermore, to be going to a job that will push me and develop my skills in all the right ways are blessings indeed.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Yiddish BCP

From Anglicans Online, a link to Morning and Evening Prayer in Yiddish from 1893. How unnecessary, mind-boggling, and delightful!

I will be puzzling over this with my limited German and my very, very, very limited Yiddish, but I think I've found a key phrase already:

Ehre zey dem fater, und dem zohne, und des heyliges geyste (ruach hakodesh)
Vi es var im anfange, zo izt em yettst, und virr tseyn fun evigkeyt. Amen.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.

I've been thinking of offering to lead Morning Prayer at my church several times a week. What are the chances I could get permission to do it in Yiddish?

Notes: Books recommended by my spiritual director

I need to keep track of things in a form not requiring little bits of paper, which inevitably end up stashed around the apartment and forgotten.

So, books recommended by my spiritual director at our first meeting:

The Study of Anglicanism
The Study of Liturgy
The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill
The Practice of Prayer by Margaret Guenther
The New Church Teaching Series

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

There's got to be a word for this

What's the word for when something is beautiful and sad, and the two aspects are inextricably intertwined? If there isn't such a word, let's make one. There's got to be one in German, even if it's eight miles long.

Why do I need such a word? To describe stories like this: Gay Wedding Man Dies of Cancer.

From Reuters:

A terminally ill gay British man given just days to live became the first on Monday to take advantage of a new law giving same-sex couples legal status...Cancer patient Matthew Roche, 46, was given special dispensation to waive the waiting period and tie the knot with his partner of seven years Christopher Cramp, 37, because he was not expected to live long enough.

"We are extremely happy and feel a great sense of achievement," Roche said after the ceremony at St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing on England's south coast.

He died the next day.

Thank God for faithful, patient love. Rest in peace, Matthew Roche.

Monday, December 05, 2005

I will explain later, but...

Could I ask for prayers for tomorrow? I have two to three job interviews tomorrow afternoon with an organization I am ridiculously excited about joining. It's been a longish interview process, and it sounds now like I'll be hearing by the end of the week whether it's yea or nay.

Please pray with me that I'll be prepared, composed, ready to really listen and respond to the interviewers' thoughts and questions and ready to offer my own. And, you know, that I'll get the job God wants me to have, whether it's this one or another one.

And I'll explain why I'm looking for a new job once it's appropriate to do so!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Prayer moment

(Eesh, it's been a month. What a delinquent I am.)

I was praying tonight for cats' son, and somehow, I got around to praying that, whatever his awareness of his illness, that he would know now and in the future that God finds him perfect.

And then I was suddenly overwhelmed by the conviction that, in God's eyes, I am perfect. It was rather staggering. I started crying.

I spend so much time trying to hide my faults or brazen them out. And yet God sees every aspect of who I am and loves me perfectly. In his eyes, by his love, through his grace, I am perfect.

I don't want to work all this out right now. I'm just jotting this moment down so I can come back to it when I need to, remember, and give thanks.