Observations from a Weekend Away

This weekend was a traveling one. Friday Ruth Ann got on a bus and went to Corvallis to help my sister, Luann get ready for a graduation party. Congratulations to my niece Hilaree and nephew Tyler. Saturday evening Dan, David and I drove down to Corvallis and got directions to the party on the fly. It was a lovely party, Bobby and Luann made great kabos for everyone. The party was held at a community center attached to a fire station. A little while into the party someone accidentaly tripped a fire alarm and it went off for over an hour. There we were at a fire station and the fire department couldn’t figure out how to turn it off, cause the technology was so new no one knew how to deal with it.

We spent the night at a hotel in Corvallis and I found out that one of my sons talks in his sleep and snores, and the other one grinds his teeth. Ruth Ann is the only one of us who sleeps quietly.

Sunday morning we got up and went to church with my sister and her family. It was a real change from our usual service. Video screens that showed the not only the pastor but crowd shots. Dan likened it to a basketball game and wanted to know if they expected to the crowd to either wave when they were up on the jumbotron or maybe they expected them to start the wave when there was a good point in the sermon.

Sometimes I wonder if it would be good to be blind during a worship service. There would be fewer distractions and we could concentrate on what God is saying to us. Worship would be much more directed if we could not be distracted by those around us.

After that we drove to Eugene for a Fathers Day celebration with Ruth Anns family. Her sister and family were in from Alaska, we came from Portland, one family from St. Helens, and another from Eugene. And her Dad was there it was one of the bigger family gatherings in awhile. It shows you that things change rapidly.

Then we drove back to Portland, racing a big storm all the way back. It rained big time after we got back. We went to bed early and then got up and went to work today.