So many great comments yesterday about the possibility of easing off the accelerator pedals in our lives. One that I'm afraid got buried after a lengthy essay I put in the comments section is from Tammy: At many points in my life it has seemed that I am not able to see the forest through the trees. The busyness of motherhood, a side job, serving in church, just general things that are "good" but for whatever reason seem to fill up a space of time with no time for rest or Sabbath. When my son Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year, my busy life came to a screaching halt. I suddenly saw how little time I had spent playing with my kids, spending time hugging on them, spending time thinking about romancing my husband, luckily I had time invested in scripture and prayer, so when this all hit I had the Rock of my life to cling to. It was the little things that I realized I was taking for granted that they would be there tomorrow. I could play later when the dishes were done, I could take a walk tomorrow when laundry was finished.....as Jack was being wheeled into surgery to remove the tumor from his brain I realized I might not ever get the chance to hang out with him again. Thanks be to God that I have been blessed with alot of times since then to spend time just "being" with my kids, and alot more time to not only read but meditate on scripture. I don't know when Jack's tumor struggles will be over, but when they are and it is time for me to start adding extra stuff into my life I will be adding it with guidance through prayer and God's leading. One of the many blessings that has come through Jack's diagnosis is I make a conscience effort to not take relationships for granted, family, friends, and the awesome blessing of a God who never leaves me the same for even one day. Just wanted to be sure you didn't miss that! - - - - Tonight Randy Harris continues the series that he said was inspired by my four weeks in Leviticus. I think he's calling it "Almost Irrelevant Ideas from Nearly Obscure Passages" (or something Harrisesque like that). - - - - I've found myself praying a lot for Judge Roberts recently, knowing that, at age 50, he could be leading the Supreme Court for the rest of my lifetime. - - - - Another quote from Honore's In Praise of Slowness: "There is something in the nature of cooking and eating together that forms a bond between people. It is no accident that the word 'companion' is derived from Latin words meaning 'with bread.' A relaxed, convivial meal has a calming, even civilizing, effect, smoothing away the smash-and-grab haste of modern life. The Kwakiutl people of British Columbia warn that fast eating can 'bring about the destruction of the world more quickly by increasing the aggressiveness' in it. Oscar Wilde expressed a similar sentiment with a typically barbed aphorism: 'After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.'" - - - - While surfing last night, I happened to catch Alison Krauss singing "A Living Prayer." That's a religious experience.