Wednesday (Charles Henry Brent)

  • Usual weekday early AM routine.
  • Spoke by phone with a psychotherapist over an ongoing pastoral issue (with the permission, of course, of the one for whom I am trying to care).
  • Addressed a substantial stack of deferred email replies. This raises my endorphin level because of the number of individual to-do items I’m able to check off in somewhat rapid succession. But it’s still time-consuming.
  • Did some long-delayed scheduled maintenance–cleaning upĀ  my computer desktop. Items that are in play just get parked there, but not always filed somewhere else in a timely fashion. It feels good.
  • Did the finish work (refine, edit, format [14 pt typeface, serifed font, 1.5 spaces, every sentence a hanging indent], print, schedule for posting, put hard copy in my car) on the text of homily for Lent IV (this Sunday at Emmanuel, Champaign). This also involved trouble-shooting a printer issue. It’s always something.
  • Grabbed some carry-out lunch from the Chinese place around the corner.
  • Read and responded to a stack of five Ember Day letters from people in various stages of the ordination process.
  • Reached out by email to a layperson who finds herself in a difficult position in her relationship to the church.
  • Took a brisk walk with Brenda on an afternoon that felt decidedly not-winter. How utterly welcome.
  • Worked a brief while collecting documents for my tax-preparer.
  • Evening Prayer with Brenda.
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