Monday, January 01, 2007

Every now and then...

I am filled with an unwarranted sense of my own importance as a communicator (this may be an occupational hazard for preachers) and specifically as a writer, and delude myself into believing that this blog has merit beyond the very limited reality. Then I am rash enough to engage in an exercise like the "Review of the Year" which seems to be doing the rounds, and am brought back to earth with a bump. Below are the first sentences of my posts in 2006. Confronted with them, I'm more grateful than ever that anyone ever bothers to visit here. Thank you...I will try harder in future!

I received this as the first email of 2006 from the Henri Nouwen Society and thought it deserved sharing. All Ordinary Time reflections done and posted, Tax Return completed and submitted on the due day, second (and far more entertaining) stage of Emergency Management training completed...And so the Lenten journey begins. Sorry about the break in transmission...I'm fine, but life has been alarmingly full of all sorts of totally unbloggable things,- and as we gear up for Holy Week, I'm not sure the next few days will be much better. Just to say thank you, really, for the many different ways in which all of you, my real and virtual friends, show me love and care, - and thus show me God. So this is the week to date.I'm just home from the ordination of priests in Gloucester Cathedral, - one of those splendid occasions that the C of E does really well. Home again to a new address from a wonderful 3 days...so much happened that it felt far longer and was wonderfully relaxing and purr-inducing. I wrote this for the Ordinary Time book - the text of which is being blogged daily here. To be honest, I’m still in two minds about “All Creatures Great and Small: a Pet Blessing service for St Francis-tide” which was our OpenHouse offering yesterday. From India via Cardiff comes the news - the mother has ARRIVED! Having spent most of yesterday light-headed from exhaustion, and talking gibberish to all who came my way, I fell asleep delightedly at around 9.00 pm...(which meant I wasted a whole evening of Hattie Gandhi's company, as she is on a flying visit home,- but I wouldn't have been much use to her even if I'd been awake).

6 comments:

Liz said...

Hi Kathryn from one of your virtual friends.

I just wanted you to know that I felt called into the ministry a while ago and at the moment I'm struggling with three children, a distance learning theology degree and a demonination that in practice accepts women preachers but there's little practical evidence of it where I am. When I stumbled across your blog less that a year ago, it was like a breath of fresh air so please be encouraged at how God uses you in this ministry

Mark said...

I'll keep visiting... so will many others - so blog on regardless. (But did you really post this at 3.56am?)

Kathryn said...

It's showing up as a much more credible 11.56 here Mark...Thanks for the encouragement, both - realise now that read as fishing for compliments, which wasn't the intention, but reassurance welcome nonetheless!

Anonymous said...

Kathryn

Could you drop me an email? JDHunt@hotmail.co.uk

thanks

Jonathan

Anonymous said...

Thank you Kathryn for this blog - I might just have to pop back in time though as I am certain I missed some of those...
Happy New Year, Katie

Anonymous said...

Kathryn

My sincere thanks too, for your excellent blog!

Personally, I think the ability to receive compliments is a vital one, particularly in ministry ;) Let's face it, there is often plenty of the other stuff about!

A very happy New Year to you and yours.