Yesterday was our last Sunday at Maplewood Presbyterian with our wonderful Pastor, Barry Keating. There was a video during the service, which my family was too distracted to have a picture included in. A section of the video was of different church members holding up a chalkboard with Pastor Barry Taught Me — and whatever they had filled in. Real footballs are round, for instance.
If I had been present the Sunday they made the video, I would have written, It’s All Sacred, something Pastor Barry told me when I was asked to lead a church retreat in Bellingham and came to him for advice. I had been teaching, at that time, for about 15 years, but not, I confessed, in a sacred setting. Pastor Barry leaned back in his chair and frowned. Then he leaned forward and said, in his lovely Belfast voice, “Bethany! It’s ALL sacred!”
So, it’s Monday, and not Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day, anyway, Dad. Thinking of you.