Well…I am back after a long weekend. And…like my awkward Thursday last week, I got a feeling this will be an awkward Tuesday since I was off yesterday. My whole week is going to be thrown off. Oh well…
Grandma: The funeral mass for my grandma went very well. The mass was held in the nursing home chapel with about 80 people present. Nine of the 14 grandchildren were able to be there. Needless to say it was a bitter sweet reunion. After spending some fun, quality time together we realized that we need to get together more often. So my wife and one of my other cousins are going to be planning something this year (at the very least a New Year’s Eve gathering). Funerals and weddings should not be the only time family gets together.
Eulogy: This was one of the toughest things I have done. I spent some time sharing some memories of grandma…and was doing fine. When I got to my closing (talking about grandma’s faith) then I started to have trouble…especially when I made eye contact with some of my cousins. When I made eye contact the waterworks started. I finished by sharing the Gospel. Normally during a funeral that I preside at, I schedule the eulogy before the sermon so I can have the last word…sharing the Gospel. On Saturday (at grandma’s funeral mass) the priest had me near the very end…so I had the last word. Imagine that…a "Lutheran" proclamation of the Gospel at a Catholic mass. Oh well…we are all brothers and sisters in Christ so what’s the difference?
Winter: I love…I mean, like…wait a second…I use to enjoy…I mean…I am down right sick and tired of winter. The bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills are getting old. As you know I am training for the Twin Cities marathon. Running on the treadmill is fine, but I need a change of scenery…I need to get outside, but I am not running outside if it is below zero. Call me a wimp, but I want to enjoy my run without worrying if any limb is going to freeze and fall off.
Personal stewardship: I haven’t given a report on this for a while. My weight loss is going fairly well. I have plateaued, but I am losing some weight. Pants are feeling looser all the time which means I am putting on muscle mass while losing fat so therefore my weight is not going down as fast. As for my training, I am on track and looking forward to registering for the Twin Cities marathon in April.
A message for the road: "When Satan reminds you of your past remind him of his future"
Take care and God bless!