Celebrating in Fine Style
October 8, 2008

It’s not every day that you get invited to an ambassador’s house.

On Sunday, October 5, our next-door neighbors here in Lancaster took us as their guests to Washington, D.C., to a first-class buffet feast. Since Sunday was the first Sunday after the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, the Ambassador from Indonesia, as is his custom every year, threw a feast at his home for anyone who wished to attend. The attendees were mostly Indonesian (of our neighbor couple,the wife is Indonesian) but friends of Indonesia from many ethnic groups were present also. The food was, of course, Indonesian: chicken, beef, rice, sticky rice, soup, spices, fresh fruit, and a vast spread of desserts, mostly made of rice, cocoanut and brown sugar.

We met so many delightful people and were warmly welcomed.

I thought you might like to peek in on the celebration.

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Appreciating All of Life
May 12, 2008

Celebration is to be a hallmark of the people of God. But how often do we have too small a view of this important spritual discipline?
Chalres Ringma observes: “Celebration is not simply concerned with rejoicing in the good life. It is also concerned with rejoicing in life itself, even when it is marked by trial.” (Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen)
Are you making today a day of celebration?