There are advantages to being offline for a day. Yesterday, I turned off my computer when we went to church, and I didn't turn it back on--thus, I missed the news about the mass shooting in the Baptist church in Texas. It was such a small community! I went to college in Newberry, South Carolina which was a slightly larger town, so I understand the impact this crime will have on the even smaller town.
Instead of spending the afternoon bogged down in horrifying details, we had my husband's brother and his wife over for lunch after church. I woke up very early because of the time change, so I got some chicken breasts into a lemon-garlic marinade. It was delicious. We had roast potatoes and broccoli to go along with the meal, and apple crisp and vanilla ice cream for dessert. It was a perfect Sunday meal.
We exchanged hurricane stories. After lunch, they looked at the cottage, while I did the dishes. My sister-in-law said that the damage wasn't as bad as she expected, which was oddly comforting. We pried up a floorboard in the main house--the standing water that was under the house has receded, which was very comforting.
After they headed home, we took our wine onto the front porch. It was good to finish the week-end this way.
I'm glad that I didn't know about this shooting along the way. It was good to celebrate All Saints Sunday in a more general way--to go to church to be reminded of the kind of community God calls us to be, and spending time together in community while we're on this side of the grave.
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