We didn’t even begin to talk about everything we wanted to in class.

It was “New Song Sunday” in worship, so we sang lots of new songs, not necessarily brand new, but new-to-us. [This is one:]

And we heard that “the kingdom of God is at hand” is something like … when you’re having a party … and you’ve been working with people in the kitchen and getting things ready and setting things out and the first guests haven’t arrived yet but any minute, and you have that moment when you take a breath and realize, everything is all ready …

but of course I thought of my mom, who loved to give parties, wonderful ones, thought of those parties, that she gave when we were growing up, that we helped with …

That we were in on …

“The kingdom of God is at hand.”

She would have loved that.


detail of Van Gogh painting of old bell tower