Friday, December 02, 2005

Prayer and such

So I don't get it sometimes. This whole prayer thing really boggles my mind. For example, praying to find the ticket to the Nickel Creek concert. Even more trivial, we had this drawing for '12 days of Christmas' at work. It was system wide, and whoever's name is drawn wins a gift certificate. So jokingly, after the first day I said I was gonna pray about winning. I felt bad about joking about it, so I actually prayed. The second name was drawn and I won a $50 gift certificate to Starbucks.
That same day, one of my bosses had to do a funeral for a two year old. She had some sort of degenerative heart disease. I'm sure the family prayed for healing...
I've prayed for things before that seemingly are answered in a different manner than my heart's desire, or even seem to go unanswered. I just don't get it sometimes.
Interestingly enough, with the two aforementioned 'answers to prayer,' I've been reading a book about the heart of a woman and how we were made for romance and how God longs to romance us and does it individually. Wonder if that all happened at the same time for a reason...

Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek (NC) is one of my favorite bands. I appreciate that they write their own stuff and can play some pretty cool instruments. I went to the concert by myself, which was kind of cool. The even cooler thing is that I could walk to the Filmore from where I live. It was a little scary walking home, but I made it, and it just felt even more real that I live in the city (which is something I've always wanted to do).
There was a bit of drama and chaos preceding the concert because I couldn't find my ticket. I'd bought the ticket a few months before the concert (can you tell that I really wanted to go) and had since moved. I thought I put it in a safe place, but was wrong. So I'd already walked down to the Filmore before I realized what I'd done. So, as I'm freaking out on the way back to the house to go look for it, I call my sister. She calms me down some (what's wrong with this picture). So I get to the house, go up to my room and start looking for it. I'm looking in the last place I can think of when Barb (new staff at Treasure House) knocks on my door, asks if I've found it, and then offers to pray (which my sister is doing concurrently). I say, 'sure.' She prays, I think of one more place to look, and it's there.
So I collect myself, walk back down, and get there in plenty of time (the cover guy was ok; I just sat to the side and chilled, preparing for NC).
As I'm sitting listening, I also do one of my favorite things in the world: people watch. I don't know what I was expecting at this concert, but I was surprised by the crowd. There were older people, teenagers, couples, singles, trendy dressers, hippies, well-to-dos. And racially, the crowd was quite diverse as well. I think that made me enjoy the concert even more.
So then NC comes out and plays for about 2 hours. A couple of times, I almost left (I was on call that night at Treasure House), but chose not to. I'm quite glad because they played my two favorites last. Excellent.
They were quite witty, engaging, and amazingly talented.
They said this was the biggest crowd on this tour they'd had so far. Pretty cool.
I don't go to concerts often. But I'm very glad I went to this one. Great fun. Great.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

it's here

For some reason, for the past couple of years, I've gotten into listening to Christmas music during the month of December. For most of my life (as if I've been around that long), I've not appreciated Christmas music at all. I think that changed when a fellow seminarian made a couple of mixed CDs for a Christmas party we had. That got me hooked. I'm not one for listening to Christimas music in November (as I heard on the radio the first week in November), nor am I one for remakes of the classics by Christian 'artists' or Country music stars, nor am I one for having to listen to the music drone on and on in department stores (who am I kidding? I'm not one for department stores in general), but give me the classics and I'm in the spirit. So I decided today was a good day to kick off my Christmas season with some Christmas classics on my yahoo station. Quite exciting really. And yesterday for the morning devotion, the lady leading it had us all sing 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel' which is my all time favorite Christmas carol. AND I knocked out four presents by using my 15 minute break wisely this morning and shopping online. Yay.
Craziness, really. I can't believe it's already December. Don't have a cluse where the past few months have gone. Don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Guess I can't do anything about it regardless.