On Good Bones, Eclipses, and Awe
My friend and colleague posted the poem below the other day, a poem that I've read at various times in various ways.
Poetry and parables are like that: there are many entrances and exits, depending on your state of mind, mood, and context, and so the meaning shifts depending on the shifts within you. It's entitled "Good Bones" and I had to do a minor edit, but the passion still comes through.
Good Bones
BY MAGGIE SMITH
Life is short, though I keep this from my children.
Life is short, and I've shortened mine
in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,
a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
I'll keep from my children. The world is at least
fifty percent terrible, and that's a conservative
estimate, though I keep this from my children.
For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.
For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,
sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world
is at least half terrible, and for every kind
stranger, there is one who would break you,
though I keep this from my children. I am trying to sell them the world. Any decent realtor, walking you through a real [mess], chirps on about good bones: This place could be beautiful, right? You could make this place beautiful.
I love this poem. But I've been both frustrated and awed by the world recently, though I've tried to keep the former from my children.
The shifts within me the past few weeks have been a bit seismic. I was horrified by Charlottesville, and I know some just wish we could all forget that, but that forgetting that we're constantly doing is part of the problem.  <Read more>

This Sunday's Readings
Psalm 138
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20
Bluegrass Worship continues this Sunday and goes through September 3. The lively music will have you tapping your toes and maybe even clapping your hands!
Summer: The Green Season Bring in flowers from your garden to decorate the Sanctuary each Sunday this summer. Vases will be available in the Narthex.

Get Ready to Sing with the Choir This Fall! Rehearsals begin August 28;  check out the schedule here. Come to rehearsal if you are interested or  contact Clifford Badgley  for more information.
Dinner for Eight sign up time is here.  Deadline is August 30.  More information is available on the Wittenberg Wall or in the  Dinner for Eight Group on The City.

Rally/Raleigh Day when we get to work as a community serving God's people with our hands is September 10.  With projects at Good Shepherd and out in the community on Sunday (and even some Saturday projects this year), there are opportunities for everyone to serve.  Learn more  or  go directly to the online sign up .

More information about upcoming events is available in this week's  bulletin announcements .

The Summer edition of The Shepherd's Voice newsletter is now available online.

Health and healing for Chris Mallace, Melanie Brown and Susan Lane, friends of Todd and Cara O'Neill; June Easton, mother of Jill Brimhall; Dolores Taunton, mother of Dean Taunton; and Rosalind Bowling. 

Sympathy  to the friends and family of Barbara Flanagan. 

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Siphathisiwe Sigono and Memory Zhou.
Sipha is a cheerful, energetic 20 year old young lady, doing Form 3 at Mnene Boarding School. She is one of six siblings in the  GSLC support program. She experiences pains in her back due to hiatal hernia and currently eats non-acid foods. She asks for your prayers. She asked that the orphans be provided tablets since electronics will be introduced in Form 4-6 when a new national syllabus/curriculum begins in January. Her Mail for Mnene partners are the Valenti & Caudill families.

Memory will be 23 next month. She is no longer active in our  GSLCprogram. She left school to be married and is applying for a visa to go to South Africa with her husband. We continue to pray for her health and safety. Her Mail for Mnene partners are Randy & Lori King and Bonnie Livingston.

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