Yesterday it took me 5 minutes walking, and I was cold. Within 10 minutes I shifted from a spot on top of the mountain to a valley below where it was bearable. last evening, I was sitting here last night, debating on going out in the freezing cold to hunt in the morning or afternoon amid a barrage of “buy buy buy” consumerism advertising on the TV, and I blurted out, “what do you think Jesus would think of all this?”
Sounds strange no? But as I struggle each day in nature to drop to a place where you get out of your head, and fully engaged in your heart and then come back into the secular world with “stuff” everywhere, your brain will get a bit confused about the deeper meaning of life. Is it to learn to love, even your enemy? Or just buy as much stuff as you can at a discount by playing survival of the fittest in lines at retail stores?
the irony was this mornings gospel reading was Jesus kicking out the merchandising folks from the temple. “This is a house of prayer.”
my problem is that I am really good at the merchandising of stuff with shows and entertainment events….so I am thinking, “wow, imagine the black Friday sales one could have at church!…(the list is highly creative and profitable, but, snip)
But what I do know is that this weather really is unseasonably cold. I looked out the window -5f. I even felt bad for the birds and put seeds out yesterday, nothing was touched. I am guessing the critters are like humans and trying to find as warm a bed as possible? Me…I have to go butcher a deer and announce that this year there is enough kielbasi for all…oops, I spoke too soon, I have to ask Todd if he can do mom a favor.
Yes, I will be walking down to a childhood friends house and opening with, “what kind of pie do you love? I have been sent by mom on a mission to see if you and your family can make us some of your delicious venison kielbasi?”
I don’t know if they are making it anymore and personally, I do not like kielbasi in the traditional sense – but the venison and the one taste I have had of it is delicious. Mom tends to give it to all her friends at church and not keep track if there is any left.
This year, there is enough for many. If I get lucky this afternoon, then a lot of people will be happy. of course, that is if it gets warm enough for me to last more than a few hours in the freezing cold and not moving. Maybe I will get an answer to whether Jesus thinks the black Friday sales and human consumption are cool?