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A few reflections on our recent volunteer trip to Maine in early August (see earlier post)
1) It does not seem possible that we all fell more in love with Marie, but we did. And in love with her great-niece and great-great-nephew. I've learned time deepens our connections with others.
2) My title may have changed from Queen Pope to Queen Pope Flasher. Yes, I learned how to flash. That is install tin flashing on a trailer to make sure rain doesn't find it's way inside.
3) Having no real skills, but willingness is all you need.
4) It is possible to work with a group of people (ten) on one project and not get in each other's ways. In fact, it can at times look like a choreographed dance (even if lacking in elegance).
5) Marie's chicken coop got painted by our kids this trip. Best of all: we made 30 deviled eggs from eggs collected from her coop!
6) It feels great at the end of a long weekend to see that you have accomplished something: a new deck, insulating skirting on a trailer, a painted coop, trash removed. Completing tasks is good for the soul, especially when those tasks are completed for someone you love so dearly.
Rev. Abigail A Henrich (ehm!) is an ordained minister who earned her stripes at Princeton Theological Seminary and Colgate University. That said, Abby is really a mother-pastor-spouse who lives in a kinetic state of chaos as she moves from her many vocations: folding laundry, preaching, returning phone calls, sorting lunch boxes, answering e-mails, and occasionally thinking deep thoughts in the shower. Unabashedly she is a progressive Christian who believes some shaking up has got to happen in the church.