greatest youtube clip of all time (except ellie's "mary")
so, the good news is: we're in our new apt. on the 3d floor of the parish house @ asa. the bad news: apparently we should've relocated to an ark. it's been raining like crazy in dc for 3 days, ever since we moved into our nice little apt., which now has a big hole in the ceiling of the living room from whence rain drops keep falling on our heads. so, there's that. we even had to find an alternate route here from our old apt in alexandria b/c the 12th st. tunnel flooded. and i've got to find another part-time job to supplement our income and fill up the hours that i don't spend as pastoral ass't @ the church. on a related note, and to continue our diluvian theme, my first official task as pastoral ass't was to wet vac out the water that flooded the church undercroft. as you can see, i've precious little time for posting these days, but things will settle down soon.
unless an earthquake hits.
i braved a horrendous thunderstorm tonight, but it was worth it. i drove out to warrenton, va, to hear derek and his wife, sandra mccracken, play a benefit for blood:water mission, an organization "committed to clean blood and clean water to fight the hiv/aids pandemic, to build clean wells in africa, to support medical facilities caring for the sick, to make a lasting impact in the fight against poverty, injustice and oppression in africa through the linking of needs, talents and continents, of people and resources."
man, it was great. just derek, sandra and 2 guitars, exactly what i wanted it to be. i'm continually amazed @ derek's (and, now, @ sandra's) ability to cram so much provocative theology into a 3 and a half minute song. renee' doesn't get why i like it so much sometimes, what w/ his penchant for writing songs about ants and stained shirts and pennies under carseats. but the simple and mundane often communicate god to me better than flowery theologi-speak. i quoted "take to the world" in a trinity sunday sermon:
go in peace to love and to serveseems like derek's getting more aggressive in his songwriting lately -- i don't have the last 2 albums b/c, let's face it, i can't afford them (yet), so the songs were largely new to me -- but it was impressive tonight to watch this little guy in a plain white t-shirt up there boldly saying some things that may not play well in a lot of church fora. but stand he did, and his obvious love of christ and his church go a long way toward diffusing anything he might have said that ruffled feathers. (to get a taste, check out the relevant interview, in which he even says some nice things about episcopalians)
let your ears ring on w/ what you have heard
may the bread on your tongue
leave a trail of crumbs
to lead the hungry back to the place you are from.
i'm way too tired from driving through a meteorological anomaly complete w/ hail and sideways rain to get into how moved i was by the night, but i'll leave you this:
who's your brother, who's your sister(derek webb, "a king and a kingdom")
you just walked passed him
i think you missed her
as we're all migrating to the place where our father lives
'cause we married in to a family of immigrants
there are two great lies that i’ve heard:
“the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die”
and that jesus christ was a white, middle-class republican
and if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him
my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man
my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood
it's to a king & a kingdom
our wedding song, youtube style
one down, one to go
dc4free#1: civil war days
today is "civil war camp day," part of the living history program @ fort ward in alexandria. improving over last week, we did make it the whole time w/o spending a penny, but it wasn't the most exciting event, especially as far as the kids were concerned. the most exciting (read, traumatic) aspect of the event was the firing demonstration, which had both kids crying w/in seconds.
good parents that we are, we immediately repaired to the apartment for popsicles. all is now well here, sitting comfortably in the a.c. awaiting the u.s. world cup match. that may not be very exciting for the kids, either, but pop is amped.
dc4free: test run
i'll confess we cheated a bit for our first run -- we drove to the zoo, which meant we spent about $9 for parking, plus the gazillion or so bucks it cost for the petrol to get the 10 miles there and back. i also bought a bottle of water for $2.50, but no food, no cutesy tshirts, and the little panda paddy is muzzle-to-muzzle w/ was a gift from ellie's godfather.
i'll be posting an account of our gallivanting on [rd] as we go, but i'd appreciate any ideas about free stuff in d.c. just shoot me an email w/ "dc4free" in the subject line.