Plan B

This past Sunday was Pie Sunday.  Don’t go looking for it in the lectionary, it isn’t there. It is a day when parishioners make pies and bring them to share with others.  As someone who takes a great deal of pleasure in baking, it is one of my favorite Sundays in our church year.

As I was making my pie this year,  my first pie in my new home, I found myself having to rethink how I do this.  Having divided my batterie de cuisine in two earlier this year,  I kept having to improvise how to do things that previously I could have done automatically.

How often in our lives does this happen?  How often do we have to rearrange and reconfigure all the elements of our daily life?  How often does half of a life fall away and leave us improvising our basic tasks? Not too often, I hope.  But it does bring important thoughts to the front of our brains.  How wedded am I to the unnecessary and what do I really need?  What gives me true pleasure and what stands in my way?

I don’t really think I have any complete answers to these questions, but the pie turned out fine.  And perhaps that is a foreshadowing that all of this new life will turn out fine as well.  Because maybe life is just one long re-adaptation and improvisation in the face of never ending change.  And it is just amazing the myriad things you can do with a wad of paper toweling and some imagination.


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St. Alban's Parish is a vibrant and diverse Episcopal Church in Washington, DC near the National Cathedral. We come from every walk of life, every culture and context, and every corner of this region. St. Alban's Parish is active in the city, engaging social issues, and making the reconciling love of Christ known in word and deed. We have ministries for children, youth, young adults, adults, and the elderly. We have outreach programs that address homelessness, poverty, the environment, and hunger. We believe in being open and inclusive to all people no matter disability, age, income, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, and the doubter, because God's embrace is wide, and God's good news is for all people. We want you to come, participate, grow in God's love, and become a part of the Body of Christ at St. Alban's!
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3 Responses to Plan B

  1. Noell Sottile says:

    Or, we reconfigure as the Holy Spirit moves in us, pushing and pulling and tweaking us to become the people God created us to be. It just takes us a while to figure it out. Thank goodness God is patient! 😉

  2. Jonnie Sue Hicks says:

    How true, how true, and so very well put. Thanks, js

  3. Anton Vanterpool II says:

    Sorry I missed “Pie Sunday.” I went home to New York to celebrate my Mom’s 75th birthday. Usually my trips to the Big Apple start from my apartment in Alexandria. I decided to start my drive to NY after the Region Assembly meetings in Bethesda. It gave me a chance to take care of Church business and then take care of Family matters. Enjoy your new home.

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