It was a rainy Sunday, today, in Hampton Roads, but we managed to go to church/es, to be in communion, and covenant, with other believers. Yes, my sis-in-law Rose, my wife Freny, our daughter Tintin, and I decided to attend the Sunday Mass in one of the four clustered Catholic parishes, not at member-parish St. Paul's but at St. Mary's in neighboring city, at 9:00 o'clock this morning. On the way there, I led the praying of the Holy Rosary. We finished our rosary in time prior to the start of the Mass. Rev. Fr. David, our pastor of the four clustered parishes, officiated the Mass. The Scripture readings (First and Second) were from the Book of Genesis 2:18-24 which touches on the issue of Man's Companionship, from the letter to the Hebrews 2:9-11 which deal with Christ our Brother, and the Gospel according to Mark 10:2-12 which speaks about Unity of Marriage.
After the Mass, we all went to another Christian church in a neighboring city where Tintin played the piano for the church services there. The church pays her for playing church music. Extra income for Tintin.
It's a spiritual learning experience to be attending in two Christian churches, as far as I'm concerned. I always try to do my best shot at participating in church worship, sharing my voice and whatever God-given gifts I have. I told myself that I have nothing to lose but gain insights and experiences for being able to attend two church services such as this morning. After all, we share the same commonality: worshiping the same Almighty God, Creator of the Universe and making connections and being united with other people of faith.
Well, you know where we headed to after the church services we've attended or participated? You betcha, it's that regular place where they serve fish and fries, and coleslaw, and fresh garden salad, and iced sweetened tea---at Seafood Restaurant in Chesapeake. There, we saw our fellow regulars, Mark and his wife Anne. As usual, we exchanged greetings, brief conversation.
After lunch, Freny and I accompanied Tintin to go back to D-ville where she started work last week. I did try driving her car while she sat on the passenger side. Freny drove our van. She followed us, like a convoy.
It was almost seven in the evening when we arrived at D-ville, after having two stops along the way---taking a leak and pumping gas for our cars at a gas station and convenient store with Bojangles next door (where we bought crispy fried chicken and biscuits).We left four pieces of Bojangles chicken and two biscuits for Tintin before Freny and I left D-ville for Hampton Roads. (I would have preferred staying overnight at D-ville in a hotel than to be traveling on the dark, long and winding, and sloppy road at night. But Freny has to go to her school-work Monday!)
Freny and I arrived home past 11:00 o'clock p.m. Tired, of course, but arrived safely. Thanks to God, everything went well anent our travel to and from D-ville. Freny called Tintin to notify her of our arrival home in Hampton Roads safe and sound.
Thank you Lord and thank you, Jesus, for your goodness and love to us all. May You always bless us and keep us safe from harm, good and gracious God! Amen.
Well, my dear folks and friends all over the world, this is all for now. Until next time around. Take care and Have a blessed day, everyone! Thanks for your time. And, thank you, God, for giving us the opportunity to be faithful followers of your Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Hail Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.-chris a. quilpa, 07Oct2012