Budget Blessings

The Board of Trustees met to begin the process of putting together next year’s budget on Tuesday night.  I usually light a candle in the middle of the table and say an opening prayer, but I thought I would try something different this time.

I put this together and then started with a longer devotional.

I filled the wooden stand with black sand, small pebbles and white candle.  The cross that sits to the right of the candle came from the dedication of our fellowship hall and classroom wing in the late 80’s – a reminder that the church that stands today was built one piece at a time.  That is all that we can do today!  I know the vision that we have for RCC is great – but all we can do (especially when we are budgeting in a tough economic time) is take things one step at a time.

Since we are technically in Ordinary Time, I thought the color green would be appropriate.  I love the vibrancy of this fabric!

During the devotional I read this Anne Lamott quote:

“It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do’. And mostly, against all odds, they do.”

Our church may not have shiny new tools – but the rusty bent ones seem to work out pretty well. I passed around the bowl of beads – beads of hope! – for everyone to take.

Blessings to all of my friends going through who are budgeting right now!