What a great time we had in Philadelphia last weekend! The Party of Six weathered the rain storm on Thursday night to make our way up to celebrate with my sister, brother in law, and nephew as they were being installed at their new church.
We had planned to catch a little sightseeing in between church activities, but as always, things didn’t go as planned. That just means we have to plan a trip back to Philly sooner than later so that we can experience a little more of what Philly has to offer. Some of the highlights of the weekend were meeting some of the Philadelphia 76ers who were staying at the same hotel, experiencing a Philly Cheesesteak hoagie while actually being in Philly, and being able to introduce PB and the cubs to one of my best friends from high school, Ginny, who I hadn’t seen since we left high school. She was the hit of the weekend with the cubs because she took us to a park nearby with plenty of running space and a playground. It was just what they needed after being cramped up in a hotel room for a few days. Leave it to me to forget the camera, though! I did get a few shots at the banquet on Saturday night.
On Sunday afternoon, I had the privilege of “charging” my sister. I cannot actually explain very well what this means excpet to say that I was to give her well wishes/blessings/words of wisdom as she takes on this new role of being the wife of a pastor. Knowing that I had NEVER done anything like this before, common sense should have told me to write something down. But, nooooo! I had some ideas of what I wanted to say, so I thought I’d just wing it. While trying to get through my little speech without crying, it quickly became too emotional and I ended up threatening the whole church! My sentence went something like, “My sisters and I are all 5 feet and under, but we will turn Berean Baptist upside down if anyone messes with my sister or nephew.” What??!! Immediately, I hugged my sister and apologized for getting too personal. I definitely caught myself ( as well as most people in the church that day) off guard, but I couldn’t get that statement back. Has that ever happened to you? I know I’ve said things in the past that may have hurt someone and unfortunately, it can take years to get that person to believe you are truly sorry for what you’ve said. Proverbs 21:23 says “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” I know this all too well! My point is – I’m not perfect and never will be just like you’re not perfect and never will be. But, we can all work towards being better and making wise choices about what we say to others and how we want to say it.
Peace and Blessings!