Faith outdoors…

With the available driving area becoming narrower with each snow on the streets Cheyenne and I travel to her school I have been taking an alternate route home.  I used to just turn around and go back in the same direction from which I came – which was just fine when I didn’t have to have to jockey for position with a bus on what has essentially become a one-lane street.  So, being the emergency management professional I am and exercising the emergency management principle of flexibility (with a healthy dose of rock~paper~scissors logic – the bus will always triumph in a bus/car standoff) – I now head toward home for a few blocks on 2nd Street.

This little re-routing has been good for my psyche I must say, as I am amused daily as I pass the corner of 2nd Street and 3rd Avenue in West Fargo.  You see, on the corner of 2nd Street and 3rd Avenue is a church lot with a trailer parked on it.  On the trailer is a large banner that advertises the time of a Sunday service called “Faith Outdoors.”  Every single time I drive by that church I smile and think some thought that amuses me.

Today I amused myself by considering the amount of faith one would have to possess to attend a service outdoors in the present conditions.  Such a person would be no ordinary parishioner.  The parishioner who attends outdoor services in these conditions would have to be a person of extraordinary faith – a person who could endure incredible trials in their physical existence because they know that God will care for their eternal soul and this earthly visit is but a blip on the radar of their existence.

I hope God doesn’t expect that level of vigor from all of us.  I hope God gives me credit for just living in North Dakota because I believe the state is such a great place to raise kids, because I am not willing to stand outside in sub-zero weather to worship anyone or anything…sorry God – I am still in my humanly limits mindset.

I was also wondering today if God gives brownie points to those who would actually show up at a January Faith Outdoors service in North Dakota and if so, how many?  Could you break a commandment?  I mean really…how big a heavenly bump do you get for that level of dedication?

In reality I am guessing the Faith Outdoors services are only held in the pleasant North Dakota seasons – Spring, Summer and Fall (all six months of them).  Some day I will just have to stop at the church and ask, but for now it is much more enjoyable to entertain my own demented little musings on a daily basis – a week day daily basis that is.  Should you see me there on a Sunday during the winter you’ll know that I have broken a commandment or two. ;-)

Day five hundred and sixty-two of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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3 Responses to Faith outdoors…

  1. Stan says:

    “The parishioner who attends outdoor services in these conditions would have to be a person of extraordinary faith – a person who could endure incredible trials in their physical existence because they know that God will care for their eternal soul and this earthly visit is but a blip on the radar of their existence.”

    So many forget that this IS just a blip and let their earthly wants overrule their spiritual needs.

    Lovely post Ms. C

  2. PrairieWoman says:

    Ah, yes. It is a lovely post Ms. C. I think for some of the musings that have traveled across your mind you may have to attend two or three of those January services. But, such is the life of fierce girls. Always willing to cross the coals of hell for what we want, believe or shoes…I mean….uh…ok, I meant shoes. I’ll see you on Sunday. LOL!

  3. Avatar of Kevin Kevin says:

    well looks like praire woman will be there with you to keep you warm

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