it should be the beginning of a joke that your insensitive uncle would tell at thanksgiving dinner and your mennonite cousin would burst into tears and the wiccan would start a long monologue about the history of her religion.
i have been packing and selling off my possessions and there isn’t a fork or a spoon or a plate left in this house. i have made plane and hotel reservations for visiting facebook friends after the house closes on tuesday. i turned off the gas, electricity, water, cable, and the jehovah’s witnesses coming to the door every friday afternoon.
so many americans are aware of the sliding interest rates that they are refinancing their mortgages and the market is even picking up a little. we should rejoice! and i do! but there’s a selfish side that says “wait, my buyers are being told that they aren’t going to be approved for their loan until maybe as late as midjuly because of this backlog! we can’t close on the house this coming tuesday! what am i going to do?”
first, i plan on getting those jehovah’s witnesses back! every friday, miss rose comes and we pray together. i don’t believe in the tenets of the witnesses but i appreciate that she cares so much that she’s willing to walk from house to house in winnetka every friday, winter and summer. she talks about her faith, gives me a copy of the watch tower and we pray together. i gotta make sure i’m here friday afternoon for miss rose’s visit! second, i am praying. and third, enlisting my friends to pray for me. so far, i have five catholics, one muslim, a presbyterian, a baptist, a wiccan, a jew, a mennonite, and an atheist. that’s a very big life raft of faith and, oddly, all are my facebook friends.
i have been astonished at how facebook has taught me about the diversity of experience and lifestyle of my friends. and i have become more tolerant and appreciative. i am more at peace about my own religious perspective as well.
it is in the book of matthew 18:19 of the Bible wherein Jesus says “again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” all i pray is that i will be flexible, strong, sure of myself, and will remember that chaos and confusion is a perfectly ordinary part of life.
i’m also wondering about those red shoes. . . is there a causal connection between my lust for those shoes and the backlog of mortgage applications at wells fargo?