Body piercing and the occasional beer
Today's been another grand day. I really am loving living down at the church. Being downtown just gives me so much more exposure to people I never would have had. That park bench is the best!
I didn't have any particularly interesting bench stories today, but I didn't get to spend too much time there today. I woke up, went to lift with a good buddy of mine, and then went to lunch with some friends at applebees. I put on a shirt I "borrowed" from Micah a long time ago, but I guess he's come to notice that I haven't returned it yet. Maybe someday. Anyway, it's the shirt that says "Body piercing saved my life" and then on the back has a picture of two hands with scars in the middle. Yes, before you all get huffety, I realize they most likely put the nails through Jesus' wrists, but you should still get the point. So, I got some interesting looks at the gym, but nothing to bad, and then at Applebees, it seemed like the waitress was being sorta OVERLY kind. Maybe she just wanted a good tip...and she got one...she was very good. Well, I better move on before you all get the wrong impression...
Eventually, I made it back to the church, and started getting ready for tonight. We have "Deeper Life" on Thurs. nights, and I wanted to spend a little extra time praying and reading to prepare, so I did. I didn't go out on the park bench, cause I most likely would've got some VERY strange looks being down on my knees in the middle of downtown leavenworth praying, so I stayed inside and played some worship music through the mains. It was only Kathleen and Sean and I, but just like last week, was most excellent. I got to spend some time talking and praying with my buddy sean, and just like with JC, was very good. I know only a couple kids have been able to make it, but it's been some of the most spiritually progressive times we've had in a while, and "I'm lovin it."
I actually took Sean and Kathleen out to my bench to sit and read and relax a bit, when shortly after I got a call for a fire alarm out in the county. So, I hurried them along to get their stuff so I could lock the church and go. It ended up being a false alarm, but I got on the report which I've been too busy to do recently. Afterwards I went to Applebees again to meet a friend at the bar, and have a beer, some nachos, and some good conversation. We weren't sitting there more than 5 min's when a heard of girls came wandering in and sat at the other side of the bar. Immediately, one of them stared and then pointed at me, and I saw her mouth "he's drinking a beer." I couldn't help but chuckle, and simply continued to smile and talk with my friend. I don't know if she read the shirt, or she knew me from somewhere, but she sure didn't look familiar. Well, she kept staring for quite some time, and I just kept smiling. Her friend came over a couple min's later and talked to my buddy, who she knew, and I said hi and introduced myself, but I still can't figure out why the other girl was staring. Maybe it's cause I hadn't combed my hair all day, and I really don't look like I'm 21, or maybe it was the shirt, or whatever. I was hoping to go over and say hi, but I was somewhat afraid she might think I was hitting on her, and also, they left before I really had the chance. It was interesting though, sitting at the bar that is. I could hear the conversations of all the people around me, I could see their intention at being there, and it felt like I was there, but I wasn't. Like I could almost see the spiritual side of things, and these people had no clue. I just sat there quietly, sipped my beer, ate my nachos, and talked with God while my buddy talked with some other friends. I must've looked quite strange sitting there with my hair hainging down uncombed, my shirt that says body piercing saved my life (when I obviously have no piercings), and my sly grin on my face that says God is good, and all is well...or at least that's what it says to me...
Well, whatever that blurb was all about, it was hopefully a small recap of the day, but also a sign that it's late, I'm tired, and I have to get up in like 5 1/2 hrs. So to all a good night, and God Bless.