Today I went to the Blue Door Pub in St. Paul, MN for lunch with some fellow Lutheran bloggers. This little con-fab was originally the brainchild of Chris Duckworth (LutheranZephyr), who was unfortunately forced to stay at home on the East Coast due to Snowmageddopocolypsemaniatron 2011. We soldiered on without him.
Bloggers who did make it were yours truly, LutherLiz and Anna (with Husby Jared in tow). LutherLiz and I were both at Luther Seminary at roughly the same time, and had kept somewhat in touch via blogging over the last few years, but I'd never met Anna - and now I'm wishing I'd met her and Husby much earlier. It was one of the most enjoyable lunches I've had in quite some time, and would have been even if the food had been lousy.
|Beer-battered green beans, Juicy Blucy (not mine, because I'm a bad blogger)|
I meant to bring my phone inside so as to tweet and get a pic for blogging tonight, but as is my wont I was a forgetful prat and left said phone in the car, and it was just too frigging cold to go back out and get it. Besides, when you've only got an hour to meet new friends, tweeting just isn't quite as important.
This small Lutheran world just keeps getting smaller, but I'll tell you what: the young-ish Lutherans I'm meeting these days give me great hope for our church. God has scattered some smart, talented, passionate, thoughtful folks throughout this denomination, and envisioning another thirty-odd years working among them, should I be so lucky, is quite invigorating. Thanks Anna, Jared and Liz for showing me that no matter how ugly the church can be, God is always sowing the mission field with good seeds.
Grace & peace,