It would be enough for RantWoman to meditate about expectations in the realm of the God as Personal Butler model of Divine Presence or even the what is one reasonably to expect of an elder, at least in title?
|The tree before the lights go on|
It would be enough for RantWoman to meditate upon the phrase "Walk gently upon the earth answering that of God in Everyone." This week, at least around RantWoman, a more realistic model of Divine presence might be the lost cellphone in a crowded space problem. Signals are coming in. There is clear evidence that the phone is somewhere, but danged if one can actually locate the phone. Consider the following moments
From RantWoman's inbox this morning:
"Please remove my name from this discussion."
RantWoman included you in this discussion with appreciation because you WROTE the draft minutes under discussion. But RantWoman ALSO includes you because of your role on Care and Counsel. RantWoman somehow has the peculiar, peculiar but apparently not necessarily realistic expectation that care of a whole community sometimes involves interacting with email, prayerful participation not only in Meeting for Worship but also in the life of the rest of the Meeting.
RantWoman THANKED you for some serious "show your work" minutes, expressed appreciation for the thought of someone not at Meeting for Worship for Business being able to figure out from the minutes what happened, and asked Friends to reflect on thoughts from RantWoman's many different experiences with the Quaker practice of hours and hours devoted to something called minutes.
RantWoman further made the same request she frequently makes these days: read as you are able and hold in the Light. Plus, RantWoman knows the Delete key exists and thinks people absolutely have the option of using it and not advertising the fact to RantWoman.
So WTF, Friend????
(And please excuse RantWoman if this morning's email also makes it hard to take another related effort seriously.)
Holding you in the Light and not necessarily promising to edit recipient lists.
In Light and Faithfulness