Actually, not so much blues, as still recovering from the tiredness of the Christmas period and various poorlynesses (it is a real word!) which happened to and around me over the past few weeks.
Christmas was in many ways a blast! Our services were all well attended and filled with joy and all the wonder of the Christmas story. I managed to get all my services sorted, albeit some of them at short notice, and even wrote a few new sermons, which I haven't managed to post on New Kid Deep Stuff yet. Unfortunately the flu-ey bug which I caught really hit over the week before Christmas, when I had no chance to stop and recover, so by the time I got to Christmas day itself I was feeling pretty awful. I didn't let it dampen my spirits though, and the worship over Christmas time was pretty special.
The worst thing that happened was in the midst of this - on Christmas Eve - we lost someone in the Parish who died very suddenly, so I had a fair amount of rearranging to do to make sure I could be with the family. The funeral was today and it was a wonderful example of the church pulling together to support and help a member of the community. I was moved not only by the strength of the family dealing with this tragedy but by the warmth and support of the congregation for them. It was as positive a service as it could have been, a proper goodbye and offering the deceased into God's keeping. I've said it before, and don't mind repeating myself, but it is a huge privilege to be able to minister to people in these situations and to be able to offer them care and love in the name of Christ. No matter how many times I am called upon to perform this ministry (and I have two more funerals next week) I never feel that it's just another part of the job, but rather it is an important time to put into action Christian love and proclaim the hope of faith.
So a little catch up on some of what has been going on. More another time.