Saturday, July 14, 2007

Morning Prayer, Carnival of Hope, and More Rain!

This summer I seem to be the person to call if you have either Morning Prayer or the early Eucharist to work as a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM). It thrills me no end to be able to help other members by swapping dates with them. So, today I get to do the Daily Office at 6:45 AM. Yay! That's always been one of my favorite ways to start the day.

Other bright news is...It's Carnival of Hope time again. Susan has the latest version up over at her place and I'm delighted to be included. Thank you, Susan! This month's carnival starts with community, segues into the arts, gives us some ways we can make a difference (and the joys of doing so), and closes with an article on growth and making changes.

The rest of the news is that, after a week of very warm (90 degree) weather, it's going to rain in San Antonio again. Yay! Even though this causes flash flooding in the hill country, San Antonio has had too many summers where we didn't get enough rain and went on water rationing. It doesn't look like that will be a problem this year. And while I haven't heard news of it yet, I wouldn't be surprised if some springs in the area that might have been dry or drying up are coming fresh again. This happened the first year I lived in San Antonio. It was a record year for rain and springs that hadn't been active for 20 years came fresh again. The apartment complex I lived in had a spring that came fresh. This meant that a steady stream of water was running from the spring down through the parking lot. It didn't destroy the asphalt but it did make a nice trail of green algae growth as the water kept the pavement cool and wet. So, despite any problems the rain may cause, and it can cause plenty of them, "Hooray for rain!"

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