I have, on more than 10 occasions, been told that I’m too negative. This is probably true. One doesn’t take some pride in having the Dean of his seminary call out his cohort of friends for being a “circle of cynics” without having some underlying problems. So, it was with great excitement that I saw the beginnings of an internet meme designed especially for me. “Things that Annoy Me,” the brain child of The Reverend Tim Shenk, was made with me in mind, I’m certain of it. Already a blog has been created and posts are coming in from Bishops, Priests, and celebrity bloggers. Even the Crusty Old Dean has jumped on board.
It has taken everything in my power not to take part in the “Things that Annoy Me” festival. I’m avoiding it, not out of any moral stance, I agree with Father Tim’s theological hand grenade:
Some might say “Shouldn’t a priest focus on more positive things rather than dwelling on the negative?” To which I would respond, “If it weren’t for the goodness of God’s creation, coupled with the brokenness of humanity, I’d never have anything to say.” Wrap your minds around THAT impressive display of theology!
And besides, as I said above, I’m OK with being a little bit cynical and a lot sarcastic, but if I go there, I won’t like the results. So, in the Spirit of Sunday’s collect, I’m praying that God would increase his mercy within me so that I can offer you, dear reader, 10 Things that Give Me Hope.
2. Children, under the age of 6, reaching out for bread at the altar rail
3. Everyday more than 30 people read this blog
4. Making room for the Spirit here at St. Paul’s
5. Pittsburgh Steelers Football
6. What 92ZEW and Soul Kitchen did last night
8. My two daughters
9. The 77th General Convention
10. That “Things that Annoy Me” is an internet sensation