Scenes from the first day in Sydney

Scenes from the first day in Sydney
D, the Opera House, and the Bridge

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year... the Year of the Ox!

Last night, 10 0f us headed into downtown Sydney to join 60,000 Aussies for a Chinese New Year celebration... beginning with a fiery "Sichuan" meal, followed by a few hours of huge lantern floats, street performers, dancers and singers in native costume, and a kung fu demonstration... delightful! If you've partcipated in a family event involving a parade and huge crowds, you can imagine how difficult it might be to keep track of ten people, let alone ten guys with their own ideas of what they'd like to see, do, eat, etc. But I think it is a true testimony to how well we are doing in building community that this whole operation came off beautifully and we had a blast.

And incidently, the Year of the Ox is characterized as celebrating patience, and prosperity through hard work... something our Wall Street Barons don't seem to know much about.

If I'm not mistaken, the Superbowl is being played as I write this, despite it being Monday afternoon on this side of the world... its a funny thing how this time/space business works, isn't it?

As for what's happening around here, we continue to listen carefully to one another's "inner stories" this week... so amazing, the mystery of the way God works in each person's history, through all the relationships and circumstances of life. And for all the meaning making we might do trying to make sense of it all, there is nonetheless a sense that the mystery remains. What a gift to have this opportunity, both to share, and to listen to this mysterious unfolding for each of us!

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