Happy Easter! I know, I'm a little late. I am personally still recovering from a pretty full weekend. Unlike most people, for me there was no Easter dinner with family after church. A few years ago, I decided that if I had to be on duty at church for two services then perhaps it wasn't a good idea to have to go home to cook and entertain without a nap. Most churches are packed on Easter and mine was no exception. We had overflow spaces set up in every room in the church including the lobby. I think I even saw a room in the building that I'd never seen before!

While that was exciting, the highlight of my weekend is always preaching on Good Friday. For the last six years I have gathered at the foot of the cross with my girlfriends to preach the 7 Last Words service of one of my pastor friends. This year God dispatched me to another pastor friend to preach alongside his ministerial staff and a couple of my other ministerial colleagues. While I missed my girlfriends (her invitation came after this one and I couldn't make the timing work), I enjoyed having a different experience. More importantly, for the first time in a long time I recognized myself. It had been quite some time since I actually had been able to do that for so many reasons. I have been so bogged down with dissertation-writing that I forgot I actually am a preacher too. It had become an aspect of my identity from which I felt totally disconnected.

Now it's back to the grind. I have two more chapters to go and quite frankly I am ready for it to be over. My emotions are all over the place every moment of the day because I go back and forth between praying I can get this done in time for May's graduation and trying to be okay with a September graduation. I have resolved that either way this work will be done by May whether I make the graduation deadline or not. In the meantime, I'm just truly ecstatic that Lent is over so I can resume my daily trips to Starbucks!