(To sum up: it scares the crap out of us, we don't want to do it, and that's because we equate it with people telling us we're going to Hell. His point was that we ought to be so joyful in our lives that people want to know what makes us happy. THEN we can share how our church life/walk with God/what have you has helped us find that joy. In this form of evangelism, there's no "You're Going to Hell Unless You Do It Our Way", just a "Come and See". So cool.)
Anyway, one of my church friends - Phil - is a great photographer and always captures events such as these beautifully. He offered to take a family photo of all five Giesslers - the only one we have now was taken an hour or so after Gabriel was born. Since in this instance my hair was somewhat combed, I was wearing actually clothes, and I was not pondering the state of my episiotomy.... I said, "YES, PLEASE!"
The first photo is quite lovely. We are all behaving ourselves and look pretty good....
|I only wish we'd ALL worn orange! Totally on accident for the big boys.|
Here's what Phil said about photo number 2: ".... the second photo captures the weary feeling of a mother with a new baby and two young boys!" Yes. Yes. Yes it does.
|I should have a caption contest. What do YOU think I was thinking? I don't remember!|
And don't take photo #2 as a reflection of how I felt about the Bishop's sermon! If you ever have the opportunity to meet or even just hear Gene Robinson speak, you will be so glad you did.