Saturday, May 15, 2010

Meatballs Part 4: Spiritual Tom-Foolery

I'm on a "men's retreat" with the men from my church this weekend. It started, for me, yesterday morning when Tim & Bob (I like using the ampersand symbol there. It makes them seem like a couple.) picked me up a couple hours after my weekly oncologist visit. It's been quite a while since I've been on this kind of venture. All men. It's much less like "Lord of the Flies" than you'd think. (I guess it's actually more like "Lord of the Rings". No wizards, elfs, hobittses or the like. But there ARE moments of comraderie, laughter, spiritual insights and weapons. Guns... not axes. I can here them being fired down on the range from the safety of my bench pressed just into this wooded edge of the campground.)

It's actually a lot like summer camps I went to in junior-high and high- school. Except there aren't raging adolescent hormones (for the most part) along with girls with raging adolescent hormones as a constant distraction.

This is the first time in a long time I've felt really embraced (spiritually, emotionally & physically) by a group of guys. Maybe it's the first time I feel like I've really been a part of, or fit in to, a group in a very long time. I've really enjoyed getting to know, briefly, all these guys.

Wish I could come back next year... Maybe Tim can bring some of my ashes?


-- Sent from my Palm Pre

4 comments:

Garrett said...
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Milla said...
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aaron jamison said...

Garrett,
I believe that God's will is perfect. I believe that it is currently His will that I go through what I'm going through. I believe it MAY be His will that I succumb to this disease. I don't believe ANY man has full knowledge of the will of God or should assume they do.

Milla,
I appreciate the info but my opinion of most of these cures is that if they really worked, in this instance baking soda, wouldn't baking soda cost a million dollars? But I do thank you for your comment.

Sarah said...

Aaron.
Ditto on the love and acceptance. Thanks for being you and putting up with me being me. I enjoyed hanging and chatting and look forward to doing it more, maybe even laying down some tracks! Thanks for your heart. Matt G