Today was a Sabbath that served as a bit of a “preparation day” for the Feast of Tabernacles as a whole, which begins tomorrow night at sunset. It so happened that as I showed up to church services in Portland, that I ran across about a half dozen people who were on their way to the Feast of Tabernacles from the Seattle congregation. As it happened, that is one congregation I was not particularly looking to meet anyone from, even though the people were quite warm and friendly and we turned out to have quite a few mutual acquaintances, as I figured would be the case. As I figured would be the case, though, they wanted to know things I was not willing to tell, because the questions that they asked were impossible to answer without a very long story that was far too personal for a first conversation. I did my best to be friendly, though, so I hope they were not offended at my reserve.
During services I was particularly pleased with both of the messages. The sermonette, from the father-in-law of a longtime friend (and former duet partner for offertory music), was a thoughtful presentation of the biblical case for moderation in alcohol, including respect for those people who are not inclined (or able) to imbibe. After church I had a brief conversation where he wanted to pick my brain about history. I’ll have to introduce him to a fellow historian friend of mine for long conversations about history. At any rate, it was quite an enjoyable Sabbath, with plenty of good conversation, good food, and preparation for a Feast of Tabernacles in the high desert. And that sounds like an enjoyable way to spend some time.
Fortunately, I got to speak with my ride to the Feast of Tabernacles, who apparently got to spend some time with fellow Ukrainian Sabbatarians, of which there appear to be many in Portland. I must say that I am not familiar with that community myself, not being Ukrainian, but it is definitely good to get to know believers from different historical backgrounds, to avoid too parochial a view about God’s workings with humanity among those with the same general doctrinal positions. I always feel a bit happier when I am fully informed about what is going on. As it would happen, I appear to be rapidly filling up my schedule for a relaxing Feast of Tabernacles, and that is a good thing.
It does look like I will have some books to read, including one book that should provide some good information about Oregon. For various reasons I have some research ahead of me, and that tends to greatly please me. I like having projects to do, something to accomplish and work on. Fortunately, there is never any shortage of things that need to be done, which means that there is something to accomplish and something still worth doing. So long as that is the case, that there is some challenge and some worthwhile project, there is no need to worry about inspiration and motivation. This pleases me. I hope the same is true for others as well, as adventure always makes life more enjoyable and worthwhile.