Some of my pastor friends are at the Festival of Homiletics; one of them is an official photographer. I've been seeing their Facebook posts, and I must confess, I'm envious. All that great preaching! All those wonderful speakers! And I've heard so many good things about San Antonio.
It occurs to me that I, too, could go to this festival. So many festivals/conferences--so little time. And then, there's the money--not just for the festival, but for the hotel, the food, the airfare. Sigh.
I do not work in a setting where I'd get money to go--the best I could hope for in this current higher ed environment would be to be able to go without using my vacation days.
But the past year has shown me that my current situation is not my forever situation. And the past half decade reminds me that I am not going to live forever on this earth.
I tend to think of my bucket list as places I'd like to visit before I die. While that's well and good, let me expand it a bit. Let me remember my wistfulness as I've looked at pictures from the Festival of Homiletics. Let me think about festivals and conferences like this one, and let me go sooner rather than later.
And in the meantime, let me rejoice in our current technology, which means that I can hear some of these people preach online. I can read their books. I can read or hear interviews. There are many ways to be nourished, even from a distance.
feeling the feelings…
10 months ago