Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday FIve: Lifesaver Edition

KathrynZJ is in the groove for an upcoming retreat with other RevGalBlogPals. She writes:

In honor of BE Three I thought I'd offer up a Friday Five of lifesavers. I'm going on our cruise (are you?) because I am excited about meeting up with my blogging buddies again, I am interested in the speaker and because when I went on the first one my life was saved (okay, that may be a little over-dramatized but if you saw me getting on the boat and then the difference when getting off the boat you would know of what I speak).

I don't expect - or need - another life saving moment but I want to support the conference.

Of course lifesavers can come in all sizes and with far less drama. I would readily admit that I have considered a person (children's sermon substitute), the location of a bathroom, and a beverage (the last diet coke in the back of the fridge - score!) all to be lifesavers at one point or another.

And so today I ask you - dramatic or fairly common - what have been/are your lifesavers:

(If it helps, try the phrase 'life giving' instead.)

1) Your lifesaving food/beverage.
Coffee and chocolate. Sometimes, together!

2) Your lifesaving article of clothing.
Jeans and Birkies. Sometimes, together!

3) Your lifesaving movie/book/tv show/music.
Hard one. I love too many books. CS Lewis, of course. Star Trek IV because I know most of the lines. And the plot is so dumb... (whales? really?) LOTR books and movies. (I can ignore the glaring inconsistencies and an elf who looks like a Barbie doll.)

4) Your lifesaving friend.
Geez. Hard to choose. The prayer posse. My beloved bearded spouse, My family.

5) Your lifesaving moment.
A fall evening, after graduating from college, when I had to answer the question for myself: "Who do you say that I am?" (Mark 8). It began a journey, twisted and convoluted as it is, to the pastorate. I'm sure my college drinking buddies didn't see it coming. I didn't either.

BONUS: Music to live by: "Step by Step" performed by Michael W. Smith and written by Rich Mullins.

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And Step by step You'll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days


altar ego said...

I love that you have a "prayer posse." Great name. Puts me in mind of a group of women who sang a capella in seminary--they called themselves the Sacramental Whiners.

I guess you love your birkies? My foot doc recommends them.

Kathrynzj said...

Well played! I'm going down to get some coffee right now :)

Sophia said...

I can't believe I didn't say chocolate!

Loved your play especially the lifechanging moment.

RevAnne said...

I think I could almost have written this one myself! Thanks for sharing.

Jan said...

Prayer Posse is an interesting term, which I have never heard of, even though I live in TX. What a good concept.

Sally said...

cofee and chocolate... mmm now there is a good plan!

Mompriest said...

Chocolate...yes. And in coffee during the cold winter months. yum