Last week we spent time with the principal of the private Lutheran school we are considering for Haven. The time started off well. The school is really great…small, teacher has 24 years of experience, lots of family input. Everything was going so great until… We asked a few questions about the Lutheran church’s teaching on baptism and communion and how much of that was presented in the curriculum. Seems like none of the specifics we were concerned about would be presented directly in the class room, but there was suddenly this separation. It popped up between us and suddenly I found myself totally ticked off. It’s like we were on the same page, then we weren’t. Kathleen Norris has some great thoughts on this in her book Amazing Grace, in her chapter on Orthodoxy.
I don’t know what else to write. I really want to make some sweeping generalizations about Lutherans, and “closed fellowship”, but I know about enough to make me very dangerous. I’ve been reading, and trying to inform my thinking.
In other news, I’ve decided that no one who cleans as much as I do should have such a messy house. I’m not bragging – but I enjoy cleaning, generally. I feel like it takes up a large part of my day – everyday. But, on the weekends I tend to take a break. I don’t like to clean when Ben has down time, so I let it go and boy does it go and go fast. After just a few hours of slacking the bathroom stinks, dishes are all over the kitchen, there is a huge new stain on the couch, and my foot keeps sticking to the floor. Slacking for 4 hours = 8 hours of house work just to get back to ground zero??? This is so UNFAIR!!