|Atrium Christmas Tree.|
|Audience begins to arrive.|
|Chairs are set out, decorations up and some of the band/orchestra beginning to get settled.|
|Handbells are ready.|
During the winter season, I am assisting the Futsal coach. Futsal is something like soccer, played on a smaller field. Some of the rules aren't quite the same, but it's quick and fun for the girls. Middle School girls are able to join the team. We have about 25+ girls on the team this year. Saturday was our first Jamboree. Our first goal was to get to the Yokohama Center and Athletic Club down in Yokohama. It was about a 90 - 120 minute train ride. We had to catch three different trains.
|On the platform at Higashi-Kurume getting ready to catch our first train.|
|The bright sun, and the rest of the picture was blurry, but the sun was bright.|
|Gathering together for instructions before changing into their uniforms.|
|West side of the fields.|
|CAJ is wearing the blue uniforms.|
Glad there are Sundays as a part of the weekend. I was pretty tired by the end of the Futsal Jamboree. Sunday has been a day of rest, a time to rejuvenate spiritually with the fellowship of believers. I also took the opportunity to catch up with some of my neighborhood responsibilities. There is an unwritten rule/law that you keep the curb clean in front of your house. There are people in my neighborhood that take this very seriously and every morning when I bicycle to school, I see this one lady who is diligently sweeping up her curb. I cringe when I see her, because I don't follow that pattern at all. I try occasionally to clean up, but certainly do not do it every day like she does. Yesterday when I came back from the Futsal Jamboree, I noticed there were a few piles of leaves by my curb. Today after coming home from church, I decided I should get that swept up. It wasn't as easy a task because there would be gusts of wind every once in a while, blowing the leaves around. There was entertainment for me as I was sweeping, since the children from across the street were outside playing. One was learning how to roller-blade and the other two younger girls were "assisting" him, or it seemed they were giving him advice. Anyway, I went about my business of sweeping up the leaves. Funny thing was, half way through my job, I noticed the two girls had gotten a broom and dust pan and were sweeping up their leaves too! I was chuckling inside, thinking, isn't that just fun, even though we don't speak the same language!
|You see some of the bottoms of the trees that are providing the leaves.|
I hope you were able to take some time to just spend in God's presence today, whether it was at a worship service, or sitting in your own house reading scripture, or spend some quiet time in prayer. I pray you may have had a Sabbath.