Wow. I’ve been blindsided. The week of my daughter’s wedding reception, I was called to be the new ward Relief Society president. Since our former president had been in place for just a year, this was a bit unexpected. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, the Relief Society is the women’s organization of the LDS Church. It’s responsible for the temporal and spiritual welfare of all the women in our local congregation. Heading up the organization takes basically all your waking hours, all your emotional and spiritual resources, and requires eating a lot of chocolate.)
After the first week in this new calling, one very kind man in our congregation (who obviously understands the learning curve involved) asked me if I felt like I’d been “drinking from a fire hose.” Yep. Pretty good analogy. I’ve spent most of my life working with the children and teenagers, and I have no idea what I’m doing.
How the new responsibilites will affect my songwriting habit remains to be seen. Probably a whole lot more songs about loving and serving others. (I wonder if that’s what the Lord had in mind?) At any rate, I’ll continue to write the things I feel (it aches when I don’t) but please don’t count on me for specific offerings for awhile.