2006-09-15 : Doing religion with someone can be exactly wrong
Minister Jon called Meg. This was before he'd resigned resigned, but while he was resigning, and she's on the Committee for Ministry, so he called her. They talked for a while and it's an interesting, hard story but it's Meg's story, so I won't tell it. Then he asked to talk to me.
"To me?" I said. I was wracking my brain. This was after we'd bumped into each other at Video To Go, but I couldn't really think why he'd want to talk to me specifically. I reached for the telephone and I was like, oh, maybe it's because he's finally putting together that poker night he's been talking about, and he's going to invite me to play.
I'd like to play poker with him. Cool.
But he offered me his condolences, in minister-voice. I laughed out loud - I didn't mean to, it wasn't appropriate, but it was just so funny that he was offering me his condolences. Just a quick little laugh, I can't imagine what he thought about it, but I couldn't help it. "Oh that," my laugh said. It had honestly not occured to me that he'd do it.
I wasn't hurt or offended or anything. A little disappointed about it not being poker night, but whatever, he's got things of his own to do. I accepted his condolences as graciously as I could, but I bet he could hear the laughing in my voice until I passed the phone back to Meg.
Poor Jon. He was in a terrible rough spot, betrayed and grieving and giving up his calling, but he had to go through with this little "doing religion with someone" ritual, offering his strength when it was clear he'd used his up and could've really used some of mine. I kind of wish I hadn't laughed at him, he wasn't doing me any harm.
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