Oct 28, 2012 - 6:26 pm
You may remember my telling you all a few weeks ago that our minister and I were offering a Sunday worship service honoring everyone whose lives have been touched by cancer, and to talk about how this month of pink ribbon mania feels to survivors of other forms of cancer.
Our “Surviving October” service was this morning, and was inspiring and moving. I've posted my talk from the service on my expressions page, as well as a couple of photos of our "Tree of Life" -- during the service, anyone who wished to was invited to put a lavender ribbon (representing all cancers) on the tree to honor themselves or a loved one.
One very funny thing happened: We decided to use the artificial Christmas tree for the ribbon ritual (because where else are you gonna get a tree?), and I had decorated it with some lavender flowers, to try to get across the point that this isn't a Christmas tree right now. But I guess the flowers weren't very visible from the back of the church, where folks enter –- so there was a steady stream of people coming in mad as h*ll: “WHAT IS A CHRISTMAS TREE DOING HERE ALREADY?!?” “IT’S NOT EVEN HALLOWEEN YET!” “THIS IS TERRIBLE, WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS?!”
For heaven’s sakes, calm down, people! Look at your order of service, where it says “Tree of Life,” and just wait for it! :-)