Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Blog On

Check out the new blog at www.tiffanystanley.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Saying Goodbye

Yesterday was my last day at Warren Village. This girl on a mission will soon have a new mission. It has been a wonderfully exhausting, indescribably fulfilling two years. I know Beth, our new US-2, will carry on the work of the Village in a beautiful way. The hands that serve may change, but the serving remains.

I have been inspired by my residents, alums and co-workers. The Village people (ha, ha) have spoiled me the last two weeks with cakes and presents and go-away festivities. Still, it occurs to me that I can't just go away. No one ever really leaves Warren Village. It's a family. As a resident recently wrote, "It takes a village not only to raise a child...but to raise a person."

To close, I wanted to offer up the Prayer of Oscar Romero, written by Bishop Untener. I think it says what I want to say way better than I could say it:

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

Amen.

Thank You to the Bon Voyage/Birthday Bash Attendees


Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with Jonny B and I before we take off and leave the Mile-High City. No street does a bar crawl justice like Colfax Avenue. Jonny B--good luck in the U.K.!!!!

Thank You to My Girls




Emily, Jenn, and Anne Cary--my birthday week has been fantastic, but they made my 24th one of the best ever. Dinner at Panzano and drinks at Peaks Lounge. I cannot believe I can't take these ladies to Massachusetts with me. Really, truly, words will NEVER express how much I love you three.

Thank You to Dorothy



One of my wonderful Warren Village volunteers gave me the best going-away gift ever. Her husband attended Harvard and he passed away just three years ago. Watching my mom, I know how hard it is to give away someone's possessions after they die. The material things take on a whole new meaning. Dorothy has made me eternally grateful by giving me her husband's jacket--bought in 1955. I will treasure it forever.

Thank You to Brian




Thanks to Brian for taking me to see the Little Mermaid's Pre-Broadway show for my birthday. Every little girl born in 1983 loves some Ariel and Sebastian. I think Tina took me to see it at least five times in the theater. Brian--it has been my pleasure to get to know you. I don't know many 6'3" Georgia boys who knit and make gazpacho. Geez, my timing sucks.

Thank You to the Gathering



I have been very blessed to have been a part of a small group at Pathways for the last two years. The Gathering was a huge part of making Denver my home, not just a stopping place. It is where I found other believers. It is where I found friends--male and female. It is where I found Marc. And Stephen. :) It is also where I found a Denver family, one to laugh with and cry with, fight with and love. On August 15, the Gathering hosted a going-away Agape meal for my last Wednesday. I was so surprised at the big turn-out: oldtimers and newcomers, familiar faces and ones I haven't seen in way too long. They also surprised me with gas money--totally unexpected, but totally needed. I have loved being a part of this group, and I will miss it way too much in Boston.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Tiff's Colorado Trivia

People should know these things got started in Colorado:


Chipotle

The Fray

Crocs (Ugliest shoes ever)

Plus, Colorado inspires music, like John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High," and the song "America the Beautiful," which was written on a trip past Pikes Peak.


Plus, Don Cheadle went to East High School, located right in my neighborhood

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

New Favorite Verses...at least for the next 20 minutes

Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.

Psalm 119:32 (NIV)
I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

August!?!?!?!?

Why is August already and how did this happen?

In 15 days, I will be 24 years old.

In 18 days, I will no longer work at Warren Village.

In 25 days, I will no longer live in Denver.


In words from the sage writers of Grey's Anatomy and into the mouth of Meredith Grey:

"We're adults. When did that happen? And how do we make it stop?"