Therapy Row

Therapy Row September 29, 2006

There is a little stretch of sidewalk in downtown DC called Therapy Row.

The specific stretch of sidewalk I’m referencing is actually a square from the corner of 8th and H down to the corner of 7th and H, across H to Starbucks (pause here for a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte) out the door and back down the other side of the street, then across H again and back to Calvary.

Actually, “Therapy Row” is not this block’s official, historic name.

Truthfully, this little plot of land has only acquired such name as the Calvary staff has worn a little path along the sidewalk from Calvary’s front door to the front door of the Starbucks on the corner of 7th and H NW.

It occurred to me today as I traipsed down Therapy Row with my fellow staff members that this little stretch of city is a geographical marker of God’s faithfulness, tangibly expressed in the hundreds (thousands?) of times I’ve made the trek, sharing concerns, laughter and comiseration with a whole host of wonderful people.

Topics of discussion today: a strange dream of being attacked by the church secretary (we don’t have one, so the secretary in question was not a real person . . . I personally believe this dream may well be evidence of post traumatic stress disorder); a $1300 car repair bill (the outrage!); the ongoing controversy of whether we should have pita bread AND tortillas for communion this week on World Communion Sunday (flatbreads: are they all created equal?); and a reprise of the critical question: what kind of message do the curtains in the pastor’s office send to the first-time visitor?

All of these critical issues (plus very likely a few more that have slipped my mind) were thoroughly explored down one side of H Street and back up the other, providing what is an almost daily ritual: the 10-minute therapy session . . . just enough therapy to keep us sane one more day!


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  • Will

    Hi Amy

    We’ll your right about therapy row. Sometime we all need some therapy in doing ower JOB’s… Like for me the pass two day I was sick and at home. It not terapy but it TLC. (T)o (L)ay down in (C)omfert.

    On the bread we should have maybe wheat, white, rice cake, tortillas and pupernicl bread. That wood get some people in a up.

    Don’t forget GOOD FRIDAY this year with the big bread in the midle. Hollow it out with many kinds of bread as well tortillas inside. with the communion juice cups all around it. People will take what they what with the communion bread. In the end every one will take it at the same time. Not changing communion service but to do this for World Communion Sunday… Well that what come to mind. WoW!!

    What kind of message do the curtains in the pastor’s office send to the first-time visitor?

    They wood not like it any way because it not what they wanted in the first place. People will get agry when people talk. People will get agry when people don’t talk. Well do you see what I mean. I can’t place anyone.

    I just what that you have a good coworker. Hope everything come all right. See you Sunday I hope I get well before Sunday…

    You’re Friend
    Will

  • Anonymous

    It’s a wonder that the sidewalk hasn’t given way. . .

  • Onajourney2b

    ha ha…leave it to you to validate starbucks…but who am i to talk? i think i probably broke the bank with my venti passion fruit iced tea lemonades with sweetner this summer…and i for one could not have made it without them…

  • Onajourney2b

    ha ha…leave it to you to validate starbucks…but who am i to talk? i think i probably broke the bank with my venti passion fruit iced tea lemonades with sweetner this summer…and i for one could not have made it without them…

  • revabi

    so which bread did you use?

  • see-through faith

    :)