Day 153 June 2, 2014
The groves were God’s first temples. -William Cullen Bryant
Baby Anjou Pear Ripening
“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life…When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult… Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. …Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. …Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.” ― Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte
A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. -Welsh Proverb
The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky. -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands
Day 152 June 1 2014
“In a spirit of hope and new beginnings, we linked arms like a couple of kids. Pushing aside sad thoughts, we strode off into our future.” ―A.B. Shepherd
Home Sweet Home
“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” ― L. Frank Baum
What a journey the last few months have been. My “Five Year Plan” to prepare for moving into a smaller house somewhere in the country after my husband’s retirement suddenly became God’s “Eight Week Plan” to move into a new, but familiar, community 100 miles away! So after a whirlwind of preparing and selling our old home in Northern Virginia, and buying and moving into our “new” home (though it’s almost 100 years old) across the state Max and I finally have re-entered the atmosphere of technology once again.
Max spent the day unpacking and matching up equipment with cords and plugs and devices, until he finally emerged with a grin and announced “You have internet”! After his hard work I find myself surprised at my own reaction to his annunciation. In one way I felt sheer joy at the thought of being connected to the cyber community once again. I can blog and “google” and “Facebook” and shop Amazon again! Hooray! And yet the moment was bittersweet as I realized deep in my soul the sanctity of the time I have spent away from my daily rituals connected with the computer. The past few weeks of not connecting electronically have pushed me into other ways of connecting with people face to face. Relationships have been deepened. Adventures have been taken into places I ordinarily would not go. Being “unhooked” from the virtual cyberspace has allowed for deeper, authentic, “soul” conversations with others, myself, and God. I am grateful for this time.
So now, still getting settled in and making this house a home, I’m back to putting some thoughts “out there” to you. We are heading into the future with hope and anticipation!
“Home is the nicest word there is.”― Laura Ingalls Wilder
Day 117 April 27, 2014
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. John 20:21
“Peace-making is a healing process and it begins with me, but it does not end there.” – Gene Knudsen Hoffman
“One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Peace, to have meaning for many who have only known suffering in both peace and war, must be translated into bread or rice, shelter, health and education, as well as freedom and human dignity.” – Ralph Johnson Bunche
Day 113 April 23, 2014
“…let joy be unconfined…” ― George Gordon Byron
“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” ― John Calvin
“Children take joy in their work and sometimes as adults we forget that’s something we should continue doing.”― Ashley Ormon, God in Your Morning
“So there was great joy in that city.” -Acts 8:8
Day 111 April 21, 2014
“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” ― John Paul II
“Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.” ― Seán O’Casey
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ― E.E. Cummings
So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. -Matthew 28:8
Day 73 March 14, 2014
A Lenten Make-Over
…a time to break down, and a time to build up…Ecclesiastes 3:3
“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” ―Marvin J. Ashton
“He must trust, and he must have faith. And so he builds, because what is building, and rebuilding and rebuilding again, but an act of faith?” ―Dave Eggers
Day 70 March 11, 2014
“Build a little fence of trust around today; Fill the space with loving deeds, And therein stay. Look not through the sheltering bars Upon tomorrow; God will help thee bear what comes of joy and sorrow.” –Mary F. Butts
“Some of us may just, in one-on-one conversations with our family, with our friends, over the back fence with our neighbors, talk about the reality of our lives and realize that we’re not alone.” –Patricia Ireland
If we could only see the irrationality of a fence
We would soon come to know what complete nonsense
It is to think that we could hold close inside
Behind a gate those things we wish to hide.
Or that sharp pickets fail to defend
Against relationships we do not wish to mend.
So break the lock, open wide the gate
Reach out, reach in for those that wait.
Day 57 February 26, 2014
CELEBRATE ONE ANOTHER
“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!'” Luke 15:4-6 The Message
“Friends don’t get jealous of each other or begrudge the other for finding success. They celebrate every victory together.”―Karen Kingsbury
“Celebration is a kind of food we all need in our lives, and each individual brings a special recipe or offering, so that together we will make a great feast. Celebration is a human need that we must not, and can not, deny. It is richer and fuller when many work and then celebrate together.” -Corita Kent and Jan Steward
O God, Thank you for our troubled times, for they make the fine times a feast worth celebrating together. Amen.