Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day #1236

May 20, 2017

This prayer from the Moravian Daily Texts: 
Sometimes we have difficulty seeing you, Lord, because we look for conventional signs of power and strength. Help us to notice your presence in all things. Amen. 
Must be that many of us are thinking along the same lines of “practicing” seeing God’s love at work in the world (see Day #1223). Not surprising, however, because when we see God at work, that helps us believe in God’s presence and power. At least it does for me. And helps me trust that the Light really does scatter the darkness, and wins over it!! Thanks be to God!


Day #1235

May 19, 2017 

For a few minutes of wind-down time, hubby and I took a short drive just outside of the city limits and discovered a new spot of beauty on the river. 

With all the rain, the falls are gorgeous. It is certainly amazing to live in such a beautiful place!!! I’m grateful!


Day #1234

May 18, 2017

Whew…being back in the saddle, so to speak, means being really busy. Lots to plan for in the next couple of weeks. But it’s all good! And I’m rested from vacation, right!? Suuuurrrreee!


Day #1233

May 17, 2017

And all too quickly, it comes time to say goodbye. Thanks to the hospitality of my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, we stayed with them part of the time. Which meant that before we left we were able to spend a little extra time with our great-niece who had spent the night. 

She took her great-uncle’s nose (he would like it back, by the way), 

and gave me the biggest hug I think I have had in a long time (good because it has to last). 

So when my sister-in-law asked on FaceBook, “who had the most fun,” I called it a toss-up. 

Then another couple long, bumpy flights and we're home. It sure is good, too, and way cooler!


Day #1232

May 16, 2017 

What could be a better way to wind down our time in North Carolina than by eating BBQ, slaw, and hushpuppies and drinking sweet tea. LOTS of sweet tea. And, having more great conversation with long-time friends. It has been a great trip!

By the way, I think we’ve managed to hit all the food spots we were hungry for. I surely dread getting on the scales! :-(


Day #1231

May 15, 2017

As I ponder the mystery of Jesus for this Monday, I’m drawn to think of Jesus as relationship. Being one of the "thirds" of the Holy Trinity of God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Jesus is a part of the epitome of relationship. There is no beginning or end with the three-in-one. It is relationship at perfection. 

This particularly comes to mind as we reconnect with friends and family this week in North Carolina. Relationships begun and continued from long ago, new ones more recently formed, and ones to come (our nephew’s wife is expecting another child in just a few weeks), are very important and it is so good to spend time with people we love. It’s wonderful to celebrate our past, laugh over so many good memories, and in most cases, pick right up where we left off. 

If relationships on earth can be so wonderful and life-giving, imagine what it must be like for the Holy Trinity. And, even better, knowing that we are a part of that perfect relationship is amazing!!

And, speaking of relationships, it is our godson’s momma’s birthday - so a Happy Birthday to you! Love and hugs!


Day #1230

May 14, 2017

And the visiting continues - uncle and aunt, long-time friends, tears, laughter, food (seafood twice - yum!!), and more. Oh, the time is going quickly, but wonderfully. 

Oh, did I mention it is HOT!!


Day #1229

May 13, 2017 

Another day of celebration with a brunch for our niece and husband (sorry, no pics taken) and then more time with family, including dinner with my aunt. Precious times - joy-filled times! 


Day #1228

May 12, 2017 

A wonderful day began with some country ham (one of those foods we’ve missed)…

But then there are more important things for the day, especially our niece’s wedding. Here are the lovely bride and groom - the newest Mr. and Mrs. in the family.

And here’s most of the family ready to celebrate. 

Suffice it to say, a fabulous time was had by all!


Day #1227

May 11, 2017 

After a couple of long, BUMPY flights, once again travel takes us to North Carolina. I have said it before, but there sure are a LOT of people here!! And it sure is HUMID!

But with that said, looking forward to a wedding, much visiting, and some food we have missed. More to come…


Day #1226

May 10, 2017 - The Daily Intersection - Day #1226

After months of meeting regularly with a great group of youth, it’s getting close to the end of confirmation class 2016-2017. Soon five will affirm their faith at worship and we will break for the summer with the others. 

It’s hard to believe time passes so quickly! And can be sad, too!! It’s been a great honor to walk with these fine, young people. As you can tell, we've had fun while learning and relationships have been built. I look forward to what and where their life of faith will take them as we continue in Christ’s service.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Day #1225

May 9, 2017

The word for the day - patient. As in a very patient husband who understands a crazy schedule with trying to get ready to be out of town, along with a busy time of year. I’m so thankful for him!!! 


Day #1224

May 8, 2017 

The word for the day for who Jesus is - the Gate. From Sunday’s gospel reading (John 10:1-10), Jesus describes himself as the gate for the sheep. What does a gate do? Keeps some things in and other things out. 

But what does a gate also do? Provides protection and a way in. Which is more in line with who Jesus seems to be - not so much the quintessential judge and gatekeeper, but the one who loves us enough to watch over us, call us by name, and provide the way into the Kingdom of God. Good news!


And not to forget, Happy Baptism Birthday, Simon!!!! What a joy to be your godparent! Please know we pray for you regularly and love you!

Day #1223

May 7, 2017

For those who guessed what Sunday the “flock” was gathered for on Day #1222, you are correct if you said “Good Shepherd Sunday.” What fun was had with the sheep and the children, especially to see their eyes really widen when we called for the errant sheep to “come back” and several from the congregation came back obediently. It was a LOT of fun for some cotton balls with faces and feet. :-)

Then the question to the congregation of “where Jesus’ love has been evident in the world to you” brought forth many slips of paper with written experiences. Can’t wait to read them all and celebrate Jesus always being present with his flock!


Day #1222

May 6, 2017 

Understand it’s National Nurses’ Day, so I want to convey how thankful I am for all those nurses I know and have known. There have been some wonderful nurses who have lovingly and patiently cared for me in the past and they are most appreciated. I wish I could name them all, but unfortunately they often go about their work anonymously to their patients, especially this one. Also, thank you to those nurse friends of mine who have cared for me and my family!!! You know who you are and I love you for all you’ve done.

Then there is this. 

What Sunday do you suppose this flock has been “gathered” for in order to celebrate with the children? Any guesses?