Saturday, January 12, 2019

Day #1837

January 11, 2019

The word for the day - typical. A typical day off with errands and appointments and laundry and housework and time with the hubby and petting/playing with the dog and.... Yes, a typical day off. A delightful day with beautiful weather - sunny, warm, and only a little wind - nice enough to grill out on the deck. Remind me again, this is January, right?! 


Day #1836

January 10, 2019

Today is Simon’s 8th birthday. Along with this picture from his momma, I also share the post she put on FaceBook:
8 years ago I woke up knowing today would be the day I’d become a momma and my biggest life dream would come true. Simon Hunter you have changed my world. You are smart, witty, patient, dedicated and caring. You have one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen. You love all things Pok√©mon and music. You love God and church. You are an amazing big brother. And it seems like you never sleep. I’m so lucky that God chose me to be your earthly momma. Every single day you amaze me and teach me new things. I can’t wait to see where the world takes you! (Right now to be an engineer and a church organist!) Happy Birthday Bug! I love you so! 
Simon, we are thankful we are your Godparents! And we love you!!


Day #1835

 January 9, 2019 

Someone recently died who my husband knew from High School (he graduated with his sister). His name is Logie Meachum, and it seems Logie made quite an impact on many people. He loved to sing and tell stories, and teach. And his manner for doing so brought many accolades from others. 

In an article written as a tribute to Logie, he was quoted as saying: “..listen more carefully to the divine whisper. God can do much with a willing spirit.”

Good words! Good advice! Rest in peace, Logie. I’m sad I didn’t know you.


Day #1834

January 8, 2019

This year, instead of a prayer for the week on Monday, I’m planning a Tuesday Thoughts on Scripture. The idea is a devotion type writing on a verse or verses from the upcoming Sunday’s scripture. We begin…

Isaiah 43:1: But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. (NRSV)

When I was a little girl, the way parents in our neighborhood called for their children meant stepping out the back door and “hollering.” Each parent had a distinctive way of calling, and of course, each child had their own name. One neighbor called her son, Brian, using a long and loud - Brriiiiiiiaaaaaan, taking what sounded like three or four syllables instead of the usual two. We all knew this meant Brian better get to the house, NOW! Something important was happening - lunch, dinner, bedtime, time to go somewhere, or maybe time to be scolded for not doing chores or homework. It was hard to know if the “calling” was good or bad, but it meant step to it!

In a somewhat similar way, the Lord calls us. The Lord who claims us, uses our names, but gives us new ones. When the Lord calls, it is because we are children of God, created and beloved by God. The Lord knows us individually and loves us equally, so when the Lord calls, there is no need to fear or hesitate or argue or wonder why. The Lord calls us out of love and out of being created in God’s image. We are God’s and are all welcomed, unconditionally, because of the Lord’s love for us. 


Day #1833

January 7, 2019 

Sometimes things just don’t work out. Expectations are high, hopes are built-up, the result would have been an easy answer, but then things change and the end is disappointing. It is in those times that I try to remember that God knows the bigger picture and something even more “right” will come along. It will mean more work, more prayer, more hoping and seeking, but tomorrow is another day and another opportunity. Fingers crossed for the next time! 


Day #1832

January 6, 2019

Instead of a Simon says, today is a Simon does. Yes, he’s learning to play the organ (even if the video doesn’t play, that’s him at the keyboard with little brother watching).

Being a church organist might just be in his future. Who knows!


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Day #1831

January 5, 2019

On the twelfth day of Christmas, time spent catching up on twelve days of Daily Intersection reminds me what a joy this Christmas season has been. Worship, laughter, tears, visits, food, hugs, song, prayer, lights, gifts, love…oh, so much to be thankful for! May the gift of this season, the gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and the gift of friends, family and relationship carry us through each and every day of the year(s) ahead. The Lord bless and keep us all! Amen.  


Day #1830

January 4, 2019 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, eleven colleagues gather for dinner and conversation, along with spouses and friends. This is an annual tradition and is always a good way to bring an (almost) end to the Christmas season and begin a new year. I am thankful for these folks (and others since not all were able to attend) who walk with me in this journey of faith, teach me, challenge me, listen, comfort and pray with and for me. You are a gift!


Day #1829

January 3, 2019

On the tenth day of Christmas, ten reasons to give thanks (in random order):
  1. Prayer!
  2. Visits
  3. Conversation with others
  4. Time with my hubby
  5. Laughter
  6. Our dog
  7. The faith others have and share
  8. Friends
  9. Family
  10. Learning

Day #1828

January 2, 2019 

On the ninth day of Christmas, following 8 days of vacation, there must be 9 million things to do. Haha! 

Oh, how good it is to be back!!!


Day #1827

January 1, 2019 

On the eighth day of Christmas, and the first of the New Year (Happy New Year, one and all!), eight hopes for 2019: 
  1. An increased awareness of the love God has for all of creation
  2. New friendships and strengthened “old” friendships
  3. Seeing God’s presence more clearly every day
  4. Guidance in work and play, office and home
  5. Strength of body, mind and spirit
  6. Less worry and more trust
  7. More willingness to share from the bounty God provides
  8. Saying more often: thank you, I’m sorry, I love you, we can do this

Day #1826

December 31, 2018

On the seventh day of Christmas, we are traveling again - this time back home. We certainly wish there had been more time to see everyone in NC we would have liked to, but hopefully next time. 

So on this final Monday, and day, of 2018, a seven-word prayer for the week, 2019 and beyond:
Gracious God, help us share your love. Amen. 

Day #1825

December 30, 2018 

On the sixth day of Christmas, and the last at the coast, something I have always wanted to see - wild horses on one of the coastal islands. Carrot Island is one of the homes to wild horses, and we were fortunate to catch a glimpse of some of them just before checking out of the room. 



Day #1824

December 29, 2018 

On the fifth day of Christmas, five hours or so of driving allowed us to see more family, share more hugs and love, remember and celebrate the life of a beloved cousin, sister, daughter, wife, and friend, then end the day with more of those favorite foods - 5 delicious oysters (plus a few). 

A beautiful day!


Day #1823

December 28, 2018

On the fourth day of Christmas, a reminder that our relationship began here in NC. These four lilies are like ones used in our wedding flowers, especially my bouquet. 

Rather surprising to see them this time of year. Maybe they were here just for us. :-)