February brings the rain · Seeking Sabbath · Winter

Selah


I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord

In the land of the living.

Do you? I felt so strongly about this verse last week that I had to share it again this week. Last week I shared a picture of my table set for a meal shared with my mother-in-law and father-in-law when they were visiting at this time last year. It was a sweet time for us to all be together and as it turns out the last time we will all be together because my father-in-law passed away last week.

I posted that particular picture with that particular verse because I wanted to show how I see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living.

Every time we share a meal with loved ones, every time we smile at a baby, every time we show patience when we have little of it, every time we hold out a hand to help some one in need, every time we hear a beautiful and moving piece of music…and we don’t even have to be directly involved…when we see lovers embrace, when we see people greeting one another at an airport or a restaurant…I once saw a mother and grown daughter get off the subway together and hug each other before going off in different directions.

Choirs of angels may sing, those who are very ill may be miraculously healed, Jesus himself may walk on water but, let’s face it, we will probably not see or hear those things in the land of the living.

The verse says, “I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord…” It doesn’t say I shall see…So, even if you can’t see it, even if your eyes or your heart are broken or heavy, even if you are walking through a darkened valley, all you have to do is believe that you will see it…all you need is faith that His bounty is here, in the land of the living…where we are.

So….A two-fold challenge you this week is to look for the bounty of the Lord as you go about your days. And to remember that you, that we, are a bounty of the Lord, so if you can’t find it..be it.


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Autumn · beloved · Chill December · Seeking Sabbath

Be joyful in hope


My sister, on the right, and me, on the left are sitting with Santa circa 1967.

Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

Matthew 11:4-6

Be joyful in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Romans 12:12


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Autumn · beloved · Chill December · Out and about · Seeking Sabbath

Peace


For I know the plans I have for you,

declares the Lord,

plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

My sister continues to suffer with stage 4 colon cancer in her bones. Since Thanksgiving she has been unable to see clearly because of a fluid build up which is causing inflammation behind her eyes. She has been home unable to drive, read, view any kind of screen…even send or receive texts on her phone. They are unable, so far, to determine what is causing it and so are unable to treat it properly. In addition, they have found a mitral valve prolapse in her heart and she will need two procedures and probably surgery to repair it.

I am so sad for her.

And the peace of the Lord, which surpasses all understanding

will guard your hearts and your minds, in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7


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Autumn · beloved · Dull November · home · Indigo day · Seeking Sabbath

The season of Advent


O Tannenbaum

I like to have a day or two with nothing but lights on the Christmas tree. It’so quiet and calm. Seeing the simplicity of only lights on the tree seems a peaceful and prayerful way for me to center the love of Christ in my heart for the coming season.

This year I have decided to take a prayer walk down the street to the harbour each day of Advent and concentrate my steps and my prayers on how I can serve- asking the Lord to open my heart and help me to discern what the people I love need.

My grandson, Verne, will be here later this morning to help with the tree decorating.

Our hearts are equally excited to be able to share this time with one another.


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