First, a bit of life update, then some art…
While Jim and I are still housing three Texas Freeze refugees (our daughter, her boyfriend and her cat) as they await the return of water in their Austin homes, it does feel like some semblance of routine is returning. Oh, the things ~big and small~ that we’ve learned! For example, our two cats are not the most welcoming of hostesses.
Jim took our sister, brother-in-law and their dog back to Austin yesterday. He did some chainsaw work on the fallen tree that has pierced their roof/ceiling in four places. They’re on waiting lists for the rest of the work to be done.
On his way back to our cabin, Jim made a couple grocery store trips and found only tofu and hummus remaining in the produce sections… Fortunately, we gladly eat both! I actually find some amusement in that.
As I look at the art that has been created on this day over the past 7 years, I am reminded of God’s merciful presence in all things, at all times. Amen to that… When the going gets tough, help us remember such a scandalous love.
This flower’s story, like yours and mine, begins in the stars.
“In this kingdom of love… we will have felt how the healing presence lives in all things. We will have removed the labels in a lush wild field that has a river of life flowing through it.” ~Becca Stevens, Keep Watch with Me Lenten Reader
“The greater awareness of God’s presence everywhere, within and around us, in ourselves and others, is like a ‘coming home’ to the simple truth of it all.” ~Gena Davis, YogaMass: Embodying Christ Consciousness
“In plumbing deeply the hidden rootedness of the whole, where all things are held together in Mercy, we are released from the grip of personal fear and set free to minister with skillful means and true compassion to a world desperately in need of reconnection.” ~Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope
“God lets the sun shine on the good and the evil, the rich and the poor, the young and the old. I know God’s gifts are generous and that there is enough for everyone.”~Maria Immonen, Lutheran World Federation
From Pastor Emmanuel’s sermon on 12/15/13… “scandalized by a God who does not fit our laundry list”… oh, it was a good one