Most of my life, I have heard the phrase "Live like you're dying", and I always knew there was truth there.....but nothing like a diagnosis of a disease there is currently no cure for, to make it really hit home. Every holiday that comes up, every time we have the blessing of being with our kids and grand kids, every get together, I am thinking.....this may be the very last time I will be with these people I love to the moon and back and I want it to be epic! Not the perfect kind of epic where everything has to be, well, perfect.....ain't nobody got time for that!, but the kind of epic where the time won't be lost in the shuffle of normal happenings, but will somehow go deep and put down roots and bear much fruit.
|This is Ayil. We planted and pray for deep roots.|
|This is Tzedek. Our two new "trees of righteousness".|
At Thanksgiving this year, all our children and their families were at our home except for our eldest granddaughter, who, unfortunately got sick earlier that morning. Our home, our little piece of Texas, has never been so full of love and laughter and I found myself pinching myself to make sure it wasn't some kind of cruel dream. After living out of the country for most of our lives, we don't take being together for granted! We were SO thankful to be giving thanks together and eating together and laughing together.....cousins running in and out, guys young and old throwing a football in the park across the street, all of us standing around in a circle and chiming in on what we were the most thankful for the past year, asking God to bless our embarrassingly abundant meal and then diving in on plastic throw away plates because no one has that many ceramic ones and who wants to do all those dishes anyway? It was epic in every way and I marveled that after all this time, God would bring us here to this moment and allow us to be here together. It was all kinds of grace.
|All . kinds . of . grace|
|Presence wraps us up warm just . like . this.|
|Being light takes hard work and there is risk.|
|Light swallows up the darkness and is a bit of glorious!|
|Be that one light.|
Praying for much light and laughter and Presence this Christmas for each of you,