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I always get a bit nervous when I get a notification for a comment on a blog post.

Could someone have noticed the horrible grammar? the run-on sentences? a spell correct that resulted in a risqué statement? maybe I offended their political, religious or dietary views? or, maybe it will be a comment from someone who knows me, and they are calling me a hypocrite?

Most of the time, though,  the comment goes like this:

“I so needed that today” or “that is exactly what I am dealing with right now”

These comments are always the most precious to me, for they remind me, over and over, that

I am not alone.

For I can only write from the place of experience, having been there. I can only be sincere, if I have sincerely had the same thoughts, fears and wishes that I write about.

To discover that we share a life of experiences, thoughts and feelings that is parallel to another oxygen-breathy, fleshly human being is to find kinship, commonality, friendship that is soul-deep.

May we continue to experience the birth of friendships from that which we share. So, don’t forget to share your joys and sorrows, strengths and weaknesses, with those around you … you might just find that you are not alone.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”
Romans 12:15

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imageWhen I get to heaven, I know exactly what I plan to ask God:

What, in Sam Hill, were you thinking when you decided that free will was a good idea?

This question has been percolating in my mind ever since I became a mom, and my kids reached the stages when they started to make more and more choices for themselves.

Every choice from the minor ones, like what they will wear?

to more major ones, like whether to use drugs or alcohol, as minors?

has led me back to that theological question that I plan to take to Creator of all.

I think any of us, who are parenting pre-teens, teen or adults, looks back to the younger years when we simply told our kids what to do (and they did it), then shakes our heads at the Almightly.

Then there are those moments when the choices they make, on their own, are good ones.

Remember back to when your kids were little, and they couldn’t wait to wrap their arms around your neck? Remember when you would come home to little ones waiting at the door for you? Remember when a look, or gesture would stop that little one in their tracks, and they would do what was right. What a sweet time of life!

As they get older it is clear that the sun, moon and stars no longer revolve around us.

But, when those young ladies and man-children

make a good choice, on their own …

or wrap their adult arms around us, and whisper that they love us …

on their own free will!

Now that is love worth having!

May God knew what he was doing after all?

(but, I am still going to ask him)

 

 

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I worked around my garden last evening, with the bright daylight stretching further with the hands of the clock. My holey, gloved hands covered in the dirt of the Earth, the trees, the shrubs that I touched. Tendrils of my hair, loosened from their elastic, to fall in the middle of my forehead. Muck from the hole that was dug, caked to the bottom of my shoes. Dirt across my pants, from when I ‘cleaned’ my gloved hands.

Dirt, dirt everywhere … enough to line the bottom of my bathtub, later that evening.

And. it. was. perfectly. glorious.

For I was not merely looking at the wonders of Creation, viewing just with my eyes, I was in the midst of the Creation, the wonder, the beauty. I was a part of it, and it was a part of me.

 If appreciating beauty was simply a visual experience, a picture would fill our cup. True appreciation of beauty requires inspection, not just of it’s outer appearance, but studying it fully and completely.

To see the ocean’s edge is lovely.

But, to walk, barefoot on the sand, feeling the cool of the water running over our feet, hearing the gulls above, the crashes of the tides, inhaling the fresh salty air … that is to experience divine beauty, from all around us.

To speed on a mountain bike over a quaint bridge with a brook running under it is adventure.

But, to stop that bike, and hear the symphony of the birds songs while hearing the beat of your own racing heart, and looking at the many shades of green all around, breathing in the most clean scent of fresh rain water falling from above … that is what it is to be united with beauty.

May we each have opportunity, this weekend, to become part of a glimmer of beauty, and to enjoy the refreshment and delight that can come from that.

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