Beauty

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The amazing thing is…..these flowers would have blossomed  whether or not I snapped this photo.  The beauty that we see in nature is there, whether we are present to look at it or not.  It makes me wonder ‘why?’  There is no doubt that God gives us this loveliness for us to enjoy it.  Who is not lifted up by an amazing sunset or a blooming garden?

But there is much beauty in the world that exists whether or not we lay eyes on it.  Think about the wildflowers that bloom on the mountaintops, or the glorious blooms of the rainforest.  Perhaps they exist for God’s very own pleasure.  Perhaps they have such beauty inside that they can’t contain it.  They burst forth with the energy of love.

It makes me think about my actions and the motives behind them.  How often do I want to be acknowledged for the good I do, the beauty I share.  Did anyone notice?  Did you see? I did a really good thing here……

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light…. ” Luke 8:16

If I am living my ‘true self,’ then my light has to shine, whether people notice or not.  Just as the flower has to bloom because of the beauty within the bud, I have to love because of the Divine who dwells within me.

“…do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, … ” Matt 6:3

My prayer is that I can let my light shine, even when no one is around to see it.  

Just another gentle teaching from nature….

 

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Truth

It must be Children’s Book week because after watching the news,
another great 
quote from “The Little Prince” comes to mind:

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We are so often blinded by labels…..human-created labels.  Our hearts do have eyes and they are able to see far more than the eyes on our faces can. Our heart’s eyes do not see race or religion.  Our heart’s eyes are blind to differences that exist between us.  They only see what unites us…..one body.

They see shared suffering, compassion….love. It’s time to begin to see with these eyes, the eyes that are not able to see differences.  

Helen Keller, deaf and blind perhaps saw better than any of us, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

Everybody has to be one…..

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The Lorax took a stand!

There were some trees to be saved and The Lorax saved them!

(If you don’t remember the book, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, I recommend reading it….
actually there are a lot of children’s books that should be read by adults,
but that is a post for another day…)

We all need to be The Lorax.  We need to feel so passionately about something, a cause, that we are willing to go up against the establishment and fight.

It’s time: speak for those who don’t have a voice, listen to those who have no one to talk to, fight for the weak, the poor, the sick.

The Lorax was small, outnumbered, pushed around and ignored, but he wasn’t a quitter.  The Lorax was a fictional character…..or was he????

Think about it, there are many Loraxes around – join the club!

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Ever Been There?

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It has been said that a thin place is a place where the boundary between heaven and earth is especially thin. It’s a place where we can sense the divine more readily.

I was fascinated by this definition when I first heard of it, because you see, I have experienced these ‘thin places.’  I think we all have. I can think of sacred places where I have been where I knew that there was much more there than can be seen with the eyes.

They don’t necessarily have to be churches, and if we were all truly aware and in the present moment, everywhere would be a thin place because all is sacred.

It doesn’t even have to be a place, it can be a moment, a glance, a quiet inner voice.

But there have been times and places that have taken my breath away because of the presence of the Divine.

Thin Places – God is always reaching towards us, always creating thin places where we can meet him, touch him, feel him and inhale him……we only have to stop and allow God to occupy his dwelling place within.

Some Things Are Just Not Meant To Be

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I stumbled across this on my lawn a couple of days ago.  We had some winds the night before, and this little nest was probably knocked out of the tree that it was in.  It made me sad to think of all of the effort that the mama bird put into carefully constructing the nest, and then laying her egg(s).  Was she sitting on the egg when the wind was blowing?  Did she visit the nest after it was on the ground? Perhaps she wasn’t around the nest when it happened, only to fly back to find the spot where she had made her home no longer there.

I guess that the little life that was forming inside that egg just wasn’t meant to be.

Oh how I wish that I could have placed the nest back into the tree and the mama would just  go on as though nothing had changed.

Oh how I wish that I could change some of the pain that I’m feeling now as a result of a close friend’s betrayal.

Oh how I wish that I could close the doors to  hospitals because no one got sick anymore.

Oh how I wish that I could bring all peoples together so that we can see that there is far more that unites us than divides us.

Oh how I wish…..

But, some things are not meant to be – at least in this life – and so, we go on as best we can.  Mama bird continues to search for food in hopes that she will have the energy to build another nest, and those who work for cures and peace start another day of hope and prayer.

Today I will turn my ‘oh how I wish’ words into ‘oh hear my prayer’ words, and I will be at peace in the confidence that the One who can change things is always listening and loving and working for our good.

Very, very disturbing…

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“The chair asks that the House now observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack in Orlando,” Ryan said.

As he crossed his chest and bowed his head, most of the chamber followed suit.

But a handful of Democrats walked out. (Washington Post)

When I first heard this on the news this morning, I couldn’t believe my ears, so I looked it up.  Ok, so the intention was something like, ‘where’s the bill – gun legislation.’

Wow, we had better be careful….NOTHING, nothing is more powerful than prayer and to walk out when someone asks for a moment of silence, whatever the reason is really  rather arrogant and stupid.

Ok, so I understand that people are frustrated that gun laws are not tougher, but here is a question:

How do we know that in that moment of silence, someone’s heart could have been changed.

We are a very powerful and controlling people, but let’s not forget who really has the power to change things.

Perhaps a little more silence and prayer will yield greater results than all of our talking and debating.

I will be observing a moment of silence today for all of those involved with the Orlando tragedy, and for those who have hardened their hearts to the power of prayer!

“The natural man does not accept what is taught by the Spirit of God.  For him, that is absurdity.  He cannot come to know such teaching because it must be appraised in a spiritual way”
1 Corinthians 2:14.