Bathe the world with a brilliant blaze of color

This time of year remains my favor.

Leaves change from their normal color to a blazing change.

Various shades of everyday green erupt into gold or orange or wine color red.

While I am not completed adept at understating much less explaining the chemistry of this change, I do know how to enjoy and relish this transformation!

The change occurs because of a radical change leading to the death of the leaf.

This radical change reminds me of the book Freddie The Leaf.

The beloved classic from New York Times bestselling author Leo Buscaglia that has helped thousands of children and adults come to grips with life and death–a warm, wonderfully wise, and strikingly simple story about a leaf named Freddie.

Read it and give it.

Treasures Of The Night.

The quietness of midnight after a long day with a cup of tea illuminates new insights and hidden treasures. This ends my day.

I discovered some years ago an evening prayer by Cardinal Newman. Here it is with some modification:

Thank you for supporting us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. 

Then in Your mercy, give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest and peace at the last.”

“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name” 

(Isaiah 45:3 NIV).

  • What treasures have we discovered in the darkness?
  • What riches would we like to discover?

Both And

Pain Now

When you become aware of pain in your body, instead of fighting it, ignoring it, shaming it, or numbing it, you might ask yourself, “What if I could learn to welcome what is about my body, right here and now?”

Instead of seeing pain as a nuisance, we can pay attention to it, understanding it as a gentle invitation to restoration.

Wiens, Steve. Shining like the Sun (p. 129). Fortress Press. Kindle Edition.

This morning I hurt, physically.

I hurt physically from last night’s fall from bed.

My back again hurts.

And while having an ice pack on my back relieves some of the pain there, my soul moans and says, “Not again!”

Just when a light emerges from the darkness like the morning sun creeps above the horizon because I fell out of bed and hit the dresser, the morning sun struggles to fight through the morning mist.

The hope of a pain free day must embrace the embrace the fog of pain in my back to live!

The most secure place — the bed — became the place for hurt!

So, how does this pain become an invitation to restoration?

 Will the pain in my back be my “thorn in the flesh” to keep me faithful and focused?

While the exercises and a steroid shot offer momentary relief, I now accept the fact that this lower back pain reminds and forces me to be faithful and focused!

Life will be sweet and bitter, a combination of joy and pain — bittersweet.

Move slowly, carefully, intentionally!

Surprise

“Jam yesterday, jam tomorrow, no am today” White Queen to Alice in “Alice In Wonderland.”

YET

“ I have done many wonderful things, and I have planned marvelous things for all of you.”

PSALM 40:5 CEV

You have received much from Me and you will continue to receive many wonderful things from me.

I love giving presents.

Just open your hands and hearts.

Sometimes the gifts are large but most often they are small.

Sometimes the presents are wrapped in glittery paper with fancy ribbons, but most often come wrapped in the daily newspaper or newsprint.

Look around at the gifts of everyday life, open the present of another day!

Savor the taste of a simple breakfast – fill in your favorite.

Delight and bask in the sun.

Be drenched in a gentle rain and jump in the puddles.

Play in the mud.

Always smile.

Continually listen.

I love giving presents.

And please remember and live out that as all My gifts are freely given, so freely give back to others!

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Gentle response

Lately, angry raised voices and violent actions have erupted.

Long time experiences of injustice have hurt the soul of many.

Reaction and response appear.

A reaction erupts — when someone screams, some scream back.

Then some raise their voice higher while others raise their voice higher.

And the situation keeps escalating.

And unchecked, many are hurt — especially the children when they see, hear, and feel the unbridled anger and rage of those older than them.

For the following challenges me. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1 NIV).

A gentle response challenges me to respond with gentleness rather than reacting with equal and escalating rage.

Gentleness can soften and deescalate anger and conflict.

How about this?!

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2020/june/black-police-officer-educates-woke-white-protester-america-has-a-sin-problem?amp