Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Halleluias Render"

There is touch of frost on the lawn, this morning. It seems the perfect decoration for Christmas Eve. The chill, the snow, the silence of the lull, just before the rush of the opening of the presents, tomorrow. We are very grateful for the health and strength of the past year, that we have known. For so many years, we celebrated the holidays with the looming of a healthcare crisis of a loved one or another.
Parents, especially carry the most attention of us, when they are sick. We are very thankful, that most everyone is relatively healthy and we haven't that burden of care on our minds.
For many years past, we pilgrimmed to the "side" of an ailing one or another:ie. My mother-in-law, Grandma Ruth, Dad, etc. These seasons and the people that were at the center of the celebrations are missed, but the sense of care that we will not get to give that last kiss and see that last smile or carry that last cup of water, is not missed. The lessons learned in the seasons of alarming care are many, but as we attempt to recoup some of the pleasantries that the Merriness of Christmas extends; I can see that there are lessons in the merriness, too.
The goodness of God leads to repentance. The peace and joy of the first coming of the Lord Jesus to "save His people from their sins". The imitation of Christ in giving ourselves to oneanother and giving gifts to those we love. The lights and the merrity of gathering for festive occasions to worship the Lord as the body of believers and the sense of the presence of the Lord in the midst of His people, can be taken for granted, when we have our wits about us and the health of all that we love right there with us. It is often that we have sensed His presence in suffering. Still more often that we are enlivened to an appreciation of the presence of God in the regular day to day celebrations that we enjoy. God is present in the midst of His people, out of love for us. We don't need to beg Him to come and be with us. It is He, who said and still says, "Adam, where are you?" That is the gesture of love. We forget this, when we hide from His presence through out the week and the year. Through the commandments, God bid His people, don't forget to gather together and be in My presence, at least one day out of the week. This is love. We argue the point, is it the first is it the last, is it an everyday, do we have to? We are careless and taking advantage of our loving Father who wants to be where we are. He cannot be where we are in sin, He is Holy! He must bid us to separate ourselves from our tendencies and carry our minds to His in Holiness. Adam, where are you? He calls.
Well, I have been here and there and...
Can we be together? The longings that we have for the loved ones who we miss, is just a taste of the longing that God maintains for His created people; with whom he created an ability to enjoy fellowship, both with oneanother and with Him.
A little lower than the angels, we were created. Their entire job it is to obey and minister to God daily and regularly. We have the ability to long for fellowship, both with God and with oneanother, as being made in His image. Christmas shows us the beauty of the longing heart of God, who didn't just long, but did condescend and give again and again that we would have the opportunity to enjoy His presence in a special way, when we gather together in worship and concentratedly render Halleluias.

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Title- The Studious One!

Title-  The Studious One!
artwork by Elyse

Of biscuits and syrup

Of biscuits and syrup
tasty treats

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday!
a day at the Raptor Center.

Widdle Emmie in outer space school

Emmie jumped on the bus and off it flew out into the atmosphere. There was a set of clouds with turbulence right above the house and it took a few minutes for my Emmie to buckle her seatbelt. They hit the bump hard and it knocked my Emmie out of her seat and she bumped her head. The video camera came on and the monitor looked through and stated, Ms. Emmie, where are you? You are not in your seat. Where are you? I am alright I fell because I hadn’t buckled correctly. Well jump up Emmie we have a long way to go and you have to be buckled there is entirely too much turbulence in the stratosphere for you to unbuckle now. As soon as we are through this weather system there will be straight sailing but right now you must buckle. Emmie scrambled into the seat with intensity and purpose now. She watched every cloud pass her window and her nose was pressed to the window trying to see the top of the house as it drifted slowly out of sight. Soon they were not only out of sight of the house, the sun came out brightly and just as quickly they were putting on the atmospherical breathing apparatus and the outerspherical lights. The ABA and the OL. These precautions were to make them appear to be satellites to the radar as they were out in the ionosphere. Emmie knew all about this now. She had gone to the orientation and had a good breakfast and it took them 20 minutes for her to get out past the atmospherical pull and to feel the zero gravity. It would be 15 minutes before the gravity simulators would take effect, a glitch in the system which was being worked on. Until then, they enjoyed the couple of minutes of floatation, while being connected to the seats by belt. The first thing they saw everyday was the strataflotsam. The items which had been dumped into the atmosphere by earlier generations. What would their generation do about this ecological waste area that remained floating above their heads? This was a question for the generations. For now it was the area that they had to guide through on the way to school.

Midnight at the OASIS

Midnight at the OASIS
Sunset in Huntersville

My little Emmie

ran to the bus on the first day of the last year of school. 2 buns on the side of her head. She kissed me and ran at dawn to the bus. She was starting the adventure of a lifetime. I would never see that little girl again, she was going to woman school!

My Father and I 1989

My Father and I 1989

to the tune of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme


Are you going to Mary Immaculate?

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Remember me to the one who lived there,

He once was a true love of mine,

Tell him to buy me an acre of land,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Between the muddy Hudson in Jamaica Bay,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,

Tell him to sow in it seeds of pure cream,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And build Ice cream mountains and buildings of whipped cream,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,

Tell him to reap them with sickles of M&M’s,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And chew bubble gum and eat till we’re done,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine.

Tell him to run it off down the motor parkway,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

After your done 50 pushups

and jog down the West Side Highway,

Then he’ll be a true love of mine…

(Don’t wait for me today dad, The kids are sick again, My tummy’s bulging again, My heart is aching again, And now there’s no love there…)

He once was, a true love of mine….So, Girls, I do beg you don't miss your Daddy,Apricots, Chocolate cherries and Pie,You have one short chance to see him on this side, Go visit him and let your light shine.