Monday, December 11, 2017

How To Get What You Really Want For Christmas

We all want the same thing

all
humans
everywhere

want

the same thing

(Maslow summed it up)

supply
shelter
space
safety
specialness

same needs
different names

because...

it's really not just about the "stuff"
it's really just about "the stuff"


you know?

the stuff inside...

love
respect
joy
inner peace
meaningfulness
purpose

and that being said

the real way
the best way
the only way

to get the thing you really

want
crave
desire

is to learn to first...

give it

Friday, December 8, 2017

Let Thanks Giving Linger



Well...

the meal has been digested
the tree brought down
the lights put up

crisp leaves
cool air

boots
scarves
sweaters

first frosts
warm fires

all proof

that Christmas is approaching

But Thanksgiving is not over

(we simply cannot afford to let thanks giving end)

not now
not ever

so

throughout
this Holiday Season

and

into
the New Year

let's all hold on to the only thing that really matters...

gratitude
grace
graciousness

(as we give daily thanks)

while reminding

everyone around us
to also

let
thanks giving
linger

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fake Tree... Real Joy

"Please pull the tree down before you leave for work"

I asked

and

his response made me cringe
his word choice made me cringe

(it's funny how a word can do that)

elicit...

a reaction
an emotion
an actual feeling

in the gut

because some words are intended to do just that...

question
reach within
touch

December 10, 2016

And sometimes when left unchecked
we effectively manage to mass-produce

artificial

moments
days
lives

filled with...

manufactured

interactions
responses
praise

until

a word
His word
the Word

elicits a response that literally makes us cringe

finally stop
take note

and realize

that just because you look at my tree and see "fake"
the fact of the matter remains that...

there is absolutely nothing artificial about this joy


December 4, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

You rang the doorbell

then stood and waited

while

holding a pie your mother had baked
Thanksgiving 1998

I introduced you and...
you stayed

Thanksgiving 2017
holding a pie your mother had baked

while

walking into their house
together

our children following

grateful that although we started as strangers
we are now family

here
together
celebrating

another
Thanksgiving

with our...

familiar
familial
familia

Thanksgiving 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Not Flowers... He Brings Me Leaves

I wrote "Crunching Leaves" on November 15, 2013

The following morning this happened...

November 16, 2013

One single red leaf

arrived
hanging on

to the front of her car as she pulled into my driveway

and parked

and as
the tears started

forming
falling
flowing

(one at a time, at first, then in streams)

I had to give thanks
for how God

tells me
reminds me
shows me

every time
He brings leaves

(originally posted 11/16/13 at 8:26pm)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Crunching Leaves (My Thanksgiving Repost)

We held hands
shared apple pie
and crunched leaves in the hospital courtyard

I believe that it was his way of letting me know it was ok

to...

keep moving
keep living
keep enjoying the moments of life

even though we had to leave her there... again

Doctors were giving up
but 35 years later, and yet she lives



She lives
I live
we live...

all because He lives

This time of year always reminds me
(that just like those leaves)

we are still here for

a reason...
a season...

And as they start 

turning beautiful colors
falling off of trees
and blowing in the wind

they float to a soft landing where they wait for

that final crunch
that final "surrender"
that final "thank you"

Life is like that...

we grow
we mature
we change

and just as we are starting to get the hang of it
it is time for us to let go and sail away with the wind

That's what life and crunching leaves is all about...

understanding and acknowledging

the surrender
the process of dying out to bad habits and old ideas
the letting go of one's self and becoming selfless...

in preparation for that final crunch

We are always reminded of that during this time of year

And as life keeps changing

leaves keep

turning
falling
blowing

I am reminded that I am still here for a reason, a season

and so as they surrender,
so do I

because

I am grateful for...

another day
another chance
another opportunity to

hold hands
share apple pie
and crunch leaves

I'm So Thankful

(originally posted 11/15/13)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Day 31... Grace Still Happens


And finally
on

the 7th day
the last day
the final day

God "created" rest

not because
He needed it

but because
we do

(return to Day 1)
------------------------------
"God Created Rest"
(originally posted 10/11/15)

He spells it out for us...

create
speak
plant
shine
bless
breathe
rest

and after six days of creating awesomeness
he chose rest

we spend our days chasing

greatness
relevancy
brilliance

(amongst mediocrity)

and are

too busy
too weary
too afraid

to find rest 

But man was created on the sixth day


and I'd like to think that God took rest on the seventh
(not because He was tired)

but

as an example
to spend time with
to enjoy

His creation as

He spells it out for us...

because

at the end of the week God created man, and rest, and
at the end of Jesus is "us" and our rest is found in Him