When I was in grad school there was a house near campus that had an eclectic Christmas display. It started out with a normal light display. One year the residents didn't take the Christmas lights down. Instead they added seasonal decorations throughout the year. They would just leave up the previous seasonal/holiday decorations. Eventually the entire yard became a huge mash-up of lights and "holiday" themed inflatables. I think one year I even saw live animals. The most notable was the Easter bunny next to the Shepherds in the nativity scene.
Personally the past couple of years been hard. It has been a time of loss, stress and isolation. I am not alone. Most of us have experienced loss, isolation and anxiety. Our world is spinning out of control and fractured.
“I’m so sorry for your loss” has become such a common phrase in the past year. I use it so much that my phone automatically suggests that whenever I type, I'm. The past year has been a year of loss a loss of normalcy, a loss of family, a loss of friends, the loss of relationships, and I could go on. It is heartbreaking it seems like we've lost all normalcy and all hope in this past year.
This week I was listening to Third Day’s Farewell CD. Yes, I know I am old school and still listen to CDs. God of Wonders is one my favorite of their songs. As always I am struck by the majesty of God and humbled that he would even care to be involved in my life.
Our house in Florida had several gigantic pine trees in the backyard. Those majestic trees were easily close to 100 feet tall. That is pretty big for a couple of Texas kids who think a big tree is anything bigger than the house. During storms the wind would whip those gigantic pine trees around. Tree … Continue reading Trees
One of the themes of Advent is Joy. Joy is often confused with happiness. Happiness is a feeling based on a state or condition of well being. Being happy is a good thing. It is temporary and can change as often as the direction of the wind in Central Texas.
The one of one of our trees yesterday. The second picture I took today. It is amazing the amount of growth that happened in one day. Life is like my tree. There are times when things seem hopeless, overwhelming and dark. In the midst of whatever struggle life throws at you it is easy to … Continue reading One Day