On the Need for Advent…

It happens about this time every year. This subtle shift of heart, the deep sense of something amiss. Or missing. I am not sure what happens but only have observed this movement within me, this deeper yearning as the long nights of Autumn come round serving up falling leaves, chilly days and blazing colors in the trees. My heart aches for something not quite. My soul grows restless. The past year looms like a long shadow over the sidewalks, but my gaze is facing the not yet. What is this slow parade of longing that marches before me? I stand silently watching, waiting, wondering. Like a deer, standing still, at the edge of a moment, unsure what to do next. Within me a storm is brewing. A culmination of the past year’s happenings tumble around in my mind. I ponder all of it, seeking discernment to gather the good and hang on to it. But life doesn’t just offer us good, does it? And we can’t really say we accept good while rejecting the not-so-good…especially if we have no idea what could be good ultimately in the grand scheme of things. At least in God’s incomprehensible perspective. Yet, here I am standing watching the parade of 2021, pondering the good, not-so-good, the heartbreakingly bad and the meaning of any of it. The parade of memories, of people, places, things, all marching by, and me asking questions of a God who sits unsurprised, in Heaven. Yet, also with me.

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Seeking God in Scripture with the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible

Thompson Chain-Reference Bible 2021

I was extremely enthusiastic when I was contacted through Bible Gateway as a Blogger Grid member to review one of the newly re-released editions of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible. Both the solid history of this study Bible and my own memories of using the NIV version as a new believer made me want to jump at the opportunity. So I did!

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June Journaling Lessons and Random Reflections

While the whole world is busy jumping into life at warp speed, myself reluctantly included…I am checking in the quickest way I know how- right here on the blog. I am not sure the rules of etiquette for post-quarentine behavior, but as one who observes, and silently resists going with the flow, I’m still finding my footing in this strange, new, getting-stranger-all-the-time, world. Since I get by “with a little help from my friends” (from all over the world), I am poppping in with a few things while I take time to do other things, that are taking longer to wrap up. If you happen to be new around here, hang on, it might be a bumpy ride.

For those who have followed my blog for awhile and who may remember my crazy Monday posts, this might be reminiscent of those weekly ramblings. Let’s get this party started.

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