Where have I been?
In not so many words, I’ve been too preoccupied with life to update much. Sometimes when the Christian life seems to be going counter-opposite what WE think GOD should be doing, maybe we aren’t as vocal as when everything is sailing smoothly. In my over a month of silence however has been growth.
“I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with Sorrow
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When sorrow walked with me.”
— Robert Browning Hamilton
It’s been a rough few months. Car frame busted. (Unrepairable. Reduced us to using our “backup” vehicle as our “main” vehicle.) Then that vehicle had it’s window shot out. Then the rack and pinion had to be replaced. Then the brakes and idler pulley. Then our furnace needed a motor. Then the washing machine died. (Fixed that one…) Last week my eyeglasses broke, and I had to get THOSE replaced. Throw in some constant pain and health issues… And today, the CLOTHES DRYER has died. At least we had a really great weekend and a few days without struggles.
But — I’m gonna call it “pure joy” — And try to stay focused. God will provide somehow. We are blessed.
James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Here we are at the end of October. Harvest weekend is upon us. I call it “Harvest” weekend because traditionally the rest of the world is celebrating Halloween. I don’t even like to SAY that word. To me the entire event is becoming much too large scale.
I did find an awesome explanation of a very controversial subject, with a very neutral presentation. It explains the history, the churches recognition, the preservation of pagan ritual — and the various stances we as Christians can take in the observance of “Halloween.”
Here in the Anderson household, our participation is very minimal. Let’s just say we really don’t embrace most of what the event portrays. Somehow each year I manage to do “Harvest Pumpkins” for the kids. I spend a little extra time trying to be a little different to try to add emphasis to the few things of the season we do participate in.
Russell got a kick out of getting his hands into the pumpkin pulp, and I allowed him to get the feel of the little pumpkin saw. Ally was trying to scoop things out too. Dad’s mantra: Save the seeds! I honestly think my biggest reward is those seeds!
I also stumbled upon an awesome poem about pumpkin carving…
As I carve my pumpkin help me say this prayer:
Open my mind so I can learn about You;
(Cut the top of the pumpkin)
Take away all my sin and forgive me for the wrong things I do.
(Clean out the inside)
Open my eyes so your love I will see;
(Cut the eyes out in heart shapes)
I’m so sorry for turning up my nose to all you’ve given me.
(Cut a nose in the shape of a cross)
Open my ears so your word I will hear.
(Cut the ears shaped like the Bible)
Open my mouth so I can tell others You’re near
(cut the mouth in the shape of a fish)
Let Your light shine in all I say and do! Amen.
(Place a candle inside and light it)
Taking It All In Stride
Despite everything, I try to take each day as it comes. Yesterday I was able to catch a sunrise while at work. In between climbing into trucks I was able to catch some breathtaking views of creation — to which my little camera doesn’t even begin to do justice.