|Edging our Seattle driveway in fall|
I also read updates from Australia. There, writers and photographers are recording the advent of spring. They are excited about the emerging leaves and blossoms. They chatter about getting the pool ready for summer. They advertise short-sleeved dresses in bright florals on crisp white backgrounds.
|Spring in Seattle|
I plan to enjoy a second round of springtime as it creeps over the northern landscape with tulip buds, unfurling leaves, and creeks overflowing with snow run-off.
We relish the endless summer - 85o days and 67o nights. We're near the end of the dry season and dust blows into the cracks of the old marble tiles on the floor. We keep our feet clean by wearing flip-flops inside and out, swapping "outdoor" to "indoor" shoes at the porch step.
The sun brightens the bedroom curtains about 5:30am. The noon sun dries out the leaves scattered across the lawn.
|Sweet summer in the tropics|
Darkness falls before 6pm. The neighborhood smells of curries and sembal chili sauce before all goes quiet about 10pm.
All God does is good and the world is a beautiful place.
*Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. Isaiah 55:3
*Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake; do not dishonor your glorious throne. Jeremiah 14:21 ESV
*Jesus asks, “But who do you say that I am?” Mark 8:29 ESV
*If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. John 8:31–32
*Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 ESV
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:2-6 NIV
*The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10 NIV
Moravian Prayer: Author of our faith, let us hear you when you impart your truth to us through your word. Let us live faithfully as your disciples, listening to your will for our lives, and freely following where you lead.
Forgiving Lord, thank you for your grace. Thank you for not turning away from us when we stumble in our walks with you. Let us look to you for truth and steadfastness. Amen.
C. S. Lewis, from A Grief Observed:
Heaven will solve our problems, but not, I think, by showing us subtle reconciliations between all our apparently contradictory notions. The notions will all be knocked from under our feet. We shall see that there never was any problem.