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GRATITUDE ATTITUDE 2017 #8

About 7 days prior to Halloween, I start putting the candles back in the windows so that all the windows are filled by Halloween. It is my own little tradition. I don’t think Hubby or anyone else in my world notices, but I do.

The sun sets earlier. Daylight savings time kicks back to regular time. And since Halloween has become a much “darker” celebration than I remember it being as a child, I feel like I need to put a little light into the night.

It makes me very thankful to have a Light in the darkness.

“For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”~Ps 18:28

Candles in the windows are so easy these days. A couple batteries. A solar sensor that recognizes the darkening skies or lightening skies. Poof! A Light, barely distinguishable during the day, becomes a welcoming beacon in the night. A light that speaks of home, of warmth, of love, of dreams yet to come. A place where everything is RIGHT with the world.

I bumbled around tonight trying to find a wrap up for this Gratitude Attitude, I was clicking my way through a lot of different Roku options, and I found an old film called “Beyond Christmas”. In 1940, it was originally labeled, “Beyond Tomorrow”. Surprise – surprise – as I sniffled my way through the ending, the main character drove home the theme of the whole movie with this quote:

“Sometimes we have to go to the darkness alone before we can see the Light.”

On this 312th day of my 67th year, I am still amazed at how Our Father uses all things to work for His purposes. Here I am struggling, wondering how I am going to tie all of this together, and He just hands it to me, “Sometimes we have to go to the darkness alone…”

It has been a year fraught with many tragedies. It has also been a year abounding with bounteous blessings. We tend to ignore the Lights around us when everything is light, but when the darkness descends, those Lights are an essential guide to bring us home. I am thankful for the LIGHTS in the night that have guided me and perhaps – perhaps – my Lights in the darkness will guide someone else as well.

“Then the righteous will shine as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has an ear that will hear, let him hear.”~Matt 13:43  [google images]

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Lenten Journey #3

Ray (Dakota Fanning in Uptown Girls) stated: “Every story has an end. But in life, every ending is just a new beginning.”lent b

Journeys are many things. We look forward to them (usually). We plan them (sometimes). We see new sights. Learn new things. Meet interesting people. Tell stories about them after they are over. But occasionally, journeys pull us up out of our comfy chairs in the middle of the night. We hear scary sounds. Cry trails of tears. Feel lost in the deep darkness.

“A blinding spark flashed
within the concealed of the concealed
From the mystery of the infinite
a cluster of vapor in formlessness….
Under the impact of breaking through,
one high and hidden point shone.
Beyond that point nothing is known,
so it is called “Beginning”. ~Zohar (p128, The Path of Blessing by Rabbi Marcia Prager)

Christ who was at the “beginning”, now walked the earth as a Jewish man. He grew up, steeped in the oral traditions of His people. Like most Jewish boys, He had memorized the Torah. He knew the rabbinical wisdom of the stories behind the stories. By age 12, He was creating an impression on rabbis who were within this small sphere of His world. He had been tempted by the devil (probably more times than we know) And by the time He began His final journey to Jerusalem, He had already told his followers the metaphor of the temple. Given them the vivid pictures of some of the things to come. Showed them how to move mountains, walk on water and calm the seas. He saw the snakes at the edge of the meadow and yet…He continued walking toward them. It was the end of one journey – the beginning of another…just like Ray said.lent a

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Is 9:2