Monday, August 24, 2009

Bread For the Journey

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! It was good to feel the cooler air when I stepped outside this morning! After yesterday mornings rain, the air will be getting drier and that will be a change from the humid very wet air we have been having. Our yard is still draining out into the gutter, it is so wet, but the squirrels seem to enjoy the wetness and are already out digging and running around the tree trunks.

I was thrilled to see two roseate spoonbills at Lynch Lake the past couple days! They are so beautiful and such a bright spot against the green. I also enjoyed looking at two very solemn wood storks standing very stiffly at the lake. They never look happy!

As we visited the Park yesterday, people were scrambling to get into their cars, because heavy raindrops were falling and other than staying under a shelter or going into the building where mosquitoes are plentiful, they had no choice, but to get wet. There certainly is no drought now! God is good!

Our son, Brian, is coming home as I type, from spending the weekend with our other son and grandson. They had a good time together in Tennessee. Wish I could have been with them!

From the book, Bread for the Journey by Henri Nouwen:

Friendship in the Twilight Zones of our Hearts

There is a twilight zone in our own hearts that we ourselves cannot see. Even when we know quite a lot about ourselves-our gifts and weaknesses, our ambitions and aspirations, our motives and drives-large parts of ourselves remain in the shadow of consciousness.

This is a very good thing. We will always remain partially hidden in ourselves. Other people, especially those who love us, can often see our twilight zones better than we ourselves can. The way we are seen and understood by others is different from the way we see and understand ourselves. We will never fully know the significance of our presence in the lives of our friends. That's a grace, a grace that calls us not only to humility but also to a deep trust in those who love us. It is in the twilight zones of our hearts where true friendships are born.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,