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Embrace Gray


Embrace gray?
No way!!
I hate gray!

Especially humid, sultry, gray days.
Smokey days that sting my eyes,
assail my nostrils,
and remind me
of the forest fires in the area.

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People’s homes are in danger.
Firefighters’ lives are at risk.
The habitats of birds and deer,
chipmunks and moose,
squirrels and rabbits
are being devoured.

The smoke blows in.
The sun is hidden.
Gray engulfs our valley.
I hate gray!

And yet, as I sit here
looking out at the gray,
praying for rain
to douse the fires
and chase the smoke away,
I hear the birds chirping in the trees.



They see the same gray sky,
smell the same smoke,
feel the same humid, sultry air,
and yet – they sing!
They dance in the leaves.
They fly free –
knowing a rainbow
sits beyond the gray.

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So, rather than hating gray,
God is challenging me to
see gray in a new way.

See the light.
See gray as silver!

When my hair first started turning gray,
I dyed it – trying to keep
the deep brown color of my youth.
But God spoke to me:

“Gray hair is a crown of splendor,
it is attained by a righteous life.”

Proverbs 16:31
Embrace Gray!

Hello gray!
Hello silver!

I can sing your praises
just as the birds
continue to sing
on this gray day.

It’s all a matter of perspective, right?
Not everyone lives long enough
to earn their “crown of splendor.”

Silver brings wisdom.
It signifies the blessing of longevity.

How can you hate gray?
Embrace it and
thank God for that crown!!

How do you feel about gray?

See you tomorrow (God willing)

Love,
JanBeek

Comments on: "Embrace Gray" (11)

  1. I’m embracing the gray right with you, Jan! You are beautiful! Keep being you! 💜

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  2. Praying rain douses those fires! In Jesus Name!

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  3. Great post Jan! I love the look of gray hair! I just wish I had some hair to turn gray! :>)

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    • Oh, I never thought of that… yes, I s’pose that would be a consideration… better gray than nothing, maybe. But, I am thiinking that “bald” has a new sense of its own beauty in today’s world. Some guys even shave their heads on purpose to attain it! Certainly less bother, don’t you think?

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  4. I’ve always liked gray. You can put it with anything without causing a visual clash. It’s there to support and welcome other colors. Hmmm. There must be a lesson in there somewhere. 🙂

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  5. I love grey. They are reminder that life is a journey.
    Beautiful picture of you rocking your grey, Jan.

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