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What Do You Yearn For?


What Do You Yearn For?

Today’s letter in the A-Z series
on Finding More Meaning
and Greater Purpose
in Life
is “Y”

The Word is “Yearning”

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When you look at this picture, what do you see?
I see more than a dog and a girl and a tall, dark tree –
I see more than a grove and a road to light –
I see something for which I pray each night.

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I see the peace for which I yearn – 

the Lord, to whom I turn –
I see a road that lets me in – 
And the path where I begin.

 

In their song, “Somewhere Only We Know,”
the Sons of Serendip sing of this place: 
“Why don’t we go somewhere only we know?”
Some of the lyrics say, “I found the earth at my feet…
Walked by a river and it made me complete…
There’s a place we used to love;
Is this the place I’ve been dreaming of?”

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I’m dreaming today of that place on earth
Where only peace abides;
Where folks can hear differing opinions
And find no need to take sides.
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I pray to find at the end of the tunnel
The Love of Christ everywhere on earth,
The peace that passes understanding
That was our gift when Mary gave birth.
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I yearn to place my feet, my soul
On the spot where only love can grow,
Where labels end and hate is gone,
Where love and compassion are all we show.

In their book, Spiritual Literacy,
Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat
wrote this about Yearning:

“Follow your heart’s boundless desire.
It takes you out of yourself
and fosters an appreciation for
the multidimensional pleasures of life.”

What do YOU yearn for?

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See you tomorrow… the Z Day of this series!

 

 

Love One Another


Love One Another

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Our marching orders are “LOVE.”
What’s confusing about that?
Is love unpredictable, my friends?
Can’t we just LOVE at the drop of a hat?

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What about those annoying people?
Can we just love them unconditionally, too?
That’s not as easy as loving the lovely –
At least not for me, how about you?

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Is love something we can command?
Well, Jesus did command it, in fact!
He said, “Love as I’ve loved you.”
What’s that mean to us? What’s the impact?

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He paid the price for our forgiveness.
He loved us so much, He died.
We couldn’t love as much as He did,
No matter how much we tried.

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The commandment before that one
Was to love neighbor as self.
The new commandment is an extension;
It doesn’t put the old one on the shelf.

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We are commanded to love others and God.
It’s a mutual love for us all.
The standard of love goes from self
To loving as Jesus loves us. That’s tall!

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It’s a tall order to love sacrificially;
It goes beyond self love so much.
It goes beyond whimsical emotion;
It goes beyond just those we touch.

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How well we love all others
Is a reflection of our faithfulness.
It’s a hard order to obey;
It requires prayer and holy helpfulness.

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This command is not a suggestion.
It wasn’t spoken for only a few.
It is a definition of us as Christians.
It’s not a feeling; it’s what we do!

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Love One Another.

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Amen!

Sermon notes – Sunday, May 19, 2019
My “Take-away” from today’s sermon
by Rev. Jean Johnson
at Madison Valley Presbyterian Church
Ennis, MT.

Rev. Jean Johnson defined love by saying,
“Love is something we decide to do,
a gift we decide to give.”

I’ve decided to give.
Dear Blog Readers,

have you??

I love you!

Thank you for visiting
and reading
and commenting,
and creating your own
loving and inspirational posts!

 

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Happy Sunday!
Back to the Family…

See you tomorrow!

 

Do You See It?


Welcome Back to the A-Z series

Adding Meaning and
Finding Greater Purpose
in Life

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VISION

Do you see it?

What should I see?

Today’s Word is VISION –

Today’s letter is “V.”

When I open my eyes

To the world at my feet

I see what I look for.

Is it bitter or sweet?

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Do I tune in to news

That is divisive and rude?

Do I listen to folks

Who are angry and crude?

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Or do I focus my mind

On the things from above –

The goodness and compassion,

The things that I love?

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If I want to be happy

And spread joy – cuz I’m blessed –

I must focus on kindness,

And pray for the rest.
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Pray for the people

And the earth and the places

Where peace is a scarcity.

You see fear in their faces.

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Pray for the hungry;

Set your sights on the ways

You can bring some solutions;

And give God all the praise.

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Use your personal vision

To flood your space with Light.

Practice seeing the invisible –

And renew what is right.

Make the spot where you live

Shine a beacon of hope.

Share your positivity

To those sliding down the slope

Of negativity and sorrow.

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Lend your Jesus glasses out!

Help them see what you see

Through eyes of faith. Never doubt

That what you seek, you will find,

And where your heart and your mind

Bring God’s light into darkness,

You’ll bring sight to the blind.

 

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Have a beautiful day.

I will SEE you tomorrow.

It’s a Terrific Tuesday


We had to drive 100 mile+ round trip this morning to deliver the car to the auto body shop in Bozeman. Had to have it there by 8: AM.

So what makes this day terrific? We survived the trip. It was knuckle-biting because we were driving right into the rising sun. Blinded!

But, now we’re back safely and feeling extremely grateful.

On the drive home (in Bob’s pickup), I could relax and enjoy the scenery. This Haiku danced in my mind:

Marshmallow mountains

Frame a beautiful skyline

Where’re the Graham Crackers?

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Chocolate’s in the road

Where yesterday’s cattle drove

Our state’s traffic jam.

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See the cattle drive?

No, it wasn’t elephants –

Not in Montana!

Hah! The mind’s a funny thing, ain’t it? Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Snow Piles


Montana snow piles

Are five feet tall and rising

Push them to the side

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Diverse family

Not all of them could be there

Together we’re blessed

Can you find me in that group?

Antelope


Recently I posted an A-Z list of what makes me happy. One of my blogging friends responded and suggested I use those items as titles for future blogs. I like that idea, and decided I’d take her suggestion. But I had two items for each letter of the alphabet. I’ll choose just one of the two each day and see if I can keep at it for 26 consecutive days. I’ve never made it to more than 9 in a row in the past. So here we go!

Day #1 = Antelope

Meet Little Annie

She was the neighborhood pet

Fish and Wildlife killed her

Well, that little Haiku didn’t end the way you expected, did it? Why would the Fish and Wildlife authorities euthanize such a precious creature?

Annie was abandoned by her mother. Neighborhood kids found her in the bushes on their property. Not wanting her to starve, they began feeding her milk from a baby bottle. The mama antelope never returned. Eventually, Annie followed the children to their home.

As the weather turned colder, Annie began sleeping in their garage. During the day she roamed free. She made friends in the “hood.” Folks loved her. Naturally. She became bolder, and would enter people’s garages if their door was left open. One person decided she was a nuisance. She called the Fish & Wildlife (F&W) folks and told the children that she had done so.

Alarmed that they may have done something wrong, they told their folks about the disgruntled neighbor lady. Afraid of what the authorities might do, they called a friend whose house borders a nature preserve. The friends relocated Annie to their beautiful property that has a creek running through it.

Before Annie’s location was discovered by the F&W, and before she was able to be adopted by an antelope herd in the preserve, we visited her one last time.

Annie kissed us, ate out of my husband’s hand, and bid us good-bye, blinking her beautiful, long eyelashes. We all prayed that she’d link up with a herd.

No such luck! F&W found her, put her in their truck, brought her to their local headquarters and euthanized her! 😪

I know there are laws. I know people aren’t supposed to feed or tame wild animals. But, come on!! Wasn’t there a place she could have lived happily? A petting zoo somewhere or an animal preserve where she could have been placed far from people?

We live on a piece of property in Montana where the antelope come through daily. It’s the antelope freeway in our back yard. I often film them in that space between us and the neighbors. I love them! I’ve learned so much about them as I watch their migration from the mountains behind us to the Madison River east of us. But, I let them keep their distance. And I pray those Mamas keep good track of their babies!

Enjoy one of my videos! That’s Bob and me talking to them.

❤️ Rest In Peace, Annie ❤️

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