A snowman and glitter. Why he's in a doorway I don't know. But this little ornament is one of my most treasured. My cousin, now 35, made this when he was little and gave it to my family. We've hung it on our tree as long as I can remember.
Each year when I hang it I remember. I remember I have a brother, even though I am an only child. I remember the goofy Barbie versus the Ninja Turtle fights. I remember our last conversation where I felt seen and understood at a deep level, the level that only siblings know. And I am grateful.
This ornament reminds me that God provides. Even when I think I know what I need, God provides. And he didn't just fix a moment or a few rough years - he gave me a lifetime gift: a friend, a cousin, a brother. Even when life keeps us apart, our bond is still present and holding and comforting.
Today I am comforted by the depth of God's goodness and unconventional blessings, the kind I didn't even know to ask for.
As you're able, would you share with me here? I'd love to know where God is speaking to you this season.
Week of all weeks ... I admit this one has been rough. I'm recovering from my second flu since Thanksgiving; and all this not feeling well has really put a hitch in my giddy-up. Not to mention all the internal self-shaming I've been giving myself for my "lack of productivity" (which is great medicine, I'm sure!).
Yet, in the midst of this yuckiness I've found myself missing Jesus. Honestly, this is a new experience, credited only to the latter half of 2013. Prior I didn't feel close enough to Jesus to miss him. But in these weeks if laying low, Beeaking Bad, and East of Eden on audiobook I've realized - I miss Jesus.
And I don't mean that I've missed him in my guilt for not keeping up with a devotional routine - more in the line of missing a friend.
When I read another blogger's post on trying to find an authentic nativity set is when I realized what I was feeling. So it wasn't a surprise to me today when I went to my Christmas tree which ornament stood out: the Veggie Tales nativity. Silly, and far from authentic, it seemed to me today to be a kind message in a familiar form from Jesus: I'm still here.
Thank you, Jesus. I'm so glad. Amen.
Hooray! Today is the day that our Epiphany: Visio website goes live to the world. I'll continue to add features and pages as the product becomes available for outside orders.
In the meantime, I'll continue blogging and offering visio divina resources here for you. You can now also "Like" us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/EpiphanyVisio
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Happy weekend, everyone!
Last night my husband and I got a Christmas tree. It's a cute little guy that cost about $20. My kind if tree.
After getting it home, up the stairs, in the stand, and decorated I remembered why we go through all the work of decorating for Christmas - it reminds.
Admiring my tree this afternoon I realized how the ornaments we place on our trees remind us of memories and loved ones.
The ornament above came from my grandma Millie - a complicated and complex musician who lived an often painful life, but who walked with Jesus at the end of her life. She inspires me that no circumstance is too messy or ugly for Jesus to get in it with you. She reminds me it's good and true to hope, because hope in Jesus is legit.
What ornaments on your tree remind you of life events or people this year?
How does seeing that little reminder daily make you feel?
Which ornaments were left in the box this year? What does that represent for you?