A PERFECT DANGER

It Happened on this Road

Artful Writing

Have you ever embraced danger without fearing its consequences?

That Saturday morning was glorious with a touch of early Spring.  Off she drove with a list to buy her weekly groceries at the farmers’ market.  Returning home she noticed several cars in front of her detouring into the opposite lane at what seemed to be an obstacle in the road.  To her horror laid a still body.  She stopped and stooped towards the disheveled woman curled in a fetal position.  Where are you hurting?  The woman groaned.  Let me take you home.  Where do you live?  Meanwhile a bystander shouted, O she’s just drunk!  As the young woman carried the frail old woman into the car, she began to pray silently in her pounding heart.  A few blocks down the road, the ailing woman raised her head pointing to a place — here! here! she uttered.  The car halted, as the old woman walked away, the younger one handed her the groceries she had just purchased.

“Haven’t I commended you:  be strong and courageous?

  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

I never saw this person again and to this day hope she is well, such was  our mysterious encounter on that special morning.  Not even wondering why the other cars did not stop to help.  Danger embraced me with courage to the rescue.  Courage follows danger weaving itself in the tapestry of human events.  I know, we can count on God’s promise to shield us from any danger.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Matthew 7:12

MIDWAY

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Midway between Winter and Spring

an anonymous poem…

“If Ground Hog’s Day be fair and bright, winter has another flight

If the ground hog brings clouds and rain, winter will not come again

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I have always cherished the month of February because I made it vacation time to celebrate my Maman’s birthday.  As the years pass on without her, my memories of us hold me up…some I’d like to write about in the coming days to celebrate her.

Boarding school and surviving the war in France prepped Denyse to live 94 extraordinary years with her American soldier, son and daughter, traveling the world over.  Sunny Miami  is where I spent those last fabulous memories with her.

Her tenacity for going forward in life’s turns and trials remains with me still.  She loved everything that is beautiful, beyond her charm.  Very creative in everything that life tossed her way with a great sense of humor, always elegant…better than ‘la femme fatale.’  I am most like her in faith and fidelity of heart…and each time I think of her, she still overwhelms me with her loving presence…

1076_529f0a901e410_788826df4ba9bd257e612418534b2657f0de9767Le Pont d’Avignon and the Rhone River – I remember well the place of her origin

to be continued…

PUPPY LOVE

Coco Ranger and Bella Lema

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January Reflection

On Christmas Eve, my Beloved John surprised me with an adorable chocolate bear looking puppy with hazel eyes weighing just 5 pounds and seeming very hungry.  At first I thought ‘O No!  my hand still hurts; he quickly retorted ‘Sweetie, our Bella Lema will love him and show him the way…and he is right…I adore my new gift!

With God, there exists no stroke of coincidence; no luck that we can grab and call our own.  HE has nestled us slowly in the core of our being with CoCo Ranger and our Bella Lema.  Now begins their adventures gallivanting together in the backyard.

our babies

…they are angels…only when they sleep together!

SHOW A STORY

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A Glimpse About Storytelling

Storytelling began with humanity – The question still exists:  How to live with our human limitations and powerlessness?

Here are some notable thoughts about storytelling:

Maggid of Mezritch said:  “Master of the Universe, listen!  I do not know how to light the fire, but I am still able to pray.”

As time goes on, storytelling is diluted and so do the questions of spirituality.  Today, people salivate for the glaring news that display all its horrible problems.  In searching for instant gratification, people forget to be patient with the mysteries of life.

Bill Wilson said:  “We must find some spiritual basis for living, or else we die.”

Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham said:  “We also should acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers.”

Lao-Tzu said:  “Those who know do not say, those who say do not know.”

Thank Goodness! for Truth, Beauty and Wisdom; Love and Spirituality are all a state of being, and words sometimes can fail us.  As Joseph Conrad said:  “Words are the great foes of reality.”

Storytelling awakens the imagination to live with the imperfections of life.

Psalms 70 pleads:  “O Lord come to my assistance, O Lord make haste to help me.”

Jean-Paul Sartre said:  “Man is the creature who wants to be God.”

Meister Eckhart said:  “God is closer to sinners than to saints.”

Like air and wind, Spirituality fetches beyond ordinary existence; is virtuous and loving.

Saint Francis called it “Lady Poverty and living without property and never getting upset by anything that anybody has.”

Thanks Be To God!

…for the art of writing which continues the noble storyline of humanity…

…and the joy that writing gives me every day…

 

 

A VISION

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The sky opens wide

Curving cypresses looming below breathing divine air

So many, two by two, airy silhouettes happily crisscrossing each other’s paths

Who are you?  My family? ancestors? friends?

there is a serene peace all around

then angelic hosts burst forth as powder puffs

O Holy Spirit, help me to understand

might this be like heaven?

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I’d like to think so…what a sweet vision…

What are your notions of what heaven might be like???

MAKING CLEAN

Wishing on a Star Image by EcoSeasons

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I am staring at this dreary, frigid day detecting a stirring in my heart to contemplate…on what?  For sure missing the bright warm sunshine…the Creator has set the tone.  In reading this and that, the question pops up – when did I first encounter God?  That’s easy to answer…He was in my childhood everywhere and in everything I lived through in Europe in the varying cultures edified by history, art and architecture.

As I grew older my inklings changed as I faced evil – the sins of the world – to which I had become an accomplice.  Yet I realized a force beyond me was manifesting from my trials.  The Star of Bethlehem twinkled above me and I discovered Christ.

Jesus said to the Leper:  If you want, I can make you clean.

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Can you recall your first encounter with God?

Are you stumbling through darkness?

Jesus never runs away from any of us – no matter the circumstances!

I conclude that on any dreary day, God can be found to give us healing and peace.

May God Bless You!