Signs of LIFE

It is the chill of winter that lulls the earth to a much needed rest, so too it lulls me.  “Signs of Life” hardly seem fitting for the long days of January.  As snow blankets the earth and naked branches twist heavenward frozen in time, the silence is almost deafening.  
Schedules go on and duty calls, but the EUCHARISTEO kind of thankfulness never ceases.  The 24/7 making of my “1000 gifts” list surely breeds a unique quietness, an authentic “soul-kind-of-rest”. 
One, that just like winter….is necessary.  As I humbly yield, signs of life are everywhere, signs of life that run deep.

75.  A dirty kitchen floor.

76.  A few morsels and an empty bag from the chocolate dipped oatmeal cookies.

77.  Lanterns in the window.
78.  The inspired and Holy Word of God that lays open and invites.
79.  A half empty container of peppermint lotion that soothes.
80.  A college-occupied sister, making time for her high school brother.
81.  The random amaryllis bulb out of the trunk of an old car (yields),
82.  A reminder of spring, on a gray winter day (see pictures).

unfolding…thankful…drawing near…growing in grace…thanksgiving…to the core…steadying….focused… preparing….thankful…roots going deep for seasons yet to come. 

Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.  For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living…How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?  I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.              
PSALM 116:7-13

It won’t be long now. The earth will thaw, and even more “signs of life” will awaken to herald the coming of spring.   Won’t you be waiting ready…..RESTED and THANKFUL!

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