Christmas Hope

Blessed Christmas to you friends–  This has been such a full Christmas season for us–real joy sitting around a beautiful table with our SF family this past week,   cheerful -if not totally melodic- caroling with the lovable neighborhood kids, watching Larry tell the Christmas story as a shepherd in our church’s Bethlehem Walk…

And there’s been deep sadness walking with a with a friend as her husband suffers dearly, our son’s family still evacuated because of the wildfires, a serious eye injury to a close friend and continued legal stress…

Life is complicated.

But these Christmas lyrics have stuck in my mind– “The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices…”   I’m thankful to know that thrill.  There’s hope and deep joy in walking with God in these days.

Hoping for the thrill of God’s hope and moments of true joy for you and your family this Christmas.

Easter Hope

“Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.”
–Psalm 31:24

Love these words.  I should read them every day– but especially at Easter, the day that is the center of our hope.  Hope because Jesus rose.  Hope for a life of meaning and purpose.  Hope for eternity with our God.  So grateful.

Psalm 25

12091246_10153667604319347_8360745933268513261_oHi Friends– It’s the third day of November and when I passed by the back windows this morning, I found the backyard newly carpeted with leaves from our maple trees.  I love this fall-ish season of turtlenecks and soup pots and the leaves so artfully scattered around.  I am thankful and my heart is hopeful.

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.”    –Psalm 25:4-5

P.S. — The photo above is stolen (thanks Paul) from our buddy Paul’s Facebook pics of their recent trip to the Berkshires.  It looks nothing like my back yard!!
P.P.S — Happy Birthday dear Micah!!