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That’s Amore!

I ask of life to shine meaning in everyone who is searching.  

~Aurora Hernandez

89-96 What you say goes, God,
and stays, as permanent as the heavens.
Your truth never goes out of fashion;
it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up.
Your Word and truth are dependable as ever;
that’s what you ordered—you set the earth going.
If your revelation hadn’t delighted me so,
I would have given up when the hard times came.
But I’ll never forget the advice you gave me;
you saved my life with those wise words.
Save me! I’m all yours.
I look high and low for your words of wisdom.
The wicked lie in ambush to destroy me,
but I’m only concerned with your plans for me.
I see the limits to everything human,
but the horizons can’t contain your commands!


Psalm 119:93

The Message (MSG)


Meaning.  Some never look for it at all.  They accept what comes, but never look deeper.  Many times this falls to children until they have an experience to change that.  It follows with adults. There is a meaning to life, to our days, our nights.  


For example, many people enjoy the movie Moonstruck. On the surface it is the story of a widow in a convenient relationship until life startles her with the possibility of something more.  Throughout the film, the moon plays a role in the story.  It affects each member of the family in a different way.  I was talking with a friend the other day about the film.  She loves it, has watched it over and over again.  She did not know that each and every song that underscores the movie is a song about the moon.  The placement of each song is key to the scene. I guess she is not a person who watches the credits with great interest, or just never thought to look at them and put it together.  Certainly it is not a judgement of this friend.  It is just the level of her understanding.


When I entered school again three years ago, I had no idea that I lacked understanding of so many elements of the craft of writing in my own writing. Up until then, it had been observing other people’s writing.  Same lesson, different person.

Today, look for new meaning, let it shine like a full moon, or a hint of sun, or the Aurora Borealis!  Praise God for a new day in which to see the light.



Because of Him,

That’s Amore!



PS. You are the light of the world! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doSC1G8pmlE


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Queen Anne’s Courtyard


And there the snake throws her enameled skin

w. shakespeare


life pokes through even now

giving Queen Anne a courtyard

Titania and her attendants a ballroom.

the day lilies

in mango dresses

stretch their deep orange fingers

toward the king.

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Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. 

~Author Unknown


3-4 Joyfully you’ll pull up buckets of water
from the wells of salvation.
And as you do it, you’ll say,
“Give thanks to God.
Call out his name.
Ask him anything!
Shout to the nations, tell them what he’s done,

    spread the news of his great reputation! 

Isaiah 12:4

The Message
My dad walked to an Indian well every day to gather water for his family.  It was about a mile down the road from their then rural house.  This was before WW2 and there was no indoor plumbing.  He did it, putting a pole over his shoulder and balancing the filled buckets so as to spill the least amount of water.  He gathered a Jacob like trophy from wrestling with the  buckets all those years.  His walk had a slightly dipped shoulder that made him easy to identify from a great distance.  We could always pick him out in an inspection line at the Navy base, he walked straight and tall, but one shoulder was slightly lower than the other always.
He learned to walk swiftly and carefully so he did not have to make many trips, making as many as he had to so he could get back to reading, which he loved so much.  He was motivated.  He knew every inch of that road, each dip, each mark, each puddle.  He walked that same road to go into town to date my mom before he had a vehicle, and he learned every street light, every dark place, every curve of the road.  He was motivated.
He strove to live the life, not talk about it, though he was always willing to share his mistakes so that we would not have to suffer from them.  “After all,” he said, “no one can make them all, so we have to learn from others’ mistakes.”  Eventually we knew his joyful looks and his scornful ones, all meted out with great love. 
He used to say, “Imagine that someone was writing the story of your life.  How would you like this chapter to come out?”  We did our best to make wise decisions and recover from those that were not so wise.  We were motivated by our father’s love.
Today, let the love of God be your motivation to make that right choice.  Walk a little taller, even if you have a slight impairment from wrestling…
Because of Him,

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Devotional – Your Song

Your heart knows your song, but you have to be willing to listen to the words.   ~ Sue Rock

For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 
There was a movie with Frank Sinatra and Doris Day called Young at Heart. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViSkIcXM3og . (You,My Love) The male lead had a song in his heart that he could not finish.  Over and over again he played what he knew, unable to find the ending.  He fell in love, he found his purpose, he found a road out of depression and took a step.  I won’t tell you how the story ends because my point is not about how it ends. It is about someone singing with you.
The Lord has written a unique song across your heart.  You know bits of it, and may not know how they fit with the rest.  As you release your life and your heart back to the Lord, you will hear the song in a different way than you ever heard it before.  Similarly, I wrote a poem that took fifteen minutes to write, and fifteen years to finish.  My friend Samantha came to visit me at work and I told her about the poem, and after we talked, I finished it!  Because I heard it anew.
Today, listen to the words of your own song, let the Lord’s fingers play it for you, sing it for you.  Then join in and sing with the One who loves you so.
Because of Him,

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Walking away and the treasure

24 Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.

     ~ Jeremiah 23:24
The whole history of physics proves that a new discovery is quite likely lurking at the next decimal place.  
   ~  F.K. Richtmeyer
I looked at these in-congruent statements and decided that there was a link!  There are attempts made by everyone at one time or another to walk away from God.  But God never walks away from us.  But math and physics for me are like someone leaving you a precious puzzle box with a treasure inside.  After hours of wrestling with it, you put it down.   You know there is a message there, but you have no way to interpret it. 
Sometimes the solution is so silly.  You walk away, get a cup of coffee or a glass of water and come back.  You put the glass down on the table and knock the puzzle off the table and it opens and voila!  And sometimes you have to have a puzzle expert in your group. And sometimes you are meant to wrestle some more.  God leaves us treasure in easy to open packages, and some that are not so easy to open.  All require a firm reliance on the Almighty to unwrap the treasure.
What treasure lies before you, now that you are back from the caves?  Is it simple math?  Is it the understanding to really hear that amazing sermon you just heard on Sunday that took several days to reach your roots?  Sometimes, the treasure is in the struggle.  The butterfly sits on a branch after coming out of the chrysalis, allowing the wings to dry before attempting flight.
Sometimes, in the walking away, new discovery is made.
Because of Him,

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Those Lovely Intangibles

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


     ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18



Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. 


      ~ Jessamyn West



     The very first thing that came into my head when I saw the Jessamyn West quote was the movie (1947 version) Miracle on 34th Street with Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwen.  “Mr. Gailey” and “Mrs. Walker” are having an argument about believing in Kris Kringle.  I love what he tells her when she argues that reality is what life is all about:


Fred Gailey: Look Doris, someday you’re going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn’t work. And when you do, don’t overlook those lovely intangibles. You’ll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.

Fred Gailey: Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don’t you see? It’s not just Kris that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.


     You are facing some mountains out there.  Some of them physical, many of them emotional, some deeply rooted in doubt, or the past or the reality of the situation.  We are given some very real tools to face these mountains;

Rejoice always, 

Pray without ceasing, 

Give thanks in all circumstances.


This is God’s will concerning these things.  So, the flashing tool for me today is: Give thanks in all circumstances.

Drop everything (not the steering wheel!) and just praise God…put down your pen, close your eyes and take a deep, singer’s breath and praise God in the midst of this mountainous circumstance.  Maybe this is not your challenge, but you know which one of the three is a challenge for you right now. 


If your faith needs building, choose a favorite anthem or hymn or chorus. Prepare to trust God for the length of that song.  Sing it again.  They may be a good three minutes or more depending on what you choose.  Heck, you may even get to the Hallelujah chorus! No matter what you choose, whether it is “Jesus loves me” or “The Hallelujah chorus,” you have just trusted God for that length of time.  It has gotten to the point with me that when I am feeling doubt, I sing in my head.

This week my song has been the arrangement of “The Lord is My Shepherd from the Vicar of Dibley.


That lovely story about  believing in Santa did much for building faith… of all kinds … and has stayed with me a lifetime because of lines like Fred Gailey’s.  

Remember, today, pick your rule and sing!



The Lord is My Shepherd


Because of Him,




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Not Far From the Common

Not Far From the Common

For the runners of the Boston Marathon


First it was the shot in the knee,

then it was cutting off both legs,

the birds in the air fought back,

those on the ground did triage.


The cancerous cells hard to remove

radiating destroys the healthy.

We were distracted by the weather,

but you had us on the run, or not.


You gag us, bind us, kill the news,

make us afraid to enter through

safe portals. Our heroes wear black.


Once again, you strike at our limbs

and like a paid assassin you are relentless

until the “job” is done.

Our freedoms compromised,

you take advantage of the One.


Would you whip us

and beat us ’til you break our spirit?



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