Engaged in Community

All of a sudden our grass has turned green again!  For weeks it looked sickly, like maybe there were pests or the watering wasn’t quite right, or was it was just the hot hot southern Utah summer?  I couldn’t quite make anything work.  Then I fertilized, and that seemed to take care of it.  I just mowed four days ago, and as you can see, it’s already out of control!

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Jesus meets us in reality

It’s one of the moments I remember so clearly.  I was driving in the car with a dear friend a few months after my father passed away.  I had helped my mom sort through his office, deleted his cell number, wept when a military convoy drove by (he was career military), and had been processing “goodbyes” in countless other ways.

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A Handful with Quietness

“Better is a handful with quietness…” caught my heart as I read Ecclesiastes.  It speaks of contentedness, of saying “enough.”  One hand is full, while there is still the reality of another hand that is empty.  But the focus is on the “handful.”  And by saying “enough” comes the gift of quietness and contentedness.

“Better is a handful of quietness, than two hands full of toil and striving after the wind.” ~Ecclesiastes 4:6 (ESV)

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