Encouragement

A Blue Moon

 

 

We hear the old saying that somethings happens only “ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.”

  • There was A BLUE MOON last night.
  • I decided to get up before day break to see it.
  • When we truly examine ourselves, it seems like more often than not we tend to sleep through unusual events that occur in our lives.
  • We may miss entirely the lesson that is being taught.

If we are alert to her message, nature all around us speaks about life.

  • She has words that apply to both your life, and mine.
  • There are lessons to be learned, if we are observant enough to see them and listen to what is being spoken to each one of us.

The definition of A BLUE MOON means an extra full moon.

  • Whether one month has two full moons or one quarter of a year, or a season has four instead of three.
  • This month just passed, July 2015, there was a full moon on both July 2nd and 31st.
  • A BLUE MOON comes along about once every two and one half years.
  • The last one was in 2012 and the next one early 2018.
  • They are not extremely rare, but happen infrequently.

What was the lesson of July’s BLUE MOON?

  • To me, it was to be alert and watchful.
  • Don’t just cruise through the events of your life.
  • Pay attention to the occasional happenings you experience.
  • Whether the times are difficult or joyful: observe, make good decisions, and put to practice in a positive manner any new lessons learned.

Sometimes we are so asleep with what preoccupies our time that we miss the small things of life that are before us.

  • The companionship of a family member or friend.
  • A phone call to someone that is important to our lives.
  • The pleasure of playing with a young child or spending time with a teenager.
  • Sitting with a loved pet and stroking them.
  • Listening and enjoying the words of a beautiful song.
  • Turning the television your tablet or phone off, and giving your full attention to someone who may need it.

In short: giving our time to someone else.

  • Don’t let this be a rare or infrequent event in your life.
  • Some opportunities only come along “ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.”

 

“What am I to do?

I expect to pass through this world but once.

Any good work, therefore, any kindness, or any service I can render to 

Any soul of man or animal, let me do it now.

Let me not neglect or defer it,

For I shall not pass this way again.”

–An Old Quaker Saying

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Encouragement, Poems/Songs

Life Happens

 

It is the middle of the night and here I am writing to whomever may read this.

  • Many loved ones (friends and family) are on my mind right now.
  • Life has happened to me and to them.
  • Life has effected even you.
  • We all are on this road that has twists and turns, beautiful scenery but also stormy, difficult and sometimes devastating roads that must be crossed on this journey called Life.

We make a plan, start our journey, see our goals being met and are peacefully enjoying the trip.

  • Suddenly out of nowhere we stumble across obstacles on our pathway.
  • So much of the time, this is the way Life goes.
  • There’s a line from a song that comes to mind...”I didn’t promise you a rose garden.”
  • With roses there always come thorns.

When this happens, what do we do?

  • Some of us too many times make poor choices.
  • I feel safe in saying that all of us at one time or another have wanted to choose what really is a selfish way out.
  • We take the easy road and quit.
  • We give up or make a wrong turn.
  • We live in denial.
  • We grieve and have a life long pity party.
  • We seek escape by working too much or indulging in too many pleasures.
  • We may hide ourselves in front of our electronic devices.
  • We blame ourselves and withdraw from life.

When this happens, what SHOULD we do?

  • The poet Robert Frost put it this way: “The best way out is always through.”
  • We pick ourselves up and STAY ON THE ROAD.
  • Choose a good support system: faith, prayer, family, friends.
  • Talk to yourself in a positive manner.
  • Fill your mind with the things that encourage you.
  • See the beauties of nature and listen to the message she teaches us all.
  • Put the words angry and bitter out of your life.
  • Leave dreary, negative entertainment alone.
  • Always believe in yourself and others.
  • Be of help to someone else.
  • Let your life and love shine.
  • Count your blessings.
  • Keep on, keeping on.

The good news is: no matter how disturbing and restless the night…

  • The morning always breaks through to dispel the darkness.
  • This truth was brought home to me in a very significant and powerful manner.
  • It was a long, painful and tortuous night.
  • At times I felt my heart would burst and I would not survive the approach of a new day. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5 kjv).
  • You will make it through.

When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark.

At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky

And the sweet, silver song of a lark.

Walk on through the wind.

Walk on through the rain.

Though your dreams be tossed and blown.

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart.

And you’ll never walk alone.

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart.

And you’ll never walk alone.

You’ll never walk alone.

(You’ll Never Walk Alone: Rodgers and Hammerstein 1945 from the musical Carousel)

This Song has been an important part of my thought life for many, many years.

  • I heard it for the first time when I became a member of the seventh grade choir in Junior High School.
  • The music and lyrics have stayed with me since that time.
  • The words are beautiful, true and challenging.
  • “You’ll Never Walk Alone” has in many ways been my “go to” song when Life Happens.
  • I know I don’t walk alone.
  • That thought has been my constant companion through the rough times; the darkest of nights.
  • It can be yours. 

“The strongest people are not 

those who show strength

in front of us, but those 

who win battles we know nothing about.”

–Anonymous

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Life's Journey

Resurrection

 

RESURRECTION……To rise again, To reappear

Last September on a post these words were recorded on this site: “Somehow I believe the trees are alive with the splendor of color in the fall; to send a message to winter. Just wait…it isn’t over yet…I’ll be back clothed with the beauty of RESURRECTION.

Today, we are very close to seeing the truth of those words.

  • New life springing forth from what APPEARED to be dead.
  • The dull brown grass again is putting on her shades of green.
  • The barren skeletons of the trees are showing signs of budding leaves.
  • From the earth beneath us infant flowers are beginning to reveal themselves.
  • Each day we hear more and more the music of the birds.
  • Spring, RESURRECTION is almost here.
  • Warmth and color will once more defeat winter with all her cold, dark and drab days.

All through the history of civilization there has been only one true RESURRECTION.

  • The world celebrates this God given event tomorrow…..Easter Sunday.
  • The springing forth of something new which has been given to ALL men.
  • Death into a new life, sorrow into happiness, failure into success, despair into hope.
  • LOOK to this RESURRECTION, of a reborn life that lives again after death.

A different definition of RESURRECTION is a rising again; a springing forth into life or vitality; as the rebirth of one’s hopes.

  • We’ve all watched the death of dreams, plans and relationships; only to have our lives renewed probably in a way that had never occurred to us.
  • I would venture to say: “most of the time the new direction was better than the old.” 

Just as the seasons change from death to life, so do we.

  • More than once, in both my spiritual and personal life I have had to change course.
  • I remember a past Easter morning in which I got up early to do some thinking and reflection concerning this special day.
  • Our living room had windows on three sides.
  • As I sat on the couch and looked outside those windows, I immediately became attracted to the rebirth in nature.
  • The green of the grass, the blooming pear trees, the flowering bushes, the busy squirrels, the foraging birds.
  • All these events spoke about my life. I had a renewal in my heart, a time of Resurrection, a reappearance of what I sometimes neglect.

 

RESURRECTION: Life from death…..Jesus Christ 

RESURRECTION: Rebirth…..You and Me

 

Our LORD has written the promise of resurrection,

Not in books alone,

But in every leaf in springtime.

(Martin Luther)

 

 

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Life's Journey, Poems/Songs

September Song

…..September 13, 2014

“Oh, it’s a long, long time from May to December

But the days grow short when you reach September,

When the autumn weather turns leaves to flame

One hasn’t got time for the waiting game,

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few, September, November,

And, these few precious days I’ll spend with you

These precious days……I’ll spend with you”**

This will date me, but I really don’t mind; so here goes. I first heard this song when I was 9 years old, and for some reason this piece of music has always stayed with me.

It’s comprised of a beautiful melody and haunting lyrics. It’s a song of romance, but for my purpose today it speaks to the seasons of life.

We are well into September now.

I spend the summers looking forward to this month because if in name only it’s a time of relief.

The hot days of summer are close to drawing to an end.

The nights begin to get cooler and the early fall days are around the corner.

The word September just sounds good to me.

Before long many parts of this country will be ablaze with color.

The trees will change their shades of greens for that of reds, golds, oranges and yellows.

The coming of winter will be challenged by a final stage of beauty that has to be seen to really be appreciated.

Somehow I believe the trees are so alive with the splendor of color in the fall; to send a message to winter. Just wait…it isn’t over yet...I’ll be back clothed with the beauty of resurrection.  

Their budding glory in the spring will announce the defeat of winter yet again.

It is the same with the seasons of our lives.

However, we need to recognize that we have more control over these same seasons; personally speaking.

Nature, the sun and moon dictate the timing and duration of spring, summer, autumn and winter on earth.

Age wise the passing of the years places us in a season. Our mindset determines which season we are in spiritually, mentally, emotionally.

It may be a short season or it can be long and tedious.

I’m in what I now consider to be the autumn of my life.

Through the years I’ve seen many springs of rebirth and many summers that were hot, dry and endless.

I’ve seen the beauties of the fall and felt the cold, hard stings of winter.

These times of life are not designed for us to park ourselves in and camp out.

They are to spur us on, to get us out of our comfort zone, to teach us so that we can help others out of whatever season of life they have let themselves become trapped in.

Hopefully, each of us has learned, become stronger and have become wiser through these seasons ourselves.  “Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few, September, November”…..**

“We turn not older with years but newer every day.”

Emily Dickinson

**Composers Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson – Album Stardust

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