BETTER TODAY

I'm feeling better today.  Have had a friend staying with me for much of February and March who is leaving tomorrow; heading to Kansas City.  Then another friend also swung by and stayed a week or so newly returned from a tour in Afghanistan; traveling from the great state of Maine.  Both Ryan and Josh are now going to be spending time at a kind of prayer retreat in Kansas City. Ryan is doing an internship and Josh is getting a job and will be looking forward to the same.

Sounds wonderful, doesn't it?  Withdrawing from the world's busyness and myriad distractions, fasting electronic stimulus all to draw closer to the divine.  And for no other purpose really.  Just to know God better and feeling oneself known by Him; touched by His perfect love.  

Some would say they go to church for that and its enough.  I don't know about that.  There were times when God removed His prophets from the mainstream for the purpose of replenishing their spirits; giving new direction, allowing intimate worship and prayer of a different vein; the quiet, singular kind in the company of angels.  The deep, streaming kind that changes forever how we view life.   

After I wrote my last blog I read this passage in Romans.  It occurred to me and stayed with me, that I should have shared these passages at the close of that blog and what was, for me, pretty dire news. In many ways I'm still reeling from the shock, unsure of next steps.

So many levels to ponder in the words of these verses from Romans eight.  What they mean in the larger and more personal context of who and what Jesus Christ created us to be; in the now and for eternity.  I usually quote from the New American Standard.  This is the NIV, which I just happen to be reading at the moment.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress.  For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray.  But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.  And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will. 

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. 

For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters.  And having chosen them, he called them to come to Him.  And He gave them right standing with Himself, and He promised them glory
(Romans 8: 26-30)

So, I've already started packing.  The house is going to be quiet and then empty of what once lived here.  I think about the grass I won't mow and the fact that it is now overdue for a good clipping.  I think about the peony bush just blooming and how I waited two springs for it's first showing.   Peony's are my new favorite flower.  God made lots of them and you can buy the bulbs at any garden center.  Gardenia's.  Tulips.  I like them too. And lilac and lavender, roses and the first smell of honeysuckle and almost anything growing wild along the roadside.  Lots of variation in the flux and angst, joy and flush of  life. 

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