​Grateful — September 2017

New friends come
And new friends go
Some go old
Others we’re yet to know

It was a pleasure to meet you
talk with you
eat with you
walk with you
work with you
I am grateful for the time that was
Grateful for the time that is

Thank you

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3 Kinds of Reminiscence

Reminiscence with gratitude
Reminiscence with regret
Reminiscence with longing

Notice which one you might be doing.

Reminiscence with gratitude is great, health to your soul.

Reminiscence with regret is bitterly painful, and it might hurt your health.

Reminiscence with longing could leave you suspended without foundations, especially if it’s a longing that can’t be met; that’s not good. And if you choose to walk on the ground seeking reexperience, you chose to hold on.

Notice which one you might be doing.

You continued till it was done

The time came near
With the shudder of pain
Was there another way

Feeling as abandoned
through shame and crux
You continued till it was done

Within our humanity
There was something we should be
More than we knew

Stranger at home
Counting it joy
You were glad to be with us

Like I am
You saw what I see
Knowing how I feel

Holy Son Christ
You came for life
But then first to die

Hades you visited
Because you returned
My life has come

In the spirit of the season 1

In the spirit of the seasons: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, the countdown and more. Excerpts, rephrases, from the great book.

Abigail came into the house, where Nabal was holding a banquet fit for a king. Nabal’s heart was merry within him and he was drunken to excess, so she didn’t tell him anything small or great until the wine had gone out of him.
They were eating, drinking and rejoicing.
They left rejoicing, exuberant over all the good God had done.
The king, high on wine ordered … to bring in Queen Vashti, in her royal crown, to show off her beauty for she was extremely attractive.

With sorrow of heart the spirit is broken, but a joyful heart makes a face cheerful.
A miserable heart means a miserable life, but a cheerful heart is a continual feast.
A joyful heart is a good medicine, it promotes healing; a dejected spirit dries up the bones.
So go, seize life! Eat your bread with relish, and drink your wine with a merry heart.

And they will cheer; full of delight, they will send gifts to one another.
Is any happy? Let ’em sing.
Prepare some roast, we’re celebrating with a feast.
And we just had to celebrate—again.

Biblio:
A translation of the great book by John Nelson Darby
The Message by Eugene H. Peterson (http://www.messagebible.com)
Holman Christian Standard Bible (http://www.broadmanholman.com/hcsb/ )