The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech,and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words;their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth,and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,and its circuit to the end of them; and there is nothing hid from its heat.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honeyand drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can discern his errors?
Clear thou me from hidden faults.
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
My mom said age is an exaggeration of personality. We had a High School Reunion of old friends. And people arrive as they will. Some are busy far away and life perks along like a cup of coffee. Others felt too shy to come.
Generous people, Amy and her husband, opened her grandfather's amazing Camp for us. Now, if you don't speak Yankee like Edward doesn't - you ask the Wonderful Master Gardener - where Camp is and is it located on a Public Park Map. We were amazingly blessed and enriched by the Gardener I failed to get his name from who appeared on a hike and led us for an hour explaining what you can eat, how to call in a host of birds, and suddenly you have and understanding Why do birds suddenly appear
Every time you are near?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you.
Well, this man has the K n a c k.
It was purely, simply, marvelously a gift of God. Thank you, Master Builder,Master Gardener, leader of tours in Benezette, PA. Found out he is a cousin to our friend Sally Guloine and is Mark Turner.
So we had to explain to Edward that a Camp is a private weekend retreat. Our Cameron County Pennsylvania boast these camps from miles away because the beauty here is so great that - well, its a funny, little story. But we were sitting in a Subway sandwich shop and they had a great forest of Pennsylvania photo mural. And Edward saw me mesmerized by this beautiful mural of ferns lining the floor of a dapple covered tree canopy. And actually misty eyed. And Edward's comment snapped me out of my revery. He said he hated those murals. WHAT. "Yep bonified hated it when they photoshop.... Heaven."
I have at times realized I'm not good at conveying thoughts to words. EDWARD, That's PENNSYLVANIA!! And due to financial constraints we did not get there until 2005. And my sons, well one of them, wept when he had to leave Margaret and Father Bill's Farm. I hated it that Cal could not come with us. Hated it. Hated that.
So... we went to Amy's Camp for the Reunion. And Amy's Grandfather built... a camp for "Veranda". A camp for "Southern Living" and her seven brothers and sisters have build this wood shed with a windsock that should be in movies. And a front porch the bull dog puppy could hardly bear to leave. And the incredible drive way stretches on and on with these non-lethal, I just learned, Hemlock pines that must be just about first generation pines. Aaaaaaamazing.
And... how did we arrive. Well lemme tell you, a seven hour reunion for 30 year past High Schoolers is an awesome thing. But finally, you find out that 30 years have past and you look at the people who haven't been part of the circle for some time. And you see who is congenially sitting and enjoying other people enjoy themselves. And you are looking at some saints.
Why don't they do that? Put Saint badges on people who are the people enjoying the other people and are the support. Even the guy watching the football game is the support.
Bear with me ya'll this is about appreciation.
So I gushed southern style that .."they just allll looooook jussst the saaame!" And the song of the south, baby, it that in that gracious fakeness there is Truth.
And back to the topic sentence. We are all the same. Jaw droppingly so. If you'd stuck me on an airplane next to these fine people I would have figured it out. Who told us you were born with a personality.
Amy has family. Man that woman has family. And she mothers and warms and laughs and feeds more family. AWESOME!!
Phil - man they need you. The COUNTRY needs you. Phil will work from July to PEAK SEASON (that's a compliment PHIL) to move and shake an event. And he is FATHERING this group. And if you are stuck at your locally ignored, precious campy jewel hotel the Buttonwood Inn, (named after a local tree) - - Phil and his wife Kim will go get you in their pristine truck and you will find the absolute back, back, back roads to bump over. They are the kind of people you and let them drive away with your handbag and not worry about your handbag! These people Outta run the county or the state. Good people.
Now Janice has this talent that faded. She had a ping pong life and her WARM LOVING Heart got caught up in the absolute hell of husband world we all know exists. Coincidentally enough, my High School Best Friend, who owns major real estate in my heart for eternity and I had awesome phone calls at key times in life. Yep, I know where Janice buries her bodies. And Janice, has a talent for raw honesty that will have you roll on the floor. Yep. Janice got careered. And engineered. And she came about full circle. We sat in a smokey bar, man I hate that, and she told me about what it's like to have your roosters come home and you look at your life. At the end of the evening she was back to the old Janice coo as she described the people in her life. Janice, no one else can coo like you do. The exact way she used to kiss Bryan, aww my baby Bryan.
Now LIFE, has actually improved Janice. Which can only be a God thing. Janice was once described in High School as being the friendliest puppy in the County. But Janice had not yet been baptized in the crik, yes the crik. Now when you talk to Janice she is puzzled to describe a man who didn't like the book "The Shack." You have to have to tell Janice, well, the person you are describing is a hater. And then she has to absorb the idea. And Janice, with all that engineering career, can take that bull by the horns and, now, understand not all people are as fundamentally good at taking a problem and solving the problem while being a loving person. (Phil take Janice when you run the country or county.)
Kelley has all the love she ever exuded. Her family she grew up with has passed on to Home. And Kelley is bring Light House to the Blind dogs to improving life. And children in the Library up to a new and more loving existence. Her husband clearly thinks Kelley rocks. Because Kelley does. Taking the love her family had and giving back to the world around her. Kelley is like the Blues Brothers - she is on a mission from God. Building her life.
June is like the others, her personality is much the same. Her innate intelligence and ability to offer order to the lives around her stems from her compassion. She wants others to experience her peace. She moves towards helping others almost intuitively. She will start conversations easily about the the thought processes of HER Tolkien. And I can tell you from speaking with a physician friend of mine, the next phase of this conversation is going quantum physics, which is mindly (cough cough) out of my rhelm. Unless you want to discuss Jesus moves the boat immediately across the Sea of Tiberius. Then I`m good for about ten more minutes.
Linda radiates the peace of the Spirit. When she is telling you about bundling up against the extreme cold of Lake Eerie, she might as well be telling you she knows something extremely enduring about knowing Jesus is her core. Her fulfillment in knowing she has a Home port. Shelter from the storm.
Carolyn has a joy inside her. Granting her the ability to see life as interesting, engaging and filled with humor and a going into the fray with verve. She and her husband connect like right and left hands. Carolyn is going to make old, old age look easy. And she is going to be in demand with her grand kids - as one in touch lady.
Julie still has her undiminished inner glow. The ability to move gently and quickly.Her genuine smile rarely quits!! Kim still is not on the A for Anderson side of the room, but she is still beautiful with amazing Pre~Raphaelite hair.
The pen is tired, but the soul revived. Many thanks Lord for your willingness to pour out a blessing!