As I ponder “What has surprised me?”, I think of my husband’s Uncle Herman who is now in hospice care… During our most recent visit he pretty much had just one response to everything he heard, which was “Wow!” If I ever come to a time in life where one word remains, I hope to be like Uncle Herman.This journaling image will also serve to remind me of a fairly recent Uncle Herman story. In the Dementia unit, he was given the task of opening the blinds every morning. No one, however, was allowed in the kitchen. Therein lie his dilemma… there were blinds in the kitchen. As he was opening them, he was caught by an attendant and without hesitation, Uncle Herman yelled out, “Surprise!”… yes, complete with jazz hands.
It happens frequently at the Grunewald Guild that we have folks stop by who once were part of the Guild in some way. Often they have friends or family along who look at the place with puzzled curiosity. I’ve been wondering… what is it that calls people back? It seems bigger than nostalgia.
That’s what I was pondering and journaling when I realized that the page was an unusually close reflection of the breakfast table at which I was sitting, a lovely table set for Jim and me by a dear friend.
Sundays, I’ve heard, can be celebrated like little Easters. Arise!
Today I share an image inspired after watching a meteor shower from the deck of the River House. The meteors were shooting through the sky so quickly that by the time I realized that I had seen one, it had already disappeared. All that remained was the WOW.
‘Is not my word like fire,’ says the LORD. ~Jeremiah 23:29
Eternity is at our heart. ~Thomas Kelly
This image was created while listening to a talk about Jacob’s wrestling match, a struggle teaching us that “undeserved blessing may come with a limp.” (Bishop Mike Rinehart)
May we have eyes to see God’s grace especially when things are looking ominous.
Inspired by messages from Kristin Gilje and Anne Mulleniex… So much creative spirit to ponder and process. I am grateful for the parenthesis of sacred space here at the Grunewald Guild.
An inch of surprise leads us to a mile of gratefulness. ~David Steindl-Rast
Inspired by a dear new friend at the Grunewald Guild who, when asked to give Jim and me a piece of advice as we begin this director work, encouraged us to “keep finding blessings in the small things.”