This is a concept I can’t get out of my mind – a memory, a longing, a desire for return and closeness, and restoration. Fairly soon this will be experienced in yet another way, in a way that I never thought I’d be faced with. One of my all time favorite Rich Mullins moments is when he rips open into a performance of
“This World is Not My Home”, and I have to echo the sentiment. Life is hard, is chronic, and no matter where you are in the world it is something that cannot be avoided.
Jesus didn't call us to be peacekeepers, He called us to be 'peacemakers', which will usually require some degree of conflict.
The weather these past couple days has been refreshingly cooler than the ones we experienced during the last week, so Whitey and I jaunted up to Broummana for a walk around the neighborhood and to enjoy the morning. It has been interesting to observe the flowers growing and cycling in and out of season. The honey suckle is now long gone while the oleander and other flowers are still going strong. The vines are starting to bear what will be grapes in the future and the wisteria seems to have evaporated.
There’s been many new dogs admitted into the care of BETA (Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) but one that has caught my attention is Leroy, a 1.5-2 year old male husky. I don’t know how I’ve missed him until the last few weeks, he’s been part of the BETA family since January. Leroy and I have become buddies recently and I really want to find him a home.
To be fully present in the moment is the challenge of each person throughout life, and it is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves and those around us. Living without the regrets from our past or the fears of our future are the key to being fully present, but also the greatest struggle for most of us.
Sorry, I couldn’t help myself with posting another shot of the flowers (as a header image) I took the other day. The iPhone camera surprises me quite often and I was fortunate to find such an interesting flower arrangement with ideal light. The image of the child is related to this week’s quote – who better understands living in the present than a child? This child, in particular, is one of our newest residents and lives life to the fullest. He is aware of the challenges of his past but has quickly made Dar El Awlad home, finding friends and refuge here.