""Blessings Strengthen life and feed life just as water does." Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

This blog is a digital blessing bowl, a place to record the small blessings that are often missed or forgotten but which make life holy. Feel free to add your own blessings to my blessing bowl. Or perhaps you'll be encouraged to start your own.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A blessing pictorial

It has been almost a month since I last posted.  The lapse wasn't due to a lack of blessings, but to my inability to put them into words.  I hope the pictures that follow, along with a little description, will make up for my lack of eloquence.

A walk with my son and his family through his  neighborhood on a beautiful Saturday morning in early October.  Artists were displaying their work in their  homes and on their porches and lawns as participants in an event called "Art and Soule".

A message of Hope along the way.

There was music on the walk and we were introduced to Laurelyn Dossett and "The Gathering".

The fall color of the Japanese Maple framing the view of our front door.

A nearly full moon seen from the deck on a clear cool evening.

Multiple sightings of Monarch butterflies.
They've been stopping in the garden for a snack as they migrate to Mexico.

Discovering the music of Red June from Asheville, N.C.

Celebrating the birthdays of my grandnephew and grandniece with bugs and bubbles and fun.

Watching a bride-to-be's photo session at the Old Well on the campus of our beloved UNC-CH.

Having lunch and watching the football game in the bar of the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill.

Having fun with other Carolina fans at "Late Night with Roy"

Completing my first half-marathon, The Durham Ramblin' Rose, with my sister.

Seeing this photo of two of my grandchildren (with their friends)
on the front of the Raleigh News and Observer
(grandson Mac is on the left, granddaughter Eliza is second from the right)

Making bubbles with grandsons Grady and John Harper.

Seeing the first blooms of the season on the Camellia.

Learning that grandsons Jack and Sy are doing well in school and that
 their mother, our oldest, is off to a good start in her new job as a school media specialist.

Watching the morning light illuminate the brilliant colors of the oak leaves.

Having lunch and visiting with my two sisters, then driving home along the two-lane highway
instead of the interstate.  The highway was lined with trees at the peak of fall color.
My two sisters in Fall 2008.

Days pass and the years vanish and we walk sightless among miracles. 
Lord, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing.
Let there be moments when your Presence, like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk.
Help us to see, wherever we gaze, that the bush burns, unconsumed.
And we, clay touched by God, will reach out for holiness and exclaim in wonder,
“How filled with awe is this place and we did not know it.”

From the Jewish Sabbath Prayer Book

If you have been reading this blog for a while you may remember this post from February about my brother and his diagnosis of brain cancer.  Several weeks ago he received the news that another tumor, possibly two additional tumors, have appeared.  The course of treatment is undecided as I write this, but your healing thoughts and prayers for illumination in this darkness will be much appreciated.

1 comment:

Donna said...

Oh Ginny I was so saddened to hear of the news for your brother and your family. You know I am always thinking of you, your family and your brother and offering prayers. Your beautiful post brought hope, light and peace to me today. I am being sent many messages and I am slowing to hear them. Thank you!!