Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fifteen things...

I am loving right now about life in this town...

"Everything that the Creator God does in forming us humans
is done in place.
It follows from this that
since we are His creatures
and can hardly escape the conditions of our making,
for us everything which has to do with God
is also in place.
All living is local:
this land, this neighborhood,
these trees and streets and houses,
this work, these people...

This place, this garden, is not utopia...
It is simply place, locale, geography, geology.
But it is also a good place,
because it provides the form
by which we can live
to the glory of God.

What we often consider to be the concerns of the spiritual life-
ideas, truths, prayers, promises, beliefs-
are never in the Christian gospel
permitted to have a life of their own apart from
particular persons and actual places."

-Eugene Peterson,

*****
walking to work.




*****
walking home.



*****
sunday mornings.



*****
dads who hear that my car is not working
and of their own volition come over to fix it.


(this actually made me choke up a little bit,
car stuff really stresses me out.)


*****
first fridays of the month.



*****
small town café.



*****
running into buds as we all get coffee.




*****
new babies.


(note the trolley car behind us... ?!) 


*****
gardens popping up.



*****
the produce stand is back open!!!!


*****

being greeted at the door by a dinosaur.



it makes my heart so happy that they will randomly still wear the costumes i sewed.

*****
beautiful middle-schoolers.



*****
teenage artist making my kitchen awesome.




*****
friends who respond to
"making extra brunch, come over!" texts
on a saturday morning.



*****
oregon skies every day.



2 comments:

cori haughery said...

Oh my gosh!!!! that is CRAZY! lol...what are the chances? that is really cool actually. glad you enjoyed the book as much as me! i want to cut every page out and hang it on my wall... (if only it wasn't a library book)

i like this post. and i can totally identify about car problems stressing you out!!

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Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.

Amen.