Archive for December, 2010

the birthday boy……

Today is a very special day.  Though I moved through it “normally”, going to work, running an errand or two, fixing a simple dinner, my mind was never far from my firstborn.  For today is his birthday.  A special day indeed, in anyone’s book, but especially thought provoking for this mom – for he was the one who actually gave me the name “mom”.  Once upon a time, a very long time ago, I received my new name.  And it’s been wonderful (most days. grin.).

If you had asked me at any time in my childhood what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you “a mommy”.  I couldn’t think of anything else that could compare.  Still can’t.  I believe I have always loved children, and I wanted a passel of them.  (is four a passel?)  This particular baby was born three days after Christmas, and I was in love.  I found it happening three more times.  In love again, and again, and again.  Today, on this special day, I would love to be with the birthday boy.  (man)  But he is doing what he was created to do, and that makes me so happy.

So, happy birthday Kyle!  I continue to pray for you to be blessed beyond measure, and for your life to be a constant source of amazement and wonder to you.  I hope you’ve had a great great day, and know how very dearly you are loved.




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monday devo

from Jesus Calling……..

“When I joined the ranks of humanity, born into the humblest conditions, My Glory was hidden from all but a few people.  Occasionally, streaks of Glory shone out of Me, especially when I began to do miracles.  Toward the end of My life, I was taunted and tempted to display more of My awesome Power than My Father’s plan permitted.  I could have called down legions of angels to rescue Me at any point.  Imagine the self-control required of a martyr who could free Himself at will!  All of this was necessary to provide the relationship with Me that you now enjoy.  Let your life become a praise song to Me by proclaiming My glorious Presence in the world.”

“This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in Him.” John 2:11 the message

Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.”

“Dividing up His clothes, they threw dice for them. The people stood there staring at Jesus, and the ringleaders made faces, taunting, “He saved others. Let’s see Him save Himself! The Messiah of God—ha! The Chosen—ha!” The soldiers also came up and poked fun at Him, making a game of it. They toasted Him with sour wine: “So you’re King of the Jews! Save yourself!” Luke 23:34-36 the message

“What a beautiful thing, God, to give thanks, to sing an anthem to you, the High God!
To announce your love each daybreak,
sing your faithful presence all through the night,
Accompanied by dulcimer and harp,
the full-bodied music of strings.

You made me so happy, God
I saw your work and I shouted for joy.
How magnificent your work, God!
How profound your thoughts!”  Psalm 92:1-5 the message

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rushing through life…..


In Washington, DC , at a Metro
Station, on a cold January morning in
2007, this man with a violin played six Bach
pieces for about 45 minutes.  During that
time, approximately 2,000 people went through
the station, most of them on their way to work.
After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man
noticed that there was a musician playing.
He slowed his pace and stopped for a few
seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his

4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar.  A
woman threw money in the hat and, without
stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to
him, then looked at his watch and started to
walk again.

10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged
him along hurriedly.  The kid stopped to
look at the violinist again, but the mother
pushed hard and the child continued to walk,
turning his head the whole time.  This
action was repeated by several other children,
but every parent – without exception – forced
their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes:

The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped
and listened for a short while.  About 20
gave money but continued to walk at their normal
pace.  The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No
one noticed and no one applauded.  There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was

Joshua Bell,
one of the greatest musicians in the world.
He played one of the most intricate pieces
ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million
dollars.  Two days before, Joshua
Bell sold-out  a theater in Boston where the seats averaged
$200 each to sit and listen to him play the same

This is a true story.  Joshua Bell, playing
incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was
organized by the Washington
Post as part of a social experiment
about perception, taste and people’s

This experiment raised several

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate
hour, do we perceive beauty?

*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . .

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

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