Seasonal Change

Dear friends old and new,

Do you ever feel particularly aware of the way our lives are like seasons?

Sometimes slowing and cooling like the Autumn….
cold and still like the Winter…
refreshing and full of hope like the Spring…
energized and enduring like the Summer heat…

            
    Ski Slopes of Breckenridge, CO                   Five Points Neighborhood in Denver

The past year I have felt the seasons more than I remember in the past. And I have appreciated them in a way I have not before. Many things have changed and many things have stayed the same through the months since I have taken time to write anything to share. So, I only find it appropriate that I would give the platform upon which I write a complete overhaul. That what you read would be as fresh as the face you would encounter should we sit down for coffee today.

Consider these words:

glamorous

[glam-er-uhs]
adjective
full of excitement, adventure, and unusual activity: the glamorous job of a foreign correspondent.

glorious

[glawr-ee-uhs, glohr-]
adjective
delightful; wonderful; completely enjoyable;
conferring (giving) glory

My life today is not glamorous, though at one time I sought so much to be able to make such a claim. I rest in the thankfulness that what I gained in exchange for my strivings for a glamorous life was a glorious one. Contentment to know that I live every dull moment, exciting moment, and every moment in between rooted and established in the One who called me. I choose joy.

“The heart’s true home – the foundation we long for – is a life rooted in the love of God. But this love is always God’s mercy directed toward us before it is our response of trusting love. God offers us stability in the only thing that cannot fail – God’s faithfulness itself.”
~ Jason Wilson-Hartgrove, The Wisdom of Stability

As my treasured brothers at The Embassy (church) here in Denver have reminded me, we are each in a trial, just out of one, or on our way into one. In Christ we have the privilege to rejoice in that because with each trial we  can choose to be made more like Christ, bringing Him glory. I am not the only one living a glorious life, but each of us who is in Christ.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” ~ James 1:2-4, ESV

We can strive for a glamorous life, but (dare I say it) our success will always be fleeting. This blog shall never be glamorous, but I hope and pray it will always be glorious.

Always:
Celebrating what the Lord is doing in, through, and around you and I
Sharing the burden to intentionally live to make Christ known
Encouraging and inspiring others to live passionately
Sharpening one another
…a resource for continued learning about incarnational life among the poor and marginalized
challenging others to live rooted and simply in a mobile, gluttonous culture

Old friends – you make life rich and full. New friends – I look forward to the journey together and the chance to become old friends. Never hesitate to email or call… near or far the conversation is only beginning.

P.S. If you’re an old friend with an email subscription, sorry for any crazy incoherent posts that may have made their way to your inbox when I was switching the theme! 🙂

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