Sunday, January 15, 2017
Rushing through the crowds of holiday shoppers just a few short weeks ago, it snuck right up on me, uninvited, yet so very welcome! It's amazing how one piece of music can flood the soul and overwhelm the senses. First I heard it playing loud through the mall and then a joyful tear and a lump in my throat welled up. Memories of preparation for that exquisite January wedding day stopped me right in my tracks and I savored the gift.....a very special one of a kind gift that required no wrapping, ribbons or even fancy bows.
The very music (recorded above) that filled the holiday air, just so happened to be the same music that accompanied the processional of brides maids, flower girls and yes, my own beautiful daughter, as she walked her wedding aisle exactly one year ago today.
(perfectly timed out and dramatized for effect--her grand, closed door entrance, happened at precisely 3:33 min)
Psalm 84:11 says, "The Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withold from those who walk uprightly.
What may appear to one as just another arrangement of music, becomes to another, far reaching passion and emotion during an incredibly beautiful, bridal processional moment....A GOOD THING.
What may appear to one holiday shopper as joyful music filling the air, becomes to this mother, a gift (of memories) that keeps on giving....A GOOD, GOOD THING.
I'd say there isn't a finer piece of music that represents more completely the both of you, who you are, and what you share.
THAT MOMENT, THE MEMORIES, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY,
YOUR LIFE TOGETHER....A VERY GOOD THING!
Christmas Eve 2016 Wedding Day January 15, 2016
HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, TYLER AND SARAH
We Love You!
We Love You!
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Now, making my way into the office on these final pre dawn hours of 2016, reflecting on all that has been and all that is yet to come.... these three words (which also happened to be the title of that autobiography) beat lock step with my heart...SETTLE FOR MORE!
More FAITH....because faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
More HOPE....that necessary posture of the mind that keeps us moving forward, sometimes against very difficult odds.
More LOVE....because it is the greatest of all!
Settling for more is not so much an end game, rather it is an active process (and sometimes a daily choice). Life changes, therefore, it requries that I change too. The joyful, exhilorating moments that go perfectly and as planned speak for themselves, but when moments of stress and complacency and disappointment and unmet expectations attempt to define me, may I find courage to risk, stand alone if necessary, shine a light thru the darkness, and SETTLE FOR MORE....a more that goes way beyond anything good that I could ever hope for or imagine.
The passing of time is marked by a turn of a calendar page, but for this moment, here's to a NEW YEAR and SETTLING FOR MORE.
HAPPY NEW YEAR