Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Lily Jewel

I was aware when Mother died that I was feeling more than just the loss of my Mother, although that was huge. I was also brought to a place where I was reminded that over the past 3 and a half years while I was caring for my mother my children grew up and out of the house, and in Nic's case out of town. We lost our beloved dog of 13 years, Lady during that time, and the cat even died. When Mother died and life returned to some semblance of normal, I found myself looking around and asking "Where did everybody go?"
I believe they call it "empty nest syndrome", but what ever it is it is a huge black hole. I have always loved caring for my family, and can't remember a time in my life when I didn't have some sort of a pet running around in the midst of all the other hub-bub, and chaos of children and life.
I know things change, and time brings new phases, and experiences, but I am a firm believer that a small fuzzy warm thing that adores you and gives unconditional love, is almost a necessity to get through some days. Thus I introduce, Lily Jewel, Lil for short.
She is, as Roger is already referring to her as my "little buddy". She is 8 weeks old, and spends every min of every day with me. Except at night when she is "banished" to the garage to sleep. (my one concession to Rog, she will sleep in the garage at night like Lady did).
Since she is going to be such an integral part of our lives, I just had to let you know she is here!

Monday, April 14, 2008

New Neighbor

Spring is here, There is a new colt across the road born this morning, and I mowed my yard for the first time today!!! WELCOME SPRING!!!

This is our new neighbor! He was born sometime in the night or very early this morning. His little legs were still quite wobbley when I was watching him, but he had no trouble standing to eat. This is as close as its Mama would let me come, and I still had to zoom in. Isn't he cute!!!????

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

"Because your are a Christian........."

A friend related a story to me the other day.

She owns a building downtown that she rents out the upstairs to the local AA chapter. They had been renting the upstairs of this particular facility before she and her husband purchased the property, and they simply extended the lease. They did make a few changes, one of them, not allowing smoking anywhere on the premises.

Now when she told me this, I knew immediately that she was going to catch A LOT of flack about it. You see I have an uncle who is a recovering alcoholic, and I know that one addiction can sometimes replace another, or they just become more dependent on a present addiction. If they smoked before, they might and sometimes will smoke even more when they give up the alcohol.

My friend was approached by a member of the group telling her that the smoking ban might be a little harsh for a group of people who are already trying to break free from one addiction, to be forced to give up another.

Let’s just say the conversation didn’t go to well, and when my friend told her the smoking rule stood, the lady from AA finally pulled out the big guns when she said, “Well, I just thought, because you’re a Christian, you would understand and might make an exception?”

What does that mean? I’m not asking “What does THAT mean?” I’m simply asking “What does that mean?”

Because you’re a Christian………….

After I heard this story, the words kept going over and over in my mind.
You know when Jesus came and started telling everyone that he was the fulfillment of prophecy they had a hard time believing that he was who he said he was. Some of his behaviors, and habits just didn’t fit people’s expectations. The people had their assumptions, and ideas of what the Messiah was going to be like, and how he was going to behave. Jesus didn’t fit the bill for many of them. I’m thinking that many Christians today don’t fit the idea of what many people expect either.
I have been reading the gospels, AGAIN, and I was marveling at Jesus’ response to questions, requests, accusations, demands. I don’t think I know anyone who responds like Christ. He never seemed to give an answer that anyone expected, let alone had an argument for. He spoke the truth always. He answered some questions with a question, or a parable. He didn’t hesitate to point fingers when they needed to be pointed, and he always knew just the right thing to say at the right time.
You know the saying “What would Jesus do?” well I wonder what Jesus would have said in response to this woman’s remark, “because you’re a Christian……”.
First, I think, He would have known the intention of her heart-and maybe addressed that.
Second, He would have spoken truth to her, not necessarily what she wanted to hear; but it would have been the truth.
Third, He would have had compassion on her, and given her the opportunity to change her life. (She wouldn’t have needed cigarettes or alcohol when Jesus got through with her)
Forth and most of all, He would have loved her.
Jesus didn’t let others expectations control who he was. He knew the answers, and he gave them; always with the love and compassion or rebuke that person needed. Jesus knew why he was here, what he was doing, and where he was going.
Do you suppose anyone ever approached Jesus with the remark, “Well, because you are the Messiah……….” with their expectations showing? All the time! That is why people brought him the sick, and dying, crippled, and blind, because he was the Messiah, or at least their idea of who the Messiah was going to be; to a point. Until he quit acting all “messiah” like, and started acting like just another prophet; and allowing them to crucify him.
My son’s boss watched The Passion, and told Nic the next day, “I don’t get it!! The guy got his butt kicked!” Pretty much sums up the astonishment of people then and now. The behavior of Christians, just like that of the Christ they follow, will sometimes leave people scratching their heads, and asking themselves, “but I thought because you are a Christian?????"

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Instruction Manuels

The weather is changing, and with it a whole new set of instructions on how to cope with this season. I am equipped with some of the hardware, lawn mower, rake, hoe, lawn furniture, etc.etc. I'm just getting anxious to start using some of it. It is rainy and chilly here, cloudy. I believe the word my mother used to use is dreary. Yep, that pretty well sums it up. I told my sister the other day that I am so tired of cold weather and winter that I am actually LOOKING FORWARD to mowing my lawn--can you believe. Someone will remind me of this in the heat of August I am sure, but in the mean time I'll be reading up.