Advent Photo-a-Day: Peace

I’ve had one of those days where my “do list” is longer than my energy or brain power can handle. I confess I almost skipped today’s photo prompt when I read it. And then I turned the corner, walking in to my study, and found Henry, my study buddy and companion.

Ah, yes. Peace.

I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give.

It isn’t like the peace that this world can give.

So don’t be worried or afraid.

John 14:27


Advent Photo-a-Day: GO


After a fun, busy weekend, the birds have flown the nest. This is a pile of some of the things that went out the door this afternoon. Clean laundry, leftover turkey, books and supplies, computers… they were more than ready to go back to their own haunts. It is as it should be. But in this going, it’s sometimes hard to see a turn of the calendar and a new season (for all of us!)

I thought about ‘GO’ all day. It was a reminder to me that we are not created to “sit and suck up real estate” as my friend Richard used to say. We were tagged by God to GO and do things that will make a difference in the world. And so we do.

There’s another part of ‘GO’ that is important — it’s being and doing the authentic persons we were made to be, the persons that will  be the highest impact for the world who needs their joy and light and love. I want that for my daughters, my husband, my friends… rather than impressing my ideas or framework on their lives, it’s very freeing to let them GO off in the direction God leads them.

I haven’t seen “Frozen” yet — but this song from the movie had a strong message of not only letting go, but going.

Photo-a-Day: Alone

I was initially stumped by this one. “Alone” does not equal “lonely” — it can mean that “you alone” will be responsible for a task. Or it has the connotation of being isolated or set apart  to do something that no one else can do. So in a fit of over-analysis, I didn’t have an image come to mind that worked.

I mulled it over all morning as I did a couple of errands and went to see my Spiritual Director. And it was only after I sat down in her office and looked out on the cityscape that I saw someone who was truly ALONE.

Find the guy in the Dog Suit?
Find the guy in the Dog Suit?

Do you see him? There’s a guy in a dog suit trying to get people to stop and buy something (mattresses? lunch? I don’t know!) He danced, waved and tried to engage the cars rushing by. I never noticed him. I sat through a light cycle waiting for the green arrow, and paid him no attention. A group of people walked by him, and ignored him.

Wait... there was a guy in a dog suit?
Wait… there was a guy in a dog suit?

That dude was ALONE.