Degrees of Illness

I have three very dear friends who are in the highest degrees of illness.

I, on the other hand, will most likely return, in about a month, to a bearable and livable degree of health.

Yesterday there were tears of despondency. Just for me, for my loneliness.

Yesterday I realized the difference between the condition of those friends and my own. They face heavier burdens and are lonely too.

The tears stopped.

The prayers continued.

And as if to confirm and delight in my proper perspective, today there is the redbird posing and the baby swallows practicing their soaring, and the blue birds dancing and playing around their tiny house.

Thank You Father, please guard the hearts of my friends from despair in their degrees of illness.

Museums

Museums and libraries really get my motor going.

This week I have been privileged to help install an exhibit about my church in Bastrop, Calvary Episcopal. This is their 150th year of existence and one of the oldest buildings in Bastrop.

The exhibit is housed in the Bastrop Historical Society Museum and Visitors Center on Main Street. The opening is at 5:30 on Friday, April 5. The downtown has a big party, kind of, called First Friday, every first Friday of the month. The shops are open late and the wine flows!The museum is free that day!

The architect of the church also designed the Bastrop County Courthouse. I think I am correct in saying that.

Hope you can go see this exhibit some time during April and May.

Christmas Eyes

If you have had cataract surgery, you will maybe know what I am talking about. If not, then here is what is is for me.

Imagine this: looking up at trees you cannot see the individual leaves. You know there are individual leaves but they are indistinguishable to your eyes because you are on the ground and those leaves are far away up high.

I have a new toric lens for astigmatism in my right eye. Now that it is settled in and has become clear—are you ready?—I can see the leaves. I can see that street lights have fixtures and bulbs in them. I can see the fence posts all the way across half an acre.

But the other eye sees colored shapes with no detail and fuzzy color. My brain allows these two eyes to work together, minimizing the fuzzy eye and letting the clear eye dominate for distance vision!

The lesson for me is perfect for Christmas. Our hearts and eyes need constant renewing focus through the deep lens of God’s word.

John 1:1-5 says,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

That’s the Lord Jesus. The Word. From the beginning. Always and ever. I can see Him. Amen

May the Light of the Word help you focus clearly this Christmas.

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Making Books

I like to make books! I like everything about books: the paper, the cover, the words, the ideas. I like the cool papers used for the end papers. I like to fold and cut and paste and sew. I like writing with all kinds of tools. Just think about all the materials God created and used to create our universe. Elements and structures and designs. Beautiful. Thanks, Lord! Gases and liquids and cells. Amazing. I will have to make a book about that.

Lazy or Stunned and Afraid?

Today I have been out of bed for two hours. The breeze outside and the birds are so endearing and refreshing that I hate to end my time with them. I came inside when the dog, always whining for who knows what, finally got on my nerves. She does not whine inside. I think she is a great huntress, frustrated by smells of animals she cannot reach under the shed. So then on the couch, my occupation was yet more email on the phone and finally got sucked into Mozilla’s podcast, IRL. Evidently we are some of us duped by the information on the internet. Who knew, duh? I am stunned. But I am not afraid. Perhaps a little lazy, true.