What better way to launch this Season of Happy than with one of my great joys: Winn Collier’s #adventpicaday. Last year we looked for the light, and this search brought unexpected grace to every corner of my life. This year’s theme is the search for hope. Details here. (Give yourself the gift of Winn Collier’s blog. Smart. Lovely. Rich, in a most beautiful way.)
Do join in, won’t you? Even if you haven’t tried your hand at the photo app Instragram yet, this is the perfect way to wade in. You are so gonna love.
a little roundup of things that inspired me this week
1. She is Serene
Beautiful photograph and quiet little story about the passing of time, by my dear friend Julie Williams Dixon.
2. Blood Will Tell, a poem “that insisted on being written” by John Blase, of thebeautifuldue
3. Vocation and Healing, by Winn Collier
In answer to the question Why did you become a pastor? Winn wrote this, and it struck straight at my heart:
I had a desire I couldn’t shake accompanied by a fear I’d screw up and be a fool, two signals (especially when they arrive holding hands) that you’re on to something important. I took the step in front of me, and I kept stepping.
4. Yogurt Marinated Chicken with Watermelon Salad
This is one dinner I fixed that my 19-year-old daughter said: Yum. I’ll have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. (I’m calling that a big win.) Love the easy recipe, and I love Sarah Carey, whose videos for Martha Stewart Everyday Food make me think: Even I could make that. Do sign up for the daily emails.
In late November, a random click on a passing tweet lead to an unfamiliar blog and a beautiful thought: What if I spent Advent quite literally looking for the light? Would my heart lean forward, as Winn Collier suggested?
It has been a remarkable journey filled with wonderful and unexpected joy. I share it with you now, on this last day of Advent, in hopes you, too, will experience the wonder of simply noticing as we move toward the promise, together.
It is almost here, hidden just under the horizon there. My heart can feel it.