Posted: 11:33 am Thursday, October 27th, 2016
We’re wrapping up a stormy October, hurricanes in the east, tornadoes in the west, lots of rain and wind and fear, damage and destruction; amidst it all, song and dance, praise and joy.
Yes, joy – from where, you ask? Everywhere. Homes and schools, places of work and places of worship. But primarily, I think, in the hearts and minds of children.
Children do not have the burden we as adults carry. Worry is overshadowed by wonder. Days after Hurricane Matthew struck in the east I saw pictures of children frolicking in back yards that had been turned into pools. The joy was overwhelming.
As the Great Storm That Wasn’t headed toward the Pacific Northwest, most of us worried about our safety, our power, our comfort. My son Zack excitedly called me to tell me there was snow forecast for the mountains. As a snow-boarder, the storm meant nothing but good news for him.
What am I getting at? That there is nothing to fear in the face of catastrophic weather patterns? To laugh at destruction? No.
My message is only this. Whenever possible, accept the things we cannot change and find the joy in the midst of the struggles
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
~ Reinhold Niebuhr
A Pentatonix Christmas | Hallelujah
Too early for Christmas music you say??? Not when it’s the new single from Pentatonix, Hallelujah!
The first single from this quirky, talented, fantastic quintet’s new album, a Pentatonix Christmas, became available last Friday, October 21.
You’ll want to give Hallelujah a listen TODAY and pick up the album to put in your collection so you have it for the holiday season!
Well I’ve heard there was
a secret chord
That David played
and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music,
Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth,
the minor fall
and the major lift
The baffled king
For more details and to watch their new music video for Hallelujah, go to my web page, Delilah.com, and check it out!
The Awakening of HK Derryberry
Earlier this month I told you all about my October book club pick, The Awakening of HK Derryberry. I hope many of you had a chance to pick up a copy and give it a read.
Did you? Wasn’t it fantastic?
How Jim came to know HK, “God was my GPS that day” and how their unlikely friendship grew and blossomed, creates a bloom in my own heart. HK is truly a remarkable person, and through him Jim has become an even better man.
If you haven’t read The Awakening of HK Derryberry yet, don’t wait. It’s a pretty quick and very worthy read. A true story that will touch your heart and awaken feelings and possibly inspirations you didn’t know you had.
If you missed my October monthly newsletter, head over to Delilah.com for my full review of the book.
How long has it been since you celebrated when you heard you might lose power?
As a kid I remember the tingle of excitement when the wind kicked up on the Oregon Coast, the rain started coming in sideways, and my dad, an engineer with the local power company, was put “on call” in the event of outages.
No power meant a fire in the fireplace, popcorn made in an old fashioned shaker over the flames. It meant candles for light, my grandmother’s crazy crocheted afghans wrapped around me for warmth, and the family gathered talking and laughing until the lights came back on in a blinding blink and a collective hooray went up from the crowd!
Finding the joy in the midst of the struggle… a child’s joy. Something I’m going to try to do more often.