The Wide Ocean

Delightful would it be to me to be in Ulster

On the pinnacle of a rock

That I might often see

The face of the ocean

That I might see its heaving waves

Over the wide ocean

When they chant music to their Father

Upon the world’s course

-Excerpt from Colmcille fecit poem, 6th century

The Curtain Rising

This morning the sky is cloaked with a heavy blanket of cloud. No blue can be seen. But there is light, glorious light coming behind the clouds.

I feel a shiver of anticipation. I can almost see the Lord Jesus riding in on his mighty steed on the clouds of the east, with the blinding beautiful light of who He is. It feels like the curtain could rise any moment. Like He is standing at the door, waiting for the time appointed for Him to return.

After Jesus ascended to heaven, angels appeared to his apostles and told them that Jesus would return in the same way He had gone to heaven. The second act will come. This earth will pass away. A new heaven and a new earth will take its place. He will separate the goats from the sheep, the ones who didn’t believe in Him from the ones who did. Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner. Thank you, Lord, for your precious salvation that let me start again and lets me live and breathe each moment.

Please know how very loved you are by Christ. He is waiting for you to open the door; He is there. And if you already know Him, be excited. He is coming back. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

“He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.” – Psalm 104: 2-4

“After Jesus said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’ ” – Acts 1:10-11

“Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen. ‘I Am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’ ” -Revelation 1:7-8

Blessings always, Lisa

Dusting Off

Old friend rediscovered

The dust is off

The hands are rusty

But the strings are true.

How many times we lose track of something in the crazy busy pace of life. The dust accumulates, and we forget. There is such joy in the rediscovering of something that was lost.

Be it friend, family, hobby, faith. The dusting off reveals the beauty of the once was and still can be.

“You have forsaken your first love…..repent and do the things you did at first.”- Revelation 2:4-5b

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ ” – Luke 15:4-6

Blessings, Lisa

The Romantic Now

The knight rides his white steed over impossibly green hills. He rides toward the hard stone of the castle’s protection, but mostly, he rides to see his love. He needs to make sure she is safe before the battle. His horse senses his need; his hooves seem to fly over the soft ground.

Aaahhh….the romance of the past. As I think of scenes such as this, it is all glory and grandeur and amazingness. In reality, the knight was probably cold, exhausted, and underfed. His body hurt from the hard days on horseback. The castle would be very cold and dark when he arrived. But his love…..that is the same as in my daydreams.

Love has the ability to transcend conditions, circumstance, history.

People of the past had no idea that their reality would be romanticized in the future. They just knew they were living and doing the best they could.

Challenge to myself? To live today as if it were a movie. Glory, grandeur, drama, love. Because life does have all of that. If I will just open up my eyes to see it.

Our home is our castle, now. The romantic now.

The saying, “Write your story well” comes to mind. So true. Let your character soar today.

Blessings, Lisa

Images: Donegal Castle, Ireland. 2015 Ed Lyons