A Day in the Life of a Town

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This is Cahir, Ireland, as seen from a bridge by Cahir Castle.  (which just happens to be my very, very favorite castle in Ireland)  An ordinary day in the life of a town, except that it happened to be a day that we stumbled upon the bridge, gazed down and took a picture.  Given the advantage of height and distance, we could see most of the street, the small cars, the delivery truck, the pedestrians on the sidewalks, the contrasting colors of the shops.  (I’ll give you one guess as to which is the souvenir shop!)

Time, distance, perspective can make things seem charming that are sometimes irritating when you are right in the middle of it.  🙂  The challenge is trying to remember that when I’m in the midst of the irritation.  Eventually, with enough space and time, it might end up being a good story and I will appreciate it better.    Blessings on your day, Lisa

Stillness

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It’s good to find quiet, to find a place where there is no noise.  When I discover those places, my soul sighs almost audibly.  “Aaahhh….”  As a musician and a mother of 3, there are sounds, notes, laughter, conversations, “discussions” between siblings (!), washing machines, phone calls, doors opening and closing.

But sometimes, it’s quiet.  And I treasure those moments.  As much as I love the noisy love and excitement and hubbub.  When we were in the Rock of Cashel here in this photo, we could feel the quiet and the stillness.  Talking seemed inappropriate.  “Be still, and know that I am God” rang through my mind.   Standing, breathing, knowing, sensing that Love that keeps extending itself through all our life.   On your busy Monday, I pray that you can find one little moment of your day like that.  🙂  Blessings, Lisa

Greatest Love Ever

 

An amazing carving of Jesus at the Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary.

“Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” – Jesus  (John 15:12-13)

I’m so thankful for this amazing love and grace.  Have a blessed weekend.

Slainte, Lisa

P.S. If you want to see more pictures of the Rock of Cashel, please visit http://www.bpmlegal.com/ireland/cashel.htm.  Mike has wonderful pictures there to view.

Cahir Castle

One of our favorite castles in Ireland (because how can you pick just one?!) is Cahir Castle, located in County Tipperary.  Dating back to the 13th-15th centuries, and designed by Conor O’Brien, it is an impressive, imposing, yet beautiful defensive castle.  This is the kind of castle that inspires 7-year-old boys to proclaim, “I could live here FOREVER!”  and propel return visits because you may have missed something the first go-around.  Have a wonderful day, Lisa