December 12, 2011

THE LOVE PEARS




So tonight my husband made Peras al Vino.  For those of you “foodies” this may seem like a perfectly normal husband thing to do.  Let me assure you that in my house the gourmet ceiling for my husband is pancakes and tapioca.  So for him to tackle these rich pears simmered in sweetened red wine is right up there with miracles.

How were they you ask?  Were they divine like they were at our friend Begonia´s house where we first had them?  Not exactly.  They need tweaking.  But it was the adorable, excited twinkle in his eye as he made them that caused them to ooze with deliciousness.  It was the incredible out-of-the-box-out-of-the-ordinary that made this gesture extraordinary.

And here´s the most touching part.  He is actually planning this for our daughter´s return for Christmas from college.  She´s been gone for one year and we are all dizzy with joy that there are only 5 more days until she returns.  Since she loves them, he called our friend Begonia, got her recipe, bought pears and made them.  And this is the thing:  he´s practising.  For her.  To welcome her with something special and unusual that she won´t expect him to do.

Isn´t he the best?

Let me know if you want his recipe! 

December 11, 2011

THE VOICE THAT SHAKES YOUR WORLD





“The voice of the Lord shakes the desert…”

  Ps. 29:8



My world has been shaken this week. God spoke into my desert.  Spoke into a desert time of restlessness and uncertainty.  A time of feeling the need for something new and different but not really knowing what that inner gnawing was all about.

He spoke into a desert of a certain growing boredom with the same kind of work year after year.  Spoke into inner stirrings for something more.  Spoke into my sense of personal call to a greater convergence of who I am at this stage of my life with what my hands are to do.

His voice is shaking my familiar journey. It is exciting and it is scary.

The voice of the Lord sometimes comes as a whisper like when He called to Elijah from the cave.  In this amazing encounter, God sends a powerful wind, an earthquake and a fire.  But 1 Kings 19:11 & 12 tells us that the Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire. Only after those obviously powerful attention-getters is the real thing sent: a Gentle Whisper.  Elijah immediately recognizes The Presence and The Voice.

I have had some amazing Gentle Whisper moments and they are truly sacred.  But this week held up unexpectedly a Voice that shook my desert.  The kind of Voice that “thunders over mighty waters...breaks the cedars...twists the oaks...strips the forest bare...”  (Ps. 29:3,5,9)

The Voice was unmistakable.  Arresting.  Course setting.

My journey deepens...

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