In this week of the world spinning off into melt down; and fear and mistrust being the dominant emotions, let us create a wee pool of loveliness….
On Tuesday on the Facebook page a thread of fluffy kittens and heartwarming YouTube clips was started to bring a little light into the darkness, this has brought laughter and feel good goose bumps to many.
On Wednesday this week, many Scottish Gals gathered in Edinburgh for a festive lunch and a time to catch up. We were celebrating a new call and a new job and an imminent wedding amongst other things, and it was a lovely, fun, noisy time!
For Friday Five this week, let’s keep the light, love and laughter going with a random selection of things to make your heart sing:
Music: a song or orchestral piece that stirs your soul
Indoor Place: have you got an oasis at home that you can hide away in?
Outdoor Space: is it water, hills, woodland? Is it the fresh country air or the bustling city?
Picture: this may be a piece of art, something you created, something someone gave you…
Person: do you have a go to person, for when the world is crowding in?
The title might catch some off guard but the reality is, it’s usually Saturday before I get around to playing the Friday Five with the rest of the Revgalsblogpals — so it’s a major event that I’m actually playing on time (well at least in my time zone). So here we go:
- Music: being a music major there are lots of pieces of music from many genres that speak to my heart and stirs my inmost being or my soul. However,right now what I need most is, the reminder that God is always there no matter where I may find myself – emotionally, physically, geographically, and /or spiritually – the song would then be Always There by the Canadian Tenors. Perhaps not the best video but one can be found here.
- My indoor oasis: wish I could say it was my sewing room but it only seems to be a cluttered mess where everyone dumps things. So I would say my office. The space that’s mine, filled with things I want on the walls, a nifty cart from Ikea filled with coloring instruments, and of course the bed of my favorite 4 legged family member – Amos.
- Outdoor Space: any place with a water fall or the sound of water. Water moving is very soothing for me and I think very majestic.
- Picture: oh another tough one. I could choose so many. To play nice I won’t sit here and list or show all my favorites (but maybe a few). However at the top of the list is the set of 4 prints that a photographer took when my little man was just a month old. They are in black and white and have various amounts of me in them. They are all small and framed together – the first you can clearly see my face and my hands holding his head, the second you see just my black shirt and my cross necklace and a close up of him cuddled close but facing towards the camera, the third is a side view of both of us and he is so expressive as he turns his head towards the photographer, the last you can just see my smile and again I’m holding him outwards with my hands under his head. I can only imagine what I might have been saying to him but it clearly shows the bond that God placed between us – as child and adoptive mom. To top it off it’s almost 10 years ago, where oh where has that time gone? (I’d show you the picture but then it would be a copyright breech so you’ll just have to use your imagination).
4b. Second Picture: A mosaic in the form of a heart. This was given to me by a lady in the first congregation we served. I doubt she knew that 16 years later I would still cherish it — it reminds me of the fact that my heart is so broken at times, yet God can and will help mend it, molding it, glueing it back together all by the means of underserved yet granted grace, mercy, and unconditional love.
5. Person: I have different go to people in different settings. Or maybe I wouldn’t call them go to people in the terms of telling them what’s on my mind but people that help me be centered and know I’m safe, God usually provides that for me — and no words could describe my emotions, my fears when I don’t have that person. However, my always, always there for me person is my best friend. Never lived in the same town but always just a text, a call, an email, or even a Facebook post away. Some of you may have seen she was just named Dean of Faculty at Pittsburgh Theological School . We share a lot in common but most significant is our passion for better mental health awareness and care within our churches and the world around us.