Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Photo Opportunity

Beautiful day, autumn colors blaze and dominate gorgeously, blue sky frames the season I love.

Loveliness soothes. Not thoroughly but enough to take the edge off and offer a relaxed countenance, a smiling face.

Driving led me to a hilltop park where the view of my town spread out before my dripping eyes. Healing tears. Contemplation. Prayers. "Help me, God."

Heading home revealed blessings of life, moving photographs, lovely scenes of vitality, of every day, of assurances that life carries on perfectly in imperfection. An old woman bent like a yard decoration cuts dead flowers away while her hugging-himself husband watches contentedly under a royal blue baseball cap from a chair in the garage. A tiny, blonde girl, squats and cheerfully strokes the pumpkins on her sunny front porch. A black cat curled like a Halloween silhouette crouches near a colorful raised flower bed. A lanky, insouciant, flannel-shirted teen, ankles and arms crossed leans against a trailered motorboat on the front lawn, jaunty hat askew. A kitten pounces and vigorously plays with a crunchy, skittering leaf in the street.

All is as it should be.

I grow stronger in my spirit from carrying a burden not mine. "Bear one another's burdens."

I grow closer to my sisters as we share woman thoughts, daughter hearts, longings, joys, sorrows, faith.

I grow wiser as I feel the hurt meant to demoralize actually prove to me that, "Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world." Patient trusting settles the heart. God knows. He reminds me that those who malign may mean it for evil but God means it for good.

I grow fonder of people far away who once were near, I grow peaceful knowing that God removes obstacles for them, I grow happy that they are - at last - happy.

Comfort for today.


Shyra said...

Beautiful words, Cherie...you inspire me! Blessings to you! :o)

Mike S said...

Very nice. Autumn is one of my four favorite seasons. Especially since this one will be spent mainly resuming my usual reading routines.

I don't recall who said it, but a favorite quote is "Take the time to truly absorb your surroundings completely every minute, for this minute will never be again and you must record it well."

Cherie said...

Thank you, Shyra and Mike for your contributions here! Very encouraging.

deanna said...

Your words here encourage me, Cherie. And our time together today was a restful, in some ways healing experience for me. You're a lovely soul. :o)

Cherie said...

I enjoyed our time together, too, Deanna. Thanks

G'ma Joyce said...

Your beautiful words so often bring tears ... some for you and some for me. Life isn't always easy but knowing Him and being in His will always makes it wonderful. Love you so much!

Cherie said...

Thank you, AJ. You remain a safe place for me.

thymian said...

You have used very beautiful words. You have explained very nicely. I like your blog. I will visit in future also.

Cherie said...

Welcome, Thymian, and thank you

tshsmom said...

What would we do if we didn't have beautiful moments like this?

Our fall colors haven't been very impressive. It got cold and snowed right after we had 86F weather. The leaves went from green to shriveled up brown overnight. :(

Cherie said...

We've had many a fall with droopy, drippy leaves that never had a chance to show their glory. I'm sorry you had one this year - there's always hope for next year. Fat lot of comfort in that, right?

But yes, beautiful moments keep us sane, methinks.