The pause that delights

Are you worn down by the cares of the world?

Too tired to pause and look up to see from where your help comes?

I, too, know the challenge of feeling stuck living “in the weeds” of the daily struggle. It can be really hard to get to the renewed perspective of dwelling in the presence of the One who loves me with an everlasting love.

Last weekend, I unexpectedly gave in to the impulse to buy a wind-catcher or pinwheel. And the delight it brought me was shared with the young couples, little children, and old uncles I met all along my return home. Perhaps you’d like to watch me walking down the subway with the wind tunnel causing the pinwheel to spin with abandon…


The fun of such a simple delight helped me to gain the fresh perspective I needed.

Truly, we have much to rejoice in! Ponder and pause these words of hope with me:

7-13 So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! For instance:

Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing; I’ll sing to your name!

And this one: Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together!

And again: People of all nations, celebrate God! All colors and races, give hearty praise!

And Isaiah’s word:

There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall,
Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope!

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! (Romans 15: 7 – 13)

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