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29 March 2009

Contemporary Floral Flowers Art Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

18 x 24 x 2 inches Oil on Canvas
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"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" Matthew 21:9

Think back in life to your younger years; although something like this might have happened recently. Has there been a time you were walking into a room and everyone was waiting for you? It could have been your birthday, or a special family dinner and you were running late...or you were a guest speaker... but everyone was excited as you walked through the door. They had been anticipating your arrival and were ready for you.... no different than when Jesus entered Jerusalem during the last week of His earthly life. The crowds were cheering and waving palm branches carried on by their excitement and joy of seeing Jesus.

It would only be days later that He was arrested and crucified. These same people that were so excited about Him coming, turned cold and cheered on again as he was crucified.

Seems like that is life in our society today. We focus so much on something and anticipate it with delight and energy and impatience...and then....we are disappointed. It didn't happen as we planned it out in our thoughts and dreams. Things went wrong or just didn't pan out like we had hoped.

I don't think that was true with Jesus. For me, I believe He knew what was ahead for Him and His total faith in His Father carried Him through to finish what had been started...finish? I don't think so... it gave birth in a new beginning to Christianity. So when things are disappointing, remember it is nothing on the level of what Jesus faced. Trust in God. Praise Him for what is good and for what is there in your life. Continue to greet Him with gladness and praise and He will bring back the life of joy to you again. Joy and happiness is not necessarily what we think it is. We tend to complicate it.

Let Go and Let God breathe life into your dreams.

A post note on my dad yesterday:
I went and saw my Dad yesterday in Bonham, Texas, at the Veterans Home. It was cold and had snowed there earlier in the morning. It was my brother Kirk, my mom, and myself. Dad was in wonderful spirits and he thoroughly enjoyed our outing for lunch. The care group there is full of heart and love for each of their patients. I thank God for every one of them as they now care for the man that cared for me here on earth from the day I was born. I find joy in the knowledge that he has a sense of peace right now despite his Alzheimers. His kind eyes are the same ones that shown with pride at different times in my life, and sparked at me in anger when I strayed from a good path....and his hug remains strong. I thank God for my Dad, with his simple thoughts of only this moment in time. He continues with dignity and faith in his daily existance to set a fine example. God is good and we are truly blessed to have this time with Dad.


"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11

1 comment:

Nancy and the fatties said...

Laurie, your tribute to your father brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing man. I bet he is so proud of you.
sending many hugs...

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