dpp 2012 :: december 12th :: shine

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Editing a few pictures tonight and the shine on that ornament stood out to me, in the middle of the salt dough ornament mayhem.

SHINE.

I am guessing everyone, if they are honest, has “LIFE” stacking up around them, vying loudly for attention, focus and importance.

When that happens, it is hard to stay grounded in the middle of the frenetic, raw, pulsating world surrounding us….

and SHINE.

Not stand in our angelic attire, drawing attention to ourselves,

but rather, shine out the LOVE that is bigger than ourselves.   Deeper than any love we could conjure up on our own.

My dear friend Amanda posted a quote this week and I am sharing it below too, as I think there is deep truth to the sentiment—maybe part of the true ability to SHINE.

deciding everything is falling

into place perfectly….

as long as

you don’t get too picky

about what you mean by

place.

And perfectly.

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Today, for me, that meant imperfectly sewing a teepee for the boys…

asking for help from a friend {and master seamstress} when I felt like I was in WAY over my head!

Letting Alex guide the gingerbread house creation—-with the help our beloved Miss Lynn!  He even created a pond and a guy fishing with dental floss.  Thank you, Trader Joes, for your assistance in creating these houses year after year! {last year part of it lit on fire, so we’re improving!}

Imperfection in the form of sewing & letting Drew play/dump out every single bucket of toys he owns so I could keep plugging away.  FIRE HAZARD.

Place, as that quote refers to, is important.  And yet, I am trying to remember that place is relative.  Place can change and morph.  No matter the place, though, there is a call on our lives to live fully.  Live fully present—-especially within our four walls.  Recently, I had a friend, through tears, share regret over not loving more deeply those whom she called immediate family.  We commiserated about the sad truth that so many of us love our spouses and children the harshest, with the least grace.

It’s my sense, though, that especially there, despite place & perfection, we are called to shine.  I am so grateful that the light we are called to shine is not something we have to conjure up from within ourselves.  It is a light that has been there since the beginning.  It is a light that can’t be overcome, even by the deepest darkness that can reign in our hearts.  As we remember the Word that was in the beginning, the Light that was coming into the world, yet through whom all things came to be—-may that same Light give us strength to shine.

“In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

He was in the beginning with God. 

All things came into being through him,

and without him not one thing came into being.

What has come into being in him was life,

and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness did not overcome it.

~John 1: 1-5

December Photo Project 2012

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