We can learn to look for God's beauty in ordinary settings. We can see God in the smile of a stranger or hear God in the song of a single sparrow. To do so is to learn to live in God's presence daily.
Sometimes, a rose will appear out of nowhere, and it is up to us to not only notice it, but inhale its gorgeous fragrance and thank our Creator for the beauty in everyday life.
|Jessie and her foil rose - so sweet!|
|Teacher's Pet, David Senatore!|
It was my first day back at the job, I was a little nervous, tried to act cool, but there was quite a bit of commotion going on, and in the midst of all the many people, students, SPs, administrators, schedules, timings, and so many other activities, Jessie (who, like me, was an alternate, a hall monitor/timer for the SP program) quietly and unobtrusively produced a flower out of the foils, the base was a binder clip, and the stem was a coffee stirrer. It was so sweet, so delightfully distracting, we took photos and totally enjoyed it.
|Dave Dampier and I at the Green Lantern last night --|
as soon as we got the fans turned on, it was a great gig!
Every small gesture we make in life that might brighten someone else's day is worth the effort. That's the message I will carry in my soul throughout this week while I await Fate and Her kindness. I'm grateful to have a job where I am surrounded by people who are generous and thoughtful. I'm thankful to be part of a choir that is my family and keep me buoyed with the love of God. I'm truly happy, however, for my new attitude of gratitude. Like a mustard seed, all it took was a lovely gesture and a few days working with real people, people whose lives are dedicated to helping others to help me focus on what is good in this life, and to embrace that good, no matter how many bad days have passed.
|Sunny Montgomery& Kimmy when I got |
my first uke, a birthday present 3 years ago.
Meanwhile, Sunny's picked up a ukulele,
too and she's learned
some wicked chords! *so proud*
I believe my calling is to show people how lovely the ukulele is to play, to spark their interest, to let them find the loveliness by exploring the songs in their heart and playing them on their own ukulele. I teach free lessons every Tuesday in order to bring that joy to those who may not yet know how happy ukulele music can make them feel. I tried to do that with a previous group, but their goals were different from mine, which is fine, I just want to spread the joy, not be competitive. I don't need an electric uke, I don't need a loud sound, I just need the chords and lyrics and a few nice voices, that brings me peace. After all, there are many rooms in my Father's house, and there's a room for that ukulele group as well; hopefully I sparked their interest before I went out on my own to share the happy with folks outside the proverbial 'box,' for folks who just want to sing along and don't necessarily want to play the instrument, for friends who enjoy the collaborative fellowship and selflessness that singing together brings to the soul.
Thanks for letting me express how I feel, for today and yesterday and all the wonderful tomorrows to come -- I prefer the arrive in the key of C, but I'm learning new keys all the time. My chancel choir is singing the John Rutter Gloria! for Christmas this year, tomorrow night we'll return to regular rehearsal and dig into the work and start making it glorious. Until next time, then, I shall leave you with this thought: