Yet, their downturned faces when the day is gloomy and grey only enhances the feeling of ‘loss’ and ‘despair’ in folks who pass.
They will turn again towards the light when it appears.
Unlike these beautiful images of God’s creation, who show the journey of their life only on the good days –
We, who belong to the Saviour – His Children – are called to have upturned faces towards HIM,even in personal dark places.
JOY IN THE LORD (our Hope and prayer) because of WHO HE IS is not because of personal circumstances.
JESUS THE ETERNAL LIGHT OF THE WORLD
His Light is ever available from our personal relational God to us to bring HELP and Hope.
The O.T. Prophet Habakuk inspires us in response to calamity……
’ Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord’
In the New Testament, Paul and Silus, left us all a rich example and heritage of not being defeated. They stood firm in their dark circumstances. They experienced joy. … in worship and prayer.(and even miraculous deliverance) Acts 16.
I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions.
I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
I love sunflowers, as I am a “Kansas Sunflower.” (Our state flower 😉). I was amazed, traveling through Turkey, at the enormous humongous sunflower fields in 2013. Turkey is one of, if not THE major source, of the world-wide supply of sunflower seeds.!
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I will have to share this w/ my sister. Sunflowers are her favorites. 🙂
AMEN. It’s hard sometimes, but if we keep our faces on God, we’ll keep upturned faces!!!!
Sunflowers are so cheerful!
Blessings sweet friend~🙏🤗💖