Friday, November 16, 2007

RevGalBlogPals Friday Five: Think on These Things

Over at Rev Gal Blog Pals, Songbird says:
"Friends, it's nearly Thanksgiving in the U.S. and it's the time of year when we are pressed to name things for which we are thankful. I want to offer a twist on the usual lists and use Paul's letter to the church at Philippi as a model."

Fiinally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8, NRSV)

"Name five things that are true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent or worthy of praise. These could be people, organizations, acts, ideas, works of art, pieces of music--whatever comes to mind for you."

1. Our little cat (actually my mother's cat), Patches, is lying on the desk next to the computer, gazing at me with her round, green eyes as I type. She has a quiet purr, but if I listen I can hear her little contentment motor running. We did not want a cat. We are dog people. My mother wanted a cat. But this little kitty has been a great comfort over this last year, a painful one in many ways. Her soft fur, beautiful face, "princess" demeanor...all have been a pleasure and a gift from God.

2. Music. Isn't music the most amazing gift? I'm listening to a variety of things these days, from praise music to hymns to gospel, classical, jazz, blues, classic is amazing. This a.m. I woke up to Claire de Lune on the c.d. (alarm). Wonderful.

3. My sweet husband, patient, and loving through it all.

4. Friends and family on the journey with me. What a long, difficult trip it would be without others alongside to cheer us, laugh with us, encourage us.

5. The most wonderful gift this year, of course, precious beyond measure is beautiful little Trinity Ann, the grandchild we thought we would never have, and the bright star in a difficult time. Those are my husbands hands, and hers. She will be one year old on January 7th.


Sally said...

What a beautiful photo! Enjoy Trinity Ann's birthday (as if you need telling)!!!

Excelent list :-)

j said...

so, SO beautiful!!

zorra said...

Such a beautiful photo, and a wonderful list.
This is such an uplifting Friday Five!

Unknown said...

I love that picture, too!

Reverend Dona Quixote said...

that B&W photo made me cry

rev h-d said...

amazing photo! Tears all the way around, and not just b/c of the pregnancy!
Great list!

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

God is so good to give us such amazing gifts in the middle of muddling times no? what a gorgeous photo... reminder of where God holds us all.

Anonymous said...

Music is awesome indeed. Some (like Meat Loaf) songs are even better than a poorly overdubbed Japanese action movie!


Sue said...

I love the pictures of the kitty and Trinity Ann. God is so good!

(The first baby I ever baptised was also named Trinity. She is now a lovely nine year old girl. They grow up quickly!)

Anonymous said...

I love that photo and I'm so glad I took it when I saw her tiny hand in his. :)

I'm thankful for you mom!! I don't know where I would be in life without you as one of my best friends.

Cathy said...

beautiful photo - one that I know you treasure.

Anonymous said...

Great photo, and amen to the thanks for music.

Lori said...

What a gorgeously fierce grip that baby has! Such promise in that grip. Beautiful picture.

And I love your cat. People do not choose to be cat people. Cats choose people. It's just how they are.

Mary Beth said...

Love that picture.