Debbie Williamson

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

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Monday

14

August 2017

7

COMMENTS

Monday

10

July 2017

1

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Our Trip Down The 395

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Driving away in our car that overheated twice on the road into Tahoe, we decided no air conditioning. Google maps said we were 8 hours and 3 minutes from home. That won’t be so bad. No air. We can do that.

Uh huh.

And we were off down the 395, along the eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas. Up and down, in and around, through towns and spaces we hadn’t seen before. Snow covered mountains, Mono Lake, Independence, Lone Pine, the road to Mammoth, Bishop, Bridgeport, Tom’s Place . . .

And it got hotter and hotter.

Finally, about two hours from home, we relented and turned the air on low. Anxious that we would overheat so so close, I kept an eagle-eye on the thermometer, praying the needle to stay put.

It did and we made it.

Tuesday

20

June 2017

1

COMMENTS

Last Year Changed Everything

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I’m a 1 on the Enneagram. I like to be accurate, thorough, fair and objective. On good days I’m rational, orderly, principled. I have a strong internal critic that reminds me of what I should and shouldn’t do because I need to know what is expected of me so I can act accordingly and excel. Oh, and maybe I’m a tad perfectionistic.

Also as a 1, I have an almost compulsory habit of telling other people what I think is right — helping them avoid mistakes, right? (Not exactly how my husband sees that . . .)

Then I read in John 11, “But oddly, Jesus stayed where He was for two more days after He heard that Lazarus was sick . . .”

But oddly . . .

I don’t like that. I’m not a fan of things being odd. I don’t want Jesus doing odd things. I like orderly. I like rational. I like clear expectations. I like avoiding mistakes. I like people showing up on time.

NO ODDNESS.

Unfortunately, there’s been lots of oddness in my life lately.

Wednesday

14

June 2017

8

COMMENTS

In the Shadow of Haystack Rock

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We started our walk each morning a mile and a half from Cannon Beach’s famous Haystack Rock. It was a small rise in the distance.

The clouds crowded, and the wind blew and the dogs and children raced and chased.

We chatted and drank our coffee and got closer to the rock. And it got bigger, of course.

We stepped over small pools left behind by the retreating tide and tried not to get sand in our shoes.

The seagulls keened and screeched as they circled around the homes they’d made in the grass on the rock. (Grass on a rock, right?)

And still it got bigger.

Eventually, we stood at the base amidst the tide pools and tourists. So much life in the shadow of Haystack Rock. The grown-ups with cameras, the children with sticks, the dogs and the birds, the anemones and starfish.

Life teeming at the rock on the Oregon coast.

Wednesday

7

June 2017

2

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Martha’s Second Act

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We sat on her condo porch pointing out how beautiful the egret was as he poked around in the mud.

Same place, different time, we were stunned into silence by the way the sun cut streaky shards of light through the pine trees.

And the crocuses coming up through the spring snow all new and purplely and alive.

And the fog as it hugs the hills, and the pink morning clouds, and the CUTEST PUPPY EVER!

Don’t we comment all the time on the beauty of animals, trees, flowers, nature? Why? What are they doing special? Nothing. NOTHING! They are doing nothing special.

But they are being what God created them to be. Doing what He created them to do.

The egret on Hood Canal.

The sun blazing through a pine tree.

A grove of Aspens shaking and shimmering in the wind.

Animals at the zoo.

The beach. Anytime. Anywhere. Always.

What’s the big deal?

This is the big deal — they’re being what God created them to be. That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing less. Doing what God created them to do. And we marvel. And we take pictures.

We sit in beach chairs all day watching waves do their thing. Be waves. Crash. Crash. Crash. And dolphins showing off. And sand crabs scuttling and hurrying to burrow into the wet sand.

And we cannot get enough.

Friday

28

April 2017

4

COMMENTS

A Crisis of Church

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I’m having a crisis.

A crisis of Church.

Not of faith, of Church.

It began in the fall when I was trying to recover from some bad behavior inflicted on me by others. It was hard. I was wanting to forgive and forget and move on, but it was hard. Too hard, I discovered, so I told Bill about my crisis of Church and my decision to take a break from going. He was awesome. He got it. He supported my decision.

But as the fall went on, my crisis became his crisis as the hot spots that had created my angst were morphing into something bigger, more dangerous.

Rumors spread. Misunderstandings increased, more people got involved. Suddenly, people were leaving because of stuff they were mad and unhappy about.

The months went on, the craziness grew until the Friday in March when he and I decided we’d had enough. He resigned his position as senior pastor of the church he began. I’ve never been back.

Monday

17

April 2017

4

COMMENTS

The Story Only God Knows

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He is risen!

He is risen indeed!

Hallelujah.

But for many of us, the reality of the resurrection competes with the reality that we still stand in the middle of a plain of dry bones (Ezekiel 37), looking over a wasteland of hopelessness, despair, chaos.

Sunday

19

March 2017

3

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Safe From the Mayhem

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As one who avoided all science classes in college and managed to graduate with Anthropology 11 fulfilling the science requirement for a Sociology degree, I actually can get my mind around these few lines of explanation. I can picture what that looks like.

Realizing that it’s happening in my mother’s brain though, breaks me a bit. How can it be her? What happened that caused the plaques and tangles to form in her wise, sweet, kind mind? Diet Coke? Balance bars? Pretty much zero exercise?

But this is the mystery of Alzheimer’s . . . apparently, no one knows. Why is it her brain cells and tissues are dying? Where did the plaque come from? The tangles? Will the tracks ever straighten?

Sunday

12

March 2017

4

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My Bandwidth is Full

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Bandwidth = the energy or mental capacity required to deal with a situation. My bandwidth is full. So, I’m going to unload on you some of what’s been filling my head and my heart. I pray that you’ll be encouraged with these words, pictures, thoughts, and scriptures. They’ve given me strength and courage during some very interesting months. “The world will know what we believe by seeing who we love.” Bob Goff “Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness, and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.” Anne Lamott From Luke 9: (All scripture references from The Message, by Eugene Peterson) Jesus […]

Wednesday

1

March 2017

1

COMMENTS

Love Is Sovereign Here–all evidence to the contrary*

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I walk early each morning. Really early. Often, the Chip man and I are off as the sun is coming up. But this is what I’ve noticed lately. Before the sun actually rises in the east, the clouds and hills in the west are all pink and glowy. And lately with all the rain, it’s dark and gloomy our entire walk. Today, though, the rain had stopped and the west broke first with morning light. The east was still dark and cloudy, but the west was bright and white and shiny. Could it be that when life is hard and confusing and complicated, […]