Friday, July 09, 2010


This is one of the photos that got a frame today. It's from a much cooler time this spring during a rather long stretch of rainy weather. Cool and rainy sound so good to me right now since we are in the midst of our Midwest summer. Every time I have seen this photo today it's brought to mind beauty and simplicity. I could use some of that right now. The beauty these days has been a bit covered up by complexity and pain...the product of human choice...of pain begetting more pain and so on until that cycle finds itself broken by love/grace/forgiveness and light.


Phoebe said...

Thank you Kent, for reminding me of Father's beauty and simplicity. My family needs that right now. His beauty has been covered almost completely for our family by complexity, pain, pain, and more pain. We've moved from a crisis to daily additional pain . . . and wondering when it will end. This is a reminder for me that we can be confident of His love, grace, forgiveness and light. Thank you.

Kent said...

My heart hurts for you all just in the reading of your comment and I certainly can understand the pain. Even though what you all are going though has it's unique complexities to it, the pain is universal and I can relate. But with each passing day I'm learning more and more this reality....the Spirit is a genius when it comes to redemption

Phoebe said...

Oh yes, the Spirit is genius and knows our need. Our crisis was Tuesday and daily new revelations bring greater pain and fear. On Thursday my prayer was "Show yourself to be both mighty and merciful, Jesus. Write stories of redemption that will reveal your glory, and leave us reveling in your goodness and timing."

Today I had no words and He led me to a prayer by Scotty Smith which gave me these words: "I cry out with the Sons of Korah, 'show me your unfailing love, O LORD, grant me your salvation.' Jesus, just as it was your unfailing love that first brought life to my deadness, so it will be your unfailing love that brings fresh green-ness to my current brown-ness. You have promised to 'satisfy our needs in a sun-scorched land' and 'strengthen our frame.' You have promised that we will be 'like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.' (Isaiah 58:11).
Revive me that I might rejoice in you. Restore to me the joy of your salvation for me that I might offer fresh fruit, grace-fruit to my family."

Thank you Kent.