Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

An Estate Sale Lesson

My friend and I stumbled upon an estate sale Saturday
after our excursion to an Art Fair.
The home was old and lovely 
and surely reflected a life of prosperity.
As I wandered through the world 
a man and his wife had lived in,
loved in, entertained in, 
I began to feel like an intruder, a spy, a witness to lives 
that should have remained private.
And, suddenly, I felt a great and overwhelming sadness.
All the things they had bought together,
all the things they had accumulated, 
had been given, and had shared together
for fifty, maybe sixty years or so 
were left behind,
for strangers to look at and poke through.
It unsettled me.

And then, as I stood there, those words found in First Timothy 6:7 
welled up in my heart and shone with great clarity:

"For we brought nothing into this world, 
and it is certain
we can carry nothing out."

The lesson for me remains to be seen,
but I suspect it should serve to temper 
my own accumulation 
of things.


(Photo taken at the Hilltop last November)

Monday, June 6, 2011

I May Have Been Mute, But I Was Still Watching

Crape Myrtle Through the Spanish Moss

 Butterfly on my Front Porch

Fairytale House I saw in Jacksonville

Egret and Heron on the St. Johns River

This Man's Siamese Cat Followed Him Out on the Golf Course

Golf Course Cat Close-Up