It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 13, Book 14

There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down -- until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living. 

George Sheehan

Lessons learned from the apple trees:

One year there was huge harvest of apples. The branches hung heavy, and some were cracking with the weight of abundance. Never, in many years, had anyone seen such a harvest.

When asked why, they said that the previous year there was a late frost in the spring, and all the buds froze. When that happens an apple tree does a miraculous thing: It stores up its energy in thousands of small bumps, or nodules, called scions. All that energy pulsates through that network of scions until the spring of the following year, and then, BAM! You have an exploding riot of buds, as an apple tree unleashes all that stored up energy.

This description made me think about our own lives. Sometimes the harsh frosts of this life like cancer, death of a loved one, bankruptcy, trauma, depression that can cause our hearts to freeze.  During certain seasons of our life we feel our hearts waiting, longing, and even aching for those frozen places to burst into life like the apple trees.

Lord, my patience is often lacking and my timetable

often does not match Yours. Forgive me for my times
of doubt, and help me to trust You more.
Thank You for Your faithfulness.

Some lessons of patience take a long time to learn.

I’m almost done filling in the pages here in this final chapter of the book of 2014, with the season of Advent, the beautiful season of peace, patience, hope, joy, and waiting!   We are pretty good at the joy and hope, but the peace, patience, and waiting, maybe not so much!

Peace is the gift of this season and you can’t get it on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or by waiting in line for an hour with a Kohl’s 30% off coupon.  

Time is precious, so consider this powerful thought that I ran across in one of my Advent meditations: each 24 hour day has 1,440 minutes.  If you spent just 6 minutes in prayer each day over the days of the Advent and Christmas seasons,  you would invest 1,440 minutes in your relationship with the Father and the Son he sent to this world as an infant to save us.  Good investment, don't you think?

Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. 
No matter how we may dread the rush, 
the long Christmas lists for gifts and 
cards to be bought and given — 
when Christmas Day comes there is still 
the same warm feeling we had as children,
 the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes. 

Joan Winmill Brown


jack69 said...

This entry started off to fit so many lives. MAny are WAITING to live and that is sad...
We are cool this morning in the 40's. But the sun is out, that will change.

betty said...

That is a neat thing to consider about spending just 6 minutes of prayer daily during Advent; what a difference that little bit would be to prepare one's heart for the gift of Jesus! That is a very good investment indeed! So true that peace cannot be purchased. The true peace that we all want was given freely to use by God, we just need to accept it and believe it him.


Chatty Crone said...

I really liked this today - I am struggling some now myself and this really spoke to me about having patience.


I can really relate to this quote you made MA. "During certain seasons of our life we feel our hearts waiting, longing, and even aching for those frozen places to burst into life like the apple trees."

peggy said...

This was a good post for me too. I am glad I saved it for Sunday morning.