Do you ever find yourself pining for someplace you aren’t, or longing to roll in that luscious green grass on the other side of the hedge? It was a little sad to leave our kids in Italy, especially knowing that Michael would return in a couple of days
and that both Stephen and Joel were staying on for a couple of weeks more. Vacation is a lot more pleasurable than work, isn’t it? However, there’s no place like home, even if I did need to pull weeds
and Alan had to cut the grass so it wasn’t too long to roll in! We left 3 of our 7 family “units” in Italy, but we’ve already been able to reconnect with our GR family…and what a blessing it is to have Daniel’s family close! Our house may be a “Tanglewood Cottage” rather than an Italian villa,
but it’s home sweet home, and I love it! We don’t have roses blooming yet,
but we had all the wisteria and sunshine one could hope for, and even if our windows aren’t framed with jasmine, our lane is heavy with the scents of honeysuckle, lilacs, autumn olive blossoms, and lilies of the valley. We don’t hear the sweet sound of the cuckoos in the woods, but we do hear the red-winged blackbirds calling loud and sweet. Mama Duck has hatched six fine ducklings, and a robin is nesting right outside our tearoom! I heard a theologian reminding us yesterday that God has given us this world to tend as his garden in anticipation of “coming attractions!” I loved that. Brianna told me that the boyfriend of one of her sisters
is hiking part of the Pacific Northwest Trail this summer, and he always takes trash bags to clean up as he goes. Isn’t that awesome? I hope wherever we live, we find joy in our surroundings
and are willing to work hard to make them more beautiful, so that life seems “enchanted” no matter where we live. “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Genesis 2:15, and I don’t think His intention has changed).
“For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.“ Isaiah 51:2-4