At church, we noticed a few people sitting with Calvin, whom I mentioned a month ago in my post Weekend Gratitude is Getting to Be a Habit. I had just discovered that his father, Craig Garriott, pastors a multi-cultural justice-minded PCA church, Faith Christian Fellowship in Baltimore where by divine coincidence, my childhood friend Anne is a member, along with her husband, kids, and parents. Anne had invited me to Timonium Presbyterian Church when we were in 8th grade, and her parents picked me up every week for two years until my family moved to Virginia. I am eternally grateful for them. Read more about that here. As it turns out, the folks sitting with Calvin were his own parents and his youngest sister. I’m really grateful that I had a chance to chat with them. His mother, Maria Garriott, mentioned that she is just publishing a new edition of her book One Thousand Resurrections: An Urban Spiritual Journey about their experience in inner-city ministry. I’m looking forward to reading it soon! I know it will show me how one family and church has fleshed out what Tim Keller writes.
Micah loves bird art, so he snapped this picture. I wish I knew who the artist is! Some day, he’ll have pieces to display at an art show!
These wire mobile sculptures by Michael Gard were shaped around wax figures, which were then melted away.
“just words” by Roderick Stevens. (I hope my words are “just” though I don’t think that’s what he means!)
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life” by Ynon Mabat.
This is a real tree with prickly bark, not sculpted art work!
I always get a kick out of seeing Knowles Avenue in downtown Winter Park, even though our Knowles ancestors are from the Bahamas, not central Florida!
We had just enough time for a quick dinner at McDonald’s before heading off to youth group at the church office in Baldwin Park, a newer planned community built around Lake Baldwin. Rather than making two round trips, I usually hang out at Subway, munching on a small bag of cookies. Fortunately for me, when I walked in, the cookies — raspberry cheesecake, peanut butter, and chocolate chunk — had just come out of the oven! Beauty for the tastebuds! It was such a lovely evening that instead of sitting to read another chapter of Generous Justice, I decided to walk a few blocks down the street to the shore of the lake and see what I could see. I savored my cookies on a park bench and then headed off with camera in hand.
I found it interesting to note that in such a planned community, the very edge of the lake is set aside for naturally growing plants. These sun-bursty flowers and waving grasses might be considered weeds to some!
Crossing over Lake Baldwin Lane to a nature preserve, I snapped this photo of a small island before my camera battery gave out. I wish I had been able to take pictures of the mallards, the red wing blackbird, the cypress saplings budding fresh for spring. Another week perhaps, with Micah, my bird loving son.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” (More of these quotes and Charlotte Mason inspiration here: Vintage Quotes and Cozy Thoughts from Lessons at Blackberry Inn.)
- My daughters Rachel and Joanna are in Italy teaching English as an outreach in Chiavari, but they are also traveling a little partaking of European beauty. These two photographic posts are of a local botanical park… Parco Botanica Villa Rocca (Joanna) and Parco Botanico Villa Rocca (Rachel)
- More flower photos: Weekend Gratitude for Family in Maryland and Longwood Gardens
- My entire
Weekend Gratitude series
- A blog I recently found by Wendy Horger Alsup, Practical Theology for Women, coincidentally featured Tim Keller’s Generous Justice book in todays post, The Cry of the Oppressed. Go read. Be blessed and challenged.