Sunday, September 8, 2013

My neighborhood

We went to a festival in our zip code. First we took the kids out for ice cream. Then we drove to a park where the festival was being held.

In life before, we used to catch a neighbor's fireworks in July; the view from our patio.

But in life after, we joined a broader community at a park for a zip code celebration. Kids were rolling down hills. Over. And over. And over. Live music playing. Pizza in a giant, portable pizza oven. Glow sticks for sale. Lots of vendors and fun stuff.

We sat on the hill and listened to music and people watched. The stadium lights went out. My kids were so excited.

The fireworks began.

Lanie sat next to me, "The smallest ones are the loudest!"

The finale was amazing. I found myself clapping and woo-hooing, not that anyone could hear me over the boom. As the last boom faded, applause all around, and cheers.

I could hear Erin asking Shane, "Daddy! That was the best! Can we do this again next year?"

And the things of life before that I thought they'd remember are being replaced by life now and the hope of future.

I can't wait till next year's festival. And the one after that. And the one after that.

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. Luke 5:1-6 NIV

This heart, breaking full.

On an unrelated note, making these cheese rolls with dinner tonight. And these cookies are in the oven for back-to-school lunches.

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