Sunday, February 13, 2011

the simple things

Things that made me happy today.

When I woke up this morning it was sunny and warm.

I went and read Ecclesiastes and had coffee at the Java House

 "There is a time for everything, 
   and a season for every activity under the heavens:
  a time to be born and a time to die,
   a time to plant and a time to uproot, 
 a time to kill and a time to heal,
   a time to tear down and a time to build,
 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
   a time to mourn and a time to dance,
  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
  a time to search and a time to give up,
   a time to keep and a time to throw away,
  a time to tear and a time to mend,
   a time to be silent and a time to speak,
  a time to love and a time to hate,
   a time for war and a time for peace.

  What do workers gain from their toil?  I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him."

This was so beautiful for me to read, and I loved it.

I was also happy when all the stop lights turned green in a row.

I was happy to clean when it was sunny and I could take the trash out with no coat on.

I was happy to go on a run in shorts and feel so alive and as if I could just praise the Lord and just accept the wonderfulness that he gave me, even if it were only for a moment.

I was really happy to sing. Even if my voice is not perfect it is something I have to offer.  Singing with others helps me feel connected to to them, and today I loved to sing.

I was happy to paint and listen to explosions in the sky.  It was so in the moment.

And then, now, I am happy to go to bed. I am thankful for this day.

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