Growth Opportunities and Seasonal Stress

rain over the Ko'olaus -- in our valley

Good Morning, God!

I can still hear raindrops dripping off the eaves — but not the steady downpour of yesterday! I love the rain. But, could it clear, God, enough for us to see the Red Lunar Eclipse tonight? Kit had it on our calendar — but Suz is the one who saw the “show” at Bishop Museum and called in our reservations. Please?

Today, God, I am WITH my family. I am refraining from “work” and my routines. I had to engage in “purposeful planing” instead of letting myself be carried along in the flow of the “usual.” Sigh. I need to DO THAT more often.

Intentional Living? Balanced Living? Wise Living? Ah! I feel I am talking about CHALLENGING LIVING! And, perhaps that is part of what is behind the STRESS of CHRISTMAS? Christmas is about families and I am coming to suspect that FAMILIES are where YOU give us our BEST GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES!

People who are friends are of mostly compatible “types” and feel comfortable. Ah! But FAMILIES seem to divide up into OPPOSITES. WE ARE SO DIFFERENT! And, yet we LOVE each other and therefore cannot dismiss or ignore differences. We are challenged to GROW.

We saw Little Women: the Musical at Diamond Head Theater last night and there they were — four sisters covering the diverse types. And, yes, there was struggle among them — Jo’s hope of FIVE TOGETHER going on forever — Amy’s struggle for “her” place as the youngest — Meg’s move into romance and motherhood. And Beth’s excess goodness? And, God! Those dynamics were all WITHOUT THE FATHER! Aaah, THANK YOU, God, for FAMILIES and other GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES!

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