Saguaros and Stories — at the Golden Hour

moon & saguaro

moon & saguaro

Good Morning from Tucson, God!

I’m “on assignment” here with beloved daughter, Sandy, and her dear family. Older grandson Ian and I shall hold down the fort while Sandy, her husband Dave and son Mark travel to Disneyland for Sandy to run a half marathon.

It is lovely to be asked to help the ones we love! Lovely to be wanted — even as I miss my wonderful husband!

Yesterday, Dave asked if I would like to go for a walk in Sabino Canyon with him and Mark — it was just before what photographers call the Golden Hour. It was a lovely walk — full of tales from Mark’s first semester at college back East.

Mark has The Story Teller gene. He rows crew and he made a harrowing tale of regattas mishaps sound somewhat like a sit-com plot. Listening to him reminding me of how Brene Brown says that when we tell our story we can control the outcome.

Ah, we all have stories, God. And it is healing for us to tell them — to share them with folks who will laugh with us and not at us. But, Dr. Brene Brown cautions about only sharing our “Shame Stories” with people who have shown themselves worthy (trustworthy) of hearing them.

Of course, Mark’s story was NOT a “shame story” and that in itself is A JOY! Because research says that Shame is totally Toxic. Guilt, on the other hand is Productive. Guilt is about making mistakes — we can then repent and see about making amends. Shame, however, is about Being a Mistake — being BAD. Shame damages everyone near it.

As You have told us, God: All of us have sinned (made mistakes) and fallen short of Your Glory. Please help me to accept Your Help and turn toward You and– maybe even, make amends.

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2 comments on “Saguaros and Stories — at the Golden Hour
  1. Randell Pickering says:

    My name is Randell and I am doing some marketing for a very good friend of mine who is an anointed evanglist by the name of Pastor Kevin White, we are just getting started in getting his ministry on the internet and facebook and the like. I was browsing through some photos of the Holy Spirit on line yesterday and came across a picture of the world aflame and a dove with the caption of “the power of pentacost” We were wondering if you would give us premission to use this photo as our logo?

    • Alas, I must confess that I took the image off the internet and failed to log the credit!
      So, I have no authority to Grant Permission. . . only apology to whoever the talented creator was.

      There are MANY images under Pentecost . . . maybe even a few under it with the spelling Pentacost
      I myself do not spell well . . . sigh.

      Good Luck and May the Lord Bless you!

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