Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Manifesto



This weekend was full and light, every thing a good, honest, no-frills weekend should be. I'm heading off to bed, topped-off with gratitude for the gifts that I have been given. Tonight, they include soup and blackberries and the tiny faces of my boys, cropped to an inch and glued to their tickets to the other side of the world - to us. I'm thankful for the courage I saw reflected in their baby eyes, and even the fear. I'm thankful for my girl who isn't asking the big questions yet, but one day will. For now, she's safe in what she already knows. She's loved over and over and over again, her circle bigger than she even understands. These kids journeyed to get here. They were swept up into a beginning that was not perfect, but they trust every day, right along with us, that God can take what's broken and make it lovely and right. They are living, walking, giggling proof of redemption.

So tomorrow, that gray November Monday, I'll honor the life I've been given. I'll wash and cook and read and drive. I'll string the beads, feel them cool and round in my hand, watch them catch the light. There's much living to be done.
























I won't wait, no I won't wait for heaven.
Cause I believe heaven's coming my way.
While I'm alive I'll be gettin' on with living like
You're comin' my way, comin' my way
And I'll be comin' your way, comin' your way.

I can't wait to meet You in the middle
Up in the air to welcome You home
And on the way we'll be gettin' things ready cause

You're comin' my way, comin' my way
And I'll be comin' Your way, comin' Your way

O, I once was lost
And now I'm found
It's like a spark lit a fire and it won't burn out
A spark lit a fire and it won't burn out
A spark lit a fire and it won't burn out

O, it'll never burn out

-Coming My Way, The City Harmonic

18 comments:

  1. i needed a good cry. this moved me straight to tears. beautiful.
    praying your week is filled with joy and covered in peace.
    love you much, sweet shannan. grateful for you!

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  2. Just what I need this Monday morning. Thank you.

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  3. This was beautiful Shannon. Your way with words and pictures always touches my heart. I loved the words to that song, one I've never heard before. We definitely are looking forward to His return for us, whenever that may be, hopefully sooner rather than later.

    May you all have a lovely, joy and peace filled Thanksgiving. Your familyl is growing more in love each and every day. Thank you for sharing your life.

    FlowerLady

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  4. This comment has nothing to do with your post, but is about Friday afternoon at school. I had the privilege, yes privilege, to be Your Man C's teacher that day. And it was amazing. First of all, what an awesome class of kids! Secondly, the humor in that class kept me in stitches. One girl called me "Mrs. Cliffhanger." I love that new name! But the trophy goes to your guy, who answered a question for me. It was shortly before lunch, & a kid was chewing on something. When I asked him what he was eating, your guy answers nonchalantly, "Oh he's just hungry. He's eating his ear wax again." I snorted coffee through my nose. And I couldn't help but hug Mr. C!

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  5. That casserole looks yummy. Love "Small Town Girl's" comment. :)

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  6. New to your blog and am loving it. Your pictures look like they could be from my life too (except the little faces would be Ugandan!) Praying for both of us as we move into our Mondays! Lisa :)

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  7. Thanks again for sharing your heart. And we have the same Memory Game stuck away in our game closet...it sees the light every Sunday afternoon. Ahhh.
    Jodi

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  8. Love this post! You have such a great voice and it comes alive through your writing.

    Also I really love that picture of the cars. Is that weird? lol. It's just so pretty and color organized. It makes me smile :)

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  9. Oh my, that photo of Silas on his computer about made me melt. PRECIOUS. Hope you're all doing well. Enjoy your thanksgiving. There is much to be thankful for! ~Sally

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  10. i have a similar laundry folding table ;)

    also, if i meet an untimely death will you raise my kids?
    (so let it be written, so let it be done)

    now, hows that for a strange (but true) blog comment? :)

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  11. So glad I'm not the only one who gets the "Laundry Cube" :)

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  12. I love how you can switch writing gears from poetic and reflective to silly. Thanks for sharing your life and words here, friend.

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  13. there is nothing more awesome that tiny metal cars lined up in a row.
    I miss those days so bad I can't stand it.
    Things are so different around my house now that the boys are older.
    Can you tell I'm grieving?
    I totally am.

    I know Lydia is only 4, but she even acts more grown-up than she should since she has these two much older brothers.

    I can't believe I'm officially one of those moms with older kids. gah. it goes by so fast.

    okay...back to you.... :) love your Monday manifesto!

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  14. Small Town Girl's comment made me snort green tea through my nose! I love your healthy lunch trays and this Monday manifesto.

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  15. "They were swept up into a beginning that was not perfect, but they trust every day, right along with us, that God can take what's broken and make it lovely and right. They are living, walking, giggling proof of redemption."

    This, this truth made me cry....as I sit across the table from my little man who's slurping up applesauce before he heads to bed. He rocks my world.

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  16. That is some square pile of clothes...now I want one.

    What is that dish of food? It made my stomach rumble.

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