A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.

Ecclesiastes 3:5 (NLT)

“Hope is for the dark days. The days when all you can see is mud and mess, like so many forgotten toys strewn across the backyard.

These are the days when miracles begin.”

Christie Purifoy from Roots and Sky

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I love Friday, date day for me and my Sweet Man and the day where I join Kate Motaung and others, writing five minutes on a one word prompt. 

Todays word: Embrace


We are in the season of in between. Days of fickle weather, and longing for warmth. The thermometer swings thirty degrees between sunup and sundown.

Some days warmth teases my shoulders and my toes. I embrace it, wrapping myself in sunshine.

Blues skies, fluffy white clouds, beckon me out. The birds sing a song of hope and promises of a new season just beyond the horizon. Patches of green peep above pine needles. Killdeer scuttle about, clearing a path as Lola and I pass through. Plump doves gather beneath the feeders, feasting on sunflower seeds. Chickadees watch from above.

Spring, sandwiched between winter and summer, a time to breath, reflect, sow seeds and plant. A time when we look ahead to The Cross, embracing life.

The time in between, where darkness and death hover just ahead, yet holds the promise of life. We cling to that promise, cling to the life preserver it is.

In that moment we embrace death, watch in awe as the stone is rolled away. Embrace life in an empty tomb.

“Always, God is tugging us toward resurrection, tugging us and this whole weary, winter world toward new life. But the way is dark. The road is long. The path is quiet. It is paved with hunger.”

Christie Purifoy from Roots and Sky

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