This morning I’m simply sharing six snapshots (say that six times, fast!) from the past few days.
# 1: First – right – is Rebekah preparing this morning’s message for Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. She works on her sermon all week long, off and on, but typically brings everything together Saturday. I love the atmosphere of our home when we’re both writing, both engaged with the scriptures, both bringing all our creativity, imagination, and passion to bear on the task of communicating the amazing Good News about Jesus.
# 2: Next, our friend (and WFPC member) Donna came by to take a look at our home. She and her late husband had lived here sometime back in the 1990’s. The brick house in the trees – deep in the cul-de-sac – became a significantly important home in their story, and she hadn’t seen the place since they moved out.
We had previously told her about some of the changes we’re making to the property, and she came to visit harboring some initial trepidation. But much to our relief she fell in love with everything we have done. Fact is, the idea – and the risk – of change always evokes hesitancy; but once progress, and imagination, and creativity, and the imperative of new life begin to set the tone, we invariably realize how beneficial – and necessary – reformation can be.
once progress, and imagination, and creativity, and the imperative of new life begin to set the tone, we invariably realize how beneficial – and necessary – reformation can be.
# 3: We have finally turned the corner towards early summer here in Wake Forest, and the sidewalks are getting crowded out by fresh growth. The walk into downtown is getting warmer, yes, but it’s getting more beautiful too. The colors are stunning, and all creation seems intent on blooming its heart out. Scout Labradoodle is slowing down, and she doesn’t like to walk so far now; but it’s more than worth a little sweat to see what’s blooming in everyone’s gardens.
# 4: Scoutie (below) spends most of her time now flat out on the floor – but near enough to the front windows to bark enthusiastically in the direction of anyone who ventures within range. The sun late afternoon sun slants in through and between the trees, and I love the way the light bathes our home.
Light and life are deep-rooted themes here in Maul Hall, and I believe that both are not only powerful metaphors for God, but also compelling evidences.
I understand God as actually inhabiting light, and as generating life to the extent that the Creator’s imaginative and sustaining impulse is present wherever, and whenever, there is even the smallest sign.
# 5 and # 6: I’ve pasted the other images for today in the slides below. Light bathes the living room, Maul-Hall at dusk, oak-leaf hydrangea making its move in the garden…
Life is full of stop-motion moments like this. We just need to slow down, and we need to pay attention, and we need to be grateful – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.