Let joy be your continual feast. Make your life a prayer. And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
This is one rainy, dreary, un-festive Monday morning! So I am especially grateful, then, that my Sunday was such a good day. It helps – and this is no accident – that it was a day framed by and experienced in the context of worship, fellowship, faith, and family.
So I collected a handful of photographs that help tell the story.
- Sunday morning started shrouded in mist when I walked Max around sunrise, then the day provided a unique set of images that tell an interesting story for Monday morning.
- At Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, a dozen or so youth provided leadership during morning worship, demonstrating the beautiful fact that this church is still firing on all cylinders and our young people are active, enthusiastic, and well.
- When we got home Rebekah and I did our official “Christmas 2020” photo shoot. I grabbed the image I’m sharing here – Rebekah and Max – while testing lighting conditions. The family portrait will be in another post, but I have to say I am extremely pleased with the results.
- Later I was able to get dad out for a walk in the afternoon sunshine. So we circled the cul-de-sac a couple of times and I found myself amazed again at just how tall the pine trees are around our two homes.
- Meanwhile, over in Dresden our son Andrew took Mr. T. out for another bicycle ride around the deserted city center. There in front of the Frauenkirche there should have been thousands of people milling around the Christmas markets; but, instead, this iconic pandemic scene that could not have been photographed any time other than 2020.
- Finally, the Miami children goofing around with Naomi. And, yes, I have thrown in a new Geoffrey image for good measure!
There is so much, certainly, that is challenging about this time. But there is even more that gives me pause in terms of beauty, and promise, and life, and gratitude.
So this is my prescription for this rainy day: “Let joy be your continual feast…” – 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.