The week before last on a cloudy morning, I puttered in my new garden space when suddenly! A loud, curse-word-flying argument erupted on our corner amongst, actually, one of our favorite, most helpful neighbors (not Robin and Paul in the green house next door) and his ex-wife and let's just say it eventually involved two patrol cars, two cops and two crying women filling out reports on the car trunks and our neighbor being led away in handcuffs...
... and me inside my house, at the big window, praying for all these people and feeling shaken and sad for them. But later our neighbor returned, he and his wife grilled meat on the barbeque as always and the usual order of things returned. And at that same window, I smiled.
But all along, in the midst of battle, even, Hobbit Cottage felt like a peaceful gardened fortress in the center of a stressed-out, out-of-control 21st century world, for Grace and God live here, too, making our home a sanctuary, a respite place of calm.
That is how it feels, that's how I choose to see it. You know, that only what I allow to live upon our corner will live here and what I concentrate upon most will shine brightest. The good things I meditate upon will fill even the corners, creating a perimeter (of angels maybe?) along this tired, old corner lot.
And all will continue to be well here, inside that border of peace, even if the world beyond should swirl and swirl in turmoil...
... for greater is He who is within me, and within this Hobbit Cottage place, than he is who within the world.
Our 4th of July! A delight with our friend Donna--a garden walk around our yard, wonderful conversation and Chinese food ordered in (since the humidity was too wild to go to the outdoor place I'd told you about).
Then later Tom and I went to see White House Down which we both greatly enjoyed--yet--I cannot recommend it to you, exactly, since the language and violence were a bit more intense than we usually tolerate, even though it was PG-13. But again, we enjoyed it much (oh, the suspense! Hope it didn't shorten my lifespan...heh...) and the sun came out around 1:00, even. And I hope your day was wonderful, as well.
"...no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways" ... Psalm 91:10,11