Oct 162015
 

The green fields of hay have been long brown and the frost and the cold each night threatens the green grass covered in leaves colored in reds, browns and orange. It won’t be long now until the snow comes and while I love the snow and the blanketed earth made new and fresh I can’t help but also feel a nudge of grief and loss because once the snow comes navigating through the cemetery becomes more than tough. I feel like I am either stepping on someone’s head or talking to the wrong person all while up to my knees in the frozen white.

Winter does have its own green though, at least here. When you look up at night at the right time you can see the northern lights dancing in shades of gold, yellow and green and sometimes on the coldest nights you will see other colors like pinks and purples too and you can’t help but want to dance right along with the sky that God has painted, is painting.


My love has seen the southern lights, which I didn’t know even existed, but apparently they do and they do a similar dance and make you feel one with the whole universe while also feeling small.

It’s okay to feel small.

There is magic up in the sky from the stars to the lights to the who knows what is and why, because God, He created everything and my son reminds me all the time on our drives home from youth that the star I am looking at has long been burned out and I realize just how far away that star really is that it’s light lingers on in my personal here and now.

Back at the cemetery are the ones I love and I love to think of them as those burnt out stars, there vessels no longer alive yet their lights still shining bright, impacting the darkness, and changing life.

I don’t have much to say on the topic of green. It was fun watching Holly and Mary and Ashertiah ponder out loud on this and I am reminded that this FMF Party is really a FMF FAMILY and I am so blessed by y’all to be a part of it. While we pray for Jen who is moving to her tiny house and then traveling with her church to Cambodia, while we pray for mental health and Valerie’s current struggle, while we pray for Asheritah’s pregnancy and friends who are in new seasons with new jobs or retiring… we grow fresh and new like the grass after a long melt.

We thank the Lord for the community and the friendship and the bacon and the chocolate and the periscope popins and so much more and I have to remember that God is the great Conductor of the Orchestra that we all know and love. Some of us are green with morning sickness, while others are green with envy and others are looking on and thinking the grass is greener on the other side and that’s what makes each and every one of us a critical part of this ministry, of this symphony that imperfectly-perfectly combines.

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  14 Responses to “Say What? Green… Yup, Green!”

  1. I love the idea that we grow fresh and new like the grass. It’s such a beautiful way of looking at us, as we grow. I agree, too, that each and everyone of us is a critical part of this ministry.

    I so appreciated reading your words.

    • I always smile when we are tweeting like crazy and notice one of our flock is missing! We are really a family and I am sure the rest of the twitter world looks at us each thursday wondering why we are partying about a friday night, but I am so blessed by each of you! Even when or maybe especially when, the prompt is green!

  2. Yep. You said it, sister! We are a symphony–we each play a different instrument in a different way, but God uses all of our words to spread the music of his love to the world.

  3. OH your beautiful picture! You’re in Canada if I remember right. I loved how you interwove like a royal emerald tapestry all the beautiful inside jokes and stories that so many of the FMF family have shared. And I am excited for you to see that first daffodil blade, that first crocus leaf puncture through the snow with its burst of life and hope! 🙂
    So glad to see you every week. You bring life and joy!
    Love,
    Tammy
    (#6 this week)
    (tammysincerity)

    • Yes I am in Canada! Great memory!! I love it here and while it hasn’t snowed yet it is close and many parts have already received their first layer. I have learned in the last few weeks that dying in the fall is necessary to life in the spring. Life really is an amazing circle and everything from the fallen leaves to the fallen people, have an impact on what comes tomorrow.

  4. You may not think you have much to say on green, but you said it all, and thank you SO MUCH for the aurora pictures.

    #3 at FMF this week.

    • Thank you Andrew. My brain was definitely doing a dance with this prompt and i struggled to pull the words together, I am happy you enjoy the photo, it isn’t my own but I do have some that don’t show up so well. A few years ago we had the Northern Lights all summer long and I would go and lay on the beach at night and be engulfed by the dancing sky and the lights were so close that you could hear them crackle like a bowl of rice crispies. Pure magic…. Pure God.

  5. Hello there Marisa. What a lovely post. Especially the end made me smile. I’ve seen your beautiful smiling face on the FMF link page before, but this is my first visit. So glad I stopped by. I love your aurora picture! So cool.

    • Welcome Betsy!! Thank you for stopping over! This was definitely a hard prompt but I am happy I was able to pull it together at the end! Only by His grace!!

  6. I couldn’t love this more: “We thank the Lord for the community and the friendship and the bacon and the chocolate and the periscope popins and so much more and I have to remember that God is the great Conductor of the Orchestra that we all know and love. Some of us are green with morning sickness, while others are green with envy and others are looking on and thinking the grass is greener on the other side and that’s what makes each and every one of us a critical part of this ministry, of this symphony that imperfectly-perfectly combines.” It truly is a family that only God could orchestrate together. I love that we pray for each other etc. This community us pure gift!

    • Thank you Tara!! It reminds me of a family get together where you have the drunk uncle and the kid running around half naked and the serious one running around picking up after everyone like we are all slobs… I love how we all have our quirks and our own level of brokenness and our own strengths and how all of it comes together to create something so powerful and strong and beautiful to bring God glory!

  7. Oh my gosh, this is a perfect post!!!! I absolutely L-O-V-E how you incorporated all of the FMF Party family into it. It is like a little extended family, isn’t it? Now you’ve gone and made me ‘green’ with envy (’cause your writing is like all fabulous and such).

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