Today’s pieces came from Costa Rica.
In 1995, I went with a group from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston, on a mission trip to Costa Rica. We worked in the foothills city of San Isidro building the foundations for a new Methodist parsonage. I bought these three pieces and matching letters that spelled out the names of our three sons: James, Bill, and Sam. They all went on the boys’ bedroom wall as soon as I got home, and have hung together in the five parsonages since that time. Today, I have the letters stored separately.
I have a file folder on my computer that contains the photos of all the artwork I am using for this series of devotionals. I have noticed that my tendency is to prefer artwork with more muted and darker colors. These pieces stand out in my picture file with their bright colors. I need brightness in my life. I need joy and gladness, peace and happiness.
The Apostle Paul tells us to keep our minds on “whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.” This may be a sad and difficult spring but the flowers are still blooming, the birds are still singing, the sun is shining and these days are made by God just like all the others.
Rejoice in the Lord, always! Brother Mike