HOPE

Hope is that patient waiting in the darkness…
for new and glorious joy to be revealed.




(Photo taken by Karen in Hurricane, WV. May 2021)

PERSPECTIVE

Is every obstacle an opportunity to reflect Your light?



(Photo by Karen at Ritter Park in Huntington, WV)

While I currently work on a new blog series, I am sharing my Instagram photos and brief thoughts. My regular posts will begin again soon. You can follow me on Instagram @ soulsearchingkwicker.

SIMPLICITY

There is profound beauty in simplicity,
there is deep joy in the ordinary,
there is great love in kindness.



The wildflowers were picked by my granddaughter for her mommy.
(Photo taken by Karen)

REFLECTION

Let the light of my love
be a reflection of Yours.
I cannot be the blaze of your glory…
but let me be a soft beacon
that glows in the cool morning dawn.


Photo by Karen in Hurricane, WV

SERENITY

I pass by this scene as I walk each day,
but this morning I wanted to stop and stay…



(Photo by Karen in Hurricane, WV)

JOURNEY

Each journey is completed one step at a time.



Photo by Karen, Valley Park, Hurricane, WV

(I recently discovered the joys of Instagram! While I currently work on a new blog series, I am sharing my Instagram photos and brief thoughts. My regular posts will begin again in May. You can follow me on Instagram @ soulsearchingkwicker)

GLIMPSES

You are wondrous, God, so far beyond my comprehension.
And yet you give me precious glimpses every morning.


Photo taken by Karen in Hurricane, WV

(I recently discovered the joys of Instagram! While I currently work on a new blog series, I will be sharing my Instagram photos and brief thoughts. My regular posts will begin again in May. You can follow me on Instagram @ soulsearchingkwicker)

CONTRIBUTION

Thank you, autumn splendor, for giving yourself to the ongoing creation of the earth.


(I recently discovered the joys of Instagram! While I currently work on a new blog series, I will be sharing my Instagram photos and brief thoughts. My regular posts will begin again in May. You can follow me on Instagram @ soulsearchingkwicker)

Photo by Karen taken in Eleanor, WV

GROWTH, GRACE, AND GRATITUDE

Ancora imparo. (I am still learning.)
– Michelangelo

Dear Readers,

During Holy Week, I was delighted to learn that I had reached a new milestone – I have written over 500 blog posts! I didn’t want to interrupt the Lenten and Holy Week meditations, but today I would like to thank you for reading, following, and encouraging me. I especially thank God for the grace given in the often surprising inspiration, correction, and creativity as I write. My prayer is always that I will have blessed you with a timely insight, a spirit-led challenge, or a comforting reminder of God’s love.

Looking back to my earlier years, I know I have learned so much along the way – which makes me ever mindful that I will have much to learn in the next 500 writings! Even as this is a milestone to celebrate, I hope this also serves as a starting point for better reflection and writing.

My passion and purpose for writing continues to be a heartfelt longing to listen and watch for God’s loving movement in my life. Although my topics may vary, I hope that my experiences and the insights gleaned from them may help everyone to know that we are greatly beloved by God, and that God is actively present and working in our lives to bring growth and goodness.

My site is free of ads or revenue-making venues, offered freely to any who would like to follow. If you have appreciated my writing and know of someone else who might, will you please share my site with them?

Thank you!
Karen 😀

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.

(Little Gidding) ― T.S. Eliot

36. LET US GIVE THANKS! (EASTER)

THE ‘LET’ OF EASTER
Sunday, April 4th

read John 20:1-18.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks,
by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe…
Hebrews 12:28 (NRSV)

Easter is here! Christ has arisen! Yes, we have received a kingdom that cannot be shaken, so Let us give thanks! This is indeed a day to celebrate, to thank God with all reverence and awe.

Then let’s ask ourselves, “Because of this day, how will I live differently tomorrow?”

On that early Easter morning, no one expected the resurrection. The women were coming to anoint the body. The disciples were fearful and grieving. But when they learned that Jesus was alive, everything changed for them. His close followers would soon begin to share the good news with everyone they could, willing to die for what they knew to be true. What Jesus had said would happen, did! They could trust everything he had taught and lived. They were completely transformed that morning and in the days after.

How does Jesus’s resurrection transform us TODAY?

Our most precious gift is knowing that everything Jesus has promised will come true. There IS life after death, there IS a beautiful, eternal life that will even surpass the life we are privileged to know and experience now. The unshakable kingdom is ours, and so is the peace and hope we have in trusting this.

But the gift of resurrection is not just a future hope for a future time. Because Jesus rose from the dead and gave us his Spirit, we have a guide and companion for our present journey. In the Spirit, we experience daily resurrections for every loss; we receive comfort for our sorrow, healing of our pain, wisdom from our mistakes, hope for our despair, and transformation into new life. We carry deep peace, joy, and hope within us for each new day.

Trusting in these gifts of love, how does our future hope transform our NOW? I have been reflecting on the ways I could be invited to live differently…

~ We have seen how God will always make good from everything – even death – so our bright future is a certainty. Will I live more courageously?

~ We have been given all the truly essential gifts of life through Jesus and his resurrection. Will I live more generously?

~ We have been shown that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Will I live more joyfully?

~ We can trust that every promise Jesus has made is true. Will I live more freely?

~ We will all live together in the glorious eternity of our unshakable kingdom one day, and this kingdom is with us here, now. Will I live more lovingly?

How will today transform your tomorrow?

Happy Easter, dear friends!

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“The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.” –Katie McGahan

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Photo by Pisit Heng on Unsplash

Bible verses taken from https://classic.biblegateway.com/